Scrapheap Challenge - Jet Racer and Other Challenges
Geek is the new cool. I think I began my review of
the first season of Chuck with the exact same sentiment, perhaps just
shielding my own nerdy insecurities. But it seems these days that the
geeks are doing all the cool shit on TV. We have Chuck the spy,
the Mythbusters guys becoming cultural phenomenons, but before
them there were the geniuses of Scrapheap Challenge. The program
is a reality game show of sorts, where two teams compete against each
other to make a working contraption within ten hours. The teams then
face off their contraptions and the winner moves onto the next round,
and eventually the series ends with one winner. Itís a simple idea with
an entertaining payoff that makes you wonder why they it hasnít been
Scrapheap challenge is made all the more entertaining
by the enthusiasm of its hosts. Robert Llewellyn, who fans might
recognise as Kryten from Red Dwarf, often seems like he will
vibrate right off the screen. He seems genuinely interested in the
goings on of the team, while executing some horrendous puns with such
fervour that you might actually find yourself chuckling at. He is joined
by Lisa Rogers, who matches him in the excitement department. Both do a
really good job with their duties and look like they are having a blast.
The contestants themselves are an interesting bunch
too. This series includes University students, Policemen, the Royal Navy
and Air Force, an all women team, a group of 50ís hipsters and more.
Watching the way the teams think and interact with each other is a big
part of the entertainment, and looking at the different methods they go
about building the same thing builds up excitement for the payoff.
Of course the real stars of the series are the
machines themselves and this series has them in spades. From giant dart
throwers to full blown tanks, Scrapheap Challenge certainly is
host to some weird and wonderful contraptions that one would never think
of building. Watching them pay off in the end is often a highly
entertaining sight. Watching cars do wheelies or the two teams scramble
to build a working fire engine is a sight to behold. This season
includes twelve wacky contraptions to enjoy, and while some episodes may
not sound as interesting as others, they are all interesting in
execution just to see how they are pulled off.
Scrapheap Challenge is
great fun to watch. Gear heads or anyone interested in machines will be
delighted by the stuff that is assembled, itís like the Backyard Blitz
of extremely cool gadgets. Even if you arenít at all interested in this
sort of stuff, it is still quite a bit of fun to watch an episode or
two, just to see the hostís excitement and the way the contestants react
to each other. Scrapheap Challenge is a refreshing change of
pace for those that think of Big Brother or Iím a Celebrity
Get Me Out of Here as reality shows, or those who are bored of
Wheel of Fortune and Who Wants to be a Millionaire as game
shows. Scrapheap Challenge offers something a little different, a
little off beat, and a lot of fun. Check it out.
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