great talent show, boring game show
“Game of Talents” is the latest in a long line of game shows that have recently hit the cable network scene. Some shows, like “The Masked Singer”, have become fan favorites, generating multiple spin-offs. But for every successful show, there are ten more that miss the mark, and sadly, “Game of Talents” falls into the latter category, without the spontaneity, thrill or stakes that make a good game show worth watching. worth watching.
The premise of the show is simple: two teams take turns guessing the secret talent of a random guest based on a few clever context clues given by the host. The team that guesses correctly first then advances to the next round and has a chance to win the grand prize of $200,000. The structure of the show resembles that of most other game shows created in the last ten years. In particular, “Game of Talents” seems to draw heavily from “The Masked Singer,” capturing the shock and surprise of a dramatic reveal with the financial stakes of traditional game show. Like “The Masked Singer,” contestants are front row for a visually stunning performance, except instead of the music, the audience can be exposed to any kind of act when the curtain goes up. Unfortunately, it’s one of the only aspects of the series that’s well copied from its more charismatic inspiration.
Despite the flashy and expensive stage and studio plating of “Game of Talents”, the show is basically boring. Competitors introduce themselves for ten seconds and then proceed to play according to a formula. There’s little time for the public to find out more about where the contestants come from, what they’ve been through, or what they could do with the prize money. Instead, it’s a constant back and forth between guesswork and performance, with only bursts of banter that the host manages to squeal.
And the clues themselves are either deftly crafted or painfully obvious, at worst. Tougher questions with wittier solutions are some of the early clues, while the show’s most egregious clue was the final clue for the biggest prize money. With glaring inconsistencies, it’s hard for audiences to care about the show’s outcome when winning is so painfully easy.
Although the format of “Game of Talents” is lacking, the actual talents featured on the show are actually entertaining. From gospel singers to magicians to dancers, the sheer volume of talent keeps the audience on their toes whenever the curtain goes up. If the show was all about showcasing talent, that would be amazing, but it would also look exactly like “America’s Got Talent.” However, remove the talent from “Game of Talents” and we get a show that has nothing to offer except sticky quiz questions and little to no stakes.
It’s painfully clear that “Game of Talents” is suffering from an identity crisis. It desperately wants to be a game show with a unique premise and real stakes, but it lacks the surprises, personality, or individuality that makes game shows worth watching.
Daily Arts writer Josh Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.