The Champions are finally in the house and The Oasis is filled. The real format of this season has been revealed, yet somehow production managed not to give us what we wanted.
Here was have it, The Challenge: “Invasion of the Champions.” This season is advertised as an opportunity for Underdogs to take down the Champions. Somehow, they’ve managed to ruin this format by separating Underdog and Champion eliminations. Yes, I realize there are more Underdogs than there are Champions, but isn’t the point of this show to see if the Underdogs can beat the Champions? Don’t we want the Underdogs to face Champions in elimination?
I don’t want to spoil this season, so we’re going to leave it as the information revealed in the episode. However, I feel we’ve had a history of seasons that demonstrated promise but silly format twists ruined the intended purpose of the season.
For example, look at The Duel 2 where the whole season was spent competing with a partner, and this really screwed some people in the final. Or Battle of the Bloodlines where the bloodlines were separated from the alum, then The Pit allowed people to go home without even having a chance to fight.
Perhaps I’m alone here, but I would have loved the competition to be individual at this point. Like many viewers, I’d like to see a big team format again, but this is not the ideal situation. If production has to intentionally make the Champion team smaller than the Underdogs then they probably shouldn’t be utilizing a team format. As we saw this week, having disproportionate team sizes allows one team to win based solely on their size and not necessarily on their ability.
Of course, there is some good from this formatting. Some of the eliminations, particularly the Champion ones, are bound to be epic.