Posts Tagged‘reality tv’

Whodunnit? – Episode 1 Review

  Aww yeah, a new murder mystery reality TV show!  Honestly, lately I had been thinking that shows like The Mole and Murder in Small Town X could only have existed in a small moment in time (early 2000’s/beginning of the reality TV boom), and this show could certainly be a big flop, but I’m really excited that people are still willing to try stuff like this.  I’m planning on writing a post with my thoughts after each episode, so get watching and follow along! Each episode will be posted on Hulu the day after airing and will remain available…

Murder in Small Town X – Part 2

**Warning**  This post will have some spoilers about the show.  I will put spoilers in black-on-black text.  (The rest should be safe enough to read, unless you want to go in completely blank.)  I highly recommend watching it before you read any spoilers.  It’s just 8 quick episodes.  You won’t regret it! I just finished watching the final episode of Murder in Small Town X, and I have to say that show is really something special! When I hear the phrase “murder mystery,” I’m not sure why, but my brain goes to the most mundane of possible scenarios.  Very few…

Murder in Small Town X

  Last year at MAGFest, I got to talking with a friend of a friend about mysteries, puzzles, and reality TV.  All hopped up on caffeine, I gushed about the perfection that is The Mole, and he told me about Murder in Small Town X, which aired in late summer 2001 (shortly after The Mole season 1).  It sounded great, and I found a means of watching it, but hadn’t gotten around to starting it until last week. The basic premise of the show is that a family has been murdered in the small town of Sunrise, MD.  Fifteen of…

The Mole UK Season 1

  Last week, we put another stamp in our passport of obscure reality TV shows by watching Season 1 of the UK version of The Mole.  The Mole UK Season 1 ran in January 2001, at the same time as US Season 1 and AUS Season 2.   This is the 6th season overall that I’ve seen (2 US, 3 AUS), and now I kind of feel compelled to watch every English-speaking season I can manage to find! The Games: The Mole UK Season 1 featured a lot of the standard challenges we’ve seen in every season like skydiving, hostage rescue,…

The Mole Revisited – Regional Differences

The Mole - Elimination

  We finished watching The Mole Australia Season 3 last week and really got to talking more in-depth about the differences between that version and the U.S. version.  Keep in mind these comparisons are only between the seasons I’ve seen, U.S. 1 and 2, and Australian 1, 2, and 3. Our conversation started because of one baffling trend.  [Slight spoiler alert] In two out of the three Australian seasons we had watched, the runner-up player did not correctly guess who the Mole was on the final quiz.  In the two U.S. seasons we had watched, the winner, runner-up, and sometimes 3rd…

The Mole

The Mole - Title Screen

The year is 2001.  A young Clavicarius is watching TV with her parents.  She isn’t very familiar with the show they’re watching, a reality show at the birth of that phenomenon, but something interesting is happening.  Three contestants are separated into three different locked hotel rooms and tasked with the mission to escape.  Each room is a little different, and each has several objects and clues inside.  One of the rooms is pitch black.  The players begin discovering the clues and communicating with each other through the room phones, realizing that the clues and objects are somehow all connected from…

The Amazing Race Season 18 – Episode 10

Episode 10 Search Episode 10 took place in Switzerland, in the shadow of the Matterhorn.  Teams were given the choice to Search or Rescue, and were flown by helicopter to the location of their challenge.  In Search, teams had to locate a mannequin buried under the snow using some type of beacon detector.  The device beeped and displayed numbers as the teams got closer to the correct location.  Then, they had to use shovels to free the mannequin from underneath about 4 feet of snow. I really like the idea of a puzzle that makes you find something that is buried.  I…

Amazing Race Season 18 – Episode 9

Episode 9 There weren’t really any puzzle challenges this week, just a simple math problem that Gary and Mallory faced for their Speed Bump. Interestingly, the Detour options this episode were basically the same as last episode:  carry stuff, or eat stuff.  This time, however, two teams did manage to complete the food challenge.

Amazing Race Season 18 – Episodes 6, 7, &8

Episode 6 Tea Tasting Episode 6 gave us one of the most grueling puzzle challenges so far in Season 18. Before leaving for India from China, teams had to visit a traditional tea shop and sample some tea. Though the task seemed pointless at the time, its purpose was revealed once the teams arrived in India. Teams were lead to a large room at city hall where a ridiculously long table had been set up, with hundreds and hundreds of bowls of tea resting on top. One member from each team had to find the tea they had tasted back…

Amazing Race Season 18 – Episodes 4 & 5

Episode 4 Episode 4 took the racers back to China. Chinese Zodiac Mobile One member of each team had to search through thousands of wooden charms, searching for the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.  Once they found all 12, the had to hang the charms on a mobile in the correct order.  This challenge reminded me a lot of the paper plane challenge from Episode 1, and a few teams really got frustrated in their search.