Anyone catch this last night on VH1? I sort of stumbled onto it, and was intrigued and yet annoyed. It’s possibly the oddest, yet most sort-of useful, reality show ever.
Here’s the deal: Eight men, ranging in age from 22 to 45, are contestants. They have absolutely no skills with women. Most are virgins. The host of the show, whose name is Mystery, will put them through stud boot camp. Every week one of the men is booted off of the show. In the end, one will remain, and will get a chance to travel the world teaching studliness, $50,000, the title of Master Pickup Artist, and of course, all the girls he can eat.
Last night’s show was the premier. The guys gathered, got to know each other, and settled into their dorms. Then they were thrown to the sharks as Mystery and his assistants watched them crash and burn via hidden cameras. It was painful. Then they switched places, and Mystery and friends worked their magic.
I found it sort-of useful, as I’ll certainly learn as much as I can from the show. But there was so little actual advice given. It was annoying, because the show focused on what complete dorks the guys are. It really made fun of them. The pacing was as slow as 5th Grader, footage was reused as much as in Nanny 911, and commercial breaks were frequent and long.
But it was interesting watching these three guys, whose jobs are apparently picking up babes, work. Seeing them analyse the moves of the dorks was like watching a world-class chess player analyse a game. They were seeing 12 moves ahead. If a dork so much as looked at a woman, they’d make comments like “Oooh, game over” or “She’s into horses! Talk about horses!”
Fascinating. And annoying.