June 2 2007

Pirate Master

I know I said I was going to stop recapping reality shows, and this is not a recap, this is a “please… end it… end it now before anyone else suffers irreparable mental damage from viewing it” request. I watched Pirate Master Thursday night on CBS… I’m not proud, and it has taken me nearly 48 hours to be able to admit to this travesty.

You know it’s summer television time when the networks think it’s a good idea to unveil “Survivor Lite”, which it’s only additional claim to fame is “Hey! Look at us! We’re trying to cash in on the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies by taking Survivor and stripping out all the interesting challenges, and just focus on people talking… and talking… and talking some more!”

I don’t even know where to start! Could it be the one guy who was an obvious attempt to copy one of the all-time, most popular Survivor contestants, Rupert? I am sure Louie is a perfectly nice person, but, he is obviously just a Rupert-clone. And then you have contestants like John who was… well, he was voted off thank goodness… but he was just… mildly disturbing in a “Please… stop calling my house… we broke up three years ago!” sorta way.

There really is nothing else to say except that Mark Burnett, the same man responsible for Survivor, really threw a grounder with this one. I guess he just felt the need to get another show on the air, and in a fit of absolute laziness, he went with the idea of, not only ripping himself off, but ripping off one of the most successful movie franchises in the history of film.

Avoid at all costs.

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