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Poor Mary

Posted on: July 15, 2008

In today’s Japanese Game Show, the players have to dress like babies: diapers, hat, and pacifier! I laughed so hard, but I feel bad for them at the same time. They look hilariously silly and hideous. Anyways, this week’s challenge is similar to Wipeout’s Dizzy Dummy. Basically some players are spun around, and after that they have to walk in a series of obstacles.

Green Monkey team lost again 😦 they’ll be down to 2 people next week. Mary did a good job, but based on Meaghan’s immunity pact, Donell and Mary should go to elimination. Donell used up this dilemma to make Mary break the pact. But Mary couldn’t make herself to bail, so they had to face off in chicken-egg game. They had to oil themselves and cover themselves in feather before breaking eggs with their butt. Mary managed to pop 10 eggs, while Donell got 11 before time ends, so Donell won. I kinda wanted Mary to win because she did the best, and Donell gave the worst performance on the main challenge. I don’t know how Green Monkey will compete next week with only Meaghan and Donell 😐

The Yellow Penguin team got a treat to go to a Japanese village to watch soba (japanese style noodle) making, and they get to eat the home-made soba. Cathy, who afraid of foreign stuff, hesitated to eat, as usual. On the other hand, Green Monkey had to work de-shelling clams. Poor guys.

This week on wipeout: no one seemed to be able to pass the last obstacle on the first round. Everyone bounced off that wall. I think the wall have technical issue. I love this week’s 3rd round, the dreadmill. The contestants have to use flipper flop while running in accelerating dreadmill. In the meanwhile, there are some dolphins, crabs, lobsters, and floating balloons that hinder their way. They have to stay as long as they can in the dreadmill before they got booted into a foam pool.

This week’s japanese game show’s challenge is so funny! They make adults ride tricycle, and it’s kids size. It’s so outrageous watching Cathy, Belinda, Darcy and Meaghan doing it. They also make the other 2 members to pedal a regular bike to help reducing the speed of the treadmill. Poor guys, they look so exhausted.

This week the Green Monkey team lose again (I kinda like this team more than the other) Boohoo, they lose by only 4 seconds 😦 And poor Darcy gets voted to elimination round, again! Meaghan volunteered to go to elimination game accompanying Darcy, with a promise that the next time the team lose, she’ll be exempted.

The elimination game is also hillarious. Similar to the first week’s elimination game, Darcy and Meaghan, wearing sticky suit, have to jump and stick themselves into a wall with a human shape area (think – Human Tetris). There are 3 rounds with different shapes. Meaghan did a splendid job – almost perfect, right in the middle everytime. So she really deserves to win, but poor Darcy, it’s really her time to go today. Unless, next week one of the Yellow Penguins gets sick and they call Darcy again to replace him/her. 😛

Green Monkey has to work in rice field like a farmer. Poor guys have to plant rice in a muddy square of soil.  On the other hand, Yellow Penguin team gets to go to fish market. The fish market is great; it’s huge, busy and crowded (they even have a fish auction). It might be nice to watch on TV, but for me, going there isn’t a treat. The place must be very fishy, slimy and slippery (at least that’s what I imagine – I never been to a fish market, anywhere). But they get to eat fresh sashimi (by fresh, I mean really fresh cut from huge chunk of tuna – freshly caught).

On the other show, wipeout, I missed the first round because I came home late. This week’s 3rd round is the same as the first week, which is the Dizzy Dummy, which is a killer. If you don’t make it in the first 2 rounds, you’ll be too dizzy to go on. The only hope you have is that the other players are dizzier than you to complete the task. If I was playing and could choose, I would choose Dreadmill over Dizzy Dummy.

Well, for some people summer is a great time to relax. I totally agree. Another thing that I love about summer, a lot of new TV shows and new seasons of the others.

These past few weeks, I spend a lot of time watching TV when I want to relax or just have nothing to do. And ever since I wrote about Japanese Game Show post and I saw how many people are actually have the same interest as me, I would like to share more about what I watch on TV.

I like funny tv shows, I watch American Funniest Home Videos and other similar programs. So, it’s natural for me to like the japanese game shows on ABC. I don’t watch MXC often though, because I just don’t know when it’s airing (I think it’s usually in the afternoon, when I’m working). Other TV show that I currently watching is: The Mole (also on ABC). It’s a show where a group of players compete and/or play as a team, and one of them is The Mole who will always try to sabotage every mission. The goal of the game is to figure out who’s The Mole, and the player will the most knowledge about the mole will win in the end. It’s on halfway of the game, only 6 players left. I think next Monday, it’s gonna be a recap of the half season.

Another channel that I watch a lot is USA. I’m waiting for new seasons of Burn Notice, Monk and Psych. I like those 3 shows very much, and I do my best not to miss them. And if I do, I’ll make sure watch it online :-P. I love action and I love comedy, so of those 3 my absolute fave is Burn Notice. I didn’t watch the first season when it aired. But I got to watch one of the encore episode and fell in love. So I finished watching the first episode online and can’t wait until next week when season 2 begins. It’s a story about a spy who get fired, so he’s trying to figure out what’s going on while taking “part-time” jobs to help regular people in trouble.

When I’m in the mood for something more serious, I watch Law&Order and CSIs, but not very often. I also watch cartoon. I love watching The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, Naruto, Bleach, etc. I watch American Gladiator, and I will watch Olympics this coming August. Oh, and I also watch HGTV and Food Network for some ideas. Hmm, that’s all the TV shows I watch, that I can think of now.

Poor Olga

Posted on: July 2, 2008

Just finished watching both Wipeout and JGS (I survived a Japanese game show), hillarious as expected. Although the wipeout’s contestants on this week couldn’t break the time record of last week’s players on the last round. On JGS, I’m dissapointed that Olga was elimitated (not that I wanted Darcy to be elimitated either). I think Donell should’ve listened to Olga and put Meaghan and Mary to face off. Meaghan did a poor job on the human-crane game because she was nervous and let the nerve and emotion consume her. And in my opinion, Olga is a stronger player than her. Olga and Donell are the loudest, but the strongest contender on Green Monkey team. Too bad the coalition is over now.

As usual, during break, I switch channels and see if there’s anything else interesting on TV. And I found out that TBS airs 2 hours of Family Guy. I was torn between watching the japanese game show or family guy. I had a thought to just watch family guy instead because I can watch JGS online at abc.go.com (like I did with The Mole). But I ended up watching more JGS because I was curious.

I just finished watching ABC’s new shows: Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and I love them! They are so funny and crazy (in a good way), and the games really require physical stunts. I’ve been a fan of Japanese culture for a while, and believe it or not, they are way crazier than Americans. They are more willing to dress silly and try crazy things. I even dedicate a page for japanese game show along with weekly recap, check it out here.

From the first time I saw the trailer of Wipeout, I immideately know that it’s the American version of MXC on Spike TV. The show is called Takeshi Palace in Japan. I’ve watched MXC palace few times, and I like it, but sometimes I just don’t get the jokes, because they’re Japanese jokes and slang. And the people who dub it change it to be more American, but it’s not working. So when I see the American version of Takeshi palace w/ real american people and in English, I know I just have to watch it. Their games are similarly silly and crazy, but the rules are quite different. But it’s ok, I still like it. The hosts also give funny jokes about the players, like giving them nicknames and such. The winner of each episode will win $50,000, same price of Fear Factor. This makes me think that this show is similar to fear factor, but it’s not to conquer fear, but more like challenge physical strength and willingness to get dirty.

After wipeout, the next show is “I survived a japanese game show” (I’ll call it jgs for short). In this show, they take 10 Americans to Japan. The contestants have no idea what kind of reality show they’re going into. They have to battle in a crazy and wacky japanese show wearing silly outfits. The winning team gets a pleasant prize (this week they got a helicopter tour of Tokyo) and they are safe from elimination. The losing team will get “punishment,” and they have to choose 2 people to battle in a game to decide who goes home. The last person standing will win $250,000, pretty sweet. This show is outrageously funny. I laughed out so loud, I forget everything that I had been through today (it hasn’t really been a pleasant day).

There’s another japanese show that’s going to be played on FOX called Hole in the Wall. I watched the japanese version on youtube , and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Watch it here:

For more videos of the game, just search “human tetris” on youtube, and you’ll see more version of this game played in many countries. Interested in participating? FOX is actually is trying to find players. Can’t wait to watch this one too. I even dedicate a page for japanese game show, check it out here.


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