For the first time ever, we’re in the middle of a three-night final. The remaining three competitors are competing for $100,000 on top of their split of their team’s bank account. While this makes the final more demanding, it’s also pushing the competitors on more levels than ever before.
So far we’ve only seen the first night. A three day final seems to promise a more demanding competition than ever before, but the first 24 hours haven’t been the most demanding. Perhaps Rivals 2 was less challenging, but this has not been the most demanding final so far. We’ve only really seen the expected stages: a swim, a puzzle, eating. Really, the only thing we haven’t really seen is the running. There has been some, but not too much.
In regards to the overnight portion, sleeping in the shelter is far from the worst conditions. It’s not like they’re standing in a subway station, balancing on stumps, or holding a camel. Everyone had a spot to sleep, a mosquito net, and plenty of coconuts to eat.
So we’ve seen worse, but this is only the first half. The second half of the final is airing next week, and the worst is likely yet to come. It’s not like these conditions are exactly glamorous and the conditions are likely going to wear on the competitors. After requiring competitors to swim, drag puzzle pieces and eat vomit-enducing food, they’re expected to continue for another full day.
We all watch the show for the competition and we want to see people push themselves. However, there is a point where the competition is overly, and unnecessarily, rigorous and this makes the show no longer fun to watch. To be completely honest, I don’t think we’ve hit that point in the Invasion final yet, but I can see it happening. At this point I’m not going to say three days to too excessive, but I do feel that we’re approaching the limit where the final may be overly strenuous and not fun to watch.
How do you feel about the three day final?