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11 hours ago, Zima said:

I just finished the Gauntlet 2.  Man, I remember disliking Beth as much as the cast members did back when I first watched these. However, upon rewatch, I find myself sympathizing with and feeling sorry for her. Everyone was just downright nasty to her. It made me uncomfortable to watch the bullying behavior.

I liked Kina for the most part, but man, she sure hated Cara! She kept trying to put Cara down at the reunion, but Cara just shrugged it all off and didn't take the bait.

Poor Derrick.

Alton and Landon were absolute beasts! 

Katie was surprisingly quiet.

Overall, I really liked the cast and the camaraderie between everyone this season. 

Cara was one of the most gorgeous girls to ever be on this show, and she was confident and owned who she was. I’m not at all surprised in retrospect that Kina felt threatened by her. 

What’s funny about Beth is that she apparently had close relationships with many of the cast members offscreen. She was the original Challenge “character,” playing up her villain persona while being almost like a mama bear to many in real life. It’s funny to look back and see what constituted a villain during the days of G2 and the Duel. 

It’s funny also to remember the days when there was a sort of stigma and onus to prove something that followed people like Brad and CT for doing so many challenges and never winning one. It was so much easier to win back then, so if you hadn’t notched a win in a few outings it made people really start to comment. These days it’s much more unusual to have won a challenge and you absolutely can’t do it without being very physically fit. I’m trying to think what the first challenge with a really grueling, modern era  final was. Rivals? 
 

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Catching up on past seasons with PlutoTV,  I guess I thought that that I stopped watching the Challenge eons ago but really it was only 4-5 years ago.

I caved & watched the latest (blaming quarantine) and happy to see that they finally dropped the requisite gross eating contest from the finals.  

Is anyone streaming really old seasons like Battle of the Seasons (2002) and Battle of Sexes 1 & 2?

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The very early seasons are on YouTube. My sister and I are about to start rewatching from season 1 for our podcast.

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6 hours ago, Jillibean said:

Cara was one of the most gorgeous girls to ever be on this show, and she was confident and owned who she was. I’m not at all surprised in retrospect that Kina felt threatened by her. 

What’s funny about Beth is that she apparently had close relationships with many of the cast members offscreen. She was the original Challenge “character,” playing up her villain persona while being almost like a mama bear to many in real life. It’s funny to look back and see what constituted a villain during the days of G2 and the Duel. 

It’s funny also to remember the days when there was a sort of stigma and onus to prove something that followed people like Brad and CT for doing so many challenges and never winning one. It was so much easier to win back then, so if you hadn’t notched a win in a few outings it made people really start to comment. These days it’s much more unusual to have won a challenge and you absolutely can’t do it without being very physically fit. I’m trying to think what the first challenge with a really grueling, modern era  final was. Rivals? 
 

Yeah, Rivals was the first season in which the finale lasted overnight and into the next day.  It's laughable to look back at the finals for these older seasons; especially this one where it was basically just an eating contest.

Cara is very pretty, but in my opinion, Kina is prettier.  I do think you're right though. Cara is confident and sexy without really trying, and that was probably a bit off-putting to some women who weren't as secure in themselves.  

That's interesting about Beth.  Another interesting thing was that she was considered FAT in those days, whereas now, her body type is sort of ideal (the big butt and thighs). 

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I'm glad y'all explained what was going on with CBS All Access.  Though it's extra weird, if you hit FF at the actual end of the episode, it doesn't repeat those minutes.  But I thought I was losing my mind.

 

Is Gauntlet II the one where supposedly the entire cast was sneaking off and getting high?  There are a LOT of invisible people on this season.

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I'm watching battle of the seasons right now on Pluto. I forgot how hilarious Devyn is! She really needs to be hosting the reunion shows...ideally I'd like her back on the show but I'm sure that will never happen. A girl can dream!

 

Eta- I also forgot what a colossal jerk frank is. I hope he never comes back. 

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I didn't think I'd ever have any interest in re-watching any of the past seasons with the possible exception of the first Battle of the Seasons (I can't keep even keep track of Gauntlets, Infernos, Exes, etc., let alone who was on each one), but I signed up last night for CBS All Access so I could watch the Big Brother feeds, and dammit if I didn't get sucked into Gauntlet 2. Honestly, I figured I'd maybe watch an episode here or there, but here I am binging the whole thing.

On 8/1/2020 at 9:20 AM, SarahC said:

And everyone looks so young and fresh faced compared to current challengers.  No lip fillers, contouring,  or overly done eyebrows. 

Guys were buff but not hulked out, mountain man beards hadn't overtaken everyone's faces, the girls didn't get dressed to the hilt to go out to the bars. What is this innocence??

I forgot that the show used to do cheesy opening credits to introduce the cast. I used to look forward to that every year. Gauntlet 2's credits were particularly weird with the underwater walking.

I'd also completely forgotten about the likes of Randy, MJ, Ace, Road Rules Adam. I also had no recollection at first of some others. Road Rules Danny and Cara I didn't remember at all.

This show used to really be fun. I miss the field day vibe of the challenges. It is fun reliving this season...I remembered Jo's freakout but not her actually calling the damn police to escort her out. Love seeing Alton again. And Syrus, and Montana. And there's dreamy Seattle David in his underwear. I feel like I'm about to go down a nostalgia rabbit hole. 

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11 minutes ago, Giuseppe said:

I didn't think I'd ever have any interest in re-watching any of the past seasons with the possible exception of the first Battle of the Seasons ...

I wish so much that they would put the first BOtS up somewhere. It's still my fave season of all time!

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On 8/1/2020 at 8:36 PM, SarahC said:

 

  Forgot about Tina and how much she grates my nerves.  

 

I hated Tina with a passion.  Just you bringing her up made me recall how much I hated her.

On 8/3/2020 at 8:48 AM, Jillibean said:

She was the original Challenge “character,” playing up her villain persona while being almost like a mama bear to many in real life. It’s funny to look back and see what constituted a villain during the days of G2 and the Duel. 

 

I started watching Survivor during the Amazon season.  So when I found Australia on DVD I was excited to see this villain named Jeri that everyone was talking about (I bought Australia before she was on All-Stars).  I was so underwhelmed by her, I just did not get what made her a villain.  Heck, I did not really see a reason to dislike her.  So I understand where you are coming from in regards to Beth.  I never personally disliked Beth, even back then.

Now Puck, that dude was a villain in every sense of the word.

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Finished binging Fresh Meat 1. I'd seen it within the past few years on a ....total legal site....so it wasn't quite as enjoyable for me as the previous season (which I hadn't seen probably since it was on MtV). Highlights: The introduction of my favorite- Evelyn! (too bad she didn't last very long in this season), Chanda being an absolute beast (why did she never return?), Coral and Evan being taken out of the game due to injuries (I never liked Coral, so hah!), Everything about Wes & Casey (except him calling her a bitch. That was too far), the introduction of Kenny and Evan (I never really liked them, but I can't deny the impact they had on the game), the introduction of Diem (though I always found her grating and entitled. Regardless, RIP).

Onto the next one! 

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One of the interesting things was seeing how polished this show has become.  While I think the older seasons are more fun and I like the summer camp vibe, it also looks so low rent to have them competing in their own shorts and tshirts, and people watching the gauntlets drinking beer.  It's pretty funny to me.

I just started Fresh Meat.  I was shocked that Casey and Ev were only 18 for this season!

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Double post because I totally forgot the MOST surprising thing from the Gauntlet was some behind the scenes footage where TJ and Cyrus nearly got into a physical fight.  TJ was completely puffing back up to Cyrus, until Timmy came over and chastised him for not being professional, which literally made me lol.  TJ immediately went from 10 to 1 and was like, you're right man.  BUT STILL.  TJ almost got into a fight with a contestant!  Can you imagine??

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I finished watching The Duel AKA: The CIT/Diem season a few days ago. I should have posted here right after watching, because I'm already a little fuzzy on the details.  

Aw, CT and Diem were so cute. Shit, CT looked like a god damn model back then. 

Ah yes, the elimination round where a number of contestants got DQed for ripping the flag instead of unclipping it. How frustrating. CT's behavior after being eliminated was so gross. 

Jodi was a beast. I wonder why she never came back after this?

This seemed like the start of a little hatred between Evan and Wes. 

It was good to see Svetlana and Wes make it to the end when they were underdogs all season. 

Brad was never a favorite of mine, but it did suck that his time in the final was better than Wes', but Wes got a 2 minute head-start because of a soccer kick-off.

Onto Inferno 3!  This is the elusive season that isn't even on CBS, but Reddit will help me find it. 

ETA: The Duel was also the season in which Tina landed that pathetic punch on Beth and got kicked off. Good riddance! 

 

 

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Is Inferno III Season 14?  Why isn't it available?  Also, I think episode 1 of Season 16 isn't available.  Just makes me wonder what is there.  

At the beginning of the quarantine, I got MTV Hits through Amazon and watched a lot of seasons maybe from Season 18 or 19... then last week I got CBS All Access for Big Brother and BAM, look what I find.  I just started The Island today and I'm sure I'll be done soon.  

I remember hating all the "trim the fat" stuff from the seasons.  Doesn't bother me so much all these years later - lol - because I know they got their Karma for the most part when it comes to these shows.  Kenny and Evan... ugh.  

I feel guilty for not liking Diem... but yeah, I didn't like her that much.  I felt like she just expected everything because, which is understandable... but I think minus the obvious, I don't think I would have liked her at all.  I had forgotten that she was on a whole season without CT.  Her and Derek were kissing and whatnot.  

Aneesa, I love her so much and sadly she's never won.  She makes it almost to the end.  She's the Original Original OG!  

I just want to find the missing episodes.....

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9 hours ago, forevertwentynine said:

Is Inferno III Season 14?  Why isn't it available?  Also, I think episode 1 of Season 16 isn't available.  Just makes me wonder what is there.  

At the beginning of the quarantine, I got MTV Hits through Amazon and watched a lot of seasons maybe from Season 18 or 19... then last week I got CBS All Access for Big Brother and BAM, look what I find.  I just started The Island today and I'm sure I'll be done soon.  

I remember hating all the "trim the fat" stuff from the seasons.  Doesn't bother me so much all these years later - lol - because I know they got their Karma for the most part when it comes to these shows.  Kenny and Evan... ugh.  

I feel guilty for not liking Diem... but yeah, I didn't like her that much.  I felt like she just expected everything because, which is understandable... but I think minus the obvious, I don't think I would have liked her at all.  I had forgotten that she was on a whole season without CT.  Her and Derek were kissing and whatnot.  

Aneesa, I love her so much and sadly she's never won.  She makes it almost to the end.  She's the Original Original OG!  

I just want to find the missing episodes.....

There are entire discussions on Reddit that are trying to dissect why The Inferno III isn't available lol. A lot of people think it was a boring season that tanked in ratings, but i actually quite like the season.

Season 16 ep 1 might be the ep when CT violently attacked Adam, but I could be wrong.

I hated the "trim the fat" talk when it came to getting rid of every woman( even the strong ones), but I understood it when it came to the very weakest players (including men). 

I never liked Diem either, and never got what CT saw in her 😛 

I don't really like Aneesa either, and she is a terrible competitor. 

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I recently binge watched the Real World/Road Rules Challenge (season 2), Battle of the Seasons (season 5) and Battle of Sexes (season 6) from recorded DVDs a friend bought online years ago.  I'm old so I watched them all when they aired but that was a long ass time ago and I forgot so much.

Recording quality aside and the earworm intro song from BoSexes still bouncing around in my head, I was shocked by how many of participants smoked! On camera! All the time! Ruthie, Aneesa, Genesis, Emily, Anne, Elka, Coral, Antoine, Puck, David.  Damn near half the cast but so many of the women. 

I was also amused by the lack of gear/uniforms. They often wore their own clothes, especially bathing suits, for the challenges.  Finally, so many opted out if they were scared or didn't feel comfortable.  Imagine that happening now?  TJ would lose his mind.

Really wish I could All Stars (season 1) and Extreme Challenge (season 4),  Where/what season does CBS All Access pick up?

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It starts at season 11 (The Gauntlet 2). 

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CBS All Access doesn't appear to have Season 32, which is the one I wanted to see, so I started season 31.

All I could think of during the 10-minutes-of-Challenge-30-minutes-of-drunken-villa-party (which included two people sneaking off to hook up in the bathroom), and lots of drunken making out, is that interview with Entertainment Weekly, where the showrunner actually said with a straight face that the show should be considered for an Emmy in the past.

Uh ... really?

 

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12 hours ago, Eolivet said:

CBS All Access doesn't appear to have Season 32, which is the one I wanted to see, so I started season 31.

All I could think of during the 10-minutes-of-Challenge-30-minutes-of-drunken-villa-party (which included two people sneaking off to hook up in the bathroom), and lots of drunken making out, is that interview with Entertainment Weekly, where the showrunner actually said with a straight face that the show should be considered for an Emmy in the past.

Uh ... really?

 

I actually prefer Vendettas to Final Reckoning, because Final Reckoning felt impossibly long. That was the season they decided to experiment with the format of having either a daily challenge or an elimination in each episode, and it drove us all nuts. Also, the redemption house and people coming and going all season. Also, Amanda. That said, I’ve been rewatching it recently and it’s more enjoyable as a binge rather than watching an episode a week over like five months or however long it took when it was originally airing. Anyway, I hope you enjoy Vendettas! 

The Challenge isn’t fun because it’s quality television. Quite the opposite, in fact. But it IS unique in that you get to watch people come back season after season, form and dissolve relationships, and grow up and mature (or not, as the case may be). There’s something really fascinating and comforting about that. I have been watching Wes, Johnny, and Aneesa, for almost half my life. I’ve watched Wes fall in love with Johanna, deal with the aftermath of their public breakup, have a fling with KellyAnne while living with Johanna, and ultimately become a “grown up” with a non-reality television wife whom he genuinely seems to adore. I’ve watched Aneesa go from a pretty wild stripper to someone it seems like everyone would go to for advice and comfort because she’s worldly and wise. And Johnny...has reduced the frequency with which he wears a bandana. Just kidding. Even Johnny has grown up. Sort of. 
 

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Inferno 3.

In episode 1 CT gets wasted, punches Davis in the face, and is sent home. 

Susie and Cara are huge bitches to Tonya and kind of to Paula. The slut-shaming of Tonya is out of control, as usual.  Cara throws missions to help Susie win life shields. The whole team hates them. 

Alton, Ace, and Timmy sit out of a challenge because they don't want to wear speedos.

It's Timmy's last season. He announces his retirement after he is eliminated for DQing against Abram.

Ev is the best in some challenges, but also DQs in some due to overconfidence. 

Tonya is in super good shape, and performs very well this season.

Aneesa sucks as usual.

Ace actually makes it to a final.

It's a fun season, and I wish it was on CBS.  Still wondering why it's not. 

 

 

 

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Ive been watching the older seasons that are on CBS All Access and wow it is truly like opening a time capsule.  90% of the things they said/treated people in the past seasons....they'd be ripped to absolute shreds and never allowed back to the entertainment world. 

I have to admit that I do miss the simplicity of things and having more "normal" people around then all of the models we get nowadays. 

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