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Downfall: Premiere Review

Posted by CJ Cregg on June 22, 2010

Panic Partner on the Belt

So what could ABC possibly have cooked up to follow their awesome summer hit Wipeout?

Downfall.

Let’s see if it’s worthy to bask in the post-Wipeout glow.

OK.  Place game show on the top of a 100 foot building.  Contestants will stand on the edge of a conveyer belt and have to answer questions or risk replicas of their prizes careening over the edge.  Like cars.  And 4 wheelers.  (Yes.  This is why they hate our freedoms.  Cuz we throw cars off of buildings.  Because we can.  U-S-A! U-S-A!)  If the contestant gets enough questions right in a category, the conveyer belt stops and they win some stuff.  After each category of questions, the contestant can decide to stay or leave with the stuff they’ve won.  As the rounds progress, the belt goes faster and they have to answer more questions to stop it.

Contestants have a panic button to hit when they don’t know the questions.  After hitting it a certain number of times, they have to put a panic partner on the belt to up the tension.  (Don’t worry, they put this person on a harness.)  Apparently, they can also lose some of the stuff that they’ve already won, and if the case of the money they could win goes over, they lose and the game is over.

OK. Admittedly it is kind of cool to watch stuff careen over the edge of a building.  However, the host is boring and the questions aren’t that fun.  It’s only 8:10 and I’m bored.  Time check.  8:36.  Still bored.  Show needs a better host.  (Best prize that got sent on a downfall?  Popcorn machine.  With its little trail of popcorn trying to escape as it plummeted to its death.  The car was not nearly as cool as I thought it would be.)  Frankly, its more fun to see people win things on a game show instead of just have prizes destroyed and wince as the pressure of trying to answer easy questions get to them.  The contestants just aren’t smart enough, and the trivia isn’t hard enough for it to appeal to people who actually like game shows.  We’ll see how long this lasts.

This show is definitely not worthy of following the glory of Wipeout.

And while I’m at it.  Wipeout is definitely not why everyone hates America, considering its patterned off of stuff filched from Japan and elsewhere.  So don’t even go there.

Oh, and one more thing.  Let’s send Downfall on a downfall.

I had to.  Sorry.

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