September 25, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X: Fun with Mother Nature

9/25/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 1

Twenty new castaways arrive in beautiful Fiji and our host with the most [blue shirts], Jeff Probst, can't wait to hand out buffs to reveal the tribe divisions. If the coordinating color palettes out of the outfits didn't give it away to them, then the buffs help to show it's young vs. old. Or if you like marketing buzzwords, Millennials vs. Gen X. It's the perfect twist to shove in lots of heavy handed convos about Millennials having things handed to them and Gen X being old fashioned. The generational differences in actions are put to the test in a fast grab to get all the supplies needed to survive, which has choices like fishing gear vs chickens or knife vs pots or pans. So much versus to use in one paragraph!

The Gen X arrives to their beach and immediately begin to work together on assembling a quality shelter that will protect them. The Millennials slap together a home that literally falls apart because they were too focused having fun and frolicking in the ocean. The weather is actually so horrendous that both tribes are given a tarp to protect them, which the Millennials promptly hang up super poorly. None of the shelter building work really matters because a major cyclone hits the island and destroys everything. But thankfully for the twenty castaways, the show evacuated them all before the storm fully hit them, taking boats to an undisclosed location for the night and leaving just a GoPro around to capture the storm. The tribes return the next day to see the storm's devastation but overall just re-enter the game like not much happened. Same to how I've covering it in this recap.

Let's talk about the tribes, shall we?

The Millennial tribe is Vanua, but I honestly thought their buffs said "Vanilla" and to be honest, I will call them "Vanilla" all season. Bros Taylor and Jay bond immediately and pull in cute bartender Figgy. The trio make no efforts to conceal that they are three best friends that will be ride or die until the end, dubbing themselves the Triforce. Michelle the missionary is also pulled into their trio, but she builds some other friendships that at least makes he appear less obnoxious than the other three. But will the Triforce make it far is a bigger question because barista Hannah and videogamer Mari begin the loose assembling of the "misfits" to target that trio (Figgy in particular) should they lose immunity. Just don't even lose Zeke, whose Hawaiian shirt gives me life not to mention he's the only one with the sense and leadership to put together a decent shelter after the storm and makes fire for the Vanilla tribe.

Gen X is a strong group in terms of camp life, but losing the first challenge (an obstacle course with the ability to skip obstacles and increase the number of puzzle pieces they have to handle) makes the group have to play the game a little sooner. The easy targets are those with the red flags. Rachel is a chatterbox and  claimed she was great at puzzles and blew it for the tribe. David also blew the puzzle and he's been a paranoid mess since day one. The tribe likes David's sense of humor which appears amongst his overall fear of everything and massive game overthinking. Feeling vulnerable and desperate, David is caught searching for a Hidden Immunity Idol and practically begs for safety by offering up his vote. Jessica the lawyer and her Bob Costas level red eyes talks to him, and if only David knew Jessica was holding onto a big advantage herself. During the supply grabfest, Jessica grabbed an envelope which she discovered holds the "Legacy Advantage" which will give her an advantage at day 36. And should Jessica not make it to day 36, she has to will it to another person. With this advantage and good relationships with the tribe, Jessica is definitely a subtle sleeper of the Takali tribe.

Tribal Council time! Jeff Probst wears a white shirt, maybe in gray, I don't even know and I'm losing my mind because Probst is a blue man. Maybe a black. I digress. After talking about the storm for a hot second, talk turns to David. "Oh crap" is his response to having to verbalize everything with Probst. David understands he could be a target due to his own behavior, but truly wants to be in the game. He says tonight he'll prove he can be trusted (AKA vote a certain way). Rachel vocalizes that maybe her saying "what is" puts more of a target on her, but that's basically all we hear from her. The votes are scattered all over the place: one for David, one for Sunday, three for CeCe... but five for Rachel. She's the first eliminated from the game and really I don't have much to say about her departure. 

[All images credited to CBS]

September 6, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Pre-Show Winner Prediction

It's time for the 33rd season of Survivor and this season is full of marketing buzzwords. Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X is a battle of young vs. old, a divide we've seen before. Let's hope it's better than the last time we had this split in Nicaragua.

As I do every season of Survivor, I read the cast bios and watch their videos and try to predict the winner. I've come so close so many times... could this be the year?


Chris will win Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

Reading Chris' bio, I wasn't impressed but when I watched his video I found his calm alpha demeanor as something that jumped out. I think he'll be a leader of the Gen X crowd that will be able to amass the numbers in his favor, sort of like Earl in Fiji. I imagine he'll bond with Bret the cop and they'll run stuff. Plus, Chris' job as a trial lawyer has probably made him a good communicator and, if he gets there, good at handling a jury. If a Millennial ends up taking control, I could see it being Adam who was my second choice as I have this vibe that this season will have a male winner. But hopefully my vibes are totally wrong because I really liked Figgy and Mari. I'm also obsessed with Zeke's video where he poses around a tree then rolls and poses in mud. Zeke is probably going to be my favorite, but sadly not my pick to win.

But enough about my pick, who do YOU think will win Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X? Cast your vote below in the handy form and you could win the glory (as well as the annual photo of a trophy).

[All images credited to CBS]

Bachelor in Paradise: 3 Proposals and Dumping

9/06/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Finale - Part 2

Everyone basks in the afterglow of overnight dates in their fluffy white hotel robes and smiley faces, except Josh and Amanda who apparently wear their regular clothes. BOO! Grant and Lace who decide to be dramatic again, with him questioning everything even after getting those dumb matching "Grace" tattoos. Jen looks forward to a proposal from Nick eventhough he still hasn't said "I love you" (but maybe it happened off camera?) Josh and Amanda's only obstacle are her children, who he hasn't met yet and worries about going too fast and becoming an instant step dad. But all these hesitations don't stop the guys from meeting up with Neil Lane (who can't believe he's seeing Nick for a third time).

Onto the final roses!

Carly and Evan head to the alter of impending proposals first and give each other amazing speeches that proclaim their love for each other. Evan pulls out his Neil Lane ring and asks "Will you freakin' marry me?" The answer is yes - Cevan forever! Eventhough Grant woke up with a head full of confusion, or maybe it was post-tattoo pain, so Lace pours her heart out to grant to know how she feels and how real their love is. Far more real than her eyelashes. Grant talks about how he loves all sides of Lace, including her crazy ones, and proposes to her. Lace says yes - Grace forever, the tattoos weren't in vain (yet)!

Then comes Nick and Jennifer, who tells Nick how much she enjoyed getting to know him and feels their instant connection. Jen admits she's fallen in love with him and hopes Nick can catch her; heeeeeee can't. Nick isn't in love with Jen as much as he'd like to be. Ugly sobs all around from Nick Viall. It's just the begin of the snot sucks because Nick shall be our new Bachelor and get to overcome his fear that he won't be able to say I love you again.

Last and certainly least are Josh and Amanda. Amanda feels lucky to have found Josh and knows her two girls will love him. He doesn't want to repeat past mistakes, but knows this time around he found true love. Josh is crying, or possibly profusely sweating from his eyeballs which is legit possible from him, and gets down on his knee to propose. But for real, how can I even focus on this proposal when Josh's sweat drenches his white button down so much he looks like he's competing in a wet t-shirt contest??


[All images credited to ABC]

September 5, 2016

Bachelor in Paradise: Fantasy Suite Fun

9/05/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Finale - Part 1

Tiara the chicken enthusiast arrives at the 11th hour for the finale and even she knows she has zero chance of anything happening for her. She gives up her date card to Nick and Jen who head to a carnival, the perfect place to try and break down Nick's walls with an awkward fortune teller encounter. Nick is able to verbalize to Jen that he does have feelings for her, which makes her happy to hear. On the not so happy front, Brett dumps Izzy to pursue things with Lauren for a few more days. Izzy packs her bags and leaves Paradise to try and get Vinny back which seems about 7 days too late. An impassioned iPhone call doesn't help as Vinny doesn't like the way she dumped him for the lamp guy, leaving Izzy nauseous, regretful, and single in the Uber home.

It's time for another Rose Ceremony which continues to lack excitement since it's pretty clear who the roses are going to. The only suspense comes from Wells, who is in a love square with Ashley I, Jami, and Shushanna. Jami and Ashley are OK making an effort to plead their case to Wells, but Shushanna literally runs off because she's not into this competition stuff to fight over a guy. Status downgraded to a love triangle. Once the obvious roses are handed out, it's time for Brett and Wells. Brett throws a Rose Ceremony curveball and doesn't hand out his rose at all (sorry Lauren) because he's really not feeling any love vibes and didn't want to go to the Bone Zone so quickly. Wells makes a choice and gives his rose to Ashley, which eliminates Jami, as well as Lauren B and Tiera the chicken "connoisseur" (upgrade!).

The next morning, Chris Harrison pulls the gang aside to encourage deep talks about if their relationships will continue AKA leave if you aren't going to get engaged on TV. But the biggest discussion is the fantasy suite for Wells and Ashley I. Virginal Ashley seems pretty ready to head to the Bone Zone, while Wells is really hesitant about being that guy on national TV. Wells pulls Ashley aside for a serious talk and crushes her dreams of finally having a boyfriend and a guy she actually likes. She even played it cool, you guys. Both leave Paradise immediately upon their breakup. Bring on the tears. 

Chris Harrison shows up yet again for one last talking to before the remaining four couples head off on their Fantasy Suite dates. Grant and Lace start the day buying friendship bracelets that say "GRACE" because that's their mashed up couple name. Because craft string isn't enough symbolism, they escalate this to getting matching "GRACE" tattoos. Later that night, Lace finally tells Grant she loves him and looks forward to him proposing. Nick and Jen's date has them going paddle boarding and if a random Mexican dog can do it, so they they. Nick still hasn't told Jen he loves her, but definitely voices that he has strong feelings for her. Hopefully it'll last after Paradise (it won't/doesn't/can't). Evan and Carly get another weird date of painting in their skivvies which is about 20% on canvas, 80% on their bodies. Dinner is far more normal and Carly and Evan exchange "I love yous". Josh and Amanda play soccer with a bunch of kids, and the fact that we aren't watching Josh create the perfect pizza and then moan while eating it is a letdown. But Amanda appreciates the opportunity to see Josh interact with kids. Josh and Amanda are happy they've overcome their obstacles and reiterate their love for each other. And then Josh moans more.

[All images credited to ABC]