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An innocent, if not entirely shallow and unoriginal idea
I have to confess that I usually detest reality television. I think that it's the absolute worst form of popular entertainment in America right now, and its only intention seems to be capturing the decadence, humiliation, and absolute worst qualities of those involved, and then exploit those traits. Yeah, "Joe Millionaire," "Survivor," "Hell's Kitchen," "Fear Factor" and any other band of nameless dreck can kiss my a**.
Bearing this in mind, "Beauty and the Geek" is actually a little innocent, if not entirely or (somewhat) shallow and unoriginal. In other words, you already know from reading this whether you want to watch it or not. But as you would have it, you have seven self-proclaimed geeks and seven absolute drop-dead knockout beauties. They have to pair up and complete a number of tasks and each week, one couple is eliminated and the last remaining couple gets a $250,000 reward.
The geeks are some of the geekiest and smartest guys you'd ever want to know. One is the vice president of a "Dukes of Hazzard" fan club, another is a member of Mensa, and one has never been on a date. Some of these guys have no clue of how to socialize with a member of the opposite sex and the show (thankfully) doesn't exploit that fact, as some of them see this as perhaps the first big opportunity in their lives to meet someone special and maybe sweep her off her feet. But yeah, they're pretty desperate, if you haven't guessed it yet.
The beauties on the other hand, include an NBA model, an aspiring fashion designer, and a life-size Barbie model. They have the bodies and the looks and could have any guy they wanted, but are dumb as a sack of nickels. Some of the girls freely admit to not giving a damn about an education and sleeping in class, as they look to getting everywhere based solely on their looks. When one is given a quiz on U.S. geography, she can't name the state east of West Virginia.
It's been dubbed in advertisements as a "social experiment," as one member of each group is set to learn traits and social qualities that the other lacks. The girls are able to learn some smarts; the guys are able to learn the social skills required to talk to really hot chicks. Some of these tasks for the beauties and geeks would include the girls having to change a tire, and the guys having to learn how to give a girl a massage. (Whoa. As a semi-nerdy guy myself, hey, maybe I should have tried out for a spot on this show.)
One thing that this show has that's been lacking in every other dreadful reality television show is heart. H-E-A-R-T. The characters don't seem to be stereotypes and aren't played simply for laughs. The guys aren't full of themselves and the girls don't take advantage of their social ineptitude. What I mean is, the geeks are Everymen and the beauties are Everywomen, they're really just everyday people with everyday jobs and lives.
I think that if viewed in a proper light, you'd find a show that has a degree of innocence lacking in today's entertainment. The guys are shown to be sweet and benevolent in their intentions, as are the girls, who aren't complete airheads but are shown as just needing a taste of something different in their lives, and I think that is the show's whole point.
I anticipate "Beauty and the Geek" getting a bad rap anyways, despite what I've written here. Observe, however, that I'm not showering this reality television show with praise; I'm simply noting some of its most admirable qualities and contrasting them with everything else that's out there showcasing people at their absolute worst and most tasteless.
As stated earlier, "Beauty and the Geek" has one thing going for it, and I think that's in its innocence and attention to its characters, who aren't reality television archetypes (i.e., the bitch, the loser, the stalwart hero-guy, and the slut.)
"Beauty and the Geek" - Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
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