Grand Final on Grand Slam
With the final episode of GSN's all-star tournament in
the books, I wanted to relay a few of my thoughts about the whole
exercise, and a wish list if the show comes back next year.
Obviously, the series was a game show fan's dream.
Fourteen of the biggest winners in all of game show history were joined
by two also-rans, and while Victor Lee displayed a massive amount of pop
culture knowledge in the 2007 VH1 World Series, Amy Kelly was
completely out of her element. A single fluke won her more money than
anyone else on Lingo, and a ticket to a format that did not suit her
talents at all. This was proved when Brad Rutter, her competition in the
first round, did not even have to dip into his free minute for the last
Perhaps the most interesting contestant out of the entire slate was Ogi
Ogas, who famously won $500,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?,
walking away from a $1 million question that he nearly played. Where
many contestants barely leave a mark on the landscape of the genre,
Ogas's exit from Millionaire was a memorable one, and he
continued to be just as memorable throughout Grand Slam. Who
among us is going to forget "Brad does math like a little girl!" and his
celebrations with every victory? Not me.
It's easy to be polite, to shake hands after your win, or
congratulate the other guy after a loss. But Ogi gave us a good show.
And after all, isn't that what we're all here for? He met with possibly
the most memorable man in all of game show-dom since Charles van Doren
in an extended match, for all of the money and glory. And for three
rounds, it was an epic battle.
Unfortunately for Good TV, the Contemporary Knowledge
round sent Ogi into a tail spin that he never got out of, and Ken
carried a huge advantage into the Mixed final round.
The format is almost bulletproof as it is, but there's
too much non-game per half hour. I'd like to see more rounds per half
hour contest. And while we're at it, less of Dennis Miller, and his
tired and labored attempts at humor. But really, as long as you keep Pat
the Questioner, and bring back some of the biggest winners of all time,
it's hard to go wrong. It would even make for a decent weekly series.
Anything to see something good on Game Show Network.
Travis Eberle needed a shower after the Grand Final;
it was so intense. Switch back to him at