Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 7

Air Date: 3rd November, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah

Geeks: Bendeguz, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan

Synopsis:  With the makeovers now complete, it is back to business as normal for the majority of the episode, with challenges to be won and lost and lessons to be learned.   That is until of course the creative team provided yet another senseless twist clearly designed to create tension and ratings as opposed to actually facilitating the growth of both beauties and geeks.   As many an Australian would understand in my sentiments… “Not Happy, Jan!”

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 6

Air Date: 27th October, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Bendeguz, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Helen

Synopsis:   In a special 90 minute episode event, we finally see the rest of the geeks get their own chances for makeovers.   Though exciting though, this is far from the only interesting element of note this week.   We have the surprise departure of a beauty, romances being strengthened, and a challenge that really raises the stakes, perhaps too highly for some.

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 5

Air Date: 20th October, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Bendeguz, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Helen

Synopsis: The part of the season that makes watching Beauty and the Geek what it is… the Makeovers.   This episode also came with a further twist however, with some geeks given an opportunity to swap out a beauty for their own female geek.   Given recent tensions in the mansion, it is a well-timed element that fans of the show should be delighted with… as long as the outcome is the right one!!

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 4

Air Date: 13th October, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Jacelle, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Bendeguz, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Theo, Helen

Synopsis: More romance blossomed this week, with the Jordan/Lachlan and Troy/Mackenzie pairings continuing strongly.   There were also hints today of something happening between Dolly and Gilbert.   There was a science challenge for the beauties, and a cheerleading challenge for the geeks, both resulting in loads of hilarity to anyone observing.

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 3

Air Date: 6th October, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Emma, Jacelle, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Adam, Bendeguz, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Theo, Helen

Synopsis: This is the week that romance has started to blossom, and in each case it is outside the allocated couples.   The first challenge was a combined challenge, testing how well each couple knew their partners heroes… with a bit of paintball chucked in for fun.   Then the geeks had a roller derby challenge, against a professional Western Sydney female team.

Things are really starting to get interesting this week.   Two romances have clearly begun, one that will have fans delighted, and another that is sure to have fans divided.   The former is that of Jordan and Lachlan, hinted at last week and developed this week.   Both beauty and geek in this case are extremely likeable, and the development of their relationship can only be described as cute.   All credit to Jordan for appreciating exactly why Lachlan is uncomfortable, and hence making Troy’s (absurd) dating advice completely obsolete.   I am keen to see how this develops, and regret the moment that the competition will separate them, given they are on different teams.   I also like though that the relationship is open, and their team members have no reason to be uncomfortable.

The opposite can be said for Troy and Mackenzie.   I am trying to be unbiased in this process, as I feel my opinion of Bendeguz last week was unfairly biased given media perception, and I thank his friend Selly for clarifying the type of person he is to me.   I found myself being a Bendeguz supporter again this week.   However, as a viewer I feel a sense of betrayal from Mackenzie towards Jimmy.   Yes, it may be a result of editing, but in watching her discuss the issue with Jimmy, she seemed cold and not aware of how her actions were affecting her team-mate.   Troy similarly seems completely blind to consequences, though I will get into that a bit more with discussing the challenges.

The challenges

The first challenge was fun more than anything else.   It was fun watching the preparation, and I was once again impressed with Jacelle’s knowledge.   She has not yet been a nomination target, but she is a very strong competitor as well as being very likeable.   When the challenge proper occurred though, Helen was the true champion, though really, the celebs she had to identify were pretty easy.

The roller derby challenge had a clear amusement element, but given the level of professionalism of the geeks opponents, I did fear for them.   It was a last geek standing goal until the final two were left standing, at which stage their goal was to defend their beauties.   Gilbert was defending Maddy, and Bendeguz was defending Dolly.   Both geeks were troopers, but Bendeguz took a real beating to defend Dolly, and it was really quite admirable.   It was the type of action in character with the man he has always claimed to be, a gentleman ready to gallantly defend a lady’s honour.

Here is where things got really interesting… nomination time.

Nominated couples

Jimmy and Mackenzie

The Troy Mackenzie relationship also affected Bendeguz and Dolly’s nomination choice.   Dolly correctly nominated Mackenzie given that she is acting in a way opposite to the goals of the competition.   Unfortunately, Jimmy is the innocent bystander dragged along by this.   Perhaps though it may be just the warning Mackenzie needs to consider the consequences of her actions, as given how the episode was edited, she does appear to be acting very much like a young teenager with a crush.

Adam and Emma

The audience was shown disagreement between Troy and Helen.   Helen was opting for logic and playing the game.   Troy was playing for popularity, and made himself out to be a real twit in the process.   For a guy that started well last week, this week he seems the typical jock, especially when you pair this incident with his wooing techniques.   He is truly now introducing a divisive element in the house.   Perhaps this is good for drama, perhaps this was the goal in introducing a male beauty.   Yet this type of process has victims, the primary one being personal favourite geek Jimmy.   In the end, against Helen’s judgement, they nominated Adam and Emma.

Unfortunately, Adam and Emma did lose the challenge, though Adam managed to pick the two hard questions in the elimination round.   Bride of Film Nerd was very much convinced this had to be rigged, though I was willing to give chance the benefit of the doubt.   Given that Emma’s deciding question was extremely easy, it could have been a much closer competition.   I am sorry to see them go, as they both were great challengers, and it will be sad to see one of the few brunettes disappear.   I am glad to see Jimmy stay though, as I feel he really needs more time in the mansion.   I just hope Mackenzie does not hurt him further, though rumours Troy and Mackenzie are now engaged do not bode well for my favourite geek.

Okay, so I had a vent this episode, but a lot happened, and the show remains incredibly watchable.  We have villains, we have heroes, and with the promise of another beauty/geek romance last week, I will remain an avid watcher.

4 stars out of 5

 

Episode 2 review

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 2

Air Date: 29th September, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Dolly, Emma, Gaia, Jacelle, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Adam, Bendeguz, Colin, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Theo, Helen

Synopsis:Week two, and we start to see the impact of our female geek and male beauty on the relationships within the mansion.   Though nothing specific is yet covered, it seems Troy’s inclusion may be bad news for Jimmy’s hopes with Mackenzie, though Lachlan seems to be making a good impression on Jordan.   Each couple also gets some more air time, with individual personalities becoming more distinguishable with time.

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Beauty and the Geek Australia – Season 3, Episode 1

Air Date: 22nd September, 2011

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Darlene, Dolly, Emma, Gaia, Jacelle, Jordan, Mackenzie, Maddy, Sarah, Troy

Geeks: Adam, Bendeguz, Colin, Gilbert, Jimmy, Julian, Lachlan, Nathan, Theo, Helen

Synopsis: Being the first episode of the new series, a lot of time is spent getting to know our new beauties and geeks, as well as establishing the teams for this series.   We were treated to a 90 minute episode to fit all this in, as well as the first challenges and the first elimination.   Then the surprise twist of the season was introduced.   With the elimination of the first couple, a new couple is introduced with our first male beauty and female geek.

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