The Apprentice: Los Angeles: To Have and Have Not (season premiere)
(S06E01) I'm not sure I'm sold on The Apprentice moving to Los Angeles. It sounds stupid, but it boils down to little things for me. Things that feel different that I liked about New York. For instance, remember the way a fired contestant would exit New York? Hop into a cab. It's not the same in Los Angeles. A chauffeured towncar service? It just feels weird to me. That's the best way I can describe it. For most of my thoughts on the premiere and this season in general, check out this Early Look post that I wrote a few weeks ago. However, I've watched the episode again and I've got some fresh thoughts after the jump.
First up, was Trump always this much of a jerk? He was genuinely rude and abrasive on numerous occasions during the episode. Don't read that as me being against it. I think Trump saying "I don't give a damn" is hilarious.
Also, I'm not sure how I feel about Ivanka. Despite the fact that she's Grade-A eye candy, that's not why I can't take my eyes off of her. It's awkward to listen to her speak, especially when she was giving her thoughts to camera during the car wash challenge. With George or Carolyn, I felt like they were talking. With Ivanka, it's stilted and almost seems as if she's reading thoughts from a prompter or cue card. I can't put my finger on it, but something is just off with her.
I suppose all that's left to talk about it Martin. I was actually disappointed that Trump fired him. Frank made more sense to me. The task boiled down to leadership and Frank kept walking away to make flyers during the challenge. He really did leave his team to make their own decisions. Not to mention that he's loud, cocky, and annoying beyond belief. I agreed with Ivanka's assessment that Martin would not have meshed with her father, but in this instance, I still think Frank should have been fired.
Overall, I was pleased with the premiere. I still think the tent thing is far too much of a gimmick and that it will get old fast, but it is something different I suppose. What do you folks think? Will the move to the west coast bring this show's quality back to the level we saw during the first two seasons? I think there's a shot but we might not see it get better until some of the lesser contestants have been given the boot.