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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Masterchef Junior Pancakes n' Pies: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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A funny thing has happened, and it’s that this show suddenly has some sort of hipster cred. Everyone on social media seems to be watching it. I’m not used to this with crappy reality TV that I like. I’m not sure it sits well with me. Masterchef Junior is my Own Private Idaho, my escape from the Too Many Cooks crowd.

“Hoping Oona wins this,” said one friend. “Abby is entertaining too, but the jellybeans on top of her pie made me nauseous. Sad to see Natalie go. And I am still rooting against Samuel’s hubris — was glad to see his pie flop.”

Indeed…. the hubris of local boy Samuel is great. He’s too much like last season’s winner, Alexander Weiss, who was basically an adult trapped in the body of a 13 year old. Oona and Abby are little girls, with childlike wonder: sugar, spice, and everything nice.

I fast-forwarded through the pancake challenge and eventual maple syrup dump. Was this put together to entertain any children that may be watching? Because as a fully mature adult I found it incredibly boring. On came the pie challenge and the metaphorical syrup dumping of Natalie; the producers must screen these kids to see how well they handle rejection. It’s hard to see them go but it would be even harder if it was obvious that they had their little hearts completely broken. Jackie Cooper once told a story about how as a boy they got him to cry in The Champ. Someone held a gun to his dog’s head and said they would shoot it. Do the Masterchef people pretend to reject these kids in the trials just so they can see how well they take it?

I too am rooting for Oona, even though that’s what the powers that be behind this show would love to hear. She’s TV gold. But dangit, she’s cute as hell and talented too. There goes my hipster indie cred.

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