When we think of Challenge greats, a few names often pop into mind. Then, there are some people who have uniquely great stories that get lost over time. Perhaps Tyler Duckworth is one of the best examples in the later categories. Tyler competed on four seasons: The Duel in 2006 and The Gauntlet 3 in 2007 (aired in 2008). He later returned on 2010’s Cutthroat … Continue reading Tyler Duckworth: What Is His Challenge Legacy?
Challenge fans are usually split into two camps: those who hate Battle of the Seasons and those who thought it was a breath of fresh air. In fact, many of the people who didn’t enjoy watching Seasons think it was an interesting concept and would like to see the micro-team format return. This season was unique as the only time we ever saw teams of … Continue reading Battle of the Seasons 2012: The Most Interesting Casting Disaster in Challenge History
Five years ago, MTV took a risk and brought in 15 Bloodlines to compete with their relatives. Within a couple of years, the season faded into obscurity. At the time, The Challenge was getting cast members from two sources: The Real World and Are You the One? In fact, this was the second season where Are You the One? could compete. Prior to Battle of … Continue reading Where Did All the Bloodlines Go?
In my eternal quest to rewatch all of The Challenge, thanks to CBS All Access, I have finally hit The Island. Anyone who has seen The Island knows it a quite polarizing season. Most people hate it, but there’s a small section of Challenge fans who seem to love it. Even if you are in the loving minority, you have to question the decisions MTV … Continue reading Why Did The Island Even Exist?
Season 36 will be the fourth consecutive season where Josh appeared on The Challenge. Of all the rookies who debuted on War of the Worlds, Josh is the only one to do four consecutive seasons. Fans of the show have the same question: why? Josh has been eliminated four times in three seasons. His return after the Impending Dune challenge on War of the Worlds was … Continue reading Does Anyone Understand the Appeal of Josh on The Challenge?
Another season of The Challenge is embarking, and in an era of COVID, The Challenge must move forward. As I always do with cast reveals, I am going to give credit to the team at Vevmo. While I know a lot of the names on the cast, I’d never get the full list without their inside knowledge. If you’re interested in casting, formate, and eliminations … Continue reading The Challenge 36: Official Cast
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
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
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
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?
War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds 2, and War of the Worlds 3 Total Madness. They were supposed to be a War trilogy, but production changed their minds at the last minute. They may be remembered for the jerseys covered in country flags or they might become the trilogy of Tribunals. These three seasons saw an influx of rookies onto the show, from … Continue reading Every Competitor From the Second Trilogy Ranked
Coming to you from an exotic Zoom chat, we have the Total Madness reunion! Hosted by Vernon Davis. Jenny doesn’t consider herself a champion. She says you need to win a handful of times to be called a “Champion.” Obviously she’s unaware of Champs. vs. Stars. Bananas was worried he’d never see another final again let alone win it. Bayleigh confirmed she sprained her knee … Continue reading The Challenge Total Madness: Everything Important from the Reunion