The Mole Season 5

I watch a lot of reality TV.  I have watched all of the seasons of the Mole.  I watch Survivor, the Amazing Race, American Idol, and others.  I liked the Mole when it first came out, that was until Anderson Cooper left the show.  The new host is not terrible, and God knows he is better than Ahmad Rashad, but this season seems like it is missing something, it just is not on par with the other seasons as far as the production goes.

I may be a little vain, but I consider myself to be a fairly smart guy, and my own intelligence thwarts my enjoyment of many of these shows.  TV producers are obviously not smart people for the most part, or are not nearly as smart as they think they are, or perhaps they have too much contempt for their audience.  I say this because many of these shows have a tendency to telegraph the outcome of the episode through the way that it is put together.  Survivor does a better job than it used to, but for a few seasons there in the middle, I could tell you the outcome of any episode about five minutes in.  For example, the producers love irony.  If anyone ever makes a statement like, “Boy, I’m in control now,” You can bet they will not see the next episode.

That being said, I always thought the producers of the Mole did a better job hiding who the mole was and showing other people (often willing participants) who act like the Mole on purpose.  This season they continually show people half-heartedly accusing fellow competitors of being the Mole, but a lot of the time it comes off like they are being told to say these kinds of things to the camera whether they make sense or not.

This week, they showed a couple of clips of people accusing Victoria of being suspicious and alluding to the fact that she was the Mole.  She obviously was more emotionally invested in the game and relationships with her competitors than anyone else on the show.  Including these half-hearted accusations only telegraphed the fact to the audience that she was a prime candidate to leave the show. 

This was not the best producing, but that is my point.  This season is an example of a step backward in the production value of the Mole.  The best example I can think of is that the exercises performed by the contestants on a weekly basis tend to major on physical feats rather than mental prowess.  Past seasons have included many more riddles, and opportunities for the contestants who actually use their minds to get ahead.  This kind of stuff takes a lot of work from the producers, though, and is definitely not as easy as putting a bunch of hot girls in short-shorts and letting them prance around for a full episode (though there is something to be said for that.  In fact, I vote for both).

I have debated whether or not to write a post on this now, or wait till later.  If I do wait till later, I will get no credit for the things I am about to say, but if I write it now, and am wrong, then I will look stupid.  Since, I am the administrator of this blog, I will go for it now, and if I am wrong, I will rewrite history (or erase it) later.  I think that the poor production along with the choice of a bad actress has exposed the Mole from the beginning.  Nicole is a poor actress at best.  The first episode was poorly thought out and put together.  She made decisions and comments that no rational person would make, and demonstrated inside knowledge through these decisions that put her in a position for an advantage.  The only way she does the things that she does on the first episode is if she is given information by the producers.  While I do not put anything past a group of TV producers, I do believe that it would be a legal stretch for them to provide insider information to one of the contestants.  Nicole also has made statements like, “I’ll kill you.”  This is very mole-like behavior, and her bad acting looks like someone who actually is the mole trying to act like someone who is trying to act like the mole (follow that?).  For this reason, I am going to predict now that she is the mole, and if she is, shame on her and the producers for doing an aweful job.  But, if she is not, then I’ll retract, and I’ll actually like it better.

 

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Top 100 Creepy People 31-40

Creepy Person #40- Juliette Lewis

She is creepy in the same way that Courtney love is, except that she looks much, much dirtier.  Yuck.

 

Creepy Person #39- Simcha Jacobovici

This guy is otherwise known as the Naked Archeologist, though he is neither naked (thank, God) or an archaeologist.  He is creepy because he puts forth the most outlandish theories, while simply ignoring the facts and generally accepted theories in archaeology.  His ideas are almost always sensational, and often offensive to certain religions.  He presents one side of the argument, and spends the rest of his time trying every way he can to sway the person watching him, while leaving out any views or facts contrary to his own no matter how valid or strong they are.  You can find some of his handy work in the generally panned production of The Jesus Tomb, but I encourage you not to listen to a thing this creepy bastard has to say.

 

Creepy Person #38- Pauly Shore

Hey Bu-ddy!  He’s pretty much the whole creepy package minus the evil part.  He is the kind of creepy that can ruin a good party the moment he walks in the door.

 

Creepy Person #37- Tonya Harding

Novels could be written about this creepy girl.  She proved you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl.  The dolled-up girl who went out on the ice was the same girl who had her truck-driver hubby try to break the leg of a fellow competitor, nice.  The next time America heard from her, she was doing the Paris Hilton thing, and not even getting paid for it.  The last time I saw her she was going to be fighting another celebrity on television.  Her life has been one big creepy train-wreck.

 

Creepy Person #36- Kathy Bates

She makes the list for scaring the sh— out of me.  He character, Annie Wilkes, in Misery, is one of the scariest characters to ever grace the screen.  After James Caan’s character hides the knife under the bed, and then wakes up to her obviously unhappy face, I literally jumped.  She definitely deserved the Oscar she received for this roll, and she is the highest rated actress to make this list simply for one roll.  Congratulations, Kathy!

 

Creepy Person #35- Michael Vick

Here the list begins to transition more from people who looked or acted creepy to more people who do creepy things.  What Michael Vick did to those dogs was not funny, but it was definitely creepy, and I wish him all the failure in the world for it.

 

Creepy Person #34- Lorena Bobbitt

In a masterful piece of cosmic irony this crazy woman married a man with the last name of Bobbitt.  Fewer things haunt the recesses of man’s mind like the specter of having a woman do to him what Lorena did to her husband.  And remember guys, she got away with it.  That gives every other woman license to do the same.  I can’t type too much more on this one, because it just makes me too darn nervous.

 

Creepy Person #33- Victor Vernado

Who’s he?  He is a guy who was born with a genetic advantage when it comes to playing the evil villain.  He’s albino.  As unfair and un-PC as it is, albinism is creepy.  Many of the creepiest villains in cinematic history were albinos, and do not get all judgmental, just imagine yourself in a darkened alley on a humid night alone.  You look up and see an albino looking at you.  You’ll feel the creepiness going right up your spine.

 

Creepy Person #32- Marv Albert

The toupee is enough, and may rate its own creepy rating, but he mainly makes it from the sexual assault charges.  It was a sordid and very creepy tale.

 

Creepy Person #31- Paul Ruebens-

The PeeWee Herman character was creepy enough, especially knowing that he geared his comedy toward children, but Reubens had to go and ruin his career in a most creepy manner.  If you don’t remember, he was busted in a porno theatre with his pants around his ankles loving himself as no other could.  And, if you’ve ever seen him without the PeeWee getup, you will see he is just one creepy looking guy.  Finally, having ‘Mr. Rooney’ from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off busted in his house for possessing little boy porn just put him over the creepy edge.

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