In “Actor, Athlete or Killer,” two players were first paired off, and in live duels, were trying to be the first to correctly state whether the name I gave was that of an actor, athlete or killer. The loser was out of the entire challenge, while the winner would choose the next combatants.
Here we go, gang. Let me preface this with the unfortunate news that Shawn Ashley couldn’t submit this one. Far be it from her to miss a deadline, but there was an animal rescue involved, so even though I myself killed an animal this week, I understand and respect what happened here. So, two of the other three writers advance.
Under the jump, I’ll name the semifinalists.
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RESULTS: MARCO POLO SASQUATCH
In a remarkable coincidence, no tiebreakers were needed.
prev – previous miles
sac – people sacrificed
Mans – people remaining after Sasquatch placement
Miles – miles earned on this challenge
Rene’ Pare’s ballsy decision to place all her people on just two different spots paid off, as neither was hit (if even just one of them had been, she would have landed in second-to-last place). I will be updating the full spreadsheet and making a results/new challenge post in the next hour and a half.
I’m never sure whether to love or be bothered by the fact that so many of our stronger weeks happen when there’s a vague, wide open prompt. Anyway, this is my way of saying I had a really good time here with the six of you who decided to play with us this week. Although this season was marked by apathy, I really did enjoy a lot of the work done all season by those of you still with us; I look forward to the playoffs even despite the challenges getting people to hang around all season long.
Annette will let you know the scoring results when she comments here.
Next week, those who finished in 3rd through 6th place will write. Each judge will give one of each medal. The highest-scoring two will advance to the final four the week after, with any ties being broken by regular-season points.
If you’re writing this week, let’s do this one…
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Robert Stevens
Originally broadcast Oct. 30, 1959
Gig Young gave a terrific performance as Martin Sloan, a 36-year-old ad man tired of his life, who finds himself transported to the hometown of his boyhood. There he not only basks in the remembered pleasures of carousel rides and chocolate sodas with three scoops, but also encounters himself as a child – and his parents, who understandably question his sanity.
You will write about a character who has the opportunity to deliver a message to his or her younger self. This message can be delivered in any way you like, including in person. I’d suggest that it would be hard to draw me in with a story that’s simply the writing of the letter, but if you can make it pop, I guess I can’t stop you.
Word limit will be 1500. Due Sunday at 8pm next week, and hey, maybe Sunday won’t suck for once, and I can start going to bed later again. Cheers, Prosers.
…tomorrow at 9am Central. There were multiple players asking for an extension.
CANADA (FIRST STOP): MORTALS CHALLENGE: THE POUTINE SLAM
One team still didn’t decide which member was going to do which challenge, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to continue waiting for something so small, so we’re going to go ahead and get the POUTINE SLAM going.
I reposted this from Facebook. I’ll be updating in both places, and will be allowing all forms of communication since this won’t be anonymous.
We have eleven teams, which is a good number. Like on The Amazing Race, there will be a couple of non-elimination rounds, though they won’t be called out beforehand. Typically, there will be two different challenges per cycle, and each team will choose which individual does which based on entirely-too-vague explanations (again, like on the show).
If you haven’t named your team, send me a name!
I could see the first challenge going up tonight if I feel we have enough team names and I have enough challenges banked to last a while.
Not enough time to write though, apparently, as we received an all-time low four stories. FOUR!
A due date doesn’t have to be a start date, gang. It doesn’t matter when the Super Bowl falls if you’ve got six days leading up to it. Oh well.
Thanks for showing up! We gave two golds and two silvers.
Here’s a TZ episode I haven’t even seen, but now want to:
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Jack Smight
Originally broadcast February 10, 1961
During Season 2, a budget shortfall led to six episodes being recorded on videotape rather than film to cut costs. While those episodes ended up being more stagebound than most (no exterior or backlot shooting was possible), the claustrophobia of filming strictly on a set greatly aided this small tale of a woman who repeatedly dreams that she walks down a long, dark corridor to the morgue, where she is greeted by a nurse who says, “Room for one more, honey.”
Of course, it’s only a dream, right? But as any “Twilight Zone” fan will tell you, premonitions are meant to be heeded.
Write a story about a long hallway. I want to see where you take us. This will be the final story of the regular season as six of you will then graduate to the playoffs; you will get 1000 words for this one as a season-ending gift. Have fun with them, okay?