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  1. Maverick

    Buddy vs. Duff

    The eyes on Duff's dog were definitely wonky. And like last week's elephant, there was very little cake in it. As for Buddy's the faces on two of the dogs were really good. But I wasn't paying enough attention--were they done by the assistant again like the dancer last week? I thought using the pasta machine for fur had fair results, but the airbrushing looked awful on the sheepdog. And I thought the grass and flowers clashed with the dogs. Duff is basically an artist who works in edible medium, not a cake maker. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you end up serving your guests sheet cake. Depending on the event, that may or may not matter. Buddy basically works factory. He works in a real, operating bakery and has to turn out volume quickly, including his cakes. The problem is he thinks her can turn out artistic quality and size in less time than someone who's truly handcrafting a cake. As they keep pointing out, these guys have vastly different backgrounds and neither deviates from their style. Every week Duff does some monster cake like the old Food Network Challenge is still around with it's massive height requirements and Duff does something small and detailed. It's not really a fair comparison and unless they're going to give out more detailed requirements we've gonna see this--and the ensuing misery--three more weeks. I didn't like that guest judge when she was on that Giada cake show and I didn't like her here. But I did have to agree with her on one thing: blueberries (on any fruit) + cinnamon is not an appropriate combo. Who wants fall-ish cinnamon in their summer pie? That little girl bugged. I didn't like her giving Buddy something else to snark about and watching her gleefully chowing down on the representation of a dog turd (really Buddy? Is that what you want associated with your cake?) was disgusting. I guess that's what you get when slap a goofy smile on a pile of poop and encourage kids to text it to each other. Good to know we're raising a generation that will abolish that scat stigma.
  2. It was actually Lucille Ball (who's Desilu company produced the show) that ditched the first season format. She thought the computers were confusing and out of the grasp of the ordinary viewer.
  3. Maverick

    S38 Preview & Speculation Thread

    Bringing the EOE crew in at the point where it becomes an individual game makes me wonder if the twist is the top 12 players in whatever the challenge is move on in the game. Conceivably everyone or no one from EOE could return. If this turns out to be Redemption Island with a different name and set on Craphole Island that's going to be pretty lame.
  4. Maverick

    S02.E11: Lasting Impressions

    This was Part Booby Trap, part Fair Haven with a dash of Human Error thrown in. I was really bothered that if these were supposed to be incredibly prized artifacts that the crew was allowed to not only touch them but just carry them around wherever. Ed should not have been flipping through 400 year newspaper with his morning coffee. I generally like Kelly/Adrienne but her convo with Ed was really stilted.
  5. Maverick

    Buddy vs. Duff

    It's Food Network so it's a given some of this is contrived. But the arrogance and hurt feelings definitely seem legitimate. As for the size of the cakes, I think Duff mentioned on his old show that they send out sheet cakes to feed the crowd when they have an elaborate showpiece. Buddy seems to make his cakes big enough to feed all the guests which no doubt contributes to him have less refined cakes
  6. I came here to complain about now staying dead except Lady Eve too. Didn't Lazarus guy even say Eve gave him the tech to clone/resurrect people? Why wouldn't he bring her back. And how does Tobias know who is reviving Lala? Is it under his orders just so he can laugh at him and spout off Latin? That whole plot line is confusing. My other complaint? Does Gambi never get invited to dinner? I mean the guy just took severe radiation burns helping you out, on top of everything else he does and you can't give the guy some cobbler?
  7. Maverick

    The Enemy Within

    OMG that Microsoft commercial. Look up "awkward" in an online dictionary and a clip of that will be attached. And did the commercial after the faux show commercial say they're using AI to come up with new beer flavors? The hell? I was wicked pissed when it became clear they ran the dialogue in that last scene through a Salad Shooter for last week's promo to make it sound like the daughter was being threatened. I figured this mole plot would drag out the whole season but "she's a MOLE!!". Well played, show. Certainly better played than that Microsoft product placement.
  8. Maverick

    Classic Trading Spaces: 2001-2008 Seasons Discussion

    I caught the last half of a Doug/Vern episode in Orlando. Typical episode with two couples trading. Bit at the reveal, a third woman who was pregnant joined one of the couples. At first I thought she was the home owner and someone was subbing for her but the other woman talked about what Doug was doing to her house during the show. What was the deal there?
  9. Maverick

    Spoilers and Spoiler Discussion

    Nora mentions handling your car when it slides on ice. So much for teaching her how to drive, Iris and Barry.
  10. Maverick

    S38.E04: I Need a Dance Partner

    This is exactly what they were hoping for. In one of the promos for the season (maybe last season's finale) they talked about the hardships the castoffs would have to face, including being pressured to quit by their fellow island mates.
  11. I don't understand how Supernatural has been on as long as it has but there it is. Flash being on 10 years is possible, if they get decent writers, stop doing full year villains and cut the episode order a bit. Especially if they use Crisis to reboot the show.
  12. Maverick

    Spoilers and Spoiler Discussion

    I'm not sure Thawne helped Grace either. Unless it was just show for Nora, Thawne couldn't read the new timeline due to someone else interfering.
  13. Maverick

    S05.E16: Failure is an Orphan

    Thawne also really cared for Cisco, but that didn't stop him from vibrating his hand through Cisco's heart. Sarah Carter was in Shark, along with Danielle Pannabaker. I didn't even realize Ralph was missing either.
  14. Maverick

    Buddy vs. Duff

    This thing didn't look good from the promos, and it was below expectations. Watching two guys talk smack can be mildly entertaining when it's generally good natured (think some of the back and forth on Beat Bobby Flay). But when it's scripted bullshit posturing it's just annoying. But based on the first episode, this was legitimate because I don't think either of those guys is that good an actor. And if it's actual dislike between the two, it's not comfortable to watch. It started with Duff saying he never watched an episode of Cake Boss and went downhill from there. It's clear Buddy thinks Duff is some primadonna to his nose-to-the-grindstone self and Duff thinks Buddy is a loudmouthed jerk. I had to laugh when the announcer (who is trying way too hard) said this was the showdown everyone had been asking for. Uh, no. Sherry and Keegan sure. The weirdest thing was Buddy flipping out when he lost. What the hell was that? Was he mad at the car guy for not picking him because they were buds? Was his ego just that out of control? Was he under the impression he was "supposed" to win? I'm surprised Food Network would let one of their stars be shown in such a bad light or even hint at the scripted judging that goes on with these shows. Whatever the reason, Buddy looked like a damn 10 year old fool, especially since his cake was beyond lame. It looked like something Weekend at Bernie's adjacent where someone tried to put a bust of the guy in a kiddie car and parade it around as him. Oh, and those flashing lights. Nothing says 'decorated by Spencer's Gifts' like those. I feel most sorry for Sherry Yard because she has to find 12 different ways to say "oh, it was sooo close because you're both soooo good. It came down to the tiniest of details."
  15. Maverick

    Worst Cooks In America

    Seriously? This show is back so soon? Give it (and more importantly us) a rest already.