Heidi Klum, Project Runway
The Biggest Loser: Special Edition
I really didn't enjoy the first hour of this show. All the good stuff from the regular series is gone: There was hardly any advice from Bob and Jillian, and there were no tips about diet or exercise. We just got to meet the families and watch their competition. It's the new year, and with all of those inevitable weight-loss resolutions, this would be a particularly good time to emphasize more of the "how-to" aspect for viewers. That said, I was much more engaged in the second hour, when the families got to go home and put into practice the lessons they learned in two weeks at the ranch that was actually very interesting. I really liked both teams. The Muhas
had the whole touching story about their son in the Air Force and how they wanted him to see a fit and healthy family when he returned. The Samuels
family, or Team Showtime, were very competitive, and I was impressed with mom Melony
, who overcame cancer. They were all fairly inspiring, especially considering that not only did they shed some major weight in the few weeks at the ranch, but they continued to lose massive amounts in the next five months at home. Sure they had a living room endowed with gratis gym equipment though I had to wonder if either team ever considered moving it to a different location in the house and a kitchen chockablock full of healthy goodies and new appliances. But the fact that Shaun
lost 78 lbs. was just astounding; she looked like a completely different person. My biggest complaint about the entire show was the multiple flashback sequences showing how far the teams had come at different points. That's important in a 13-week series, as it is easy to forget what a person looked like two months ago. But even with my short attention span, I think I can remember what the team goals were going into the show less than two hours before. Details like that make this special edition just OK and not really all that special.