Jumping straight to the comment box without reading anything, to avoid spoilers.
I only got to start watching this yesterday night (January 15th 2020). They released it on Hulu. I only saw the first episode.
I never saw Ken Jennings during his original run in 2004. The only time I have seen him compete is in tournaments and it was never fun. The problem with Ken is that he is head and shoulders above virtually every other person who has ever been on Jeopardy. So it's always a complete blowout until the end of the tournament, when he competes against Brad Rutter, who is the only person so far who could match up with him. But before that was a series of blowout curb stomps against lesser opponents, and even that final match had a third guy who you knew would come in last. So it was never fun to watch Brad or Ken compete.
For that same reason, I ended up growing bored with James Holzhauer's run after about 15 episodes.
So with these guys, it was always like that part of a Marvel movie where the hero blows away normal people for a while, until late in the film where he goes head to head with the main villain and actually has to struggle.
Watching this special tournament, though, has been a real treat. It's like watching the World Series. It's so great seeing titans of the game go head to head. They're evenly matched; nobody is struggling and nobody is blowing away the competition. It's a nice, fair fight. And that's not something you usually see when Ken Jennings is involved.
So anyway, I have only seen the first match. Those were some tough questions too. On a normal episode I can usually answer maybe 40 to 50% of the questions. Here I was down to like 5%. But I guess if you're playing top level Jeopardy, you have to have top level difficulty questions.
That was unfortunate that Brad kept blowing it on the Daily Doubles. But that's also a great thing about the format of the tournament. Each match is a fresh start.