March Reality TV Roundup had a little update. I never thought about including documentaries into the round-up and thought it would be a great addition seeing as it adds a little more seriousness as well. Plus, I do watch a good few documentaries nowadays that I don’t particularly want to do a full review so this is a perfect outlet.
NEXT IN FASHION (SEASON 2)
Hosts: Tan France, Gigi Hadid
As I wait for the next season of Queer Eye to pop up, I’m basically waiting for anything with the Fab Five. Tan France is truly a fantastic human being and so much fun to watch. The first season of Next in Fashion was a ton of fun. Probably due to the pandemic, things are a lot more centralized to USA and less international like the first season was. Is It a good or bad thing? Probably depends on what you plan to get out of it.
For those unfamiliar with Next In Fashion, its a fashion competition to find the designer who is most “next in fashion”. A bunch of carefully chosen up and coming designers have to go through a variety of themed challenges with different special judges to decide who is the winner of the challenge and the worst that has to leave. The structure of the competition is definitely a familiar one and it works pretty well.
Hosted by Tan France and Gigi Hadid this time around, switched up from Alexa Chung in the first season, its still a lot of fun that gets injected into the show with the duo’s dynamic. Gigi Hadid being a renowned model delivers a lot of her knowledge in regards to fashion and has a fun edge. While I’m not a connoisseur of fashion or models, Gigi Hadid did such a great job as the guest narrator for two episodes on Never Have I Ever that it made me see her in a new light which sees that fun side translated over here. It matches the energy for Tan France which has really grown over the years in comparison to the first season of Queer Eye. He has a unique and broad view and knowledge of fashion that makes him so suitable as the host and judge.
Looking at the designers chosen in season two, as mentioned before, its mostly focused in the USA which isn’t a problem to be fair. The first season was more international and the style was much more avant-garde. This time, despite the designers being based in US, there’s a lot more diversity in the level of design from skill sets to creativity and it ranges from casual wear to more creative and colorful unique pieces. While its a competition, in the end, shows like these is such a wonderful platform to show off these different designers which are trying to change the world with their clothes empowering different types of people with their designs.
Overall, Next In Fashion Season 2 is a fun competition show if you can appreciate fashion. This season is much more approachable than the first one since there are more “casual” styles rather than funky stuff that normal people probably wouldn’t wear everyday.
MH370: The Plane That Disappeared (2023)
March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar. 239 people went missing, a global investigation into this greatest mystery Despite reports, countless theories, and searches for evidence, nothing. What Are We Missing? – IMDB
Other than knowing about the actual event happening in broad details, I’ve never really followed the whole MH370 disappearance in a lot of depth. Its why the documentary for MH370 seemed like an interesting topic of choice. There is no actual resolve for the disappearance but spread over these few episodes, this Netflix documentary limited series dives into not only the facts but also a lot of theories because what else could you have other than theories when the truth will probably never be found and the plane wasn’t ever retrieved except for the alleged pieces washed ashore.
For the first part of the documentary when it was just laying out the facts and what happened, the documentary held up rather well. Even the beginning investigative bits and light theories about possibilities based on the facts were still relatively interesting to watch since it gave something to think about.
Where the documentary falls apart and becomes slightly frustrating to watch is the few farfetched theories that start being pitched which eventually does get minorly debunked based on the details. To be fair, this whole situation’s takeaway is that the lack of information gives space for a “he said she said” situation where its all about who can deliver a convincing enough story for you to believe where one side believes that its a huge plot between one country or another.
MH370: The Plane That Disappeared started off rather strong with an interesting topic at hand but eventually truly unravels when their interviewees start using their research to expand too far from where its supposed to be.
Cheat (Season 1, 2023)
Host: Danny Dyer & Ellie Taylor
Equal parts brains and blagging, this quiz show expects and encourages contestants to cheat their way to a cash prize. The one rule? Don’t get caught.- IMDB
Recent Netflix British quiz show Cheat hosted by Danny Dyer and Ellie Taylor is very similar to past Netflix quiz show called Bullshit. While the details aren’t the same, the concept is very similar where the game is not completely about how smart you are but rather its about spotting who is cheating the most. The good part of this show is that it doesn’t reward cheating so even if its a valid option and encourages it to keep the game entertaining but the end result of the pot doesn’t reward it completely.
Game shows like this are rather entertaining on two folds. If you are like me, I watch this for the trivia element. Yes, I’m a nerd and I like to know that I at least know some general knowledge. On the other hand, the entertaining element comes from the contestants and how quippy they are especially when exchanging banter amongst themselves or the hosts which becomes all the more fun when the audience actually sees how much they cheated and the contestants don’t.
While Danny Dyer and Ellie Taylor’s comedian work isn’t known to myself, they work well as the game hosts. Ellie Taylor does a great job with reading the questions and guiding the actual game portion whereas Danny Dyer is more of the person who comments and interacts with the contestants, dropping random jokes here and there to keep the mood light. They are fairly entertaining overall.
Cheat is a pretty simple concept for a game show and because of that, the entertainment element is there for sure. Its always a toss-up for people to win because of cheating which sometimes ends up a bit based on luck and might not always seem to end up sending the pot to someone worthy. Its always my biggest issues with these shows but these shows aren’t exactly about how much you know, just how well you can pretend to know something.