That was definitely a bit of a surprise outcome given how impressed we all were with Brian yesterday. It was yet another very well-played game this week between 3 very strong players. If there was some way to quantify the overall strength of all 11 players that appeared in a given week, this week's group would definitely have to be near the top. Congratulations to LInda on a well-earned victory and to Tim and Brian for quite a battle throughout the game.
The very first clue of tonight's game was yet another example of a growing trend that has been driving me crazy lately, the fact that the show keeps having "gimmick" categories, in which the clue itself isn't enough to lead to the correct response, without the benefit of knowing what the category is looking for. In these cases, they really need to start explaining before
the first clue is given what the clues will be looking for, in this case they wanted the film in question, rather than the actor who played the given role. Fortunately for Brian, they did credit him later, which I was hoping and assuming that they would, but there is no reason for them not to have told all 3 players before the first clue that they were looking for the name of the movie. Also, the tone of Alex's voice when he gave The Fighter
as the correct response made it quite clear, at least from my seat, that he had absolutely no idea that Mark Wahlberg was indeed the star of the movie and played the given role.
jepkid97 wrote: Also, was it just me, or was the ZergCam unnecessary tonight?
I, for one, enjoyed it, as I believe it is the first time that I have ever seen a ZergCam "live", at least since I knew what it was. I liked seeing Linda's shock and excitement when she realized that she was walking away with more than $30K. Why wouldn't we want to see that?
I ran into an interesting conundrum when posting the FJ clue in the previous post. I don't generally follow Jeopardy!'s standard of writing the clue in all capital letters, simply because I don't like the way it looks. When transcribing tonight's clue, it occurred to me that I didn't know if I should or should not capitalize the beginning of the word "Pole", so I went ahead and re-wrote the whole clue in all-caps. I assume that most players would know that the clue was referring to either the North Pole or the South Pole, but if anyone didn't figure that part out, the treatment of Pole as a proper noun would have been a bit of a hint that was not intended to be present in the clue.
And yes, I often take things way too seriously, and since I tend to watch the show at or shortly after its 7:30 airtime almost every night, and I have a DVR, I seem to have inherited the mantle of posting the scores and FJ clue on most nights. Rest assured that I do not take this responsibility lightly, so I am always very careful to ensure that my version of the clues matches Jeopardy!'s, down to the smallest details such as punctuation. Although I do usually add a period to the end of the clue, while J! does not, but it would just look silly without one, right? Speaking of punctuation, is it allowable to put an apostrophe immediately after an exclamation point, as in Jeopardy!'s, as I used twice above? Should it be Jeopardy's!? Darn it, now I used three
consecutive punctuation marks. That will surely be showing up in the Intellectual Pet Peeves thread very soon.