The Real World: Brooklyn (season premiere) - VIDEO
It goes without saying that I am way, way beyond the demographic for The Real World. I kept thinking while watching this 21st season (yes, 21 seasons - 17 years) opener, "wow, I'm glad I'm not 23 anymore and worried about stupid stuff."
This season is the usual mix that the show always seems to put together, and here are the notes that I made while watching the show.
Chet: Mormon who thinks he is straight. Can't read people as much as Ryan can.
Sarah: Seems like a bit of a wild girl. Used to love girls, now loves guys. Big tattoo down one side of her body, sort of like Two-Face from Batman.
Ryan: 23-year-old who looks 16. Seems to have a Mentalist-like ability to figure out who is straight, gay, or otherwise. Secret: he's a veteran of the Iraqi war.
Scott: Seems to want to make a career based on his abs. Could be the drinking game of the season: every time he lifts or takes off his shirt, take a shot.
J.D.: Gay guy who trains dolphins.
Baya: Quirky, can't get a handle on her. Has a name that sounds like a bottled water.
Katelynn: Obviously, obviously transgender. Unless she's a member of the Hilary Swank Lookalike Society
Devyn: Rather attractive black woman who seems to be the most flirtatious of ... WHOA, DID YOU SEE THOSE BREASTS?!? She says that guys "have a better chance of getting into heaven than getting into Devyn." That's cute, but it's probably hard to live your life based on a catch phrase.
The group is happy to be together at first, though I'm sure this will change in future episodes as they, you know, get to know each other. My prediction? Some of them will get drunk, some of them will hook up, some of them will start to hate each other. Pushing might be involved at some point, and someone will make a mess in the apartment.
Somewhere along the line, probably around the fourth or fifth season, The Real World ceased to be a sociological/cultural experiment where young people applied to be on the show for the experience. Instead, it became a show where a bunch of media savvy young people did it to get their moments of fame, and often acted for the camera. But you know what? I'd rather watch this show than something like Big Brother, where the people seem to be nastier and just out for the money, doing odd stunts and getting eliminated, usually at an age when they should know better.
I'm not going to watch the rest of this season, of course. The music they use is lost to me and I don't have anything in common with twentysomethings anymore. I already have enough drama in my life. To quote Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, and probably Lethal Weapon 3, I'm too old for this shit.