Capture

I was compelled to write a post about this new series purely because of how much of a guilty pleasure it became for me. A friend posted a clip of it online and urged people to give it a try and after watching the clip, I was hooked and sped through all the episodes that had already aired in the US. This past week the show ended and I wait with bated breath to see if it may get a second season. Oh, did I mention this show is a reality game show?

Capture’s concept is a little like Hunger Games except of course no one dies in it; there are 12 teams of 2, and each week one team is selected to be the ‘hunt team’ while the rest of them are left to be the prey. They are released into a large area called the hunting ground, and the hunt team basically has to catch two teams. The hunt is spread across a two day period, and if the hunt team do not catch two teams before the time runs out then they are in danger of getting eliminated themselves. The teams are forced to live outside, in cold conditions and with basic rations.

Each week the show throws in twists and turns, offers tasty treats and presents the chance for teams to sabotage each other in the hope that they will be eliminated. I say this show was like my guilty pleasure just because that’s exactly what it is – reality game show at its best. Contestants are quite the characters, and several teams I became to love particularly a team of British twins and two gay neighbours. Others became your typical bad guys such as two college buddies which resulted in a witch hunt to see who could get them out first.

The series unfortunately has suffered in the ratings in the US, so I’m not sure if this show will ever be seen again. However, please go give it a try – it’s been my guilty pleasure of the summer and now that all 10 episodes have aired, it can be yours too. Here is the trailer for the show to give you a taste of it.

The X Factor or should we call it The Fix Factor

Reality TV competition shows – you either love them or hate them. I love them – I find them incredibly addictive and just can’t help but get swept up in the drama of it all. Every year there’s always a sob story, an entertainer who doesn’t really have the best voice but an epic personality and a couple of amazing talented singers. This year is no exception and it seems that the age old argument of the show being a fix is rearing its head again.

The contestants in the firing line this year are Rylan Clarke and Christopher Maloney. Now my personal opinions of these two contestants are polar opposite – I love Rylan – even though he doesn’t have the best singing voice, he has a brilliant personality and genuinely entertains. You can also sense he is a genuinely nice guy as well, whereas Christopher is not entertaining, is slightly annoying and quite frankly doesn’t seem that nice either. Every week they have managed to escape the bottom 2 (even though I’ve been secretly hoping Rylan wasn’t in it) but these past 2 weeks it has become painfully obvious that something isn’t right.

Last week, it seemed time was up but instead we got battle of the boybands and District 3 were sent home. This week, again it seemed even more obvious that they should be in the bottom 2 – to be honest I would’ve loved to have seen Rylan versus Christopher so Rylan could smash Chris to pieces. I feel that because Rylan is more entertaining he should be in longer than Chris. However this did not happen – in fact neither of them were in the bottom and instead two singers who both should have been in the final were left to fight it out, leading to the biggest shock in the show’s history. 16 year-old singer Ella Henderson left with her head held high-composed and mature but I was left shocked that this result even happened. It seems that no one is voting for Christopher Maloney, but then somehow he makes it through. It begs the question who is voting and how fair is this style of voting. Would it better to vote for people you would rather see leave the competition?

What’s clear is that this week and next week’s show will be even more interesting. The Xtra Factor (the show that airs right after the results show) demonstrated that the contestants, the presenter and the public were all shocked by the result. Rylan looked positively distraught and claimed he felt guilty that he was still there and that Ella was not. Chris however looked as happy as pie, possibly angering viewers everywhere (well this viewer anyway). Tulisa looked furious after the results were announced and again on the Xtra Factor – she even said she blames Christopher. It’ll be interesting to see what the backlash is like and just how next week’s results will pan out.