Friday, September 18, 2009

Pop Culture Invades the Sanatorium

We don't watch much TV around here. Ok. We do indulge in large doses of the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon (we meaning those under 18). And Hyrum's best buddies are SuperWhy's Wyatt and Curious George on PBS. I mean we don't watch much real TV. During prime time. I can count on one hand how many shows I follow. But we all love our "Survivor." This is the ONLY show Brad watches. And I mean only.
Luckily alerted by a quick comment on my blog (thanks, Jamie, or I would have missed it!), I remembered to DVR last night's episode and watch it with my big boys.

And all I can say is, "What the heck?"

"Survivor" is one of the most repetitious and predictable on television, even for reality shows. Jeff Probst says the same lines at the beginning and end of each challenge and uses the same monologue at tribal council that he's used from the beginning. But this time, the talent scouts have entwined a new twist--a poisonous asp who just wants to bring everyone around him down. I'm talking about Russell Huntz. What is with that guy? He purposely dumped his entire team's canteens out, burned people's socks, lied about surviving Hurricane Katrina, and singlehandedly was responsible for Marisa going home last night. Huntz (read his biography here) is a first-class jackass. Pardon my French. Watching him play the game makes me feel sorry for every player on his team, and frankly, it's not fun to watch. "Survivor" is brain candy, like any Sophie Kinsella novel. And people don't watch it to see a true villain. I hope they don't lose more fans this season.
I hope they don't lose me this season.


  1. I didn't want to say anything in case you hadn't seen it yet, so I am glad you posted this. I agree-he gave me such a creepy feeling when I watched. He is the first player that is just evil. I couldn't believe that no one caught on. The police officer should have listened to her instincts with him. Seemed like a few people didn't quite know why, they just didn't trust him. Lesson #1 from this season of Survivor-listen to your instincts about people!

  2. I never watch this one, but if I did, I'm sure I'd feel as you do. I just don't like to watch jerks win, not even one round. It makes me downright disgruntled.

    And if he's creepy too? Forget it!


    PS. Keep us posted on whether you last through the season, okay?