Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bachelor 9 Episode 5 Romance Jumps the Shark (tv review)

(It must be said that she did look really lovely in that wedding dress)

First, apparently it’s not true that three bachelorettes tried to leave the show after the news broke that Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon have separated.  There is also no truth to the rumor that the ladies said anything about Ryan being a real celebrity and not just some guy from the home shopping network.
btw Ryan Phillipe as the Bachelor would be huge. Can you imagine an episode where Reese comes by to choose his one on one dates? They could even use the house from Cruel Intentions.

  Second, John Kerry apparently has cancelled his appearance on the finale after his diplomacy lessons with Erica encountered some sort of snafu.  Come to think of it, Erica is college educated and has had a good life, why are  people with her “breeding” and talent volunteering for overseas duty that includes fantasy suites but not for the war in Iraq?  It’s good that hard working, college educated, young people like my friends Jenna and Barbara have volunteered in Iraq.  Otherwise people might get the wrong impression of wealthy young Americans.  

You’re a student of the Bachelor and you’ve made the final four which means you get a hometown visit.  Your best friend just happens to appear at the door mid-date with a wedding dress for you to try.  A real student of the Bachelor would refuse to try on any gown that wasn’t pink.   I’m sure everyone is talking about the wedding dress, the bridal magazines, and the repeated revelation of Lisa’s timetable as the kiss of death for her ambitions on the show.  I do agree that Lorenzo is more likely to “cut and run” with Lisa than he is to “stay the course”.  For one thing, Lisa’s plan doesn’t seem to figure in anything about actually having feelings for Lorenzo himself.  Men are funny that way sometimes.  Many are okay having sex with strangers even if it’s on a floatie in the middle of the lake, but most would rather not marry one, a stranger that is.

I’ll tell you the real kiss of death for Lisa Borghese’s plan.  She brought a dog along on the hometown date and Lorenzo, the dog lover, appeared to be completely uninterested.
In fact, he was so uninterested that he passed up his chance to include Lisa’s dog in mom’s pilates session.  

They’d also have a hard time convincing me that the producers didn’t put Jennifer’s dad up to the whole gun thing.  You’re going to be on national television and you naturally want America to think you meet your only daughter’s date with a  cocked shotgun?  I mean the guy’s never going to get to be the coach on next season’s installment of Two a Days. By the way, Jennifer’s family has a dog, or a rat with hair dressed like a dog, and Prince Lo, dog spa magnate, basically ignores this one too.  This guy’s a bit on the cold side.  It would have been great tv for Dad to have taken a shot or two at the dog.  I’m not saying hit the critter, just make the animal think twice about licking Jennifer’s toes in front of the tv camera.

By the way, I don’t blame Dad.  He asks the guy, “What do you like about my daughter?”
Prince Lo’s basic answer is “Well, she looks really hot and well, uh, um….I can’t find anything wrong with her personality.”  I wouldn’t get out the shotgun, but that answer was down there with “He totally rocks my world.”  

Again, I don’t think the preview-hyped second amendment lesson had much to do with Lorenzo’s supposed “hesitation” at the end of the date.  This was, after all, a woman who was perfectly comfortable kissing a shark then throwing the creature back in the water.  Can we say “Plenty of fish in the sea, your highness.”

Talk about your metaphors!  If this were a book, we’d call it the “The Young Bachelorette and the Sea.”  Do you think if he were alive today that Hemingway would be watching reality tv? Hemingway asside, had Jennifer not gotten her rose, this would have been the ultimate "jump the shark" moment or at least "kiss the shark".   I could see the guy maybe getting into something like The Amazing Race or Fear Factor.

They talk about the bachelorettes getting a bad edit, but I have to say that the whole Agnese Venice home date really hurt Lorenzo.  The date itself went well enough.  Lorenzo went on with the language barrier business and then this lovely gentle foreign movie scene played out.  Lorenzo and familia Agnese were dancing around the living room in carnival masks.  Lorenzo tasted various northern Italian delicacies.  Most of all he grabs Agnese in the gondola and makes like that whole thing from A Little Romance and Il Ponte Sospiro.  Agnese even channels Lisa briefly and shows Lorenzo the church she wants to marry in (Producers must have been salivating for that wedding)  with Lorenzo voicing over that very moment with “Agnese is the perfect tour guide.”  

The only problem with this whole exercise in feelings and romance somehow being beyond words or language itself is that Lorenzo dumped the woman with whom he appeared to have the most palpable romantic chemistry.  She even gets the most eloquent line in this entire installment on her ride in the limo of shame and its live video camera, “Too much head and not enough heart.”

Lorenzo is sensible enough and appears to be a nice guy, but that summed up the problem with Bachelor Rome.  It’s not supposed to be about accountants.  They were trying to sell us on romance with a prince.  This was the guy who said, “I’m more concerned that a woman have a good heart,” and whom they put through the whole Pretty Woman parody.

Dude, you want to be practical.  Let me give you a bit of advice.  “If you’re going to let your tongues intermingle like that, they’re already speaking enough of the same language."  If this wasn’t viciously edited, you led her on and the whole “I want to communicate more easily” thing was a cop out.  You’re more like a prince who uses your royal name to open a casino or sell toilet paper than any prince from a fairy tale- more Prince Charmin than Prince Charming.

I’m convinced that the main point of the Sadie visit was to have the family say grace at the table shot by the camera crew from Wife Swap.  There’s also this great moment when Sadie tells her mother that Lorenzo reminds her of “Dad.”  Not only is this Electrafying confession a bit disturbing, it’s also pretty obvious that Sadie’s Dad and Lorenzo have like nothing in common.  We next see Lorenzo and Sadie by one of the fire pits after dark at Moonlight Beach.  

I’ve hung around the very same fire pit with my wife and her family.  One of the last times, there was a group of guys by the fire pit next to us who had gotten either so drunk or so stoned that one of them stopped breathing while one of his friends babbled at us incoherently and attacked us for not doing more to help out.  We called 911 and they took the fellow to the hospital while the police questioned his friend.  Somehow, our own cook out wasn’t quite the same after that.  Anyway, I kept waiting for a whole Baywatch rescue scene to unfold around Lorenzo and Sadie instead of “I want you to choose me and kiss me again Prince.”  

I’m down with the whole you can be intimate and affectionate while still ummmmm “guarding your heart” vigilantly, but Sadie is surprisingly physically aggressive. The previews do promise a test of her resolve in two weeks when Lorenzo plays his fantasy suite card.  Nah…..even Mike Fleiss wouldn’t try to make money off of a scene of someone giving up her virginity on television. While were at it, am I the only one who thinks that Sadie might be trying to do Reese Witherspoon's character from Cruel Intentions?   

Finally, after five  “We’ll hear more from Erica”  lead ins to the commercial break, Erica’s actual contribution to this episode was to talk incoherently about milkshakes?  

I say have her volunteer for duty in Iraq instead of putting her on future installments.  Not to turn too somber, but you want to talk about people worth our attention, etc. Between adventures of Lorenzo and his harem, try reading this.

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At 11/01/2006 05:28:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Clearly, you're better and more entertaining than anything on television Chancelucky. If only I'd found your blog before I bought the 400 square foot tv.

You are a bit unlucky in links though: your 'try reading this' link at the end didn't work.

I love your Reese & Ryan suggestions!

At 11/01/2006 05:57:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

thanks for letting me know about the link problem. It should be fixed now.

Actually, I enjoy television, but it's more fun when I also write about it rather than vegetate to it.

At 11/02/2006 03:13:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

I know, last year while I watched my first ever series of American Idol, I blogged about some it and had a lot of fun doing it. It helped me be superior, haha.

At 11/02/2006 09:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CL, if you write more about trash tv while we're in the last throes of an historic election in which you might exhort the key vote in some state, I'll surely throttle you. Go back to brilliant pablum on Nov 8, I implore you.

At 11/03/2006 03:48:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Mr. Pogblog,
I've been working on something called Cooking with Karl for a while chronicling my most recent work with the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

In the meantime, the actual news has beein doing a much better job of persuading people than I ever could.
I'll do my best to see that certain folk don't get their rose come next Tuesday.

At 11/05/2006 06:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the heck did they get to the hometown dates already is what I want to know. This season seems oddly compressed.

At 11/06/2006 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...


I think it's been following the same formula...down to 12 on show one, 8, 6, 4,3,Bachelorettes tell all, 2

but, we've gotte so used to the structure that it just seems faster as all the shows blur together.

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