Friday, February 11, 2005

The Apprentice

Wild Banshee made an executive decision at the start of season 3 of The Apprentice not to do a weekly update after each episode. That's mostly because the episodes air on Thursdays, and Fridays are tough blogging days for me. But don't let that fool you into thinking that the Banshee has lost interest in the series.

In the past, the contestants were divided into a men's team and a women's team. This season, the Donald added a twist. He has one team of applicants with at least a college degree and one team that has only a high school diploma. He refers to the teams as "book smarts" and "street smarts." I personally think the concept is kind of bogus. Just because you have a college degree does not mean that you don't have street smarts. Last year's apprentice, Kelly Perdew, had an MBA and a J.D., but he certainly had a lot of street savvy from his business and military experience. And Andy from last season didn't fall short because his Harvard diploma held him back. But, at 22 years of age, he simply had no life experience to draw on. In ten years, he'll have both experience and an education. In ten years, the street smarts applicants will have also have experience but still won't have an education. So far, the book smarts and the street smarts seem pretty evenly matched. Each team has lost twice

All that aside, there seems to be a high ratio of weirdos and crazy people in this season's crop of contestants. Danny from the book smarts team was perhaps the chief oddball. He wore retro suits and seemed incapable of saying anything without bringing out his guitar and putting his words to music. Perhaps he thought he was applying to be a camp counselor rather than a corporate executive. Not surprisingly, Danny was fired in episode three. Three other contestants have also been fired, and one other left of her own volition due to lack of sleep and stress.

Despite the fact that this is the third season, the lustre has still not worn off of the Apprentice.