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MXC - Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Season 3 - comedy reality television series DVD review
MXC - MOST EXTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE, SEASON 3 Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Victor Wilson et al.
  Studio: Magnolia
DVD release: 06 November 2007   Runtime: 260 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Features: Language (English), Two original episodes of "Takeshi's Castle" (Episodes #1 & #67), Kenny Blankenship's Top 25 Most Painful Eliminations of Volume Three

There are some nights when you endlessly flick through the channels and find nothing that tickles your fancy. Then there are those happy accidents when watch something you like, leave the station on afterward, and find one of those guilty pleasures. MXC is one of those guilty pleasure shows that you don't really look for - but when it's on, you can't help but watch.

MXC is a mix of Mystery Science Theater 3000-style comedy with reality show craziness. Originally airing in Japan as "Takeshi's Castle" during the mid to late '80s, MXC on Spike TV is the same program re-dubbed with voice hosts Vic Romano (Victor Wilson) and Kenny Blankenship (Christopher Darga) doing a comical play-by-play as contestants are put through some ridiculous but imaginitive challenges.

The thirteen episodes in this volume are
  • Republicans vs. Democrats vs. Third Party
  • Unemployed vs. Environmentalists
  • Snack Food Industry vs. Print Media
  • Baby Products Industry vs. Paranormal
  • Adventurers and Explorers vs. Dental Industry
  • Country Kids vs. City Kids
  • Organized Crime vs. Weight Loss Industry
  • Novelty Gift Industry vs. The Death Industry
  • The Amusement Park Industry vs. The World's Oldest Profession
  • Oil Industry vs. Make-Over Industry
  • Film Industry vs. Phobias
  • Romance Industry vs. Firearm Industry, and last but not least
  • Footwear Industry vs. Electronic Gaming
The episodes are not the the only things to get weird titles; the challenges do, too. There are soooo many to choose from, like "Escape from Foster Care" or "Great Holes of Glory." Personal favorites include "Irritable Bowl Syndrome," where contestants are put in a giant bowl and pushed down a slide that ends up in sludgy water, and "Rock The Moat," where contestants have to run over well-placed lily pad-like rocks (in water, with some being more stable than others) to get from one side to the other without falling.

Therein lies the show's hook - it's fun to watch people slip up despite their best efforts not to do so. Whether getting wiped out by fake boulders, or getting bonked by fake wrecking balls (don't worry - the contestants have helmets), or simply getting flung into mud or mucky water, all the contestants have smiles on their faces and seem to be having a great time, which makes it an easy fit for the humorous, mocking commentary, and for all of us to laugh at.

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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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