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Season Finale: The Mole – “The Mole is Revealed”

“The Mole is Revealed”

August 11th, 2008

While I was without internet for most of yesterday, a frustrating scenario that messed up a lot of things, I was perhaps most upset that I had to miss out on blogging my initial reaction to last night’s Mole finale. I’d call it a cross between entertained and saddened, enjoying the reveal while remaining quite sad that there will likely never be another one like it.

The Mole hit this summer with very little buzz and, for the most part, ratings failure. And yet, for fans of the series, it was right in line: no, Jon Kelley was no Anderson Cooper, and I do kind of miss the old music, but for the most part as a “game” The Mole was right where we wanted it to be. The personalities may have gotten a bit out of hand, but chalk that up to the newfound prevalence of the “Be a Jerk” strategy in reality television as a whole, something that didn’t exist to the same degree in earlier seasons.

And, right in line with those expectations, we have a finale that fits: we have the Mole we suspected, the winner we wanted, and the reunion that feels like these people loved playing the game and loved even more to watch it back on a television and see all of the ridiculous things they said about people. There’s plenty of close calls, plenty of foot-in-mouth behaviour, and little enough drama for this to feel like the celebration it should be.

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The Mole (2008): “Episode Nine”

“Episode Nine”

August 4th, 2008

The most memorable task to ever appear on The Mole took place in this equivalent week during the first season. Trapped in separate rooms in a hotel, Steven, Jim and Kathryn are forced to use what they have in their hotel rooms to escape, which involves a whole host of weird little clues. It was a ridiculous task that they failed miserably at, which made it an extremely easy con for The Mole.

Unfortunately, there isn’t quite as fantastic an event this time around. The tasks here are more about running around and luck than they are about really figuring out clues. This might be for the best, though, because this isn’t the sharpest bunch around: what really made this episode stand out was the mistakes people made, and the ways in which these tasks kept this show entertaining this season. The various human interactions that made the show almost unbearable earlier this season are better in small doses, as people struggle or succeed in isolation.

So while it isn’t quite the poetry I sometimes want, it still provides plenty of Mole-related entertainment to be had in the penultimate episode.

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