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Primetime Show Reviews
"1 VS 100"
Review by Danielle 8/30/06
1 vs. 100 is a new Deal or No Deal style game show that
incorporates trivia knowledge mixed with Hollywood Squares style bluffing with a
dash of Who Wants to be a Millionaire advancing monetary winnings. The show is
hosted by Bob Saget (best known as Danny Tanner on Full House) and features a
single contestant competing against what’s known as “the mob.” The mob is made
up of a combination of people best described as freaks and geeks. Each mob
contains about 5-6 of specific subsections of the population at large. For
example, the mob could contain 5 brain surgeons (geeks) as well as 5 circus
clowns (freaks). There have been occasional appearances in the mob by such
pseudo celebrities like Jeopardy super winner, Ken Jennings.
The game is played by starting at the lowest monetary level. The
monetary level gets higher per question but it is up to not only the contestant
getting the question right but also the contestant choosing to risk his accrued
winnings to continue on. The mob answers the same multiple choice trivia
question as the contestant which much like every trivia based game show,
includes school learning style questions as well as popular knowledge questions.
The contestant also has two chances for help from the mob if he gets stuck on a
question. One such helping hand involves randomly selecting two mob members, one
having gotten the answer right and the other having gotten it wrong. The
contestant gets to ask them each which answer they picked and why. The mob
member has to be honest about their choice but can bluff their reasoning. The
idea being that this eliminates 1 of the 3 answer choices and depending on who
the contestant believes, can lead them to pick one of the 2 remaining answers
over the other.
There are no safe levels in this game as there are in
‘Millionaire.’ If the contestant decides to continue on and gets the next
question wrong, they leave with nothing and the remaining mob members split the
total winnings the contestant had accumulated to that point. In a way, the mob
members themselves are also contestants. By answering the questions right, they
stay in the game and since they are still in the game, they get a piece of
whatever is lost by each contestant. The way the contestant can win is to not
only get their questions continuously right advancing the monetary value but
also any mob member who gets the question wrong is knocked out. For each mob
member knocked out, the contestant gets the monetary value of the question. For
example, if 20 mob members got the $1,000 question wrong, then the contestant
gets $20,000 added to their bank total. The overall goal is to knock out all 100
mob members to win one million dollars.
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