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Ben Shephard ...
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Good effort, but needs work
4 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having been rumoured for hours and hours, days, weeks and years, The Krypton Factor has finally returned to our TV screens. No longer hosted by Gordon Burns, the mantle has been passed to GMTV host Ben Shepard.

Five rounds of the original six are here, the one missing round is the Response round of flying in a simulator. Probably dropped because everybody can now get a copy of Flight Simulator for their computer for next to nothing which would defeat the whole point of it being unique to the show. And that strange climbing frame structure from the 1995 series is no more. No, I didn't understand it either.

The assault course no longer lives as an army one - it now lives in the middle of a forest in Yorkshire. From the first episode it was pretty badly filmed as well and now consists of two separate races and who can run the race in the quickest time, not necessarily who finished first.

The modern day set looks very much like Tron, I must admit. Decked out in full black with flashes of red, blue, green and yellow when buzzers are pressed, it doesn't really work on the end game.

The first round is now done in "The Kube" to fire off mental agility questions. From the outset no punches have been pulled, and the quiz is still as hard as ever. Having said that, one contestant couldn't even exit the device, which is kind of scary considering she won the round overall and couldn't even open the door... The Intelligence round now uses cameras to allow the player to see how badly they've screwed it up. This would never have happened first time round.

Maybe if Krypton hadn't been ruined in 1995 and it was left running in its original format, it may well have evolved into this naturally. We'll never know now. This production has potential, there's nothing here that can't be fixed in the next series. Apart from putting it up against EastEnders which could be fixed, like, now.

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