I'll admit I was more than a little apprehensive as I started watching the premiere episode of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila 2
. I have watched a lot of crummy TV in my time writing about reality shows, and I thought I had a strong constitution for the worst of it. Age of Love
, Survival of the Richest
? Sure, a weaker person might have lost all hope for humanity after that, but I persevered. Then along came the A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
spin-off That's Amore!
and the sheer overwhelming bland badness of that series nearly broke me.
So I basically watched the premiere episode of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
sort of all tensed up, waiting for it to become as bad or worse than some recent writers-strike-rushed reality series. By the end, I was relaxed: yes, it's trashy, sleazy, manufactured, pandering to the lowest common denominator, etc. But – and believe me, I know the fact that it's not completely at the bottom could just mean it has room to slide – it still somehow wasn't as bad as I was expecting. And that's why you should always lower your expectations!
Here were some of the highlights of the episode for me.
First of what, what a lot of colorful careers. My, but this is a diverse bunch. Sure, we had the usual crop of dancers and waiters, but half the fun of watching it was to see what kind of unusual job title would pop up under a contestant's name next. Some of the best for me were “Transportation Executive,” “Jet Mechanic,” “Stuntman,” “Eldercare Specialist” and “Flooring Installer.”
They are all so…specific. Please note that the Eldercare Specialist is Nick, the guy who pulled his bait and tackle out for the world to see. Those who were worried about the Baby Boomers chewing up all of the Social Security should take hope that folks like Nick will be taking care of them as they age further: surely that might reverse the trend of longer life spans.
I also enjoyed how one of the lesbians (oh, and by the way, at this point, I refuse to even try to get to know any of them, if a name sticks, great, otherwise forget about it) was in the process of saying that she has ten jobs, but the one they choose to label her with is “Softball Coach.” Was it because “Gym Teacher” was already taken by one of the men?
Speaking of, that one I do remember, it was Matt, who is also a fisherman. Matt stuck out to me, not only because he was unlike the other guys, but because he so clearly had gotten knocked on the head and wandered away from his real life up here in Seattle, BuddyTV's hometown. Matt looked less like he should be on a reality show and more like he should be in matching polar fleece with his wife in a Suburu on the way to the Co-op for some fair trade coffee.
I also enjoyed how when the men entered the A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila house with all their sort of blockhead testosterone energy, Tila helpfully gave them a little rhyme to aid in their memory of what they are doing there: “The longer you keep this key, the longer you hang out with me.”
Another highlight? Tila's outfit was like the sartorial equivalent of the mullet: business on top (black blazer) and party on the bottom (gold booty shorts).
I was thrilled she made the soul patch dude remove the soul patch. Sir, if your facial hair is, in fact, your pride and joy, might I suggest a serious soul-searching session and maybe a new purpose in life? As an Eldercare Specialist, perhaps?
I was disappointed that the two most Dani-esque lesbians – Rada and Serenity – were booted in episode one. I'm also disappointed that Lili, who seemed like 100% high-grade reality crazy gold, was eliminated. I think, though, that the lesbians have a shot this season since every time Tila was presented with a penis, she reacted with horror.
This looks like it could be a seriously trashy season, but potentially trashy in the best way possible. I'm trying to not get my hopes up yet, but I will tune in next week to see what kind of ridiculousness this show brings us in the second episode.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of MTV)