Guest reviewers Rap541 and Podge/Rodge Groupie graciously agreed to write reviews/recaps:
Written By Rap541
My goodness this is on late. And based on a really weird premise, as near as I can tell, that fans are somehow invited to the farm to ask questions and have “spirited trivia contests”. I mean, how does one get an invite to *that*?
But hey, Ted Cruz has given up the race, and I have a glass of wine.
Oh hey, I did happen to peruse www.beating50percent.com because I was curious if Auj and Jer had any more beliefs they wanted to stand up for… especially after so many people here were praising them for taking a stand. Funny – in the “don’t have opposite sex friends” post where they were STANDING TALL against the gays and proudly noting how their blog was not for gays…. There WERE 205 comments and now there are 142. EVERY SINGLE COMMENT where a Roloff took a stand is gone. EVERY SINGLE ONE. So is every single non complimentary post, including the one from Jeremy’s friend, and including almost every single one that disagreed with the basic premise of the blog post. Funny how that happened huh? That Auj and Jeremy aren’t proud of those remarks and took them down before new episodes that will no doubt feature their web blog were aired. Guess we know where Jer and Auj stand – they prefer the money to being upfront about their views.
Anyway, lets see how ridiculous this episode is.
So its irritating that the Duggar nonsense ran long when this is late already.
The Roloffs have invited their superfans to the farm to ask questions, Nothing is off limits. The “creepers” are here!
Because I know the Roloffs are assholes about crazy fans who are middle aged and who have signs, I am genuinely curious if anyone will get a lecture on how “creepy” they are and how NO ONE is to judge any Roloff.
Weirdly it starts with the Roloffs asking questions. Also they’re all on haybales. The crazy fans are from everywhere. Jeremy’s man bun is hilarious and I don’t see Jacob at all. Apparently the roloffs are competitive and we get some clips since this is a cheap episode of clips. Oh hey we’re playing Roloff show trivia. They pick teams. Apparently there’s creeper fan prizes for the creepers and everyone looks awkward.
There’s trivia. I am not recapping that. Now there’s a commercial.
This is honestly so painful to watch.
So Matt basically fails at trivia. I am genuinely unconvinced that this is actually at the farm because the “barn area” looks pretty fake and like an indoor studio. Now more clips of built stuff. The fans kiss their asses as Matt insists the farm is more about the family than any profit. It’s weird how Matt and Amy focus on how the kids are KIDS and never grown up.
Tori, Audrey, how weirded out are you by this? ITS SO AWESOME!
No one asks why Jacob isn’t there.
Next up! Newlywed stuff!
The weird hostess says they are in the wedding barn but…. It looks too stable. Now wedding clips.
Now there’s a skype question! WILL THERE BE BABIES! Basically the answer is “not soon”. The hostess says “since you’re all newlyweds…” there is a contest but I must note the traditional definition of newlywed is people in their first year and Auj and Jer are coming up on year two.
There’s various cute questions.
Now the wives are booted so we can see all the dangerous stuff the kids used to do. We discuss Jacob and basically all that is said is “Jacob moved to California”.
Jeremy admits to parties. Molly is asked if she’s single. She’s dating. His name is Joel.
Now they talk about Rocky. Also apparently there was a cowbell to attract the kids.
Now the superfans are tested! Will the superfans be killed for incorrect answers? Prolly not! The winning team gets a mug. So its basically lame. Molly’s team wins. This was all filler.
Now we’re over which is irritating since I have work. Made worse that there’s a LOT of commercials.
Questions from the superfans. What is the future of the farm? Jeremy says he and Auj want to move back. Amy says not all of the kids will come back.
Matt loves the marriages the most although the question came from the hostess. Molly may marry on the farm. The hostess is all “WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR FANS??” – Amy and Matt say the fans inspire them. Jeremy is all there’s no different story. Zach now appreciates fans. Interestingly Molly and Auj don’t answer the question. It feels like the fans had a good time but I personally felt it seems pretty fake.
Review Written by Podge/Rodge groupie
Here is my review of "Little People, Big Questions"
This is going to be short because I'm in the middle of a major project. Rather than go through a he-hash of the show itself, because most of you reading this were interested enough to watch it anyway, I've thought time to ask questions, guess at possible answers, and leave my own views on the proceedings.
In the beginning (no reference to a bunch of stories written by human strangers) you heard off camera "(Hey) Matt, what's off limits?" Matt: "Nothing!" Right. Sure. No questions about the divorce. No questions about the dividing up of the farm. No questions about business interests (varied throughout), successes (?), failures (definitely some) or about any personal stances taken by any one or more members of the family.
That's fine. I purport two reasons:
1. There were most definitely topics that were off limits. Most of us here do realize that this has not been "real and raw" since maybe the end of Season 3. Matt aka The Master of Spin made sure that only the questions chosen were aired or presented.
2. I wonder if the "superfans" were forced to sign a release, and an agreement about what can be said after departure like every other person who doth step onto Roloff Farms. I did check, and no, they were actually still wearing their shoes, thankfully they did not have to put off their shoes as they are standing upon sacred ground. The other aspect is, the people invited by the Roloffs (I did not learn how this came to be) might well have been chosen as it was know there would be no pointed, delving or personal questions coming from the group invited. Perhaps the number of comments on personal Facebook pages?
The Big MR still knows how to play the crowd, and interjected just enough as to not make his need for attention too obvious. He was well behaved in that regard from past presentations.
Zach has, in my views come miles and miles in onscreen comfort and presence. The Master of Spin has worked his magic on his protege. Well done.
I'm still having problems trying to see Tori as the gold-digging whore she is made out to be by some posters on this blog. The 'people' who put this idea forward must indeed be quite proud of themselves, believe me Tori has the superfans, the entire Roloff family and a vast majority of the viewers and people who can actually think for themselves completely food by the ruse she is perpetuating. I mean, she's got me fooled. The two seem happy, content, dreamy-eyed, head-over-heels in love to me.
The man-bun - Look, It's not my hair, and I'm not married to Audrey. It has been offered in a post on this blog that "perhaps Audrey likes that, Why shouldn't Jeremy do that to if Audrey perhaps likes that look (paraphrased)?" That's fine by me. I just think that a little more work could be put into it, that's all. I work with people who have to tie their hair back for safety reasons. it's clean, its neat, no fly-aways, and they do it because it's company policy. The whole concept of changing something that you do just to satisfy someone else, instead of that someone else being happy with you you are and what you are and vice versa, seems unnecessary and counter productive. If Jeremy would have put half the time into preparation as Audrey did, it would have looked much better.
The announcer was just a wee bit over the top for me. Calm down woman, it's only the Roloffs. Eek.
There was one strange comment/statement by a superfan in speaking with Amy. The fan said after awhile, she was tuning in to see what was happening with the family, because she could relate it to her own family, and that similarity form a kind of bond that made relating to the Roloffs more enjoyable. Amy agreed, saying one of the reasons why they put themselves out there was because whether you're an LP or not, you have the same issues as a family. It makes the distinction and differences non-existent. I guess I was tuning into the show for the wrong reason? My bad. So much for the show's original premise.