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The Weakest Link
Member Name: Sparky101
The Weakest Link
Date: 21/11/00, updated on 21/11/00 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Original format
Disadvantages: ANNE ROBINSON
I accidentally saw an episode of The Weakest Link a couple of weeks ago and was really shocked at what I saw. The show itself is quite a good concept but the way they've implemented it is down right awful.
For those who haven't seen it Anne Robinson presents the quiz. There are about 6 or 7 contestants who start and after each round of questions they vote out who they think is the weakest link. It's kind of a team game but also kind of an individual game as well. Confused? Let me explain.
If they answer a question correctly then there's a meter which goes up to the next level in terms of money. The jumps get bigger and bigger but if they answer a question incorrectly they drop back to zero. At any time the contestant who's about to answer a question can 'bank' whatever they are currently on and this is what they actually get. So there's an extra level of strategy there, deciding on whether to risk losing the money they've earned by getting a question wrong or risking not banking it as a right answer will be worth more.
They are trying to work as a team in that the money banked doesn't belong to the person who banks it but to the team. However, the only person to actually win any money is the last person left after everyone else has been voted out.
This as a concept is pretty good and a neat twist on the usual gameshow format. The only problem though is with Anne Robinson and the way she presents it. She's down right rude to the contestants. On the show I watched there was one guy who she picked on all through the show. She also questions some of them as to why they voted someone as being the weakest link which makes it very awkward for that person to openly criticise their fellow contestants to their faces.
I would love to see Anne Robinson as one of the contestants and see how she likes being badgered like she does. Avoid this one at all costs.