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Survivor Amazon(6 posts)

Survivor AmazonFunston
Feb 14, 2003 12:57 PM
As a Survivor junkie, I cancelled all dates and obligations last night to watch the first show of the new round of elimination contests in the Amazon. I like the new twist - the two 8-person opposing groups are each uni-sex ... with the men opposing the women. A brilliant idea.

After watching the show last night, I realized that people who diss reality shows miss the their point - that shows like this one and Joe Millionare offer the opportunity to examine and expose stereotypical beliefs, values, and opinions in ways that the standard, make-believe shows do not and cannot.

Like, the men are going to steamroll the women in the challenges (the women won last night). Like, the men are going to turn to putty and lose whenever the girls play the 'hot chicks in bikinis' strategy (remains to be seen).

This show has potential to be good.
Started slow but then got interestingCaptain Morgan
Feb 14, 2003 2:19 PM
I am a Survivor junkie as well, faithfully watching each season. I was skeptical at first, but the fact that the guys got their lunch handed to them made the show interesting.

Some of the chicks looked gnarly sans make-up, however.
I'm sorry....dontnomuch
Feb 14, 2003 9:19 PM
but I really question the IQ of people who get into
Survivor. And this come from a person who digs "Police Academy" movies; thinks Steven Segal (sp?) makes great movies and watches SportsCenter time and time again. I watched one episode of Survivor for about 2 minutes before the sheer inanity of it all overwhelmed me. Watching my son tie his shoes is more captivating than this dreck.
Human interactions.jesse1
Feb 15, 2003 5:23 AM
That's what makes this show so apealing to me. It's kind of like what's going on in the rest of the world between nations on a much smaller scale.
It's hard to relate to what's happening between the U.S. & France/Iraq/Korea/etc. or Israel vs. the Palestinians (because there's so much going on behind the scenes that we'll NEVER know.
But when you see how one person (or several) deal with someone that is offensive, or isn't pulling their weight, or from other cultures, it makes us think how we would handle the situation without ever getting involved personally.
Also it's interesting to see how others handle the stress of environments they're not accustomed to, and how they apapt, and how resoucefull us humans can be.
Although I won't watch Joe Millionare for my own reasons, I won't fault anyone for watching that.
To question the intelligence of someone else for what entertains them is pretty ignorant (I've heard others do that). I think it depends on one's motives for watching reality tv.
Man, you just KNEW the guys were going to lose.Sintesi
Feb 15, 2003 8:18 AM
After all that cocky talk I just saying to myself "keep it up, guys. Just keep it up." I thought there was some real justice the way those guys failed on the balance beam (the girls did it on the first try), especially that little trash talking asian guy. I mean he looked realllly ashamed at the end. How good can the men feel when their rocket engineer and the computer geek got hammered on the puzzle?

Anyone feel sorry for the deaf girl? The other women don't even seem like they want to try and talk to her and make her part of the team. People's prejudices really showing up there. Things get pretty naked in competition when a lot of money is at stake. That lady really got my sympathy, hopefully she can turn it around.
Fascinating TVjtolleson
Feb 15, 2003 8:48 PM
(and I'll ignore the remarks above by anyone pretending to evaluate my IQ).

I found the social/sexual dynamics pretty gripping, actually, and the plight of the deaf participant a bit heartbreaking.

Is it inherently lamer than loving "Friends" to want to watch real humans sort through real situations? It is different than football to watch teams strategize to some kind of not-earth-shattering victory? Naaah.

Whether the men were truly boorish or the coverage was screwed, I'll never know, but there is no doubt that the content of the broadcast was designed to lure the viewer into rooting for the women (or so I thought).