Sunday, February 12, 2017

Musings about Alex

I just love long deep-think pieces about game shows. Critics get all philosophical and faux insightful about our little genre.

The latest example is this essay on a site called Ringer (no, I've never heard of it, either). A bemused critic named Claire McNear says over and over again that Alex Trebek gets disappointed when contestants don't win enough money on Jeopardy. That's after she says Alex may be a robot. She embeds eleven (11) YouTube videos to prove her case.

Well, Claire, Alex probably does get a little bummed when nobody wins big money, like the infamous triple-zip finish in the screenshot. As you note yourself, game shows like to give away big prizes to keep the audience entertained. But I don't know that this "insight" is worth 1,233 words and 11 videos.

Along the way, Claire McNear also says that Pat Sajak shows "chivalrous pride in his charges' victories" and Steve Harvey is "like a golden retriever who's just caught a ball." First time I ever heard Steve compared to a golden retriever. I think he's more like a sheepdog, rumpled and a little exasperated as he herds his players through the surveys.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think she knows that Alex is in his late 70s. Being a "robot" is what made him successful through the three decades he has done Jeopardy.

    It's safe to say you won't see Alex go all out Steve Harvey and overreact when a contestant gives a dumb answer.