It’s finally the finale and we’re here to break it out. We review the final, our favorite contestants, challenges and eliminations of the season. This officially wraps up Season 29 of The Challenge and Season 1 of Challenged. See you all next week for Season 2.
We were out last week, but we make it up to you with this two-fer presenting the last 2 episodes. The Final begins, and as TJ says, it’s no joke. This episode we cover Nelson’s near death experience and Cory’s infinite disappointments.
We finally see the end of the Underdog eliminations and say goodbye to our favorite Underdog. The Champs fight for their last chance to pad out their team bank account. We start our final Champ elimination, but as per usual do not finish it.
We’re out next week, but hang tight for the finale.
IT’S AN UNDERDOG BLOODBATH! We finally get to say goodbye to our least favorite Challengers, and see some drama along the way. We check out screen caps of the Nelson/Shane/Cory elimination and dissect them to see how bad a player Nelson is. We’re nearing the end of this season, so let us know what you want to see on the off season.
We finish the Bananas vs. Darrell elimination, and the Cara Maria vs. Laurel. The lesbian love triangle has been resolved but that doesn’t stop drama in the club. We watch the Challengers jump from inner tube to inner tube, but no eliminations. Next week: The Underdog Bloodbath.
It’s a Champ elimination day, and the crew fights over a rope on a tilting platform to stay alive. A lesbian love triangle shakes up the house. An elimination is cut short and no one is sent home… yet.
Shane betrays his alliance… or does he? Everyone eats and pukes too much curry. People overreact to harmless pranks. All this and more on this episode of Challenged!
It’s Champion elimination day. The Challengers compete on a giant hamster wheel to see who will battle each other in The Fortress. We also go over Season 30 availability calls.
High drama, low action. One elimination, no challenges this week. The Champions have invaded the house and the underdogs are trying to impress.
This week we talk to Shane Landrum of Road Rules and The Challenge fame. We talk about Campus Crawl, Battle of the Sexes, The Inferno and, of course, Invasion of the Champions.
The Champs invade and the Oasis is filled with drama. No elimination this week. This week we break down the newly revealed format for the Challenges and Eliminations.
Bryan, Amanda and Tim talk about The Challenge episode #4, Four Tickets to Paradise. Some underdogs go home, the Champions arrive, and way too many people end up hooking up.
The Underdogs arrive at camp. Drama overtakes them. We talk drama, the challenge, and the elimination and try to make predictions for the rest of the season.
Bryan, Amanda and Tim sit down to discuss the players in The Challenge Invasion and speculate about format.
Did the last Challenge video leave you wanting for me? Well then good news, since we’ve now got a longer look at this season’s Invasion.
As expected, we have the Underdogs arriving first, with the Champions joining them later to show them how the game is really played. As one of the oldest fans of The Challenge ever, I was looking for Shane in this trailer. I think the only shot of Shane is him vomiting all over, but since we could only see the top of his head, I can’t even be sure that was him. I hope he performs well. I would love to see some old Challenge guys return to the scene.
The Challenge Invasion premieres February 7th, so mark those calendars.
I don’t totally geek out about many things these days. One of my most embarrassing interests is The Challenge.
In my defense, I started watching The Challenge when it was age-appropriate. The first season came out in 1998, when I was 18 and still way into The Real World and Road Rules. I enjoyed seeing my favorite cast members come back and compete with each other.
At some point, I got in way too deep. I watched every season. I couldn’t possibly skip an episode and miss out on the drama of it all.
And now, I’m closing in on 40 and still watch these kids get drunk and, most importantly, compete.
The point is, The Challenge is back with season 29, Invasion. The format is all about a bunch of new guys I don’t care about vs. old guys I’m excited to see again. Of course Bananas is back, hot off his Rivals 3 win where he took home the biggest prize in Challenge history. CT is back from semi-retirement. Darrell is back for the first time in several years to challenge Bananas. Before Bananas, Darrell was the Challenge’s biggest winner. It’ll be cool to see those guys compete against each other.
Also back is Shane for the first time in 10 years. I’m glad to see him back, but wondering what compelled him to return after all these years.
On the female side, my favorite female competitor, Cara Maria is back. Let’s hope he pulls out a win a little more impressive than the lackluster Bloodlines gave her.
More details are available over at MTV. Invasion premieres February 7th.
Season 2 comes to a close with the return of several characters we thought were dead, and the death of characters that were also already dead.
The thing I loved about the original series of movies was the continuous ramping up of the absurdity. The over-the-top violence and gore and comedy from Army of Darkness had its humble beginnings as a straight-up, serious horror movie in Evil Dead. Evil Dead 2 split the difference, offering straight horror with some absurdly bad-ass moments and lots of comedy.
The TV series seems to be continuing the same path. All season, we’ve seen the blood and gore continue to ramp up, as well as the gross factor. In this episode, we got a little too close to Henrietta. As a horror movie nerd, not a lot makes me recoil in disgust, but this scene did it for me. Bravo to the writer who asked themselves the question, “what if Henrietta breast-fed Ash?”
The finale certainly skated the line between nostalgia and wondering if the writers had gone through their entire bag of tricks. It’s a delicate balance to strike, but since we saw a fight between Ash and Henrietta nearly 30 years ago, do we need to redo the fight exactly? The answer, of course, is yes. As long as you can balance out the references to the original with a new take on it.
Ash and crew return to a hero’s welcome with a parade and cheerleaders. Just as Season 1 ended in victory, so did Season 2. But Ruby’s reappearance in the crowd means maybe we shouldn’t get too comfortable yet. Will Season 3 Ruby be friend or foe? We’ve got a long wait to see.
Overall, Season 2 is better than Season 1, and gives me even more hope for the seasons to come.
And if you watched the episode and didn’t hang on tight for the post-credit scene, I recommend you do that.
I’m an old-school horror nerd, and am especially obsessed with Evil Dead. I’ve loved Evil Dead for over 20 years, so imagine my surprise when I recently heard, for the very first time, that Evil Dead may be a ripoff of a movie called Equinox. With an open mind, I decided to watch this movie and decide for myself.
There are some definite similarities in imagery and plot. Those similarities cannot be overlooked. Remember how in Evil Dead, the evil was represented by a traveling camera? Well, maybe that wasn’t quite as original as we’d all thought.
Thematically, both movies involve an ancient book that is read from that unleashes evil.
So maybe those things could just be coincidence, right? I mean, how original an idea is unleashing evil from a book anyway?
Oh, but there’s also flying demons that are very similar to the one in Evil Dead 2. There’s a professor who has the book and a group who stumbles upon it accidentally. There’s a necklace that is important to the plot and their salvation. There’s imagery involving clocks and reel-to-reel audio recorders. There’s even an ancient castle similar to the one that makes an appearance in Evil Dead 2.
Outside of some basic themes and imagery, there’s other similarities. Just like Evil Dead, Equinox was produced on a shoestring budget by near-amateurs with ambitious ideas. There is also an element of possession by evil, which leads the friends to lower their defenses and try to help their friends who have turned on them.
There are many differences, too. While Evil Dead is primarily demons and possession, Equinox is more monsters and the devil. Generally speaking, Equinox thinks ‘bigger’, with portals to other dimensions, evil beasts and the devil. Evil Dead keeps it simple with an unseen even force and friends turning on each other.
It’s hard to look at this movie I’ve loved forever and imagine that maybe, just maybe, it’s not as original as I’d thought it was. Overall though, I don’t care much about originality in horror movies. Zombies and slashers are my favorite sub-genres, and both of those sub-genres include very little originality. The most important part to remember is that, if Evil Dead truly did rip off Equinox, they did it in a way that improved the original. It’s lasted longer, has withstood the test of time better, and I still enjoy it even if they did take some cues from this other movie.
In short, even if it is a rip-off, who fucking cares? Evil Dead for life.
Just when I think I couldn’t love Ash vs. Evil Dead anymore, it turns out I was wrong. There’s always more love for me to give to the series.
I love the buddy/traveling aspect of the show, don’t get me wrong. But there’s nothing better than returning to the cabin and Ash going it alone for a while. So far each season has had a return to the cabin, and I hope this trend continues until the series ends. The cabin is where the story started, and it’s where the story should end.
Throwbacks galore in this episode. Enough for even those filthy casual fans to catch. They perfectly recreated the “Little Ash” scene from Army of Darkness with a new spin on it.
The cabin is so perfectly recreated, and we get another Evil Dead alumni reprising their role. This time it’s Ted Raimi as Henrietta.
One of my favorite aspects of this series is the perfect balance it carries between expanding the mythology but also revisiting old themes and throwbacks. This episode featured a lot of throwbacks, but also traveled back to the past to introduce us to Dr. Knowby, who previously we’d only seen in a few tiny flashbacks.
Next week is the Season 2 finale, so we’ll find out if this time traveling saves Pablo or undoes this evil. Will we see the old crew return to the cabin? Will Pablo come back? I, for one, can’t wait to find out.