Sunday, 11 December 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: The Crystal Maze (SU2C)

Stand Up To Cancer or SU2C, is a charity event created and run by Cancer Research. In the same vein as the likes of Comic Relief, SU2C brings entertainment and people donate to cancer research.

On 15th October 2016, SU2C bought back the Crystal Maze. Now, for those that may not know about it, The Crystal Maze was a French concept that was imported to the UK in the 1990s. The concept was a team of 8 people taking part in a variety of timed challenges to win a Crystal. Each Crystal was time allocated inside the dome, where the players had the opportunity to win prizes. Now, to make it tougher, some challenges had automatic lock ins, where if a player touched the ground, they'd be locked in the challenge room. The captain could then choose to buy them out. The oeriginal host was Richard O'Brien of Rocky Horror fame and the second was Ed Tudor-Pole, 

The new line up was Comedian Stephen Merchant as the host, with his shaved head, fresh from the set of Logan. The team of 5 was Rio Ferdinand, Sara Cox, Michelle Keegan, Josh Widdecombe and Johnny Peacock. There was a lot of hype for it and there was talk that even David Tennant would be hosting the series.

So what happened? Well, it was a reasonable relaunch, even if just for one night. It was filmed at the Experience, down in London and sooner or later, that became apparent when the cameras would pan up to show the ceiling, ruining the atmosphere and suspension of disbelief. Despite being a one off, it managed to notch up a respectable 3 million viewers. Will it come back? doubtful at this point. But, it was nice to see Richard O'Brien passing the torch.