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"The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal"
Shawn McKenzie 06/04/2002
I know that technically this show debuted last
year, but apparently I was the only person who watched it. The ratings were so
bad that it became the first competitive reality show that I can remember to be
pulled before the end of its run. Since ABC is pretending that it didn't exist
before now, I will too (okay, maybe I won't.)
It is always good when a show listens to the viewers and improves a show based
on their concerns. It also helps that they had the benefit of using the first
season's Mole, Kathryn Price, as a consultant.
I also think that they read my mother's mind too when they did "The Mole 2:
The Next Betrayal." She loved the show, but she was very confused by the
rules and how the contestants were "executed." I didn't know what she was
talking about, because I understood the execution process perfectly. Anyway,
apparently she wasn't the only one confused, because they have simplified the
rules and made it possible for the viewer to witness the entire process. Instead
of showing random questions during the execution, they show all of the
In addition to simplifying the execution process, they have made more changes to
make it more shocking, enjoyable, and interactive. In the first episode, they
burn the bags of the contestants, which included some very personal items. When
I first saw this, my mouth dropped. I couldn't believe they had done that! I was
genuinely relieved when I found out that they hadn't really burned the bags.
Secondly, Anderson Cooper has really lightened up. I don't know why he was so
stiff the first season. I suspect it was because he was trying to be mysterious.
I like the more playful Cooper better. Finally, the producers have made some
clues as to who the Mole might be stand out so the viewers can keep guessing.
They have gone so far as to point out the suspicious activities of the
contestants on their website.
I was so glad when I read that ABC was bringing back "The Mole" that I
went around to all the people at the radio station I work for and informed them
of the happy news (of course, they all being sports junkies and not TV geeks
like me, said "The Mole what?") The show is much more fun than last
season. It is currently the most exciting, best reality show currently on the
air. The bag-burning thing alone sold me! The only mistake ABC made last year
was putting it on Fridays (where not even my mom watched it!) Now that it is on
Tuesdays, you have no excuse! (Unless you are watching "The Real World:
Chicago" or "The Shield" instead, but come on, those shows rerun on
their networks a million times!) Let's not make ABC have to cancel "The Mole
2: The Next Betrayal" in the middle of the season again!
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!
Try to catch this show every week...
If a better show is on, tape this one...
If nothing else is on, maybe this will be good...
If this show is on, change the channel immediately!
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