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Spencer - pratt!
on 21 May 2014
'The Hills' gave us Spencer Pratt, one of the most loathsome creatures on the planet. Here's another Spencer and it's hard to decide which of the two is the bigger pratt!
I have no idea why these semi-scripted, pseudo reality, 'guilty pleasure' shows are so watchable and addictive. This is one of the best and makes 'Geordie Shore' look embarrassingly one-dimensional. Amidst the often clumsily manufactured drama, there is much that is compelling and there are moments of comedy gold.
Pudgy, alleged alpha male, Spencer Matthews, is responsible for much of the drama. Sadly, he almost always gets away with most of his manipulative, controlling, devious and sometimes disgusting behaviour. The moments when he is on the receiving end of some form of comeuppance are delicious and worth waiting for.
Continuity between the series is sometimes lacking, as characters leave and new 'best friends' of someone arrive. Caggie Dunlop disappears suddenly early in series 3. It was especially disappointing that the sweet happy end for Francis (Series 4 finale) was history before Series 5 started.
My favourite characters are/were Millie and Binky and, unexpectedly, Mark Francis, who delights with his pretentious, yet self-ironic observations and pronouncements.
Refreshingly, the end of series studio episodes usually manage to ask and answer the right questions. Most of the 'More from Chelsea' special features are entertaining and fun.
This was a bargain. Hours of entertainment. Pointless drivel, mostly, but often enormous fun!