Monday, April 5, 2010

Guest Episode Roloff Review by RaP541 - LPBW April 5th, 2010

Our next guest episode reviewer is Rap541. All opinions and statements made belong solely to the person making them (Rap541).


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Written by Rap541






First episode

So Matt is all “the whole family is going to Europe”. Matt drones on and on and seems kinda like “been there done that”.

Jeremy picks up a box and opens and its brand new rucksacks of course. Jeremy is all over viewing that he wants to go to Europe. Jeremy wants Molly to come. Amy hay bales how the boys have drifted apart. Really? How exactly have two teenage boys who share a room drifted apart? I mean, we JUST SAW the graduation episode where they were hugging and all. Zach hay bales how this is true. Zach seems to be wearing the same size of ruck as Jer. That probably won’t be comfortable but… Jeremy is all “Zach hasn’t been hanging with me and the buds, that’s interesting.” Zach and Jer both pick thru piles of junk to pack. Zack goes on about how filthy he is. Zach really. You’re not required to be dirty. I mean, wearing your undies until they are crusty is pretty gross.

Matt tells Zach and Jeremy to mind each other and not argue. Matt’s biggest fear is that the twins will be separated…. Really, god forbid the Wonder Twins not be together every waking moment. For all the “we’re pulling away from each other” talk, its perfectly natural for two brothers to not spend every waking moment together.

Amy harps on hygiene as she drives them to the airport. Lil late there, Amy. She hay bales how this is a right of passage and hopes they don’t fall apart. Zach notes how leaving America means he can’t hitchhike home. Well, at least he paid attention at SOME POINT in school.

So the lads are in a plane and apparently Jeremy’s dream, along with being a pilot, a ship captain, etc, is to go to Scotland. He seems cheerfully excited. Zach pretends they aren’t being followed by a camera crew. Jer interviews how they are in Scotland, he’s tired and they have no idea where to go. They do some photo ops in front of the airport. Jeremy is all “We only ride the bus for KICKS at home” no doubt because they are rich boys with multiple cars. They are going to a hostel…. Edinburough is nice. The boys wander about, looking for signage. They spin in circles and finally they seem to find it, Jeremy whines how the city isn’t on a grid but does seem excited over the hotel…. I mean hostel. It’s a nice place.

Zach hay bales that he is tired and needs sleep. Jeremy hears the call of the pipes and runs off to perhaps join the Clan Macleod. He hay bales how sad he was over Zach being tired and wanting to sleep.

I am gonna throw both the twins a bone here. I think its perfectly fine if Jeremy was excited and wanted to run around. And I think it’s perfectly fine that Zach was beat and wanted to sleep. They’re twins. They aren’t *conjoined* twins, and I think its kind of sad that they both seem to feel guilty about doing anything by themselves. I also am not seeing the constantly mentioned tension or the “I have to drag Zach into doing anything” issue. He seems a little hesitant but not stopping Jeremy from doing anything. I mean, for all the talk… seems pretty congenial. At least until we get to Amsterdam’s whore streets.

So its 8pm and they are in Scotland for two days, and Jeremy admits to having slept a few hours in their Scotland adventure. They order food. Jeremy orders haggis and beer. This is clearly not the scene in the commercial where the boys are drinking beer. Jeremy is all “Zack wouldn’t try the beer but we’re here to blow our minds”. Finally Zach drinks beer and notes its nasty. Haggis is kinda meh, btw. Zach notes there is no mountain dew. That’s really what you should take away from Scotland

Jeremy notes they have a personal guide for day two. Jeremy goes on about his love of kilts etc. the old fellow who takes them is all “go commando!” which fyi means no undies. And they are ok with it. Jeremy seems to be in a general kilt. Jer should come to Dragoncon where everyone wears kilts. They call command “nudy-budy”.

Then the lads are trying pipes and walking about. There’s lots of scenery. They walk up a hill. Its cute. I like Kenny. How about a show about him?

Jeremy harps on how Zach wore a kilt. I mean really, I didn’t see Zach cry or refuse, and honestly, it IS kind of a touristy thing. Anyway… There’s a nice history lesson, and now they are moving on to their next adventure!

They finish up and Kenny seems to have had a good time, even if he seems a bit overly interested in getting the boys to shuck their undies.

Second episode

So now we’re in Dr. Who territory, aka Merry old London. Jeremy voices over how they are gonna find that hostel. They do have nice hostels. There’s doubledecker buses and Jeremy notes how he had to be the man and push to have fun. They only have one day. They head to Big Ben. Zach wants to plan, Jeremy wants to take pictures of vomit. Lil hint Jer, you can do that in America. They find Big Ben after riding the tube. They take pictures. I have fond memories of “The Doctor Dances”.

Meanwhile, Amy is annoyed that no one has called.

Back in London, they are off to Buckingham Palace. They wander by the Tower Bridge and head off to Hyde Park. My dad used to play soccer in Hyde Park. Jeremy joins in a soccer game, Zach notes that he’s not totally uncomfortable with “BSing in a foreign country”. They talk soccer.

Jeremy notes how well its going. They head to the London Eye, where The Doctor and Rose defeated the Autons and The Nestene Consciousness. Jeremy is very impressed. Zach is nervous. They hang around a brdge and muse how “Eye” is a better name than “Wheel” or “Joe”.

Back at the hostel, Jeremy notes that they are stressing in the space. Oh jeez they brought a soccer ball. REALLY?

Meanwhile Matt hay bales how the boys are culture shocked and hopes they learn some life lessons. Perhaps sending the clods with a camera crew to a foreign country isn’t the best way? Might have been less expensive to try parenting?

The boys head off to foreign speak land. Jeremy plans to laugh at Zach over Zach’s language concerns. They are on the Chunnel, it seems. Now they are in Brussels. In theory they don’t know where they need to go. Zach correctly identifies the language as French. Jeremy is all “I want to spit bullets” over it. In fairness he is very polite to the nice train fellow he speaks to. They seem fairly confused. They wait on the wrong track.

So they continue wandering about and finally find the right platform. They’re on their way to Sin City! Jeremy waxes on the Red Light District and how prostitution is legal. Jeremy continues to go on about how Zach needs to break out of his comfort zone by eating Indonesian food. Zach rightly notes that you can get Indonesian food in America. Jeremy then tricks Zach into eating some hot pepper and gleefully notes how hilarious tricking someone into being miserable at the table is funny.

So only one day in Amsterdam and Jeremy wants to take Zach to prostitution alley later. The scenery in nice - Top Model went here. The lads try on clogs and wander about. Jeremy is all “so lets head down to the whore show street”. Zach goes with him with little argument on screen. Jeremy waxes on how sophisticated he is with his love of the night life in Amsterdam. Jeremy notes how one should not take their girlfriend to the red light district. They go on about how they are both feeling tense over Zach not wanting to troll the whore streets looking at the nude women in windows advertising their wares (that’s what we *weren’t* seeing btw) Both note how when the other is tense, each “totally shuts down”. Jeremy hay bales how sad he was that Mueller was not there for the walk down the hot whore street. Yeah, not shocked that it’s the red light district being cut short that prompts that comment.

For the record, Zach was uncomfortable touring Prostitution Alley. I am curious to see how this is spun into “Unadventurous Zach *ruined* Jeremy’s good time! All Jeremy wanted to do was spread his Christian love to the red light whores! All good Christian boys love whores and love the red light district! Stupid Zach!”

Zach hay bales how “tense” they are even though there really seems to be little tension….Jeremy notes how he was stuck and how they don’t spend time together and its weird for them to be together. Really? Isn’t that the exact opposite of the last five years?

Honestly, for all the talk of “tension”, they seemed fine.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's extremely apparent Rap that you don't like the show so why do you watch?

Anonymous said...

Reading your recaps is better than watching the show. I read them outloud to my BF and we always laugh. Thanks Rap!

Greg said...

Great Job, Rap! I laughed, I nodded in agreement.

Felt the same way about Kenny. Nice guy, but a little obsessive about getting Jer to go "nudy budy". I never heard that phrase before, btw.

Thought the same about the so-called tension. Zach was getting the bad edit. I didn't see Jeremy dragging Zach along. It's not Zach's personality to be all dancey with excitement, but I didn't see any indication he was a drag. We've seen Zach be moody and a sulk. He wasn't that way on this trip.

Brandon said...

Cheers for Rap! :)

First Anon, why do you read Rap's recaps if you don't like Rap?

Second, Anon, I agree. They're more entertaining than the shows. Spot on usually too.

kayla said...

i didn't understand why zach all of a sudden got all mad at jeremy in amsterdam. he wouldn't talk to him? jeremy asked "are you mad at me?".

what is zachs problem?

Sheri said...

I was very impressed by Jeremy. He is maturing into a fine young person as many people predicted for a number of years.

He keeps a pleasant demeanor. He is excited to experience new things and embrace new cultures. His approach to live is refreshing and mature.

My wish for Zach is for him to step back and take a good look at how Jeremy carries himself and follow Jeremy's lead in his approach to life.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy was only interested in the red light district, because over there they have no hang-ups about his sexuality.
You guys know what I mean.

Judy said...

IMO, these episodes proved why Jeremy is far greater than Zach.

Rap541 said...

"Thought the same about the so-called tension. Zach was getting the bad edit. I didn't see Jeremy dragging Zach along. It's not Zach's personality to be all dancey with excitement, but I didn't see any indication he was a drag. We've seen Zach be moody and a sulk. He wasn't that way on this trip."

Yeah, considering what we saw on screen, I rather got the impression Zach was letting Jeremy have his way on a lot of things. The only points where Zach really balked was the beer and the whores. He seems like more of a straght arrow in that respect and trust me - it might have been day time, but the view in the red light district was very very carefully edited.

I am a little surprised that Zach is getting flack for displaying his morals and not wanting to oggle naked breasts for sale while Jeremy "
is excited to experience new things and embrace new cultures". I didn't realize eyeballing naked chicks made you more decent now. :)

Although there was a lot of talk in the voiceovers,I really didn't see angry tension. At best they looked a bit tired, and travel can be grueling so....

Rap541 said...

Yes, Jeremy wanting to hang in the red light district while Zach didn't really shows me how morally christian Jeremy is. Looking at naked whores really shows what a fine gentleman he is. Stupid Zach, how could he be so awful as to not allow Jeremy his witnessing to boobies. Jeremy was really displaying his hometraining there, he was respecting women and loving Christ at each sex shop.

Judi, Sheri - do you seriously have any idea what the red light district is like in Amsterdam? Because while I am no prude, it shocks me that the twin who did display his Christian morals - Zach, is somehow the bad seed here for denying Jeremy his sexy hot naked fun. Poor Jerbear didn't get to spend all night watching the whores dance for customers....

Shadow said...

I believe the phrase would be written "nude-y booty," essentially meaning "bare butt."

I find it highly amusing that Jer, so far, has been REALLY excited about: drinking beer, going commando, and visiting a prostitution district. Yeah, really getting those cultural experiences in and broadening your horizons! BTW, I'm with Zach on beer - nasty stuff, and if you don't like it, why drink it? Obviously, Jer also inherited his dad's "taste" for alcohol.

My wish for Zach is that he gets far, far away from Jer and learns that he is a fine and worthy person in his own right. I'd be grumpy, too, if I had to hang around with Jer (I have ALWAYS wanted a full bowl of Corn Flakes for breakfast! This is the GREATEST thing that's ever happened!) all the time. LOL...

Alfred said...

Have to agree with the above, Jeremy comes out looking like the brighter and more outgoing of the twins. Zach should try follow the lead of his brother more often.

Jane said...

I have to disagree about not seeing the tension between the guys. Zach and Jeremy have very different personalities. This was really brought out in the episode about the vacation Matt planned that Amy couldn't go on because she had a speaking commitment. Zach's reaction is to get mad and refuse to go on the trip. Jeremy doesn't see the point of staying home since the trip is going to happen anyway. I am not saying either one of their reactions is wrong, I am just pointing out the difference.

Just because we don't see them shouting at each other doesn't mean there wasn't tension. In fact, Zach points out exactly why there is tension and the reason there isn't much said about it.

I don't see these brothers hanging together much longer as they get older. One sees the glass as half full, the other sees the glass as half empty. I think going their separate ways as individuals will be good for them. It will take the pressure off and others will recognize them for the individuals they are and not compare, as I just did.

Zach needs to learn to relax more and not take everything so seriously. Walking through the Red Light district is not going to translate into him promoting prostitution, nor does it mean he is condoning anything just by being there. Zach, keep things in perspective and enjoy life a little more.

I do wonder if Zach's small comfort zone is the result of being on reality TV. He doesn't really strike me as that shy, yet something keeps him from feeling comfortable around people and situations he isn't familiar with. I also wondered if the drop in his grades (that Amy was so surprised about) has something to do with the show and/or his parent's marriage.

Cathelitou said...

Jane said: do wonder if Zach's small comfort zone is the result of being on reality TV. He doesn't really strike me as that shy, yet something keeps him from feeling comfortable around people and situations he isn't familiar with.

Personnaly, I think it's because he's a little people. It can be more difficult for him to interact with people because he is shy about his condition. Like when Jeremy and Zach saw some kids playing soccer, maybe zach was shy and don't want to be tease by them. We all know what happen in Little people Big dreams. I don't think you can forget that type of thing. Jeremy never had t prove other that he can play good soccer. Well, that's my point about why Zach may be more shy than he twin average size brother Jer

Timothy said...

How is Jeremy "brighter" because he is more out-going? That's not a sign of intelligence or of a better person.

I see Jeremy being applauded for...wanting to do what Jeremy wants.

I want to see Jeremy out of his comfort zone. Zach should take up reading and demand that Jeremy visit a library with him, you know, get Jer out of his comfort zone! Would Jeremy be up for that? I don't think so.

IMO, Zach was a good sport about the kilts. I know a lot of people that wouldn't be comfortable wearing a kilt and trying to play the bag pipes in front of a crowd of people on a street corner. Unlike Jeremy, it's not everyone's lifelong dream.

It sounds like Jeremy is being applauded for wanting to do whatever he wanted and for wanting Zach share his enthusiasm for all the same things.

Rap541 said...

Tim, I have had the same thought on Jeremy. Has he ever been in a position where he didn't want to do something and didn't get to walk away and do as he pleased?

On a complete aside, is it really a casual backpacking around Europe vacay when every moment seems to be totally planned? Why - if it was a casual trip - why not spend five or six days in Scotland? There's plenty to see...

I also am worried about the upcoming visit to Dachau. I can't imagine either twin even knowing what that is, let alone going there by choice.

Anonymous said...

Notice how the show conspicuously jumped forward quiet a bit after the boys were sitting in the red light district. It's obvious that Jeremy 'explored' the area in much more detail off camera. Plus, they don't make any mention of the marijuana cafes on every corner. No doubt Jeremy sampled that as well. But none of that can be shown on the show because it's supposedly all about "family values" and two recent Bible school graduates.

Lisa said...

It's nice of Jeremy to try to bring Zach out of his shell. He needs a nudge and a push every once in a while.

lucas said...

Jeremy thinks he's cool, but he aint..... LOTS of young European young adults go on gap year adventures at one point in time, as do Americans. The difference here is that these men are being accompanied by film crews, their trip is outlined and planned by a corporation, and it is so totally unbelievable seeing them in Amsterdam exploring the red-light district it is funny.

Is this what you get from sending your children to right-wing conservative christian schools?Exploring the "whores"... nice .

Amy and Matt, your sons don't look cool, they look like ridiculous hypocrites.

Maybe that is why Zach felt uncomfortable?

Anonymous said...

one observation that no one has commented on is the fact that probablly jer has been drinking for a while! one does not aquire a taste of beer with one sip, and he does seem to distinguish good beer from bad beer (prolly he's been drinking bud lite with his buds). on the other hand zach comments on it being his first taste of beer and it was not to his liking.
another thing, they make zach to seem whining and not adventorous, but keep in mind, he is a little person, just trying keeping up with jer must be tiring

Anonymous said...

one observation that no one has commented on is the fact that probablly jer has been drinking for a while! one does not aquire a taste of beer with one sip, and he does seem to distinguish good beer from bad beer (prolly he's been drinking bud lite with his buds). on the other hand zach comments on it being his first taste of beer and it was not to his liking.
another thing, they make zach to seem whining and not adventorous, but keep in mind, he is a little person, just trying keeping up with jer must be tiring

Anonymous said...

How is Zachary supposed to be he's walking around with a supermodel, if I looked like Zachary I would be slacking to, dam Jeremy like superman compared to him, I feel bad for zachary