After much deliberation – or at the very least a second episode – I think I've figured out the biggest problem with Shark Tank. I know that last week I discussed the changes between the British version and the American version and where one succeeded and the other failed, and there were really some unsatisfying things on either side. However, I don't think that anything I said last week – besides the quality of entrepreneur – is where the U.S. version finds its biggest obstacle. Actually, I think the problem is pretty simple, it's "Shark" Kevin O'Leary.
Perhaps he's just a bad human being, perhaps he's just an overly-hard businessman, perhaps he's been told by a producer to be the "bad guy," whatever the case might be, he's almost enough to make me want to turn off the show and never watch it again.
Now, the biggest problem with the show's biggest problem? It's that I know exactly what he'd say in response to my last paragraph – "there's no emotion here, this is about money. I want to make money, that's all I want to do. Do you want to make money?" Not only is the statement predictable, it's obnoxious. Plus, he may be rich, but he's absolutely blind if he can't see that there's a human aspect to business.
And there he goes again, "there's no emotion here, this is about money. I want to make money, that's all I want to do. Do you want to make money?" Do you see how annoying he is, here I am writing this and he insists on throwing his two cents in over and over again. No, that's not a direct quote from the show, but after watching last night's episode I can hear the man in my brain saying those words. I think he should apologize, it's not very nice of him. You do know what he'd say to that though, don't you?
Am I beginning to get my point across? I thought last night's episode was far better than the previous week's, I still have some issues with the set, and the digital shark tanks (seriously, are those necessary?), but the entrepreneurs were far stronger last night and the Sharks seemed more into the whole game.