Please watch the Korean game show "Genius" with me

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This is great. This is really really great.

So it's a Korean elimination-style reality show (wait wait don't leave) based loosely on a Japanese manga (seriously don't leave please) where each week there's a game. Each contestant receives a "garnet" which can be turned into $$$ (well, ₩₩₩) but only if you win the season. Come in first, you get two "immunity" items (one for you, one for whomever you protect); tie for first, you both get immunity (and nobody picks a protectee). Last place enters a deathmatch with a non-immune player of their choosing.

The catch is, there's no living on an island or running a lemonade stand or whatever other bullshit. The game of the week is the entire goddamn point, and it's pure gameyness.

In the first episode: everyone (13 players) receives 9 cards, with numbers from 1-3 on them. (same card pack for everyone: 333222111). The goal is to get the most "wins" in 1-on-1 war-style battles. Most wins is immune. If you have leftover cards, you automatically get 0 points. (one person is guaranteed to get 0 points, because 13*9 = odd number of cards). You can trade cards, give cards away, keep cards, whatever. you just need to play them all and try to get as many wins as possible in 90 minutes.

Goddamnit it's so good. I already watched episode 1. Gonna hold off on ep 2 until at least ONE OTHER FUCKING HUMAN is watching it with me. I HAD SO MANY THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING THIS.

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:00 (five years ago) link

I have so many thoughts about this show! mostly good.

It's really great to see a bunch of fairly smart people get together for a few hours a week and try to out-game-theory each other. Most of the main matches are wildly entertaining. There are some times, however, where they either make the game way too confusing or they don't explain it well enough and I just sit there confused for the whole hour. Or the game is wildly easy to figure out, so everyone's just going through the motions. Also, the two-person matches are for the most part reeeeeeeally boring.

It's well worth it, though, mostly because the players that make it to the later stages of the game are very dynamic.

HPSCHD, Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:19 (five years ago) link

Ooh, can't wait to watch this.

polyphonic, Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:24 (five years ago) link

also, helped so much to watch a youtube beforehand about the Korean older brother/older sister-style nicknaming conventions. otherwise i would've been very confused as to why all their names were Hyung or Oppa etc

HPSCHD, Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:43 (five years ago) link

damn, i had no idea what that was about. what is it?

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Thursday, 15 January 2015 23:44 (five years ago) link

this show is off the chain! i love that jinho is on it because i was already aware of him from following starcraft.

hyung is like an affectionate term of respect from a male towards an older male. oppa is the same, except towards an older male from a female, iirc.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 16 January 2015 03:09 (five years ago) link

and in the same way, females are called unni (by younger females) and nuna (by younger males.

still never managed to look up what sunbae meant, though, ha. somewhat inferable, i guess?

HPSCHD, Friday, 16 January 2015 15:01 (five years ago) link

Started last night, up to episode 10 now - it is kind of great, especially episodes 8 and 9. Having a slight bit of difficulty following Confined Scamming Horse Race, but it's quite the episode title, innit?

William Bloody Swygart, Friday, 16 January 2015 22:53 (five years ago) link

That said: the incidental music choices are terrible and I kind of don't ever want to watch tactical Yutnori again.

William Bloody Swygart, Friday, 16 January 2015 23:09 (five years ago) link

yeah, tactical yutnori suuuucks, indian poker is the best death match game. the music didn't bother me at all. anyone know who did that electronic version of clair de lune they've used a few times? it's on the tip of my tongue...

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 16 January 2015 23:40 (five years ago) link

Just watched the first ep, hooked. Thanks for this.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Saturday, 17 January 2015 00:26 (five years ago) link

the only good 1v1 game is the new one in the finals. abundance & famine / catch the burglar easily the worst main match games.

HPSCHD, Saturday, 17 January 2015 17:23 (five years ago) link

in terms of watching them on a tv show, at least.

HPSCHD, Saturday, 17 January 2015 17:26 (five years ago) link

Will, where are you up to with this now?

Just half way through scamming horse race ep.

I struggled understanding what was happening in the election one, perhaps just tired, but they're still really entertaining. It helps that the people involved are very watchable.

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:09 (five years ago) link

haha this sounds amazing

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 18 January 2015 06:32 (five years ago) link

this is amazing

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 18 January 2015 12:32 (five years ago) link

Bit disappointed by how it sort of tailed off at the end of series 1, but oh my gosh the first episode of series 2. Main game is so good I want to play it for real, and then the deathmatch has actual proper tension in it and there isn't even a sniff of tactical yutnori.

Albeit they somehow find a way to loop that effing Moby song for even longer than usual.

William Bloody Swygart, Sunday, 18 January 2015 18:15 (five years ago) link

duuude, the double-crossing in this show is legendary. no spoilers but S2E6 is just...

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 19 January 2015 05:39 (five years ago) link

is the moby song the one that usually starts playing whenever the wheelers and dealers' schemes come to light and spring into action? b/c i think that one serves its purpose pretty adequately

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 19 January 2015 05:41 (five years ago) link

Just finished episode 3, aka my first episode w/ tactical yutnori. goddamn is it hard to wrap my head around. helluva finish tho.

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Monday, 19 January 2015 06:27 (five years ago) link

That first indian poker game, wow.

Games I managed to understand so far:
Scamming horse racing
Zombie
Open, Pass (my fave so far)

Games that I struggled a bit with
1.2.3
Abundance and Famine

Games I really couldn't follow
Election
Catch the Burglar (the idea was simple, but I couldn't understand how they were playing it until the end)

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Monday, 19 January 2015 11:24 (five years ago) link

love this! Thank you.

have pointed TV friends who are involved with the Only Connect sort of game show at it, so blame me if we're watching Margaret from the Apprentice play tactical yutnori with/against Jimmy Carr this time next year.

woof, Monday, 19 January 2015 11:37 (five years ago) link

i maybe have zoned out during the rules, but yeah, i had no idea what was going on in 'abundance and famine.'

the winning play in 'open, pass' was my favorite moment in the show up to that point, man that was totally surprising and awesome.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 19 January 2015 11:45 (five years ago) link

abundance and famine was pretty dull w/o a big double-cross, it seemed like cha totally sucked the air out of it by making sure he collected all the tickets and stuff. HERE IS HOW IT WORKED VERY DULL SPOILERS I GUESS.

the strategy was kind of a brute-force one based on how the three-man team would run out of tickets quicker

-- in round one the nine-man team played 4 tickets to abundance, 2 to famine.
--whatever the three-man team did, they could never get an equal or greater amount of bread.
--if they play three or more in abundance, no one gets anything; if they play 2, the big team leads 4-2; if they play 1, 4-1; 0, 4-0
--likewise in famine 2 or more results in nothing; one gives the nine-man team a lead

--if the smaller team had played the five tickets it required to ensure a draw, the larger team would have repeated 4-2 for two more rounds. the smaller team would have run out of tickets in round three.

--instead they played ... 1 and 3? so the nine-man team had someone with four tickets, i.e. a clear lead.
--at which point they switch to playing 6 in abundance, 3 in famine for each remaining round, i.e., anything the other team does can only mean no one gets any tickets
--(which is what happened)
-- meaning the big team ends with a winner and there's a huge tie for last place, which means they pick their loser

--right?

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 19 January 2015 13:27 (five years ago) link

now someone explain to me why they were singing this at sangmin

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kex4e45APD4

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 19 January 2015 13:29 (five years ago) link

i just thought the abundance v famine rules were glossed over by the show. the entire concept of the tickets was wildly underexplained. catch the burglar was just silly because the strategy was obvious from the outset and it was strange to not see the losing players understand what was happening until they were already in an impossible position. made for really boring tv.

open/pass, zombie, election, 5:5 games were the best. the scamming horse races were pretty fun too. in terms of character arcs, sunggyu >>>>>>>

HPSCHD, Monday, 19 January 2015 15:30 (five years ago) link

have pointed TV friends who are involved with the Only Connect sort of game show at it, so blame me if we're watching Margaret from the Apprentice play tactical yutnori with/against Jimmy Carr this time next year.

haha in fact it was OC alumni who turned me onto this in the first place!

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Monday, 19 January 2015 16:00 (five years ago) link

ha! I sent it to the question editor, who i am pretty sure will love it (if he hasn't seen it before) - he loves puzzles/rule-driven fun and spent a long time writing a doctorate under Diego Gambetta, sociologist of reputation/trust systems in the mafia.

woof, Monday, 19 January 2015 16:39 (five years ago) link

now someone explain to me why they were singing this at sangmin

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kex4e45APD4

― ♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, January 19, 2015 8:29 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

because sang min was in roo'ra!

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 19 January 2015 21:10 (five years ago) link

oops

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 19 January 2015 21:36 (five years ago) link

gotta say, he looks way better these days

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 19 January 2015 21:47 (five years ago) link

so yeah, i'm totally into this

Mordy, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:35 (five years ago) link

figured out what that version of clair de lune was, with intersting bonus fan video: http://youtu.be/dFsTOm7sWvA

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:34 (five years ago) link

gd looking at player wikis and spoiling the winner :(

qualx, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:52 (five years ago) link

i almost fell for that too

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:21 (five years ago) link

i learnt who the winner was but idk, i kind of enjoy knowing who to watch. if i knew when my other favourites were going to fall out i'd be sadder

zombie game: was kind of hoping someone else would be dicking people over for a change, kind of sad about that

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:49 (five years ago) link

zombie game: was kind of hoping someone else would be dicking people over for a change, kind of sad about that

― ♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:49 AM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

did you see the horse race ep yet?

qualx, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:59 (five years ago) link

nah i'm only allowing myself one a night. i v much am hoping yell0w pulls off some kind of heel turn shortly

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 13:21 (five years ago) link

So that's S2E2 watched and oof, this really is getting brutal. In the good way.

Jinho's very fond of grabbing people's wrists, isn't he?

William Bloody Swygart, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 02:20 (five years ago) link

if nothing else i'm forever grateful to have been introduced to "the angel who lost wings" and its many live performances available on youtube

qualx, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:50 (five years ago) link

i actually screamed at one of the players (no spoilers; but you'll know who i mean if you saw it) around the 23 minute mark of "Open, Pass." WHAT A STUPID PERSON YOU ARE, PLAYER AT THE 23 MINUTE MARK

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:44 (five years ago) link

there is not enough scamming happening in this scamming horse race

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:33 (five years ago) link

no, wait, i think there is

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:33 (five years ago) link

ha, yep there is

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:45 (five years ago) link

nah idk there kind of wasn't!! tho i did enjoy mensa and starcraft playing to type by figuring out who must have lied, and then totally botching the chance to develop a strategy based on who to tell

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:53 (five years ago) link

great episode there. delicious combination of wilyness & incompetence by virtually everyone.

btw i think we should talk about our strategies... for example my strategy which would've won week 1 (for what that's worth: aka nothing)

i find one person who wants to win the week, i say "here's what we'll do: i will win 1, and you will win 8." i trade two 3's for two of their 1's. we play one match: my last 3 vs their last 1. i have remaining (11111222) and they have (22233333). They proceed to beat me 8 times. They win, get immunity, grant me immunity with their second wings.

alternatively, play dumb & get 4 wins each and cast your eyes down when the deathmatcher is picking someone, because week 1. but still

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:04 (five years ago) link

i find one person who wants to win the week, i say "here's what we'll do: i will win 1, and you will win 8." i trade two 3's for two of their 1's. we play one match: my last 3 vs their last 1. i have remaining (11111222) and they have (22233333). They proceed to beat me 8 times. They win, get immunity, grant me immunity with their second wings.

i mean, that was Jinho and Junseok's strategy, right? they just didn't go through with it for whatever reason

HPSCHD, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:18 (five years ago) link

i thought they only planned to go 6-3 for some weird reason?

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:29 (five years ago) link

If you have the lowest win count then you're automatically in the death match (and can't get immunity). IIRC they wanted to have a safety net?

Mordy, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:57 (five years ago) link

got no free time till thursday to watch the final
but yeh, been an amazing season, looking fwd to seeing the guests come back and what challenges they decide for for the final
dongmin has been outstanding at death matches, but then so has kyunghoon, should be awesome anyway

nxd, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:54 (five years ago) link

I think my favourite thing in the series has been from week (? - the one when they brought friends in for the first time) and someone said "he's like this mad Genius otaku, this will be the point when he looks at the camera and they play "Extreme Ways". Will you play it just for him?" Then the editors did just that.

Kyunghoon watching the 12 Janggi match was great, he saw the winning move pretty much the second it was made.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:09 (five years ago) link

Final was great; not perfect, but what is?

Worst part is the way everyone was talking at the end - I'll be amazed if there's another season after this.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:10 (five years ago) link

Bandage hyung did finish with "I will see you next time," so who knows?

Dongmin was crazy good all season, not surprised he took it.

jmm, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:22 (five years ago) link

^ Uh, sorry, SPOILER WARNING ABOVE? ^

jmm, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:25 (five years ago) link

i liked the final, second game was really fun

nxd, Friday, 18 September 2015 12:41 (five years ago) link

someone said "he's like this mad Genius otaku, this will be the point when he looks at the camera and they play "Extreme Ways". Will you play it just for him?" Then the editors did just that.

yessss, this was amazing

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 19 September 2015 19:48 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

What was the rule for Round 8 of the second game, where all the hints were 1 or 2 but the final answer was 3?

Sharia Law and Lambchop (The Yellow Kid), Sunday, 4 October 2015 00:18 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

This is funny (maybe old news?) but both Kyunghoon and Youhyun both went to University of Illinois, here are two long English interviews with them:

http://geniuscast.podbean.com/e/kim-kyunghoon-interview/
http://geniuscast.podbean.com/e/youhyun-dennis-kim-interview/

Bilingual video interview with Youhyun:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6cu8xiX37k

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 06:49 (four years ago) link

IIRC Ahyoung and Junseok went to Harvard, would be nice to find some English interviews with them.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 06:50 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...
nine months pass...

So, looks like Society Game might be the next thing to fill this niche? Bumdidlyumptious getting excited about it and hinting it is.

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:44 (four years ago) link

The last time I re-read this thread I spent the next hour re-watching S2 Eps 6-7 and fighting the urge to do it again.

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:44 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I've watched S2E6 a few times. That must be the most vicious episode/season of this show.

jmm, Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:56 (four years ago) link

of any show! that was a ruthless triple-cross!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 23 September 2016 02:02 (four years ago) link

Society Game looks like a fairly conventional Survivor-type deal. I doubt that it's going to replace The Genius.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uASN8KacCgs

jmm, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:44 (three years ago) link

Well, my interest is sufficiently piqued. Looking forward to seeing what carries more weight - the Survivor-style isolated-society social game, or the more Genius-style machinations of electing a leader and the challenges

HPSCHD, Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:43 (three years ago) link

yep, looks good to me

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 6 October 2016 13:46 (three years ago) link

I'll definitely check it out. I've been enjoying rewatching Genius episodes since this thread was bumped a couple weeks ago. One that I really enjoyed is S1E4, the zombie game. The joint victory is pretty satisfying, combining a cool solution with some last-second duplicity.

I missed this upload of Bumdi's. An unedited hour of Tactical Yutnori, if anyone needs a Sangmin fix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJCqT6cBzJI

jmm, Friday, 7 October 2016 02:08 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So, Society Game then.

Looking forward to seeing what carries more weight - the Survivor-style isolated-society social game, or the more Genius-style machinations of electing a leader and the challenges

Definitely seems to be the latter.

This was a weird episode in that it had all the setup in it so felt unduly long, but the machinations start very early and there is definite gaming happening from the start. The game within a game (within a game) format of the challenge looks like it'll keep it fresh and avoid the Death By Tactical Yutnori curse - my guess is that the remaining shows will be half society manipulation, half challenge.

Sanggook seems to have the best handle on things so far but I suspect he could end up being Dongmin-like in trying to game the whole thing. My tips are for MJ and Asol to be the winners with Macho and Donghwan most likely to do a Sangmin.

As ever, more about strategy and results and spoilers once other people have seen it.

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Monday, 24 October 2016 08:41 (three years ago) link

My initial concern/confusion - what's stopping the Madong leader + 2 elites from simply riding it out to the end, other than the elite's doubt as to those three's ability to win the final challenge? Am I missing something? It'd be shocking if they compromised such a dominating position.

Sanggook seems to have the best handle on things so far but I suspect he could end up being Dongmin-like in trying to game the whole thing.

Sure seems that way, but I'd have to imagine it's tough to play the Dongmin game when you're, y'know, not Dongmin.

Fun episode otherwise! Wanted to see more MJ in the challenge, obv, but yeah she seems like she'll be around a long time so there should be plenty of opportunities.

HPSCHD, Monday, 24 October 2016 12:58 (three years ago) link

Second episode hums along. Continue to love the *here's what ACTUALLY happened* rewinds + beat drops. Starting to be worried about production being somewhat spoiler-y with the voiceover at the end, as the eliminated player leaves.

Bumdi's hyped up episode 3 on twitter - seems as if it's about time for Genius fans who haven't hopped on board to get caught up!

HPSCHD, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 15:49 (three years ago) link

i've been diggin it, although i'm incredibly frustrated by one teams' choices so far... it's like they WANT to lose every challenge.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 2 November 2016 16:24 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

So, this turned out to be really great in the end. I'm guessing some people got off the bus because Bumdi's health issues meant the eps weren't reliably available but the final two eps, and specifically the politics around the final three in one of the societies, was up there with Genius S2.

I'm sure it'll be back, and the voice-over at the end seemed to confirm it. I can't wait.

Mud... Jam... Failure... (aldo), Sunday, 12 February 2017 19:51 (three years ago) link

The Genius was a great thing, hope it comes back.

PressAnarchyToContinue (Ste), Monday, 13 February 2017 13:45 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGRP0maV0AAtHFv.jpg:large

HPSCHD, Thursday, 3 August 2017 02:07 (three years ago) link

Kwon Minsuk (MMA), Kim Kwangjin (Politician), Kim Heegil (Fitness Model), Park Kwangjae (Former Basketball Player)

— Bumdidlyumptious (@Bumdidlyump) August 3, 2017


Park Hyunsuk (Graduate Student), Son Taeho (Unknown Profession), Alpha Go (Turkish Korea Correspondent), Yuri (Fashion Model)

— Bumdidlyumptious (@Bumdidlyump) August 3, 2017


Lee Junseok (Businessman and The Genius Player), Lee Chunsoo (Former Football Player), Jang Dongmin (Comedian), Cho Junho (Judo)

— Bumdidlyumptious (@Bumdidlyump) August 3, 2017


Julien Kang (Actor), Hak Jin (Actor/Former Volleyball Player), Go Woori (Former Rainbow Member), Goo Saebom (Announcer), Kim Haneul (Lawyer)

— Bumdidlyumptious (@Bumdidlyump) August 3, 2017


MJ Kim (MMA), Yoo Seungok (Fitness Model), Jung Eunah (University Student), Jung Inyoung (Announcer), Kasper (Rapper)

— Bumdidlyumptious (@Bumdidlyump) August 3, 2017

HPSCHD, Thursday, 3 August 2017 02:14 (three years ago) link

Guess this means it's time for me to finish watching season 1, after taking a break about halfway through and never getting back to it. Hopefully MJ continues to own - the fact that she's in season 2 bodes well on that front, I'd imagine!

(sorry for so many embedded tweets there, oof)

HPSCHD, Thursday, 3 August 2017 02:16 (three years ago) link

Love MJ but will not spoil the end of S1 for you. So glad to see her back.

I'm not sure what Dongmin or Junseok will add to the procedings but who am I kidding, I'll watch it anyway.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Thursday, 3 August 2017 08:56 (three years ago) link

whaaaaaaaat? how can you not be excited about dongmin?!

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 3 August 2017 13:34 (three years ago) link

I suppose I shouldn't say too much about the last season because people haven't finished watching, but I don't see how he will fit into the model of the show despite the role of the guy most like him in the last couple of eps.

Sanggook seems to have the best handle on things so far but I suspect he could end up being Dongmin-like in trying to game the whole thing. My tips are for MJ and Asol to be the winners with Macho and Donghwan most likely to do a Sangmin.

I clearly watched too much of the Genius because after two eps I was largely otm upthread.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Thursday, 3 August 2017 13:51 (three years ago) link

i think dongmin has shown himself to be more than a bit more clever than sanggook

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:08 (three years ago) link

True but he ran the gaming aspect from the beginning - remember, he only left really because he withdrew himself as a result of the pressure he'd put himself under. We didn't see his like again until the final few eps.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:07 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Haha so for all of my fucking excitement about this show, after season 1, I had a hard time watching season 2 because it was on dailymotion and i kinda lost steam. Welllllllll the subtitler just posted links to all 4 seasons on m3g4-uplode on their twitter so guess who finally started season 2?!?!

(i am told by a friend who burned through all of it years ago, when i originally brought it up, and he warned me that season 2 is the worst because there's some shitty bullying issues -- so now i am additionally watching for that to start lol)

teen heartthrob Pacey Winger (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:37 (one year ago) link

but apparently S3 rules so i will be watching it in pace with my friend who only watched 1-2 so we can comment per episode.

it weirds me out so fucking much that i only know one of these people from outside of this show, and that one guy is in season 2: the dude who dances in the elevator on top of PSY in the gangnam style video.

teen heartthrob Pacey Winger (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:39 (one year ago) link

Yeah, there's one particularly dark episode in season 2. You'll know it when you see it.

I miss this show.

jmm, Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:40 (one year ago) link

season 3 is soooo good

nxd, Friday, 14 December 2018 09:58 (one year ago) link

still haven't seen 3. might watch it for christmas. might watch season 1 tbh.

Fizzles, Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:38 (one year ago) link

S3 was probably my favorite too. This show was one of the best things I never would have heard of without this website *wipes tear*

Vinnie, Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:08 (one year ago) link

season 3 is good but season 4 is even better - there's more competition and certainly some shocking twists. season 1 is probably still the best and has a certain charm the others never quite manage to have, but also in some ways doesn't quite reach the same levels of complexity in games or schemes as the best moments in 3 and 4. one of my favourite tv shows ever

ufo, Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:16 (one year ago) link

i def got to the ep in S2 that everyone was down on, and shit honestly i would've been even more of a jerk to the bully-ee, if that makes sense. (i would've never admitted to grabbing the id, and prob planted it somewhere that made it look like someone else used it)

teen heartthrob Pacey Winger (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2018 17:43 (one year ago) link

i mean sucks for ihm but then i realize why he's fmaous (hacked a university website to steal a picture of an actress graduating or something?) and i'm like i hope you got double-crossed 42 more times on the way out the door tbrr

teen heartthrob Pacey Winger (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2018 17:44 (one year ago) link

Ha, I didn't know any of that.

I'm actually unclear on why stealing the ID wasn't a violation of the rules. I thought they said "no stealing" somewhere upfront.

Though I seem to remember instances of people swiping garnets from each other now and then as well.

jmm, Monday, 17 December 2018 17:51 (one year ago) link

I guess it's that if you leave a thing out in the open, then finders keepers applies.

jmm, Monday, 17 December 2018 17:59 (one year ago) link

I'm watching the rules again and paying particular attention to the phrasing:
- Two players who wish to trade cards will do so by approaching the dealer's table together
- When ID is presented to the dealer, the dealer will give you the cards
- Both players will reveal their cards and begin trading
- Card trades must be for the same number of cards
- When the trade is complete, the cards will be stored again and the IDs will be returned

They take care (or at least, the subtitler does) to never even say "your" ID. Even at the beginning I thought "there's definitely an opportunity here to give someone your ID or trade with someone to ensure you're working together"

teen heartthrob Pacey Winger (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2018 18:57 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

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Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 13 March 2020 03:22 (six months ago) link

loooool. might have to rewatch these as plague viewing.

Fizzles, Friday, 13 March 2020 06:59 (six months ago) link

haaaa

nxd, Friday, 13 March 2020 10:55 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

Plague rewatch in place, about 8 into S1 and this is just as incredible as I remember it. Even from a purely televisual point of view, the editing is amazing - the music cues are perfect to drive the drama along and the use of flash forward and back wrongfoots you as a viewer all the time.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Sunday, 13 September 2020 13:14 (one week ago) link

great show

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Monday, 14 September 2020 21:04 (one week ago) link


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