TV Madness isn’t like the Presidential election. Your vote actually matters here. Two votes! The final battle came down to two measly votes.
Cameron came into the finals with a nearly indestructible robot skeleton under that nice-looking exterior. Still, that wasn’t enough to fend off Jack Bauer and his action-hero gruff-talk. Bauer’s road to the finals wasn’t easy, and he was almost taken out by Malcolm Reynolds before he got there. A tie-breaker had to separate the two. But here we are. Jack Bauer stands atop a mountain of TV character corpses – the victor!
When the tournament started, I had my favorite dark horse picks. I really wanted to see The Tick go far, along with Hurricane Spencer (Hulk Hogan). Sadly, neither of them made it past the second round.
At times, we had lengthy discussions about how best to quantify what characters could actually do. For example, it was hard for some to distinguish David Banner from The Hulk, or even The Hulk from other versions of Hulk (like the one in ‘The Avengers’). This led to, what I thought, was a questionable run of wins for David Banner, whose 1970s TV Hulk was basically just sticky green paint applied to Lou Ferrigno. Yeah, that’s kinda not the same thing as the impenetrable green dispenser of death in the movies.
Girl power! Three of the Final Four characters were female. I didn’t see that happening, but it was fun to watch. There are some female TV characters who have kicked a whole lotta ass over the years, and they were vindicated here, taking out man after man. Yes, a man ended up winning, but only after taking quite a beating.
Like the Movie Madness tournament we had last year, TV Madness had its share of controversy.
The biggest controversy came when Brisco County, Jr. – who had already improbably defeated Jonas Blane – appeared to be well on his way to ousting Buffy from the tournament. However, some readers expressed dismay at the results. Brisco led by so many votes that you’d think Bruce Campbell himself was running around to different computers and furiously voting as much as he could. Well, that might’ve been true. We checked the voting logs, and Brisco got an enormous number of votes from one particular IP address. Something underhanded definitely went on there. In the end, Buffy took the match when the votes were corrected. Then, she promptly lost to Cameron.
I know that some of you may not be happy with Jack Bauer winning. If you’re one of those people, take solace in the fact that it really sucks to be Jack Bauer.