My TV Addiction


Reality TV Catch Up

Things have been crazy as we have been renovating our house and trying to get it ready to go on the market.  So I’ve fallen behind on my tv recaps.  So here are some quick thoughts on Survivor, Amazing Race and American Idol.

Survivor

Ok, the heroes tribe has got to be one of the dumbest tries I’ve seen in a long time.  They were so concerned about their alliance that they eliminated some of their strongest players early on instead of focusing on keeping the strong players so they can win immunity challenges.  First went Stephenie and then Tom.  The worst part about Tom going was James was injured and could barely walk and they still kept him.  What the heck?  The only move I agreed with was when JT switched his vote to get Cirie out.  She is definitely a tricky one down the line and no real physical or mental advantage.

The other sad thing about the heroes tribe is they just can’t win probably due to their dumb evictions and partly due to the fact that they can’t seem to solve puzzles.  Even in tonight’s episode both tribes go to tribal council.  One person from each tribe got individual immunity and then the two winners went head to head to win reward.  Candace won immunity which was surprising but then got her butt whipped by Rob so the heroes lost yet again.  I thought it was funny that the heroes couldn’t even win the rock-papers-scissors challenge to see which tribe would compete first.

Anyway, the heroes finally did a smart move and voted James out.  I’m not sure if it’s too late for them though.

On the villains side not much surprise.  Russell and Rob are head to head and thanks to Tyson Rob’s plan to get rid of Russell fails and to add insult to injury Tyson ends up going home because he didn’t stick to the plan.  I think Tyson is no great loss and the Villains still have the advantage.

Amazing Race

I was so bummed out by the latest episode.  I was rooting for Jeff and Jordan.  Jordan just cracked me up by how blonde she behaved.  One of my favorite parts was when they had to find a statue of Joan of Arc and she said wasn’t that the guy with all the animals?

Sadly once they came in last once I knew it was over unless they flew somewhere and they managed to catch up on a flight.  Unfortunately the past two legs have just been driving and no real tough tasks so they just never had a chance to really make up their 2 hour deficit.  They did manage to catch up with Caite and Brent who were in last place just before the pit stop but Caite and Brent finished first.

The worst part for me is I dislike the cops and I hate that they came in first the past couple legs and are so cocky now.  I am also not a fan of the lesbians.  The brunette (I think it’s Brandy) is such a downer.  She is always whining and complaining.  With Jeff and Jordan out I’m rooting for either Jet and Cord, Steve and Allie or Dan and Jordan.

One of my favorite moments in the last episode was Steve using duct tape to repair their car.  He said his wife tossed the tape into their bags saying duct tape can fix anything.  Boy was she right.  I think they would have been in danger of going home if they needed to get a replacement car.

American Idol

So I haven’t been impressed with this season so far.  I’ve liked Crystal pretty much every week.  I like Lee but he really needs to develop some stage presence.   I like Casey and thought he did extremely well last night.  Siobhan always seems to do pretty well but mainly because she can hit some insane notes.  The ones I don’t understand how they are still there are Tim Urban and Katie Stevens.  They are total karaoke singers.  Paige was also horrible last night.  Anyway, I don’t really feel strongly about who wins this season so far.

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Survivor Heroes vs. Villains Premiere

I was hoping this season would live up to my expectations and the premiere was not a disappointment.  In the first challenge we had our first two injuries and the villains proved why they were on the villains tribe.

Reward Challenge

The first reward challenge was a sandbag was buried beneath the sand.  2 heroes and 2 villains race out to dig up the bag and the first back to their mat with the bag win a point.  First to 3 points wins.  In the first face off one of the villains dislocates Stephanie’s shoulder and the villains get a point.   Colby got taken down by Coach and villains had 2 points.  Sandra unclips Sugar’s top during their tussle but even topless Sugar scores a point for the heroes.  I forget who scored the heroes second point but it gets tied up.  James scores the winning point for the heroes but Rupert breaks a toe.

At Camp

On the villains tribe I don’t remember a lot of the women.  Sandra, Danielle and the blondie look familiar but don’t remember them.  Tyson is also familiar but I don’t recall him from his season.  Jeri is making her move on Coach after she expresses her surprise that Coach actually took down Colby during the challenge.  Everyone on the tribe is teasing Jeri about how she might find love with Coach.  Russell is already approaching Parvati and Danielle to go to the final two.

The heroes luck out on their first day and find 3 wild chickens and manage to catch all three.  You gotta wonder if they were planted near their camp because they are the heroes and the producers wanted to make it like they have good karma.  JT and James are talking to each other to look out for each other.  Colby and Candace are talking about who might partner up.  They worry Amanda and Cirie might pair up and Stephanie and Tom might team up.  Amanda is worried that since she, James and Cirie were on the same tribe before they might be a target.  Tom and Stephanie are discussing who to hook up with.  Tom thinks maybe JT because in the final two he wants to go up against someone else who already won a million dollars.  He makes a deal with JT.

Back on the villains tribe Rob is irritated because no one wants to work and build fire to boil water.  Rob is trying but Randy says why even bother trying.  Rob actually manages to come up with an idea and builds fire.  Thank goodness they didn’t listen to Randy.  I’m really impressed by Rob.It’s been 6 years since he played but he hasn’t lost his touch.  Now Coach is idolizing Rob.  This ticks Russell off and he comments that Rob may think he’s in charge but Russell is still the king of the hill.

At the heroes tribe Rupert isn’t having any luck building a fire and gives up.   Colby, JT and Stephanie manage to start it so Rupert starts worrying with his broken toe and not being able to contribute as much may make him a liability.  Colby is getting frustrated with Sugar because they are all trying to sleep and she keeps chasing him and talking loud enough to wake up everyone.

LOL. Rob is hilarious.  He was going to try and scale a palm tree to get some palm fronds.  He decides he is not going to risk falling and hurting himself but he figures he can get Coach to do it because of his ego.   He bets Sandra that Coach will do it but in the end Coach gives up.

Immunity Challenge

Five tribe members have to race to assemble a boat and use 7 planks to hold it together and paddle out to retrieve a torch.  They paddle back and the remaining 4 members have to assemble a 4 layer puzzle then use the planks to build a ladder.  Then all members have to climb up and then they have to start a fire to win.  The heroes get their boat together quickly.  They head out while the villains are still assembling their boat.  Heroes get back first and start on their puzzle.  Cirie, Rupert, Amanda and Sugar are working on it.  They are having a hard time on the puzzle and the villains catch up and they take the lead.  The villains solve the puzzle first and start working on the ladder.  And the villains win first immunity!

The Scrambling

So I think either Sugar or Rupert should go.  I love Rupert but with a broken toe it’s going to be rough.  Sugar really serves no purpose on the tribe.  Colby comes to the same conclusion.  Sugar started crying and he says if she can’t survive the first 3 days without a break down she shouldn’t be out there.

The villains are happy that they won first and debating who the heroes will be voting out.  As Russell puts it the heroes are over there being villains trying to figure out who goes home.  I’m shocked that Cirie says she thinks Amanda should go.  Amanda is one of their strongest women.  Sugar says if Amanda and James are together they need to break that up.  They are thinking way to far ahead.  Right now they need to think of winning challenges.  The others are thinking Sugar but Tom thinks maybe Cirie because she’s the manipulator.  Candace talks to Cirie and Amanda about breaking up Tom and Stephanie.  Cirie wants to keep Sugar because she’s annoying and less strong than Cirie so she wants to keep her around.  I really think it’s stupid to get rid of Stephanie or Amanda.  That’s like shooting themselves in the foot.

Tribal Council

Jeff talks about some of the reasons to vote someone off.  He also brings up on the disaster of the immunity challenge.  I really can’t tell which way people are going to go.  But any move other than Cirie or Sugar seems stupid to me.

The Votes

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, Amanda, Sugar, Sugar.  Sugar is the first person voted out this season.


Survivor Heroes vs. Villains

Leave it to Survivor, when I think ok this show has run its course and lost my interest they come up with a new idea to intrigue me.  Next seasons twist will be Heroes vs. Villains.  This means bringing back tribe members from past seasons.  I really had to go back and think of who I would pick.  It was especially hard to remember the female villains.  The heroes were the hardest.  I guess it’s the villains that really stuck in my head.

Here are some of my choices. Who do you think will be brought back?

Villains

Laura from last season’s Survivor Samoa

Russell from last season’s Survivor Samoa

Richard Hatch from Season 1 Borneo

Jerri from Season 2 Australian Outback

Alicia from Season 2 Australian Outback

Rob from Season 4 Marquesas

Johnny Fairplay from Season 7 The Pearl Islands

Ace from season 17 Survivor Gabon

Corrinne from season 17 Gabon

Heroes

Ethan from Season 3 Africa

Hunter from Season 4 Marquesas

Rupert from Season 7 Pearl Islands

Ian from Season 10 Palau

Tom from Season 10 Palau

Ozzy from Season 13 Cook Islands

Yul from Season 13 Cook Islands

Yau-Man from Survivor Fiji


Welcome to My TV Addiction

I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting a TV/Entertainment blog in addition to my book blog, Debbie’s World of Books, for a while and I decided to take the plunge. So let me say: My name is Debbie and I am a TV addict. I am a reality show junkie and there are several older shows that I’ve gotten hooked on. I recently started going through all the seasons of Supernatural (I’m on season 2 right now) and after going to a Star Trek exhibit I’ve decided I want to re-watch all the tv series and movies. So hope you will join me on this TV addict’s journey.

Some of my favorite past and present tv shows:

  • Charmed
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Amazing Race
  • Survivor
  • Supernatural
  • Sanctuary