Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Things I Hate About the new Chain Reaction, part 437

This is where the incompetent staff and the incompetent contestants work together to make something truly awful. In the bonus round (at least in season 1--I haven't watched enough season 2 to tell), when a player gets cuckooed for using two words in a row, they make the contestants play the freaking word instead of going straight to the next word. Consequently, the contestants never seem to realize that using two words in a row is, in fact, illegal. The re-run I just watched right now had one of the players use "a lot" as a clue twice, get cuckooed each time, and everyone on stage got confused the second time because they didn't get a point even though the middle player guessed the word correctly at the end of the question. It almost makes me wonder if they can even hear the sound effects in studio, or if they're dubbed in later. (Given the speed of judging in all the other aspects of the bonus round, to wit none, it wouldn't surprise me at all if the live judges weren't able to catch an illegal clue as the word was being played.)

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