A binge of old Challenge seasons has reexposed me to many old Challenge seasons and some of the greatest formats on the show. Some seasons have great formate, but they only worked under certain conditions. Other seasons have awful formats, and they’ve always been awful. It seems we have a lot of people sitting behind keyboards screaming for Fresh Meat 3, The Duel 3, or … Continue reading Which Prior Challenge Formats Could Work in Today’s Challenge Climate?
There’s a history of Challenge competitors who have done many seasons by never secured a win. On Season 36, Cory is officially hitting the 8 season mark. He now joins the ranks of Leroy, Aneesa, and Nany in the “WIN ONE ALREADY” club. Cory has lost a lot of eliminations, but he’s also seen a number of finals: Bloodlines, Invasion, and Total Madness. He’s come … Continue reading Could Cory Win The Challenge?
Once upon a time, The Challenge cared about Are You the One? Dirty Thirty saw a single debut from Are You the One? 5 and it was from Derrick Henry. He was the chosen one, but now he seems to have faded into obscurity. Derrick H. did two seasons, and his appeal on the show was kind of obvious. He’s a hook-up king. He came … Continue reading Does Derrick Henry Deserve Another Shot at The Challenge?
When you think of “classic” or fan-favorite eliminations, there are probably one or two that pop into your head. Some examples are: Hall Brawl, Balls In, Wrecking Wall, and Knot so Fast. Meanwhile, we’ve had over 25 seasons with eliminations and many great eliminations have only appeared once. This list focuses on unique games that varied from other competitions. Some are just fun to watch, … Continue reading Ten Elimination that Should be Classics
We’re running seriously low on Real Worlders doing The Challenge. Many have moved on, but it’s fun to think about the stories that could have been. I recently wrote about Jozea, claiming he is worthy of another Challenge appearance. It’s rumored he was dropped from casting a few times late in the process. If there was ever another competitor who had similar bad luck, it … Continue reading Does Emilee Deserve Another Shot at The Challenge?
On Vendettas we MTV grab competitors from outside sources. Big Brother and MTV UK seemed to be their new initiative, and viewers were introduced to some new faces and accents. War of the Worlds rolled around. We got a bunch of new UK faces, and eve more showed up for War of the World 2. Each time an international contestant would show up on The … Continue reading Is it Time to Retire the UK Cast Members?
Sometimes, we get annoying twist that don’t enhance the game. In fact, we’ve seen a lot of them and I’ve already talked about the worst twists ever. Other twists are pretty good. They change the structure of the game in a way that encourages organic drama, pure competition, and less security for losers. Once again, twists are not always clearly defined. Formatting decisions are not … Continue reading Ten Best Challenge Twists Ever
Jozea holds a really unique position in the Challenge world. Making his debut on Big Brother 18, he first appeared on Champs vs. Stars 2 (for some odd reason). Then, he made his formal Challenge debut on Final Reckoning, making him the first and only spin-off competitor to debut on The Challenge so far. Since Final Reckoning, he hasn’t returned. For the past couple of … Continue reading Does Jozea Deserve to Make a Challenge Return?
The Gauntlet 2 gave us one of the most unique casts to date. With many of the era’s big names absent, new faces got to stand in the spotlight. Eleven Gauntlet 2 players never did a season after this. While some of these retirements were warranted, other cast members probably should have given The Challenge another go. Here, I’m going to rank all eleven. The … Continue reading Everyone Who Retired After The Gauntlet 2: Who Should Have Returned?
Each season, we see the format get tweaked a little bit. While some elements of the game have become mainstays since their introduction (like eliminations or overnight finals), others only appeared once or for a handful of seasons. These are the elements introduced to trick cast members and make a season different from its predecessors. A twist isn’t going to be the core format of … Continue reading Ten Worst Challenge Twists Ever
Always outspoken, Shane has broken his silence on The Challenge. Since being on Final Reckoning, he hasn’t really been a huge social media presence. He has Instagram, but it’s more of a personal account than a Challenge account. But when Shane talks, he spills tea and doesn’t hold back. This time he’s calling out The Challenge for favoring Bananas’s alliances and for not treating the … Continue reading Shane Calls Out Production for Discrediting Women, Casting “Side Pieces.”
On Total Madness, nine people made it to the final. Two people won, and viewers saw two separate races: day 1 and day 2. Total Madness took the final into a cold climate, something fairly unique, but we’ve seen it in the past. Rewatch Battle of the Exes or Free Agents (all on CBS All Access now!!) and you’ll see them trekking through snow during … Continue reading Is it Time to Reevaluate Final Challenges?