In spite of Syfy’s best efforts, “Heroes of Cosplay” is one of the least melodramatic reality shows I’ve ever seen behind the “Debbie Does Dallas” reality show. Geek culture is huge now, and every network is aiming to market on the fact that the fan boys and pop culture buffs really dominate the scope of fiction and media right now. Syfy has tried time and again with varied results, and so far “Heroes of Cosplay” (a kind of spin off of the cosplaying portion of “Comic Con Episode IV”) is the best, and most entertaining.
You’re allowed to call me a hypocrite, a phony, and a two face because: I saw the entire season three of “The Next Food Network Star.” And I watched it religiously. And I liked it. And voted for the finalists after that obnoxious Hispanic dude bowed out. Go ahead, chuck your insults at me. I’ll wait. I deserve, but damn I love the Food Network. And, in my defense, there was one contestant named Rory Schepisi who was hot as bloody hell, and lost out to a less talented and charismatic woman, but whaddya gonna do? No offense to Amy, of course. “The Next Food Network Star” season four now begins, and I’m hooked yet again. For those interested, yes, episode one begins with a bang a la artificial melodrama. Yes, I’m one of you now, the people I judge and look down on.
Speaking as the grandson of a long time truck driver, “Ice Road Truckers” is an accurate depiction not just of truck drivers who make the trek across dangerous snowy and icey terrain, but of the dangers truckers facer in general. Set amidst the cold wastelands, “Ice Road Truckers” spotlights the endless journeys of various truck drivers as they take on the harrowing tasks of driving across country, through snow, ice, sleet, and lands without signs or safeguards.
Now, I for one don’t watch reality shows, mainly because: a. I’ve seen a lot of them at the beginning, and b. 99 percent of them really suck. I mean, really suck (that one percent is just a margin of error), and I very rarely ever sit down to watch a reality show. But as far as “Cheerleader Nation” goes, it’s not a bad show. Would I watch the entire season? Hell no, but from the episode I was given a chance to see, it’s tolerable enough to sit through. And, if for no other reason, watch it because it has cheerleaders. It’s awfully staged, pretty cheesy, there are your assorted mixed bag of characters including your stage moms, and your drama, but it’s also pretty fun, I’m ashamed to admit.
As the famous saying goes “No good deed goes unpunished” and while the people on-screen are doing good deeds, we’re the ones being punished. With “Random 1”, it’s an often tumultuous test in both patience and tolerance as this attempted family fun reality show shows us in true spirit what they’re attempting to do. It’s never truly verified if these two men were engaging in this sort of good deeds journey before the cameras were turned on, but we never get a sense of good intentions throughout the show, just pure utter opportunists posing as good Samaritans. The pilot I saw was purely an early cut but it was obvious where the intentions lay. The show is apparently low-budget with a gritty filming and people whom they supposedly approach out of random.