First of all let me apologize for the absence. Work once again has me worried, so I'm looking around. My writing has been focused on less public mediums.
Second, this is the nerdiest of blog posts but I felt I had to share. I've been dragged into watching Top Shot, all of the third season on hulu. It's a marksmen competition that hasn't been around long, but it's definitely compelling. It's young enough that Top Shot is not focused on superb drama. Many a good reality tv shows have fallen victim to this, included my once favorite Project Runway. We can talk about Project Runway was ruined by moving to Lifetime later, but that's not the point of this post.
Lately some drama has worked its way on Top Shot, which considering the kind of competitiveness that this show invites it's a little surprising. Other than sometimes leaning a little sexist, it's a very honorable sport on the show. But then you have Jake, who decides that boasting about his abilities and underestimate everyone else. He gets pouty when people don't call him a team player and try to vote him out. He decides he doesn't need his team and then sleeps outside. He teases weak players and encourages to keep them on. And he tries to get one of his own team members to hit him so he has a strong competitor out of the game.
And that is not what annoys me most about him.
In this last episode that aired, Jake tries to sound all original, and that he's brilliant like Atilla the Hun. He's a schemer and a planner and you should be impressed with that.
I'm sorry Jake, but no. You see I remember when Reality TV was cool, when Richard won Survivor from being a huge dick, when Omarosa was the reason you watched anything with Donald Trump in it, when Big Brother was entertaining in America and Britain. I'm sorry, but you your tactical maneuvers have been done and played out.
So I hope that even though not a lot of people check this blog, "sneaky" game players in reality shows will SHUT UP about being original and smart and realize every other show has done it. Ever.