Short-lived remake of the classic game show in which two contestants, one a returning champion, competed. Contestants earned their mark (either X or O) by correctly answering questions in general knowledge and popular culture questions; some of the categories were designated "red squares," where either contestant could earn the box by completing certain requirements in answering a question. All questions added $500 to the pot, except for the center box question that was worth $1,000. The first player to get tic-tac-toe won the cash value of the jackpot; tie games were played if necessary. The champion again played a bonus game for a prize package, which the contestant won by finding three of his mark (either X or O) in a row; finding the dragonslayer automatically won the game, while uncovering the dragon lost all bonus game winnings. Written by
Brian Rathjen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Dan Enright (Jack Barry had died six years before) and Kline and Friends decided to bring back The Joker's Wild and Tic Tac Dough in 1990, needless to say, they failed in more ways than one. Between the two, TTD90 was the worst one. The set was cheap (one large video screen instead of nine smaller video screens? Heck, the podiums were even smaller than on its predecessor!), the music was stupid (the composer was, of all people, Henry Mancini; he has done better), the format of tie games was bad (why was the pot reset back to zero anyway?), the bonus game stunk (Making a tic-tac-dough with your choice of X or O? What happened to the "various amounts of money, a Tic, a Tac, and the dragon"? And why on earth did the dragon and dragonslayer do some rapping? Obviously, Simon Bar Sinister Cowell would've hated it as much as the viewers hated it!), and of course, there was the host (Patrick Wayne's constant yelling of "YOU'RE RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!", "YOU BLOOOOOOOOOOCK!" and, most humiliatingly, "YOU WIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN!" would have made his father, movie legend John Wayne, and Jack Barry, turn over in their graves). Did five-game winners even win a car? I don't think they did. It all adds up to the worst revival in game show history. If you ever come across an episode of TTD90, I have five words for you: WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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