A big part of The Biggest Loser
is the emotional story of the contestants. It's important to the show, after all. It's no secret that emotional issues or childhood incidents can shape how we feel about food, interact with food and use food to cover up emotional issues. It's no wonder, then, that a lot of the screen time on Biggest Loser
features the contestants talking about their feelings. This is fine. This is necessary. Feelings are good! But why, for the love of Bob Harper's little hat, do we just hear the same hackneyed quips week after week?
Okay, so I get that it's Week 16. There's not a lot to talk about that we haven't already covered. We already know about Rulon's wife, Hannah's back injury, Olivia's fertility issues. It's hard to avoid topics like this over the course of 16 weeks. They're stories that we want to know. Seeing Hannah get to know volleyball again? Heartwarming. Hearing Rulon talk about his love for his wife? Adorable. But hearing these things 16 times over? Boring.
There are only so many times I can hear about Hannah losing her fear, Rulon feeling worthy of love and Moses (we miss you, Moses!) learning to put himself first. Sure, they're all important things. Really, they are, and the Biggest Loser
journey wouldn't be the same without them, but they lose their meaning after a while.
However, while we are bashed over the head with certain sentiments, others remain confusing and poorly explained. The show has been hinting around for weeks now that Ken is depressed, having trouble at home, feeling stressed out by his family (presumably, his wife), and on and on. The trainers have dealt with this -- sort of -- by telling him that he needs to vocalize his needs, explain what he wants, embrace his own need for change, but we still really have no idea what's going on with Ken. Instead of hearing about Rulon's downfall after being Olympic champion for the four thousandth time, why not expand on some of Ken's issues?
Last night, Ken mentioned feeling accepted in a group for the first time in his life at the Ranch. That's a pretty stark and honest statement, and it leads to more questions. Additionally, it could help people watching the show to more fully understand the relationship between depression and food, and also could have provided Ken with some relief and healing. Instead, we are exposed to the same points over and over again, which is neither interesting nor helpful.
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