Friday, July 12, 2013

NEW SHOW: Summer Camp

Nothing more than a standard Survivor-type game show, really. Set at a summer camp, one might expect more of a Wipeout scenario, but instead the game seems more Baywatch, as the girls are all concerned that the prettiest ladies will last the longest so the guys have somewhere to stare. A large chunk of the premiere episode is devoted to introducing the sixteen contestants, same-sex teams with four people in each cabin. It seems that the "team captains" will change weekly and be called "camp counselors," with their main duties to be choosing who does what in challenges, and leading the two "banished" losers to the lodge where one is sent home, announced by Camp Director Matt.
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Summer Camp "Welcome to Summer Camp" (S01E01): First, a look at the teams:

Meaghan - 27, San Antonio, "The Flirt." She teases her hair daily and wore heels upon arrival. 
Rachel - 27, Wrightsville Beach, NC, "The Yogi."
Erin - 24, Tarpon Springs, FL, "The Country Girl" who is also a personal trainer.
Michelle - 24, Lafayette, LA, "The Bayou Bodybuilder" (aka Hooters bartender).
Melinda - 26, Denver, "The Geek." She does cosplay, was bullied at camp when she was younger, and is clumsy, especially for a professional stuntwoman.
Lauren - 23, Woodbury, MN, "The Mean Girl." She plays men's hockey.
Brooke - 23, Salt Lake City, "The Model." She attended a Mormon summer camp growing up.
Isis - 33, Los Angeles, "The Pageant Queen," even if that was back in 2005.

Moises, 25, Miami, "The Firefighter." 
Mikey B., 26, Middleton, NY, "The Smart Ass." He lost his virginity at a camp.
Cameron - 23, Florence, KY, "The Cowboy." He's a virgin.
Chuck - 25, Dubois, PA, The "Sci-Fi Nerd," who is also an Eagle Scout. 
Chris - 25, Bronx. "The Class Clown" who teaches Special Ed and formerly attended Britney Spears' performing arts camp.
Mike - 25, Boise, "The Soldier." He was in Afghanistan when he applied. 
Kyle - 25, Prairie Village, KS. "The Broadway Performer."
Justin - 41, Coweta, OK, "The Hunter."

Justin and Brooke are elected as the first Counselors. [I just want to say that most of these competitors are young enough to still be working at summer camps (14/16 are under 28), yet many act like they're 35 and "too old" for that fun.]

The challenge involves canoes at the lake, and the campers must have four paddlers each in two that have nets between them. They then go around the lake, trying to catch the other team's four people in innertubes (who have water guns) and bring them back to a designated spot, one at a time. [those were some powerful pistols!] First to catch all four wins. The Counselors choose the other team's paddlers, so they are determined to be Chris, Mikey B, Chuck, and Kyle, and Melinda, Meaghan, Lauren, and Brooke.

The teams get their first captures at about the same time, but the second and third definitely go quicker for the guys. However, when Michelle's foot "gets stuck" in the net, they're slowed down, leading to a closer race, though the guys win. Brooke has to pick two of her campers to "banish" to the guys' camp, and she asks everyone for their input. Lauren suggests Erin and Rachel, for not being competitive enough. Meaghan is a bad rower, so she's out there, too, as is Lauren, for being negative. [Melinda crying when her name is mentioned was roll-your-eyes dramatic.] In the end, Brooke selects Meaghan and Lauren. The guys interview both individually, though Chris doesn't stick with the group. Lauren offers to throw challenges if she can stay, and Meaghan says she'll play a clean game, so the votes are 6:1 against Meaghan. [I'm fine with that; heels don't belong at camp.] 
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