| Below Deck Success Formula Not Copied Successfully
I had high hopes for this series. I enjoy Bravo's other series that revolve around a fixed cast that serves clients that change from episode to episode. Obviously the Below Deck franchise is on the top for that concept. I also enjoyed Timber Creek Lodge and Apres Ski (which were essentially like Below Deck, but guests rent a staffed cabin/house in a ski resort town instead of a yacht). I think I prefer those shows because they seem more intimate. Those shows are just the staff and a small handful of guests. In this series they focus on a small group of guests and make it seem like they are the most important, but it is obvious that the camp is very much full with other people that just seem to be a distraction. At the end of the episode I feel like I haven't gotten to know the guests at all. Additionally, the guests are doing what all guests do on these shows by creating their own story line to try to seem interesting to get screen time during their five minutes of fame. But because there are so many people, it just comes across as chaotic. It works much better in Below Deck. In terms of the fixed cast... meh. I mean they have the formula... the flamboyant gay guy, the "funny" girl, the serious ones, the easy going ones that constantly screw up, but this cast doesn't quite have it. I am 3 episodes in and not invested. I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't have the spark that so many Bravo shows have. I don't get excited when I see it on my DVR. Sorry, Bravo!