August 24th, 2006


Japanese Face Torture. Survivor: Race War!

This is really bad.


This is much worse.


I stopped watching Survivor after the second season. But I read in an article that they were introducing a new format for the upcoming season, which premieres September 14. The new format? The contestants are going to be divided according to ethnicity. It's going to be Asians vs blacks vs Latinos vs whites. A race war! CBS is dropping them all off on Cook Island, along with crates filled with machetes, semi-automatic weapons and flying guillotines. They must hunt each other down, and then eat the losers as a ritual method of absorbing their enemies' strength and power. Pepsi will do a product tie-in by providing beverages. To honor their gods, the victorious race will construct a giant pyramid, where they will stage musicals. Should make for great television.

To add to the craziness, one of the Asian contestants, Yul, is a friend's brother. Like his sibling, Yul's an uber-brainiac. And judging by his Survivor photo, the guy's kept himself in good shape and he's got decent height. So Team Asia looks like it's in good hands. I think the last time I saw Yul was at his brother's wedding. He was with his best friend and roommate Evan, who was battling leukemia. Yul even stopped out of school to help organize major blood typing drives in Asian-American communities to find a matching marrow donor for Evan. It was a long time ago, so I can't remember exactly, but I think they found two matches. But Evan ran out of time. He was only 20.

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