Another day, another elimination round down at the Strip Search house. (Actually, it’s sorta hard to believe this has taken over three weeks to play out, but that’s ground well-trotted at this point.) In the chamber this time around are Katie (again!) and Ty, sent in by Nick, who felt their position post-job interview had been compromised. How do they hold up?
This week’s elimination feels more finely tuned than last time’s. Maybe fewer injections by Mike and Jerry? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m far too lazy to do crank out the equations. The Eliminator’s topics were “The Future” and “Being Lost”, which seemed like an epic setup for a more serious comic. Now I’m sort of curious: are these artists here to make funny comics? I suppose that’s the only successful way you could bring it to the masses on a regular basis unless you produced some unique story note or event in each one. I imagined some grim, dystopian future (because all futures are dystopian, natch) and being lost in it, but playing along at home, the joke-y element didn’t come until much later.
Something I hadn’t noticed before, maybe because I just don’t watch enough reality shows – or at least, haven’t for a while – is that there’s a lot of ‘off-air’ time. By that, I mean the cameras are trained specifically on the event at hand and not any of the relationship building or in-house speculation that’s going on between them, which for popular shows is a thing all its own. I’m not holding it against Strip Search, but I finally realized that it was odd that all of the speak of building friendships and off-hours activities is told in retrospect, as if they don’t live in a house with a camera crew running around on a regular basis. I don’t know, just an observation.
Anyway, Katie won and I feel it was with a comfortable margin. I love Katie. Her style is amazing, I love her sense of humor and even though the Penny Arcade duo couldn’t find a joke in her strip, I adored it. Ty’s strip, on the other hand, was a bit of ramble. It was wordy and aimless and I didn’t love it. I honestly wish we’d had more than just the sketch round to really get to know these artists, like they had been asked to produce a full strip to start, just to get a feel for their style.
The show is getting progressively better and I’m excited for the next round of episodes.