In my first reaction article about this season of A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila, I noted that the first episode seemed actually watchable, a step up from what I was expecting.
Well, maybe the show got altitude sickness because this week, it happily clambered right back down to the depths of awfulness that I had dreaded.
The catchphrase “jumping the shark” has been (over)used for the past few years to refer to the point where a quality show ceases to be a quality show and goes off the rails. You can't really use this phrase for a show like A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila because the phrase presupposes a baseline of quality from which to decline. So maybe we need a different catchphrase for this kind of situation.
I propose that when a show goes from watchable trash to unbearably unwatchable, we now say it “ate the pig's vagina.”
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I'll just admit it right now; I didn't even watch that section because you know what? We're in a recession, gas is like $17/gallon, we've got months of tedious election coverage to be bludgeoned about the head and neck with…watching some reality television hangers-on gag and vomit on pig vagina is not what America needs right now, MTV. Lord, couldn't Tila and her pals like go play with puppies and frolic in a field or something?
And the one thing that could at least raise the spirits (among other things) of at least some of the viewers (hot lesbians being naughty in mini-schoolgirl outfits) couldn't even go as far as it needed to. Since all the lesbians have to be focused on Tila, despite the so-called sexiness of the Sex Ed class, they couldn't even make out with each other. Come on, MTV; there are probably many under- and unemployed lesbians, bi women and straight men out there who would like a like basic cable girl make-out session action. Since Tila's quest for love is pretty manufactured anyway, can't you manufacture that she's into open relationships and let the girls get it on with each other or something? The nation needs it.
At least the boys had some fun with their panty raid. I appreciated how Jay, I believe, called it the “First Annual Shot at Love Panty Raid.” As though there will be many Shot at Loves yet to come. I can't decide whether that's realism (Tila won't find real “love” again this season) or an utter lack of awareness of reality (that MTV would pick up another season of this show without a writers strike).
Confidential to Samanatha aka “Glitter”: crying usually involves tears. If yours does not, you don't need to constantly wipe your dry-as-a-bone eyes.
And what does it say about this show and/or me that the prospect of Chad punching someone out is like the most appealing thing I've seen so far this season. I think the only thing getting me through this show is that his totally repellent personality is somehow simultaneously completely watchable. I hope a show that promotes pig vagina eating can make room for head-butting and face-punching, because I'll be a little heartbroken if he gets sent home early.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of MTV)