The Crystal Maze US

By | January 16, 2020

You will definitely need to use the Dark Arts for this, but Nickelodeon have put up the first episode of The Crystal Maze US a week before it airs. Here’s the Youtube link, but it’s geolocked so get your VPNs ready.

Main takeaways:

  • They’re into the first game within two minutes.
  • Despite that they only get 8 games + Dome. The Megacrystal is also in effect. Plenty of between game chat, and certainly before the Dome.
  • Graphics have been touched up a lot – zone map transitions look great, as does the VR game from last series.
  • Games from all (modern) series have been used, a medieval game has been adapted for Eastern.
  • Games are a bit easier – extra lives, extra thirty seconds added for some of them.
  • Breaks mid-game because it’s America.
  • Dome is $100 per gold, -$100 per silver, more than 100 gold after deductions bumps the prize up to $25,000.
  • I hope you like high pitched screaming because there’s a lot of it.
  • Jury out on Adam Conover for me. There’s not really a lot of room for him to be funny in an endearingly odd way, and his corny jokes came across as a bit overtly scripted (although there was a bit with an exercise bike which suggests a fun direction). He’s doing a lite-version of the Ayoade “this is because of editing” schtick. Really it’s difficult for me to judge because I’m quite far away from the target audience.

So… not sure what to make of it, keeps many of the UK’s issues, improves some bits, does other things slightly worse… score draw? Fascinated to see what they make of it over there though. I kind of hope it’s successful, because imagine a set built with American money.

Show Discussion: Don’t Scream

By | January 16, 2020

Thursday 16th Jan, from 8pm
BBC3 (online)

Yung Filly invites a team of three to try to earn £5,000 by doing tasks overnight in a shopping centre. Unfortunately, each time one of them screams £100 gets knocked off, and even more unfortunately the location has been rigged with a load of comedy scares. How much will they take home?

It reads like Five Nights At Freddies: The Live Action Gameshow, basically, and for now it’s a one-off. One Night At Filly’s.

We’re very much positively disposed to this sort of thing and look forward to watching it. I bet they’ll be questions as to “what constitutes a scream or involuntary noise,” though. Anyway let us know what you think in the comments.

The end of Windows 7

By | January 14, 2020

Today is the last day Microsoft will be supporting Windows 7.

So this seems as good a time as any to link to a vid of The WB’s Studio 7 from 2004, where seven young adults lived together for a few days then came to a studio to do a quiz, where they could help or hinder or each other as they saw fit. In the end, one walks away with $77,000 and returns for the final for an additional $777,000. It only lasted one series, despite the DRAMATIC SHOTS.

Gameshows as confectionary

By | January 13, 2020

An interesting question posed in a recent comment I thought I would amplify:

Unrelated: a nostalgia podcast I listen to, on which guests talk about things they remember which nobody else seems to, had a guest a while ago that made a remarkable claim that a popular UK quiz show briefly made, or at least trialled, spin-off confectionery in the mid-’90s. I’m not going to identify the podcast or the confectionery yet so as not to lead the witnesses, but does anybody remember (or, better still, provide evidence for) such confectionery?

I’d be interested in UK game show spin-off confectionery in general; the only example that springs to mind straight away is I’m A Celebrity!s spin-off bush tucker trial chocolates which may not be what they seem. Sadly there’s no evidence to suggest that Donny Osmond’s Pyramid revival ever led to a Pyramint revival, but it’s nice to imagine.

Chris M Dickson

Turnabout M and Ms, that would work. Anyway, anyone?

Happy David’s Dead Day!

By | January 11, 2020

Not only is it Wie Is De Mol premiere day, but it’s also the anniversary of the greatest reality TV moment of all time. Comedy = tragedy + not much time.

Voting OVER!

By | January 11, 2020

The lids have been put on the ballot boxes of the 15th’s Bar Poll of the Year. It’s going to take a little longer than usual to collate the votes and write it all up (for a start, because you could change your vote before the deadline I haven’t been counting them up as they come in, also: life), but the date for your diary is Tuesday 21st January 9pm when the LIVE broadcast of the results with discussion with the Polls Panel is provisionally going to happen.

Great turnout, thanks for all your votes!