Snap Judgment: Recapping the 'Road Rules/Real World Challenge' premiere

Gauntletgirls_lWelcome to The Real World/Road Rules Challenge 3,456 (or, if we’re getting technical: The Gauntlet III). But seriously, did you all realize this was the 16th challenge season? I certainly didn’t. And what’s even worse is that I think Beth has pretty much been on all of them by now. Can she just take a clue from Timmy and retire already? Or at least get a new haircut? Or maybe even a facial?

At the beginning of the new hour-long (oohh, ahhhh) slot for The Gauntlet III (okay, from now on I’m calling it G3, it’s much easier to type!), Denver RWer Alex said, "It’s really cool to meet some of these people because as crazy as they look on TV, they are twice as nuts in real life," and though I’m sad to say Alex got booted from the show first, he was definitely onto something: these MTV reality "stars" are insane.

But before I get any further into their insanity, let’s clear some things up. So there’s a Veterans team and a Rookies team who are competing for a final cash prize of $300,000. The Rookies are made of up people who have been on one challenge or less. The Veterans are made up of people who include alcohol, drama, and sex among the main food groups. The winning team of each challenge now has to vote on one member of the losing team to go to the gauntlet and one member who gets immunity. And finally (are you still with me?), the losing team will then vote in a member to verse their already voted in member in the gauntlet. Yeah, say that sentence three times fast.

Once the premiere was over, I was left with oh-so-many questions, so instead of trying to answer them myself, I thought I’d ask you guys, as you are, hopefully, much more in tune with the crazy antics of G3 than I am:

  • First, isn’t it little odd that there are seven — count ‘em, seven! — cast members from the Fresh Meat challenge season, none of whom ever lived in a RW house or rode on a Winnebago? Can these people even truly call themselves humans?
  • Where the heck is challenge fave and fight instigator Wes? The rest of his cast (er, except for Lacey, but she didn’t really count in Austin either) is in Puerto Vallarta, why isn’t he?

  • Was the whole give-the-tug-o-war-losers-terrible-and-unsanitary-living-quarters a nod to The Apprenticeseason in LA, when losing teams had to sleep outside in tents? Or wasit just a sad attempt by the Bunim/Murray people to save money?
  • Who the heck is Jillian?
  • Did you laugh out loud when Angel called Coral (second from right) "the Devil," too?
  • Does Diem make sense when she gushes about CT? For example, shesaid, "I’m really happy and lucky that [CT and I] are on the same teambecause we’re both really competitive and I know that he’ll keep me incheck and he’ll vote my butt off just as fast as I’ll vote his." Soshe’s happy her boyfriend would vote her off? Solid relationship there, Diem.
  • Is the gauntlet sculpture-building thingie supposed to resemble a dinosaur skeleton, or am I just seeing things?
  • Must the gauntlet wheel-o-death make that noise that resembles those neon things we all use to put on our bike spokes?
  • How much money would you all be willing to bet that TJ Lavin has hooked up with at least three of the female cast members?
  • If Coral is too old to have CT yelling at her like she claims, isn’t she, then, too old to be doing these silly challenges?
  • Did two girls and two boys really make out on the very first night? Should I not be shocked by this?
  • Finally, who had the better remark about females having a certain male organ? Brooke (pictured, second from left: "Theidea of laying in bed with a man right now makes my stomach nauseous.Am I innately attracted to women? No… I need like an actual d–k, butI don’t want to deal with the person attached to it. If I could find agirl with a d–k that would be perfect.") or Coral (to Evelyn, pictured at right:"I don’t care how strong you are or how much you bench press or thatthere’s a big rumor that you have a penis, I will f— you up.")?

Tell me, PopWatchers, what questions did the first night of G3 leave you with? And who are you betting will be left on the winning team?

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  • aymzer

    Wes won one of these a few seasons back and said that he was done with them…we’ll see how long that lasts!

  • Dtom

    I tried to watch this last night, because I used to watch these things obsessively (OBSESSIVELY), but I couldn’t stomach it for more than a few minutes. I knew who two, maybe three of the cast members were, and watching this just makes me sad for MTV, entertainment as a whole, and humanity in general.

  • Green Gummi Bear

    I’m very ashamed I still watch this stuff…but I did. I won’t do any other type of “Reality TV” but I guess because Real World was really the first and MTV was still relevant while I was growing up and they showed it, I have a sense of loyalty or something else (rather warped).
    But I too didn’t recognize most of them, and did think it was a bit funny that so many were from that Fresh meat challenge. Those aren’t Real World-ers! But as far as recognizing them, I kept thinking “why aren’t they showing what season they’re from?” For instance I didn’t realize which ones were from Austin, and when I didn’t recognize them, is it because I don’t watch Road Rules? At this point with all the Fresh Meat kids, they figure it’s hard to explain why they’re there, and soon this will just be a “Challenge” show, no Real World kids at all. Survivor JV.
    Oh, and can the first challenge prize be a bucket full of condoms? Or it comes with the house already by the first night?

  • Amber

    The only question I have (after not watching G3) is why don’t any of these people get real jobs?

  • jes

    My observations/questions…
    •It’s a toss-up for me who’s the all-time biggest RW d-bag…CT or Dunbar.
    •I wasn’t all that surprised with Brooke’s girl/girl revelation. I saw that coming in Denver. Oh. And I can’t wait to see her go batpoo cuh-RAZY on someone!!
    •Who IS Jillian?
    •On second thought, I didn’t recognize 1/2 the rookies.
    •Hmm. Maybe I’ll add Danny to the d-bag list. (enough with the hat, Danny boy. that schtick has gotten a little played out.) And his “engagement” to Melinda has gone on long enough that I am officially convinced it was ploy to stretch their 15 minutes of “fame”.
    •Coral’s wise-a.. comments always crack me up.
    •Does Nehemiah reeeaaaally find Beth attractive? Uh…ew!
    •I can’t believe I’m still watching this train wreck!!

  • Me

    i LOVE coral!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • great recap Lindsay

    I refuse to watch anything on MTV anymore but love the EW TV Watches etc. Much more entertaining than the actual shows.

  • TSD

    My questions:
    Who would win in a fight, Coral or CT?
    How great is it that Coral is rooming with Beth? (What a great way to keep Beth’s crazy behind in check)
    How delusional is Beth for really believing that those girls are intimidated by her?
    Is it strange that Beth is really strong?
    Who are half of the rookies?
    I love this show. It’s my guilty pleasure.

  • Snooks

    Sadly, I too, have watched all of the challenges and most of the RW and RR Seasons…
    I still have NO clue as to who Jillian is either!

  • Anonymous

    “Was the whole give-the-tug-o-war-losers-terrible-and-unsanitary-living-quarters a nod to The Apprentice season in LA, when losing teams had to sleep outside in tents? Or was it just a sad attempt by the Bunim/Murray people to save money?”
    Actually, I recall this happening on a Challenge years ago–the winning team got a really nice Winnebago, and the losing team got a horrible skanky old one, which eventually died by the side of the road. So maybe The Apprentice stole this idea from The Challenge.
    Anyway. I’m probably showing my age by saying this, but there’s no way CT was the most obnoxious RWer (and I don’t even know who Dunbar is). Puck will forever hold that crown.

  • Anna

    Yay! I was hoping EW would do a popwatch on this – I love, love, LOVE the challenges. It’s not art, but it’s a whole lot of fun

  • kav

    Jillian is from Road Rules. She came in when someone else got voted off a few years ago.
    How funny is it that Wes didn’t go, but sent his girlfriend?? What a wimp!
    The Challenges are by far the best reality shows on tv. Thanks MTV for bringing them to us. Keep them coming…they deserve their own TV Watch!!!!

  • TC

    About Wes, if I remember correctly, I think on the last challenge he was on, he said that if he won (which he did) that he was not going to be doing any more challenges. I’m sad that Veronica, Rachel and Shane aren’t there though – they are always entertaining.

  • Eric Friedmann

    I don’t watch this show, but man, that girl second from the left has some AMAZING breasts!!!

  • stephie

    Oh, Eric…do NOT encourage that nut-job Brooke! ;0) Nothing about that girl is amazing. Unless being psychotic is considered amazing.
    and fyi…her breasts were not them, um, “special” a couple of years ago.

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