Man, what a road accident of a game show this is... even by daytime television standards. And yet it is a big hit in the UK, a nation that I always thought had much better standards than the USA. Go figure. I fail to see what is so riveting about a bunch of contestants stabbing each other in the back for a measly ten thousand quid, or whatever the prize may well be. What does ten thousand pounds buy you in England these days, anyhow? Other than a ticket out of there, that is.
And what's up with the host? I know Brits sound strange on television after being carpet-bombed with Americans talking crap for hours on end, but that's just the point. Usually, they speak in a well-enunciated manner where every syllable is clear and easy to understand. Just check out Rowan Atkinson in any one of the Black Adder mini-series and you'll see what I mean. Whatshername (she doesn't really deserve a mention by name) really sounds like she is glucose-deprived to the point of losing control of her muscles with half a dozen speech impediments on top. "You are the weakest link... goodbye," she says. Only when she says it, it sounds more like "youer the wickyslink... goodbah," or something like that. She is truly a disgrace to the English language.
And let's not forget... the game show's rules are fundamentally stupid, anyway. If you're going to have a contestant taken out for being "the wickyslink", then it makes more sense to actually have strictly defined rules as to who gets out, rather than leaving it to a vote with the contestants. Honestly, I have never seen so many people stab each other in the back so many times just to get a relatively paltry prize.
It all adds up to a game show that is funny for all the wrong reasons, and I seriously doubt it will stand the test of time. Like Survivor or whatever garbage they're spewing at us these days, this show really proves that the game show format is stale and starting to turn into penecillin.
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