It seems interesting. It's certainly less dodgeball until the end. The show reminds me a bit how Holey Moley presents itself in a way that's not super serious but it's less funny. I do like how even the eliminated are brought back at the end of episode to be on teams but I wonder where's the incentive for them to actually try. I do like how it seems like it builds to a finale. It's certainly not the worse of this cycle of shows but it's not the best either.
Post by penguincatfish on Aug 29, 2020 1:39:15 GMT -5
This feels like something that could've aired 10 years ago.
Seeing that low budget set in the middle of nowhere is kind of funny after having watched Titan Games and Ultimate Tag.
There's no prize money for winning your episode (that we know of), only a spot in the finale, which has a prize of $25,000. This is in stark contrast to the ridiculous amounts from TKO.
The competitor intros are quick just like Cannonball and Ultimate Tag. The hosts seem like they're having fun.
Round 1 features 8 people running in 2 heats of 4. The two with the least amount of red ball hits move on to Round 2. They face off one on one TKO style. The matchups for Round 2 have been different for the first 2 episodes. Episode 1 had 1st from one heat versus 2nd from the other heat. Episode 2 paired them up from the same heat.
The 2 winners from Round 2 become team captains for the Thunderdome in Round 3 where they get to pick teams from the other 6 competitors. The contrast of the sunlight and the shadows from the tall set makes the match a bit hard to follow along.
My biggest disappointment is that the courses are unchanged. I was hoping the lower budget set and lack of prize money would've allowed for some simple obstacle changes each episode. Only 2 episodes have aired so maybe there's a chance, but I doubt it.
Right now, it sort of feels like TKO Bootcamp. If there's a season 2, I'd like the obstacles to be sillier with more variety. Maybe space things out more between obstacles.
I'll still watch the show to support these types of productions to balance out those overproduced network shows.
Post by penguincatfish on Sept 16, 2020 21:24:52 GMT -5
Tonight was the start of the second half of the season. The courses are still the same. On the bright side, the competitors in Round 1 for both heats spent more time actually trying to throw balls at each other. There was some good back and forth going on. The Round 2 match up of Vince vs. Vanessa was hilariously brutal. The other match up was funny in how different the two competitors were while finishing only 1 second apart.
Post by penguincatfish on Oct 5, 2020 8:16:20 GMT -5
Two weeks ago, Softball Coach Angela became the first woman in the Finals. She jumped in the water three times to speed things along. She was as brutal against her opponent as Vince was his. In Round 3, she became an underdog when the other team used coordinated strikes to eliminate each member until it was 1 vs 4. Angela turned things around to win.
Last week's episode was funny with Drag Queen Pickle winning it. The way she just strolled across the barrel bridge, the trampoline, and on the way back across the lubed log. It was hilarious how she casually dodged many of the red balls in Round 3 when it was 1 vs 2. The other heat featured all guys - Afro Ninja Taj the parkour/tricking dude, Spartan Racer Jason, Boxer Tre, and Special FX Technician Cary. Taj was on Pickle's team and did a cool juggling move before taking out two opponents and hitting their leader, before getting hit himself. This episode was also done a bit differently by airing Round 1 and 2 together for the first group, before moving on to the second group.
Post by penguincatfish on Oct 17, 2020 10:02:46 GMT -5
The Finale came down to Trevor and Angela.
Trevor won the first episode and had the fastest time in Round 2 of 30.1 seconds. He broke his own record with 29.2 seconds.
Group 2 Round 2 was Angela vs Vince. Angela finished 2 seconds faster. She's also been doing the show with really long nails, and broke one during Round 2. During Vince's run, he was a little cautious, taking a lot of pauses to keep an eye on Angela. During Angela's run, Vince hit her twice, then near the end he had two red balls but missed both throws.
Episode 2 winner Patrick had an injury after Round 1 so Tommy the runner-up from that episode filled his spot in the Thunderdome.
The Thunderdome was almost a repeat of Angela's episode where she lost all her teammates and had to 1 v 4.
Trevor takes out Pickle, and Vince takes out Tommy at the same time. They focus on Brian, then Brian hits Trevor. Vince takes out Brian, then Vince hits Angela when Brian blocked her vision as he was leaving. Vince hits Angela, then Trevor hits Angela to win.
I finally got to finishing the season. There were certainly some really interesting contestants. The best part were the hosts making fun of everyone and highlighting the occasional cool things that happened. The ironic part is that the best dodgeball player isn't the winner but rather the one fastest on the course. If they have a season 2, they need to embrace the humor even more. Create more whacky obstacles. I'm happy it built towards something at the end.