Russian Roulette (I) (2002– )

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Contestants compete in a hybrid general knowledge quiz-game of chance, where incorrect answers could literally cause them to drop out of the game.

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Four contestants all who stand at podiums arranged in a "Weakest Link"-type circle competed in this hybrid general knowledge quiz-game of chance, where incorrect answers could literally cause them to drop out of the game. Host Walberg posed multiple choice questions to the contestants. Correct answers were worth cash, while an incorrect answer placed him/her at risk for elimination thusly: That contestant pulled a lever, activating a series of lighted circles; if the lighted circle stopped at a vulnerable contestant, a trap door opened beneath that player, eliminating him/her from further competition and causing them to lose all their winnings. The last contestant remaining was the show's champion, received their cash winnings (and those of eliminated opponents), and moved on to the bonus round, where they have the potential to win up to $100,000 (though most daily winners won between $5,000 and $10,000. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Host: [annoyed] Yeah, I think I saw you on the set. Weren't you one of the monkeys?
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Absolute garbage!
11 June 2002 | by (Providence, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

"RUSSIAN ROULETTE" recently premiered on The Game Show Network much to my delight when the teasers for it showed different people 'falling' through open holes in the floor. It looked like a laugh riot.

Unfortunately, after a few 'viewings' of this boring and rather insipid game show, one would only assume that someone with absolutely no clue might have thought up the premise for this particular game show that has been relegated to the 'late hours' of the night on The Game Show Network.

The premise is very weak. Four contestants are aligned on four separate circles out of eight that form a complete circle (the layout resembles that of a rotary telephone). Each contestant has a lever that they pull should they answer a question correctly and a lighted circle will rotate around the circles until it slows down to a stop on a random circle. Should anyone but the lucky contestant who pulled the lever be unfortunate to be standing on that particular circle that the light comes to rest on, a trapdoor beneath them will open up and they will fall (presumably onto a set of cushions).

What seemed like complete hilarity during the teasers for "RUSSIAN ROULETTE" will only result in disappointment and complete boredom as you slowly make your way through 30 minutes of inane multi-choice questioning usually regarding pop culture as three people will ultimately fall through their trapdoors. Mark Walberg (not to be confused with the singer/actor of the same name) makes for a very boring and by-the-numbers host who some may recognize as being the host of FOX's sleazy reality show, "TEMPTATION ISLAND".

Much like other game shows of its ilk, there is not enough excitement contained in the show to keep the average viewer interested. The cash prize is quite small and the questions asked are so extraordinarily dumbed-down that a five year old child would find them to be extremely easy to answer.

I give "RUSSIAN ROULETTE" about three months before it goes the same way as shows such as "HOLLYWOOD SHOWDOWN" and "GREED" went before it... down the trapdoor!


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