March 18, 2008
Moment of Truth – Cruellest gameshow ever?
I watched a large chunk of this program last week. Firstly I must admit however that I only half-watched it whilst doing some household chores, so perhaps my intake was skewed.
Okay, so aside from the fact that it’s really quite boring .. slower than Millionaire even, it is really quite cruel.
This guys goes on the show hoping to win the bucks. He think he’s honest – easy money! As the cash values go up, the questions get more personal. Some of the stuff that he admits to can really ruin his relationship. But the real catch with this show is that it relies on a polygraph machine to determine whether you’re lying or not. The old lie detector, whose evidence has never been proven to actually be worth a grain of salt in any legal sense.
So the guy bombs out and gets absolutely nothing. Did he lie? Maybe he sweated a bit? Perhaps the question was so vague he didn’t know the answer. I’m sure it’s in the fine print that the lie detector’s decision is final, but poor guy. So he goes home with absolutely no cash and he’s told the world his dirty secrets and damaged his relationships with loved ones.
So not only his hopes of winning big cash – any cash even! – are dashed, but he’s actually become worse off personally. How cruel.
This happens for weeks and weeks. Stupid people demoralising themselves all in the lure of big bucks. Does this take reality tv/gameshows to a new low? Shock television. Why do we like watching people squirm. Are we a bunch of sadists?
Maybe I would have liked this program if it were more interesting.
I’m trying to think of a crueller game show than this.. anyone?