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Humor at the Expense of Others' Failings
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
Total Wipeout - 3 Stars - It's Okay
Basically the same review as the other season.
This show is based on watching contestants fail. That's it, low brow humor. Sure, there's a competition and a prize so unwitting players will throw themselves into the various challenges, resulting in spectacular fails. But the course is designed so contestants depend heavily on luck. Traps operate randomly. Players can't watch other contestants. There's no practise runs. Challenges/traps make no allowance for the size of contestants.
One will notice the Big Red Balls are consistently featured. This is the most spectacular fail. Although challenges and traps change from show to show. The Big Red Balls always follow the Sucker Punch; a challenge almost impossible to cross coating players with mud so they'll be slippery on the Big Red Balls. Everything is well padded so we don't have to feel guilty when we laugh.
The show is filmed and edited with voiceover so we only see highlights of individual performances. Contestants are encouraged to reveal something about themselves that will be used to mock/ridicule them as they compete.
It makes the claim contestants come from all walks of life. This is so we can laugh at the heavyweights repeatedly failing events. Big people usually make an entertaining splash on the Big Red Balls as well. Screams are LOL sometimes.
Knowing this, I enjoy watching because, even though they're set up to fail, the contestants exhibit an indominitible spirit to finish; so representative of the slog that is my life.