October 15, 2010

"They tried like hell to squeeze some drama out of the last few moments of competition."

"Instead we got 'I learned that I'm strong'-style monologues that only made us feel embarrassed for the people forced to utter them."

[Spoiler alert if you haven't watched and care about the new episode of "Project Runway."]

15 comments:

Irene said...

Best line of the night (Gretchen): "I'm just glad they gave me a second chance like they gave the rest of you."

Second best (Michael Kors): "pregnant witch."

Ann Althouse said...

It was bizarro night. The thing I thought was clearly the worst, they thought was clearly the best.

Did the judges fawn over Michael all season just to create drama?

MayBee said...

I'm guessing the details of that dress looked better in real life.

Irene said...
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Irene said...

"Did the judges fawn over Michael all season just to create drama?"

I think so. This is the first season, in my view, in which the character dramas have been more important than the designs.

The drama--especially the Ivy/Gretchen/Michael C. sort--fits the new ninety minute format better.

"Is he an idiot, or an idiot savante?" YIKES

Pastafarian said...

I'm occasionally forced to watch this show by my wife; I'll half-watch while reading blogs and such.

One thing I noticed recently: The in-your-face product placement for HP design software.

The one redeeming feature of this series: Heidi Klum's accent, and the violent reaction that it (and she) evoke from my wife. "This dwess is simpwy unwehhable. You may weave the wunway."

MadisonMan said...

This dwess is simpwy unwehhable. You may weave the wunway

Mahwene Dietwich as played by Ms. Kahn. LOL

Chip Ahoy said...

Irene, I recall it the other way around, "he's either an idiot-savant or just an idiot."

That site linked here, Tom & Lorenzo is very elucidating. It taught me a new way to see the programing. I never before thought the nameless faceless producers determine the outcome and the judges appear solely to make that happen. As for the judges, I find their remarks oddly both acutely penetrating and vapidly destructive.

I am still childishly compelled to imitation of Tim Gunn whenever I hear him speak, but now I must adjust my imitation to include commentary of real class. The videos, Gunn's Workroom and Under The Gunn are very touching.

Irene said...

Thanks, Chip. I typed it backwards!

I agree about Tim Gunn. I recall a few weeks ago when he scolded Gretchen at the end of the episode.

MayBee said...

With bullying so much in the news these days, this season of PR was very on point.

Many of these designers were bullies. They fed off from each other. They ganged up on Michael pretty relentlessly. We saw how bullying can spread as kind of the cool thing to do.

What we saw from Michael is you don't have to internalize the insults other people are hurling your way. Hold your head high, and know yourself.
What we saw from Mondo was how a person of integrity acts. On the verge of joining in with the others, he instead decided to get to know Michael. Mondo's reaching out to Michael, I believe, stopped the bullying.
By the time Ivy came back, her attempt to up the attacks on Michael backfired. It was no longer the cool thing to do. She ended up looking small.

Good life lessons, along with the drama.

LL said...

I got sucked into this about 6 weeks ago because of my two teenage girls.

I think Mondo is the most talented one of them all and he actually has a lot more class and integrity. I'm not so much into the HIV positive drama of a couple of weeks ago but Mondo has shown lots of class in his interaction with others.

Michael C's dress last night was terrible, especially the back. The front looked like a choir robe. I didn't see all the love for that one coming.

chuck b. said...

"Best line of the night (Gretchen): 'I'm just glad they gave me a second chance like they gave the rest of you.'"

Agreed! I'm more sympathetic to her now since I know something about her background. I understand her a little better.

I fully expected Michael Kors to follow his initial remark about Michael C's dress--"You wanted a showstopper and you got one"--with some serious nastiness. Nope. They cooed over it! Even Christian. Nice to see Christian again.

None of the clothes last night were very good, especially considering how much time they had. Mondo took a freakin' nap and still made the best thing.

I like the 90 minute format, but at the end when there's not much going on, there has been some padding.

MadisonMan said...

I actually watched the end of The Apprentice last night, waiting to see the coverage of the West High brouhaha over tracking on the local News. It was surprisingly interesting, although I don't see how the people about to be fired can sit there and listen.

c3 said...

Spoiler alert if you haven't watched and care about the new episode of "Project Runway."

"care about the new episode of "Project Runway."

Now there's a WTF moment if I ever saw it.

deborah said...

Althouse:
"It was bizarro night. The thing I thought was clearly the worst, they thought was clearly the best."

Yes, just when think I can recognize what's good, they all swoon. I thought it was awful, especially the neck strap, which was too thick, and the back, which was not at all flattering to her lower back/upper booty.

I caught up on the last five, or so, eps on the Runway website over the last week, and tbh, I thought the correct person was kicked off each week. Including this week. Michael's spotty, but April's too rigid.

I thought it was kind of Christian to find something nice to say about Gretchen's outfit. He was a very mature and considerate judge.