Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that everyone from Season 11 worked hard to get sleek and slender? Wasn't that great? Don't you wish everyone in American lost weight with Olivia and this show didn't have to exist anymore? Well wake up, Grandma: Everyone's fat again and we are STARTING OVER.
It's makeover night! This episode is pretty much why I sit through this product placement show for an entire season. Well, this episode and the finale episode where you see what all these people look like when they've lost the weight of a Vespa. This season in particular I've been desperate for the makeover episode, mostly because I'm sick and tired of Michael's (and to a lesser extent Daris's) enormous hair-don't. Not that I have anything against long hair on guys at all, but Michael with the headbands and the sweating -- it's all just too much. The commercials show hairstylist to the Pussycat Dolls Jonathan Antin, a pair of clippers and Michael saying that his hair needs to go... I'm praying that this bodes well.
Two seconds after the conclusion of last season, we're back with a new, even fatter one. You remember Shay, right? A last-season contestant, was the biggest the show had ever had at 476 pounds? Yeah, she's nothing compared to what they've found this season: a pair of twins who weigh in at 500 pounds each, and one guy named Michael who bests them all with a starting weight of 526 pounds. Either we're all getting fatter as a nation, or The Biggest Loser is getting better at casting.
Tonight there is something for everyone, no matter what their size.
First up, The Biggest Loser, where the contestants try desperately to lose a lot of unwanted pounds so that they can be thin, healthy and win some cash. The new season debuts tonight, with Daniel (the largest contestant ever, who was on last season), back again. But he's no longer the biggest contestant ever; there's a new titleholder -- Shay. She's starting off at 476 lbs, which means that Jillian and Bob have their work cut out for them this season, though supposedly they won't be split into teams with the trainers going head-to-head. Instead, they'll be working together to get their people in shape. Boring. Guess Bob was tired of losing all the time. Also, the contestants are solo this time around, though they will eventually get teamed up with strangers, but there are no families to contend with and no pre-existing couples at the outset.
The series marks its 100th episode tonight (as Mindy pointed out to me, that's what happens when you air 50 seasons a year). In all seriousness though, I never thought this show would last beyond two seasons. I thought people at home would get bored of watching really fat people lose weight through diet and exercise, given that our society is so focused on the easy fix. But I was wrong. Each season adds bigger and fatter people, which makes this show more fascinating, and throw in your requisite bitch and whiner and you've got yourself some good TV. Who cares if every other challenge is them holding stuff or climbing over something?