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Pope Philly

  • itchy

    NWMTV: the first Bachelor with a pegleg and an eye patch. Har!

  • the_spiral

    I think it’s good TV already! I’m always up for a bit of reality awkwardness, it’s just weird that for once I’m feeling sorry for the lead rather than envying him/her for hanging out in cool places surrounded by hot tail. He seems nice and genuine, but sooo not ready for prime time. Can’t Harrison give him a pep talk or a few pointers to douche it up for the cameras?

    And yeah, Britt is giving me serious Clare vibes already, i.e. can’t tell if savvy actress or real bunny boiler.

  • Joye

    The exchanges between you and notwithoutmyTV are hilarious! Biting humor meets unique perspective.

  • PopePhilly

    I’m not truly sold on Britt being there for “the right reasons.” Hell, she IS an actress, after all. They picked Chris because he has a back story that can be written to make it look like he’s some good ol’ country boy Joe Everyman. They needed to find the anti-Juan Pablo. They got that, but they also got someone who has no idea what to do to make for good TV.

    It’s only been two episodes. Maybe it’ll get better once there are few women.

  • PopePhilly

    And I’ll enjoy watching that just as much. 🙂

  • the_spiral

    I completely agree. I’m sure being a random contestant is much different from carrying the entire show, and maybe he didn’t factor that in when making the decision. And I also agree he seems way more comfortable around the women who take the lead. Britt volunteered to be his source of emotional support right away (although I think she’s way slicker and more camera-savvy than him), Kaitlyn has been an outgoing/dominant personality from the beginning, and Whitney engineered a one-on-one date herself and even plied him with booze! Most of the time he just seems like a deer in the headlights looking for something to hide behind, which is a great opportunity for the women smart enough to notice, but makes for an awkward viewing experience at times.

  • PopePhilly

    *Starts filling out application for NWMTV.*

  • notwithoutmyTV

    I think as far as this “working out,” Chris is going to have an experience similar to a raccoon crossing the hammer lane of I-90.

  • notwithoutmyTV

    Those tractors/poison spreaders are driven by migrant laborers Chris rounds up in front of Home Despot every sunrise.

    FAKE FARMER!!!!!!!!!!

  • notwithoutmyTV

    I do that, too. If I’m like, “ewwww, this girl!”, I take them down to Tongue Town, just to escape conversation. Sometimes I text while her eyes are closed if I can get away with it.

    I could be a “villain” on this show! A veritable how-to of “There for the Wrong Reasons.”

    All the women would be standing around in angry little whisper knots, saying:
    “Oooo, he’s such a dick!”
    “So, you blew him, too?”
    “Well, duh! Cameras!”

  • PopePhilly

    “I’m pretty sure they get practically zero percent down time.” This – 100%! I love Sharleen’s blog and she gives great insight into “the process.” That first group date easily went until 3:00 a.m. Then Chris had to be up super early in the morning for his date with Megan that probably lasted all day. The way it was shown, I wouldn’t be surprised if the date with Megan happened early in the day and the group date was later that evening.

    Chris strikes me as an introvert in the truest sense of the word. No, he’s not all awkward and shy around people, but he probably needs some downtime to relax and recharge.

    I make fun of him every week, but, honestly, Chris seems like a pretty cool and decent guy. On some level, I really hope this works out for him.

  • itchy

    Andi had kind of a breakdown last season because they work the lead to DEATH. I’m pretty sure they get practically zero percent down time. They’re under huge pressure to perform at all times, with cameras in their face for hours on end, with little if no time to unwind.

    And then add onto it that they stacked the deck with a bunch of looney-tune wannabe-actresses, who are probably the opposite of the type of people this guy normally associates with (most of whom, from what we’ve seen, are either geriatric or obese).

    Considering the guy’s a farmer, which means he probably spends long hours more or less alone (even though he’s a industrialized farmer, those tractors/poison-spreaders don’t drive themselves), this must be a hugely weird experience for him.

  • PopePhilly

    I 100% agree with you when it comes to Chris not being good at performing for the cameras. I also don’t think he’s quite as outgoing as, say, Sean had been. Britt, Kaitlyn, and Whitney are taking the initiative and have no problems leading the conversation. I think Chris just has a more submissive (and I don’t mean that as an insult or in a sexual way) personality.

    It is kind of weird that he decided to do this. However, I don’t remember him ever campaigning for it or trying to drum up support. I wonder if the producers approached him and he just didn’t realize what he’d gotten himself into. I imagine being the lead is WAY different than being a contestant. He probably didn’t realize that.

  • the_spiral

    I just think he’s a bit socially awkward and uncomfortable being the center of attention. The reason he likes Britt, Kaitlyn and Whitney is because they’ve all gone out of their way to take the edge off, joke around with him, or otherwise make him feel relaxed. But any time he has to “perform” or be “on” for the cameras he gets all stiff and awkward, which is kind of weird given the fact he sought out all this attention in the first place.

    At least he seems to be a fundamentally nice person, which is a relief after OnePebble’s relentless mugging and douchebagging.

  • PopePhilly

    It’s really obvious who he likes and who he doesn’t. I think maybe that’s why he’s kissing so many of the women. Last season, there was that whole thing about Andi having a “poker face.” However, on this show, you kind of need that.

    It’s obvious that Chris actually likes Britt, Kaitlyn, and Whitney. I’m fairly certain he at least like Ashley I. on a physical level (she is stunningly gorgeous) and somewhat likes Megan. However, he couldn’t have been more uncomfortable on that date with Mackenzie. To make sure we didn’t notice, he just made out with her.

  • the_spiral

    Right? I like Chris, but he looks more visibly uncomfortable and exhausted than any other Bachelor I’ve seen. What exactly did he think he was signing up for…an indoor shower? Fewer cameras and thirsty/crazy chicks? Relax guy, you know the drill.

  • PopePhilly

    The thing is, Jillian’s bare face probably looks just fine in person. However, under harsh TV lights, NO ONE is going to look good. There’s a reason everyone is always put in tons of makeup when they’re on camera. Hell, I’m sure Chris is even in a full face of makeup the entire time.

    Seriously! When will these men get to shower inside. I wonder if they have an outhouse as well.

    Chris just seems so out of his element with all of this. Although he’s not that “aw gee golly shucks I’m just a lil ol’ farmer boy” they’re trying to make him out to be, I don’t think he’s super comfortable on TV (you could even see this a little on “The Bachelorette”). As this goes on, you can just see him thinking more and more, “What the hell did I get myself into?!”

  • itchy

    I’m really curious about what Jillian was wearing under that huge black box. Front and back! Maybe she has a vestigal tail? A penis? But yeah, they should make a point of showing all of the girls without their makeup.

    Chris keeps “his” motorcycle in the house because that’s where the producers’ contract with Harley stipulated it be kept. Or maybe it has something to do with having the shower outdoors? Bachelor Nation is very confusing sometimes.

    Chris sure is a doofus though, isn’t he?