Only because I want to preserve my thoughts on Gabon in posterity.
Between the polished turds on Stylista and the twin demons of Randy and Corinne on Gabon, 2008has been the year of All-Time Worst Reality Jerks Ever -- I don't have to rehash Randy's behavior throughout the season or Corinne's "You are an unemployed, uneducated leech on society. And the only thing I would vote to give you is a handful of anti-depressants so that no one else has to be subjected to your constant crying anymore. And maybe if you get some, then it would seem a little more sincere when you are crying about your dead father" spiel. But remarkably, they weren't alone in wretched patheticness during the final Tribal Council. While FTCs are always a parade of butthurt eliminees looking to settle scores, this season's jury had to have set a record for preening self-regard (which I think was mostly borne from the jurors' stubborn disbelief that Sugar could have and indeed did outsmart them). There was a lot to go around, but I just want to highlight Marcus, who mustered all of his vaunted "off the charts" IQ to express his disappointment in the final three for their comportment "in the biggest game of all — and that's life." (Profound and sexy.) Beyond its idiotic corniness, Marcus' little aphorism underscored how people -- and the contestants of Gabon especially -- couldn't manage to distinguish game and real life, which is just one aspect of how difficult it is for people of all sorts to separate art from life. A topic for another time.
Indie rating: Damian Marley - "It Was Written"