Some thoughts on this week’s SUPERMILLIONAIRE series:
It’s nice to see a game show which hasn’t been dumbed down. This one has gotten much harder. The prizes awarded are much greater, though, so it makes sense. So far, I haven’t seen any good case to be made for giving easy questions to promote a big winner. The temptation for the producers will no doubt be there for the final contestant of the week on Friday night, though. Keep a careful eye on that one.
Regis still tries to help. I watched the Massachusetts woman in agony as Regis tried so hard to steer her to two correct answers. It worked the first time, but she didn’t listen closely enough the second time, on the “Tinkertoys” answer. She walked away with nothing.
This still begs the question as to why the guy on Tuesday night didn’t ask The Three Wise Men [sic] for help when he had a NASA scientist on the panel to answer a question about the chemical composition of the earth’s core. Insanity! With those two new lifelines at the $100,000 level, using them both gives you pretty good odds of hitting the half-million mark. It’s a free guess, you get two chances, and you can even get input from the Wise Men. If you have one of the original lifelines left, all the better. Go into the game playing for $500,000.
That said, the “Double Dip” isn’t as great as it sounds. Used in conjunction with the 50/50, it guarantees you a correct answer. If anyone could last to the million dollar question with those two intact, it could mean big money. However, it really only eliminates one option for you. If you can narrow it down in your mind, it’s worth the risk. If you’re going for a million and you have no clue, the double dip only makes it 50/50.
Nerves are getting to a lot of the contestants. All three of them on Tuesday night looked like they were going to have a heart attack at any second.
It looks like the million dollar mark is the sweet spot. $500,000 is doable, but a million will take a strong will. We’ve had one of those so far, and it was the most exciting round yet. The questions thus far are far too hard to hit the $10 million level with. I can’t wait to see what one of those questions looks like. (“To the nearest pound, how much did Walter Hudson weight in December 5th, 1992?”)
This is a fun way to bring the format back to primetime television and I hope they do bring Regis back for another sweeps week in May.
Two nights to go, and I’m looking forward to both of them.