Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Review I Am Tired Of Writing

There's nothing wrong with Million Dollar Mind Game. There was nothing wrong with Minute To Win It either...or The Cube...or Million Dollar Money Drop...

Vernon Kay, in a white tuxedo, welcomes a team of six contestants, seated around a table on a set that I guess is supposed to represent a high-end casino. These six contestants are asked very long-winded questions that, at least in theory, combine knowledge and lateral thinking; in practice, they really just sound like questions rejected by Round Britain Quiz. The team is given sixty seconds to discuss the question, during which they shout over each other so much it's amazing they are able to come up with anything; after time runs out, the team captain (a position that rotates around the table after each question) gives an answer. After said answer is given, any member of the team can buzz in and state that they wish to use one of their three methods of help - an additional thirty seconds of thinking time, a replacement question, or overruling the captain with their own answer. A correct answer advances the team on the money ladder towards $1,000,000; once four incorrect answers have been given, the team leaves with nothing. After each step on the money ladder, the team is given the option of quitting, but the decision must be unanimous or the game will continue.

You get the point, right? It's another generic post - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? game show. There's nothing wrong with it. Vernon Kay does just fine. I'm just sick of typing that.

Am I let down? Maybe a little, sure - but I was expecting to be let down. I'm used to being let down by new game shows. Perhaps I've simply become too critical.

If you're reading this, and you ever get the chance to pitch a game show, remember one thing - the reason Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? worked in the first place was because nobody had seen anything like it before...

...then watch as your show gets rejected in favor of Million Dollar Quiz XXVIII.


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