| America's Next Top Model, Kid Nation, Kitchen Nightmares, Top Chef
||[Oct. 4th, 2007|11:30 am]
Interactions with others are precious today, although they are apt to be on the wild side, ELIZABETH. Your actions and emotions may be coming from a primal place within you, making you act and react with raw animal instincts. You may find yourself slipping into fanciful scenarios and curious role-playing in which people take on a persona that is not quite themselves. Words may have an extra amount of bite to them, so be careful how you use them.
Wednesdays are going to kill me. I ended up watching both America’s Next Top Model and Kid Nation, flipping back and forth between them (and thus missing parts of both) while I tape Pushing Daisies. Then I went from Very Bad Cooking to Very Good Cooking and taped Dirty Sexy Money. I’ll watch Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money either tonight or tomorrow night.
America’s Next Top Model
My girl from Dallas, Ambreal, seems to be doing fairly well, so yay! The rock climbing shoot looked like so many they’ve done before in the first few episodes. I did like the makeup for it, though. Glad to see Heather’s doing well, and Victoria also. I loved the gowns in the fashion show. Most of them were the crazy kind of beautiful, but there were a few I might actually wear. I don’t think I knew anything about the girl who was cut. She seemed really generic to me, though, so I’m not unhappy with the judges’ decision.
I missed big chunks of this while flipping over to ANTM, but I did see the challenge with the sheep and the confrontation with Taylor at the town meeting and the earlier confrontation with Greg, plus some of the gold star interviews.
I didn’t see why the council decided to interview some of the kids about who should get the gold star. I think Greg is just frustrated and will continue to be until (and if) they get Mike off the council and give him a freaking gold star already. It annoyed me that they gave it to Mallory. Sure, she may be running that store at 8 years old, but it’s pretty obvious it was given mostly because the council is split on its feelings towards Greg and it was her birthday, making her the easy option. But I think a $20,000 birthday present is utterly ridiculous. Plus, and this may be harsh, I don’t really care for those two girls. They seem to be trying to stay sheltered and IMO this whole experience should be about getting unsheltered. And the longer the council goes on not rewarding Greg for working hard, the worse their problems will get. I think they don’t understand that it’s really two problems – 1) it’s making Greg angrier and angrier; and 2) it’s sending a message to the other kids that the council plays favorites and hard work isn’t rewarded. Eventually, that’s going to come back to bite them. But then most of these kids are crappy at politics. They’ll learn. ;)
And that happens to be Taylor’s only redeeming characteristic. She’s actually pretty good at getting people to do what she tells them to do and she can read a crowd and figure out what to say to them to appease them. Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than that to stay on the council, I think. (This isn’t a spoiler – I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I still think there may be some sort of coup d’etat soon.)
As for the challenge and shakeup in occupations, thank goodness the green district is finally in charge of the kitchen! I don’t know what should be done about the yellow team. On the one hand, it’s kind of good that they’re upperclass, since they weren’t doing anything anyway. On the other hand, when the blue team was upperclass, they pitched in and helped everyone. I think the reds did, as well. Most of the yellow team won’t do that. On the other hand, they should definitely not be the laborers because ewwwwww! Those outhouses would be so disgusting they’d have to burn them after a day or two. Maybe the best thing would be for them to be merchants. I think those kids might like playing store.
The curfew was a good idea, as was choosing the microwave over the pizzas.
I did not like this episode quite as well as the previous two, but it was still GRRR and worth watching. There was a little too much of it that seemed repetitive and I kind of got tired of the Mike situation. I wanted to know more about food. There seemed to be very little focus on that aspect, other than the menu revamp, which really was not all that major of a menu revamp. I wish GRRR would challenge the chefs to come up with new dishes that fit the new theme, rather than just handing them a new menu. I did like that they came back two months later, and I hope they continue to do that with future episodes.
Top Chef Finale
Hmmm. Well, I can’t really argue with the judges decision. Hung was probably technically best throughout the season, so in a two-way tie (which is what it looked like they had to me), I think it was the right choice to pick him overall. I was delighted to see Dale improve so much and get his passion for cooking back and I hope he’s doing well now. I was so very sad to see Casey kind of fall apart and then get all back-talkey with the judges. I’m sure she felt defensive after watching the show, but yeah, not good. I still like her, and I’m still looking forward to eating at her restaurant, as well as Tre’s.