Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Apprentice

I always have had a tingling suspicion that the show is tweaked.

a priori - All the 120 hours of recording are done prior to the packaging of each episode. Which means that the judgement is out before they edit it into one hour.

The thrill of the show lies not only in the tasks, but also in the apprehension - Who'll get fired this time ? My whole effort of not participating in 'Apprentice' discussions is so that the suspense in unavowed. Through the 40 minutes of tasks and drama, the viewer constantly points his mental finger at one candidate or the other. The showmakers cleverly plan the flow of events to bend the viewer's noesis to predict exactly what they want him to. At the end, he assumes he had figured it all out, giving him an extra boost and an incentive to watch the next one. Or they resort to shock therapy, and give the exact opposite judgement. The 3 second high ensures that the audience is anxious for the next apprentice.

A few cyncial friends of mine believe that every step of the show is orchestrated, every emotion is choreographed. Is it possible ?

Some scenes are obviously repeated - The way the 'sleepy' candidate picks up the phone every time ; Or the way they huddle when Trump addresses them (Notice the slanting angle they stand in, and their upraised chins of pride). Trump's banal instructions about meeting in the boardroom and the 15 week job interview is irksome, but it feels as if someone is reading out a famous song. You know the lyrics pretty well, and you sing along involuntarily.

I enjoy the way George mumbles in the boardroom (I am sure he's got dentures for both sets). Caroline is gorgeous, and looks a lot like my school computer science teacher (Aren't they all pretty without exceptions ?).

My questions to the Apprentice crew and the world :

.a. What kind of deal is struck with the companies like Nescafe and The Home Depot ? Is it a symbiosis of publicity and branding ? Is there any other benifit they acquire ?
.b. Is the boardroom a set or a real office ? If its the former, what do the lifts lead to ?
.c. Can Robin be given more interesting lines ? ( Over the past 40 episodes, I've heard her say just 3 magical sentences - "Mr.Trump will see you now.""You can go in now.""They are ready for you in the boardroom.")
.d. Doesn't a camera affect the behaviour of the real audience ? When you are selling candy on the street, won't a crew of 3 with lights and camera a intimidate the customer ?

Sadly, I won't be in Kharagpur when the final episodes are released. A lousy 5 month delay in Delhi before I get to know- "Who gets to be the next Apprentice?"

3 comments:

  1. OK i have started seeing Apprentice 3rd season.

    Nice thing that you have done since swtiching sites - you don't allow anon comments anymore. Guess removes much of your confusion.

    (The look on your face in the pic matches the response to the comment alongside very well.)

    To this :


    ".a. What kind of deal is struck with the companies like Nescafe and The Home Depot ? Is it a symbiosis of publicity and branding ? Is there any other benifit they acquire ?
    .b. Is the boardroom a set or a real office ? If its the former, what do the lifts lead to ?"
    "... All the 120 hours of recording are done prior to the packaging of each episode. Which means that the judgement is out before they edit it into one hour."

    suggest you go through the credits at the end of the episodes. May be it will clear up some doubts.

    To this :

    ".c. Can Robin be given more interesting lines ? ( Over the past 40 episodes, I've heard her say just 3 magical sentences - "Mr.Trump will see you now.""You can go in now.""They are ready for you in the boardroom.")"

    Try saying "Good morning" to your teacher is three creative ways and you will understand. I can't imagine Robin saying - "Go chat up Mr. Trump now, will you?"

    ".d. Doesn't a camera affect the behaviour of the real audience ? When you are selling candy on the street, won't a crew of 3 with lights and camera a intimidate the customer ?"

    Wouldn't it? What are you man? I cant believe you asked this.

    Lastly, if you want know who won and not actually see the episodes, then theres The Apprentice site http://apprentice.tv.yahoo.com/03/index.html where news views and videos about the eipsodes are available.


    Cheerio

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