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TV Review: Real World: Austin 10/12/05

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Yawn! That’s what this episode of the Real World: Austin made me do. This has turned into one of the most boring seasons to me. I think the constant focus on the romance between Danny and Melinda has really hurt the show. There are seven people in the house, but many of the episodes have focused on two – Danny and Melinda. Now that the season is almost over, it is kind of hard to put the focus on others of the house.

Tonight, we caught up with South by Southwest festival. The house mates are still hard at work filming their assigned documentary. The episode opens with them working on filming one of the bands, Halifax. Lacey has no love at all for the band, but it seems that Wes is finally getting into his assignment here a little. A bit of a turnaround from last week’s episode. We also see Rachel hanging out with the band. She is having fun and flirting a little with one of the band members.

The members of Halifax show up at the house. Mike, the lead singer of the group, even shows her some interest. In order to impress the guy, Rachel jumps into the basketball machine, breaking it. Nehemiah chastises her for the act, and we see Rachel once again let him get under her skin. She is in tears in the bathroom, but Melinda, Johanna and Mike try to cheer her up.

The next morning, Rachel and the rest of the blue team – consisting of Danny and Wes – have an alarm clock malfunction and are late to meet up with Hello Good-bye at campgrounds outside the city. They end up not finding them and returning home. The band calls the house, and they set up a meeting for that night and camping the next day.

That evening we jump to the red team – consisting of Johanna, Nehemiah and Lacey. We see Johanna and Nehemiah hard at work filming, but what is Lacey doing? Nothing. A good part of this episode actually focuses on Lacey and her manipulative ways. Turns out she is quite the trash talker. Behind your back, she will say one thing, but to you she will say another. Rachel even catches Lacey trash talking her on film. This was probably the highlight of the thirty minute show, but it was nothing all that shocking. We had been tuned in to Lacey’s behavior in previous episodes.

The talking behind people’s backs isn’t the only thing bothering the house mates about Lacey though. What really gets them is how she isn’t doing all that much of a job with the festival. Melinda mentions how she had wanted the position Lacey had been assigned, and how she would have done things differently. Seems Lacey isn’t one to do a whole lot of work here.

The next morning arrives and Rachel drives off once again to the campground with Danny and Melinda in tow. They find the band, and they shoot some good footage of the band singing out in the middle of nowhere. They hang out by the side of a watering hole on the grounds. Danny wants to jump off a cliff into the water with Melinda. At first she wants no part of it due to her fear of heights, but by the end of the episode we see her jump off. Danny placed special importance in this action. It showed that she trusted him.

As I said when this review began, this episode was really boring. There was not much that stood out during the episode. Showing Lacey’s behavior was fine, but it seemed to be an afterthought. While her behavior has been a recurring theme, there was no importance placed on it until now. They focused their attentions elsewhere. I had such hopes for this season when it began, but I see it slowly falling apart with each week that passes.

What did you think of this episode of the Real World? Did it cause you to yawn like it did me? Or did you find yourself on the edge of your seat? Let me know what you think.

For more reviews by Regina, including reviews on books, music, movies and several popular television shows, visit her review blog found at One Couch Critic. She is also the newest contributor at Media Village with her Thoughts from the couch. Her rambles on life and writing can be found on her daily blog, One Writer’s Rambles.

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  • http://bonamassablog.us Joanie

    I tried to get into this season, but the show has seriously lost its focus.

  • http://thecouchcritic.blogspot.com Gina

    It really has. I do think all the focus on Danny and Melinda hurt them. The season is really starting to fall short for me.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I disagree — I dig it. The Real World continues to be a reality show staple for me. They’ve been on a roll the last three or so seasons in casting a good group.

  • Clary

    Click here for Danny’s Houndstooth hat thats on ebay ,[link removed. Firstly, ebay links are only temporary. Secondly, it was bad a dead link and bad code]

  • Marshal

    Yeah, this episode was a lot more boring than previous episodes. Nothing too exciting happened. I thought there would be more drama between Rachel and Lacey but not much happened between them. I’m definately still anxious to see the next episodes! I love this cast and I feel that the cast members are easy to relate to. Danny and Melinda are definately the coolest, most interesting members of the cast, in my book at least.

  • KIMMMI

    the preview is that there going to go to costa rica for there rewardship of sxsw documentary. I definetly want to see the next episode.

  • http://danny mary

    danny is the HOTTEST.I thought their would be more drama.the next episode better be ALOT of DRAMA.danny,mel,and johoanna are the best.

  • http://danny mary

    this cast is the best.wes is a heavy lover.mel is a SLUT.danny is a CHEATER.