E: Despite the fact that I really, really don’t like Pee-Wee Herman and find him way more frightening than funny, this was a surprisingly watchable episode.
M: I’ve never had a problem with Pee Wee, actually. I’ve never been the biggest fan, but he always came across as endearingly annoying, not grating. Now on the other hand, the man who plays him,Paul Reubens, give me the creeps. That said, this was a fun episode, with a particularly fun elimination challenge! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Continue reading →
E: Well, you knew it was coming. Really, how many times can they show inconsistent, wacky Chris pining for his lovely wife and child before giving him the boot?
M: Quick admission… I was an idiot this week. I went to re-watch last week’s LCK On Demand before watching this week’s episode, but accidentally selected this week’s, which opened with the shot of Chris J, so I knew who was gone before ever even starting the episode. I’m not sure my viewing experience would have been much, if any, different, but still, I don’t like to know the ending before I watch. Continue reading →
E: M, you must be psyched. As far as I’m concerned, this episode gave us everything you’d be dreaming of from this season and hadn’t yet gotten.
M: You’re right, I am! Now, I know that the show was taped months ago, and that our piece on literally has only had 14 views, but it felt like they read all of my criticisms and everyone, contestants, judges and producers alike, all stepped up. And yes, I know that that is amazingly narcissistic of me. I think I’ve been seeing too much of Newt Gingrich.
E: Since M was MIA in the fall (grumble grumble), our recaps of Top Chef have been put on the back burner. But M is happily all caught up, and the two of us are prepared to dish on the Texas contestants and their mad skillz. And their mad personalities.
M: Well, we’re back with a new season of Top Chef, or as my channel guide lists is, the inaugural season of Top Chef Texas. Not really sure why they want to mess up people’s DVR’s, but there you go.
E: It messed up mine – if it hadn’t reaired at 11, I’d have missed it!
M: Since the last round was All-Stars, and we have had a couple seasons of Masters mixed in, this is the first season with new up-and-coming competitors since Kevin Sbraga pulled off the upset victory in Singapore at the end of the 2010 summer season. There are quite a few changes this season, not the least of which was the format for how they are determining the 16 contestants for the show.
E: And you know, change often annoys me, but not so much this time.
M: That was a very emotional episode for him, and in turn for us because of it. I always love hearing the pride with which “naturalized” citizens speak of becoming a part of this great melting pot of ours, and to see him tearing up over the coin that his meal recipient gave him? Well, that was seriously special.
E: The episode before the finale is always a tough elimination, but that turned out not to be the emotional core of the episode, which was surprising. And cool.