Hurl: Episode 1 (series premiere)
"It's like a good poop." - Hurl contestant about vomiting
It's odd that the grossest thing about Hurl isn't the scenes where the contestants vomit. Or maybe I should say it's not the only gross thing about the show (watching other people throw up isn't one of my favorite pastimes, after all). It's equally unpleasant to watch people shove food into their mouth as fast as they can, talk while they're doing it, and burp a lot to make more room for food. I don't even want to think about all of that.
It starts out with five guys (and I'm sure most of the contestants are going to be men, call me psychic) who have to eat a bunch of some food (mac and cheese in this first episode). The food is on a scale and the three that have eaten the most move on (the announcer says that they have to actually swallow the food or it doesn't count, but I didn't see any subtraction for food still in the mouth, they just went by the scale numbers). The three survivors are then shoved into big metal balls and spun around for five minutes. Then comes the eating of pies and more spinning and (possible) hurling. The winner gets $1,000 and a trophy, which doesn't seem like enough.
There are a few great ideas in this show. One is to have the graphics and stats and bios put not on the screen but on notebooks and Post-It Notes that a mysterious hand holds up in front of the camera. That works really well and looks great. I also love the idea that the show's crew members that help the contestants into the spinning balls are wearing hazmat suits from head to toe. That's clever.
But really, I don't want to watch Hurl again. It really has nothing I want to watch, and considering I often eat dinner while watching TV it could also be dangerous.
|Yeah, it was great!||72 (61.0%)|
|Um, no, once is enough.||46 (39.0%)|