If you thought some structure was going to make Opposite Worlds more exciting this week, um, sorry. Two players join the game, while two others feel the direct effects of popularity contests.
The dynamics in the house have not changed all that much since the end of last week’s elimination episode of Opposite Worlds. Team Epoch celebrated their victory and received a feast of turkey legs as a bonus. Team Chronos, fresh from losing Rachel, glare at the other team. “How dare they celebrate?” is the gist of the tone, so that oughta win over the home audience. In fairness, the next day we see Wyatt leaving a Number 2 surprise in the backyard for Team Chronos, should camps switch at the worldly challenge, so perhaps Chronos’ hatred of their adversaries isn’t completely unjustified.
The teams arrive at a battleground and see two people standing with host Luke Tipple. A woman named Mercy, dressed in white, will be joining Team Chronos. And because the cast isn’t big enough, a dude named Steven, dressed in brown, will join Team Epoch. Before any introductions can take place, Luke tells the teams their next challenge will combine everybody’s two favorite game elements: famine and torture! Uh, I guess this is where the term “Aussie Rules” comes from, so thanks for that cultural exchange, Tipps. Each team will choose one member to
crucify get tied up to some poles by the other team. Each team has 10 minutes to make as convoluted a knot-nest as possible. After the 10 minutes, the first team to free their teammate and return to the starting line chooses their world for the week.
Both of the newbies are selected for
crucifixion getting tied up. During these huddles to decide who gets put on the spot, we are introduced to some heavy Knot Tying theory. Sadly, it’s the most interesting part of the show. Once the knots are tied and the players are hoisted, Luke introduces a twist. He uncovers two carts filled with tomatoes, which were once used as weapons of ridicule. If I didn’t have plans for the tomato in my kitchen, I would be throwing it at the TV now. Anyway, two players from each team will be chucking tomatoes at their opponents. The players untying have access to a shield, but then that’s one less set of hands to work on the knots. With Frank chucking tomatoes at Steven’s face (you know, the guy who’s literally tied up at the moment), JR has to act as block. Chronos doesn’t have too much concern over projectiles and are able to extract Mercy ahead of Epoch. Chronos wins and the teams stay in their designated worlds.
Back at the house, Jeffry and JR continue to communicate about working together. To help with this, Jeffry has smuggled some food to JR. “But there’s a plexiglass wall between them,” you say? Jeffry tosses the food over the wall, which seems like a flagrant violation of the game’s rules. Nothing happens to Jeffry at this point, but I would call shenanigans if this show weren’t so boring.
Reward / Punishment
The teams meet with Luke in the front yard of the Present to learn about the popularity index. Did you know this show is a social media experiment? Have you been watching this on mute? Anyway, Luke tells the players who is the most popular and least popular according to Twitter. The show tries to draw out the drama, even though A) Luke announced this on last week’s show and the beginning of the episode and B) this is announced on the website. JR learns he’s the most popular, though it is unclear if the voting for the Decider is part of the metric. He gets to enjoy a feast along with a teammate—he chooses Wyatt and the rest of the team is okay with that decision. Jeffry learns he is the least popular and does not take the news well at all. His punishment is 24 hours of no food, which he also forces on Jesse (who basically volunteered).
Back inside the house, the teams get to see the weekly rankings. In short, Chronos is the bottom half of the scoreboard and Epoch is the top half. If this truly is a social media experiment, this section is what we would call “queering the data.” Even though I agree with the outcome (and what will result thanks to this queering), the mathy/science part of me is grumbling.
The teams return to the front yard of the Present to make their selections for the Protected. Frank, who ranked toward the bottom of popularity chart, was selected for Team Chronos, probably to make sure he doesn’t go home this week. Lauren was selected for Team Epoch, so with Frank not an option it should be easy picking for the Duel of Destiny.