Monty and Rhias talk about Deadly Class, the latest edgy-yet-glossy Syfy show based on a comic book. This naturally turns into a discussion about Reality Bites and Rent. Then it’s time for Villains of the Week, where Vern Schillinger (JK Simmons from Oz) and Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates from Misery) demonstrate some things about modern life.
Hey, we’re doing a mini-relaunch! Instead of talking about “Whatever reality shows Monty and Rhias have stuck in their head,” we’re going to focus on one villain a week in our new segment “The Villain Audit.” This week: Billy McFarland of the Fyre Festival, as featured in different documentaries available on Hulu and Netflix. And we also bring our “Villain of the Week,” which this week is our excuse to talk about RuPaul’s Drag Race (see, we’re still basically the same people) and the Minions (Monty’s got a hot take). Enjoy!
The most impressive thing Monty and Rhias saw this week was the Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. And that’s in a week that also featured a WHOLE lot of nonsense on the Curse of Oak Island and the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race (All-Stars, but still).
Monty and Rhias review their notes and get ready for RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and also talk about their feelings on Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. They like the RuPaul show more, because it has less gum paste and isomalt.
Monty and Rhias recap the meta-war between Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship (the winner was not the audience), the state of Forged in Fire, do some casual previews of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and check in on the Curse of Oak Island. It’s still cursed.
Monty and Rhias discuss the finales of Making It and The Great Food Truck Race and decide which show was actually worth watching (it’s Making It). Then they tackle the challenge of finding new competitive reality shows in Fall, when all the channels think they’re better than that.
Rhias and Monty take a break from complaining about the air quality in Seattle to talk about the delightfully questionable television they’ve been watching, including Making It, Nailed It, The Great Food Truck Race, and the webseries Camp Wannakiki, which is the latest entry in the surprisingly robust genre of drag queen reality shows.
There’s this new competitive crafting show called Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. It’s gotten a lot of media coverage because it’s on a real network and it’s hosted by legit TV stars, but it also falls firmly within the purview of The Villain Edit. Monty and Rhias also talk about the brand new season of The Great Food Truck Race, which is as silly as it’s always been, and the (sob) impending series finale of Face Off.
Monty and Rhias have been watching Face Off and Forged in Fire. And there’s big news about the Great Food Truck Race coming back! But that doesn’t take a lot of time, so instead they talk about Pose and GLOW and Dietland and whatever else comes to mind.
Monty and Rhias chat about the finale of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, minutes after it ends. And they have some opinions! So many opinions, in fact, that some spill over into their discussion of Face Off and Forged in Fire. And they also reminisce about that one show where people had to dress up window displays for department stores, but competitively. That was weird.
Monty and Rhias are very excited that Face Off is back! It’s a great show that’s fun to watch! They also talk about Forged in Fire before weighing in on the current state of RuPaul’ss Drag Race, and make fun of something called “Truck Night in America” based on Monty having half-watched a commercial for it once. Whee!
Monty and Rhias are back, with thoughts on RuPaul’s Drag Race (movie star Cher is definitely the most boring Cher), Forged in Fire (we hope you heal up soon, Doug Marcaida), Ink Master Angels (which gets pretty heavy, so watch out), Naked and Afraid XL (watch out for lions), and Dancing With the Stars (which they didn’t watch, but this “season” has a neat format).
Monty and Rhias bid goodbye to Glam Masters and Ink Master, because their seasons are over. And also because those are bad shows that they don’t want to watch anymore. And they say hello to two new shows: Forged in Fire: Knife or Death and the Great Interior Design Challenge, which have different challenges as shows. They also continue to say hello to Ink Master: Angels and Forged in Fire, which are both good shows. And then they catch up on RuPaul’s Drag Race! So much to talk about!
Glam Masters and Ink Master are both edging closer to season finales that will probably also be their “Monty and Rhias watching them” finales. Ink Master Angels goes to Memphis for an episode that’s kind of a downer and kind of uplifting. And RuPaul’s Drag Race serves 33 separate runway looks, because it turns out that looking good in a dress is kind of a big part of being a drag queen.
It was a busy week for reality shows, which provided a nice range of things for Monty and Rhias to talk about. For thoughtful discussion of topics, you want to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. For jerks shouting at each other, you want Ink Master. For people having fun and being happy for each other, you want the finale of Project Runway: All-Stars. For dumb jokes about sex, you want RuPaul’s Drag Race again, because it can be about more than one thing. There was also Ink Master: Angels and Forged in Fire, which continue to be fun, and Glam Masters, which isn’t nearly as good as it should be.
Monty and Rhias are in favor of Ink Master Angels over Ink Master, and Forged in Fire over Project Runway, and also RuPaul’s Drag Race over just about everything. This is even though Monty’s Fantasy Drag Race Team is already in shambles, forcing an immediate reconsideration of everything.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 starts tomorrow! Monty and Rhias have combed through hours of iffy iPhone video of all the contestants, and they are prepared to render verdicts, predictions, and digressions about how bad the video is at some of these clubs. Step up your game, Showgirls!
The phrase “That Gorgeous Oozy Lip” does not appear in this episode of The Villain Edit, but it does appear in Glam Masters, which is one of the shows that Monty and Rhias talk about. Monty was going to mention it, but forgot. So he’s using it here, because it’s such a weird phrase. There’s also talk about Ink Masters, Forged in Fire, and Project Runway: All-Stars, before they get down to the important business of dissecting the finale of RuPaul’s All-Star Drag Race Season 3.
It’s not easy to pretend that the Emerald City Comic Con counts as a reality shows, but Monty and Rhias make it work, thanks to the Western Cosplay Championship. They also talk about this week’s BIG DRAMA in RuPaul’s Drag Race, the debut of Glam Masters (a makeup application show), Project Runway, Ink Master, and most of the season finale of The Curse of Oak Island. But not all of it, because the recording cut out and they can’t be bothered to find out what happened. Probably not much.
Two weeks of Drag Race means a lot of stuff happened. Two weeks of The Amazing Race means even more happened, because those were two-hour episodes. Two weeks of Project Runway All-Stars means only the regular amount happened because they were off for a week. And two weeks of The Curse of Oak Island means that nothing happened, just like with any amount of The Curse of Oak Island.
Project Runway has a Betty Boop challenge, and they keep insisting that this 90-year-old cartoon represents “Young Hollywood.” It’s perplexing. The Amazing Race goes to Zimbabwe and gets some wild animals to come pretty close to its contestants. Ink Master has no idea what “pixelated” means. And RuPaul’s Drag Race rips The Bachelor to shreds using the ancient art of…improv?
Two weeks of Ink Master, Amazing Race, Project Runway: All Stars, RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race, The Curse of Oak Island, and a bit of My Big Fat Fabulous Life all get covered. But the real news is that Rhias has discovered Dragula, and she has introduced Monty to it, and it’s disgusting and great.
On Oak Island, the new game is apparently to bring up the trip to the Templar prison at the drop of a hat. Which is totally fair, because that trip probably cost some money and you want to squeeze all the juice out of it you can. Speaking of juice, Ink Master used fruit juice to make mosaics that had nothing to do with tattooing but looked like fun. The Amazing Race went to a place made entirely of steep, winding streets because that’s the best way to exhaust the competitors. And Project Runway made some nice dresses. And some not-nice dresses, too.
All the reality shows are back! Well, probably not absolutely all of them. But The Amazing Race, Ink Master, and Project Runway have all made their 2017 debuts, and the Curse of Oak Island continues to do…whatever it is that show does. Monty and Rhias are here to catch you (and each other) up. There’s also a special bonus update on My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which has some drama you will want to hear about.
Monty and Rhias momentarily ran out of interesting shows to talk about, because apparently television is too busy showing good shows instead. The nerve! So after wrapping up Ink Master: Angels and talking briefly about RuPaul’s Drag Race (coming back on January 25) and The Curse of Oak Island (they haven’t found anything) they talk about whatever comes to mind instead. It mostly involves movies.
Project Runway reached its finale, which kind of took forever. And the winner was a nice surprise, which is always…nice? That makes sense. And as the cycle of life is always turning, The Curse of Oak Island is back to its old tricks. Seriously, exactly the same tricks, where they dig holes and don’t find anything. So we spend most of the episode talking about the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, which is a lot of fun.
Two episodes of Ink Master: Angels, which is proving to be a pretty fun show! Two episodes of Project Runway, which continues to be very professional! And one episode of American Beauty Star, and we were lucky to make it all the way through it. That is a terrible show. Also, we shared some preliminary thoughts on the Project Runway: All Stars 3 lineup and geeked out about the Templar swords on Forged in Fire.
Two episodes of Project Runway contain a total of three eliminations. And another elimination that gets rescinded. Ink Master Angels goes to the biggest cowboy bar in the world, I think. And Halloween Wars…just isn’t very good.
Face Off: Game Face ends with a weird episode that was intended as the pilot before they made some changes. Monty and Rhias liked it more than the regular episodes. Halloween Wars is a weird show about a hyper-specific kind of pumpkin carving that somehow has a spinoff series with exactly the same title. And Ink Master: Angels manages to get rid of a lot of the annoying stuff about Ink Master, which was a delightful surprise.
The return of real television means that some of these garbage shows have to wrap things up. So Monty and Rhias get to talk about the live season finale of Ink Master and the (not-live) season finale of the Great Food Truck Race. Face Off: Game Face isn’t a season finale, but it’s got four Face Off champions going head-to-head. Face to face? Whatever. And Project Runway also happened!
We are late, but we exist! That means we cover TWO episodes of Project Runway, in which someone gets home that we wanted to go home, and someone goes home that we didn’t. But both were pretty much justified.Ink Master and the Great Food Truck Race both limped toward the ends of their seasons, so we talked about spin-off shows like the Great Food Truck Rally and Ink Master: Redemption. And Face Off: Game Face had another fun episode of monster and alien makeup.
Project Runway goes to the top of the Empire State Building, but it still can’t escape the Twins’ shouting. Ink Master does what it always does, but at least it involves sending home someone we’re sick of. The Great Food Truck Race has a bad business day in Nashville. And Face Off: Game Face has George! We love George!
Project Runway takes inspiration from a new dance movie, but also from pretty much every “fancy dancer meets a hip hop dancer” movie ever. Ink Master packs so many different rounds of challenges into one episode that there’s almost no room left over for people to be jerks to each other. Face Off Game Face continues to be almost too pleasant to talk about, except that we like seeing Rick Baker every week so we’re going to keep talking about it anyway. And the Great Food Truck Race did something with pecans.
Project Runway has an unconventional materials team challenge with the entirely conventional result of making one of the designers melt down. The Great Food Truck Race somehow walks the line of having the most flamboyant, theatrical contestants also be the ones who are most businesslike and no-nonsense. Face Off: Game Face brings back some old favorites who are also current favorites. And Ink Master has some actually good tattoos across the board. Good for them!
So many shows! Face Off reaches its season finale just as Game Face arrives to be the short-form version we both deserved and needed. And the Great Food Truck Race is back! It’s possible that you didn’t know it ever existed in the first place, but it did, and it’s a lot of fun for how shameless it is. Ink Master continues its season, and we’re obligated to keep pace even though Project Runway is only one episode in and already has a ton more memorable and identifiable people on it.
Face Off had the first part of its two-part finale, and we got to see what Glenn Hetrick thinks a haunted house should be like. Ink Master continued to do the same stuff it always does by bringing in a jerk no one enjoyed watching the first time. And Project Runway lurched out of the darkness with sixteen new designers to helpfully give us something else to watch, which was nice of it. So we’re watching the new season of that.
The Bachelorette is finally over, with a finale that somehow found a way to be extremely boring while also containing some actual emotion. But it was mostly the depressing kind of emotion,so that’s fine. Congratulations to Rachel for choosing between two nearly identical dudes. Monty and Rhias now plan to never touch that franchise again. Meanwhile, Ink Master featured pin-ups that weren’t entirely terrible, Face Off had aliens that claimed to be fun and friendly, and Forged in Fire once again led people down the dangerous path to canister Damascus.
On The Bachelorette, the men told all, but Monty and Rhias weren’t really listening. It was more fun to talk about bad tattoos on Ink Master, bad makeup on Face Off, and even bad knives on Forged in Fire.
It’s real hot in here, and Monty may have forgotten how to talk. But that’s not going to stop him from talking about the Bachelorette’s decisions. Which is good, because Rhias is already on the topic. They also cover Face Off, Forged in Fire, Ink Master, and the news about…a Face Off spinoff? A SpinFaceOff?!
Every week means we’re a week closer to not having to watch the Bachelorette ever again. So that’s good news! There’s also Ink Masters to talk about, which had pretty good tattoos to go with its terrible people. That’s kind of the opposite of Face Off, which continues to have nice people even in kind of a down season. Forged in Fire finally let Doug Marcaida straight-up chop the heads off some ballistics-gel dummies. And Monty has some thoughts on Fool Us.
But the real news was this ear on Face Off:
That’s not where ears go!
Monty and Rhias tackle the classic question: could the contestants on Ink Master ever actually be better than the ones on Face Off? The answer is no. Everyone on Ink Master is a jerk. There’s also Bachelorette, which has mostly trimmed its jerks but also doesn’t have much personality left. And Forged in Fire had people from the SCA that Rhias is pretty sure she’s met.
Kind of a downer week of reality shows, huh? RuPaul’s Drag Race had a reunion that was just about drama, then Bachelorette did a worse job than usual of not being gross. Ink Master was what it always is, and even Face Off wasn’t as much fun as usual. So Monty and Rhias got distracted and talked about the season finales of Fargo and American Gods. And also the series finale of The Sopranos. You’ve watched everything that’s ever been aired, right?
There’s a new season of Face Off! Already! It’s here just in time to balance off the constant negativity of Ink Master, and to soothe us for the impending end of the RuPaul’s Drag Race season. Also featured: Forged in Fire!
Two episodes of the Bachelorette sent home a bunch of people whose names we never learned, as well as most of the people who were here just for pre-planned drama. RuPaul’s Drag Race continued to delight. Forged in Fire chopped up some ballistics-gel dummies, which you’d think would get old but actually never does. The Amazing Race had its second-least-deserving winner ever. And Ink Master returned for a new season of tattoo artists shouting at each other about stuff.
Some cool swords were made on Forged in Fire. Well, the swords looked kind of clumsy, but they were made by cool people. And sometimes that’s enough. RuPaul’s Drag Race had the most shocking lip-sync ever! For real this time! And The Bachelorette unleashed a new crowd of dopes, tickle monsters, and aspiring drummers onto the world’s stage.
We’re back from Disneyland, and we’re excited to talk about reality shows. And also Disneyland. We cover the last two weeks of Forged in Fire (swords!) and RuPaul’s Drag Race (gowns!) and check in with Naked and Afraid XL (many, many injuries!).
There’s so much to talk about! Two RuPaul’s Drag Races, two Forged in Fires, a Cosplay Melee, and the Face Off finale! Exclamation points!
RuPaul’s Drag Race took morning shows and made them even more crass and unprofessional. Except now it’s on purpose, so it’s okay. Face Off reached the semi-finals with four great competitors and made them make gargoyles. Cosplay Melee did superheroes and revealed the secret feud between fabric and foam. And Forged in Fire chopped another pig in half. Do you think they have a barbecue when they’re done?
Forged in Fire is back, with two new episodes of people either making cool weapons or accidentally ruining them. Cosplay Melee enters the world of video games, some of which Monty’s played. Face Off takes a trip to the islands for a Dole Whip. RuPaul’s Drag Race has pretty, pretty princesses. And Monty takes time out to lecture Gordon Ramsay about what he’s doing wrong.
Cosplay Melee had a challenge themed to Angels and Demons, and the ideas were interpreted in a variety of interesting ways. Face Off did an alien senate, although we don’t remember a lot of subcommittees being discussed. RuPaul’s Drag Race brought back an old favorite and said a goodbye that was equal parts sad and inevitable. We also talked briefly about this season’s gimmick on The Amazing Race.
Cosplay Melee went straight to our heart as the person we were rooting for actually won! RuPaul’s Drag Race is just starting its season, so we don’t know if that’s happening yet. We had to make do with Lady Gaga being an amazing guest judge, and two of our three preseason favorites being in the top three. Masterchef Junior continued with the pie-in-the-face-level shenanigans, and Face Off featured two covens of witches. Be warned that this episode features more discussion of googly eyes than you may be used to.
The winds of change are blowing, and they are bringing new shows. Monty and Rhias are very excited about Cosplay Melee, a show where people carve craft foam into armor. And about the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, of course. But first they have to work through the finale of the Bachelor and the latest episodes of Face Off, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, and Masterchef Junior. Although they can’t really remember anything about that last one. Some kids cooked some food, maybe?
The Bachelor limped toward its finale with three hours of programming, in which Bachelor Nick was featured as little as possible. Because what everyone really wants is lots more of Corinne, right? Riiiight? My Big Fat Fabulous Life continued to prepare for the big dance battle, even though no one seems that into the idea. Face Off had an animated puppet challenge that was fairly non-creepy as animated puppet challenges go. And Masterchef Junior turned into Hell’s Kitchen Junior for a week, which annoyed Monty.
There’s this new show called Stranded With a Million Dollars, and we watched it. And hated it! We also cover The Bachelor (which went to Finland), Face Off (which went to Fury Road), My Big Fat Fabulous Life (which went to kiss-town), Masterchef Junior (which went to Monty’s last nerve with all the screaming), and checked in again with Hunted (which went to its season finale and will probably never come back).
The new show on the docket is Masterchef Junior, replacing Hunted, which was too boring to live. We also watched Tattoo Girls, but that’s not sticking around in our household. The Bachelor went to Hometowns and finally moved the focus off Nick. Face Off had Mad Scientists, but why were they all dudes? On My Big Fat Fabulous Life, it looks like someone’s about to get served. The Curse of Oak Island had a two-hour season finale spectacular in which some twisted metal was actually recovered. So that was something.
Monty is trying to come up with a theme song. It doesn’t go well.
Hunted is on the bubble, as neither Monty nor Rhias can remember more than one thing that happened this week. More time is given to The Bachelor, which seems to be going off the rails in a way that the production staff probably didn’t intend. On The Curse of Oak Island, the discussion centers on wood and rocks. As usual. And Face Off turns into a magical winter wonderland.
The contestants for season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race have been announced, and we did our research! Which means that we watched a bunch of performance videos, so now we’re experts. We might not know who’s going to win, but we know who our favorites are. We go through all the queens and explain their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the new season. We also cover recent events on The Bachelor, Forged in Fire, Curse of Oak Island, Hunted, Face Off, and My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
We check in on the Bachelor, which is growing on us. Well, one of us. And then we dive into Hunted (in which normal citizens pretend to be hiding from cops) and Face Off (in which talented artists create cool monster makeup) before a brief update on My Big Fat Fabulous Life.
After a very brief recap of “Curse of Oak Island,” we talk about how no one told us how crazy “The Bachelor” was. Then we dive into “Mythbusters: The Search,” which claims to be a search for new Mythbusters hosts, but is actually a terrible waste of time.
Introducing The Villain Edit! We talk about reality show taxonomy, including why the two basic kinds of competitive reality show are basically “Survivor” and “Cupcake Wars.” Then we dive into a discussion of Forged in Fire, which is absolutely the best blacksmithing show on television.