I haven’t blogged about my guilty obsession, The Apprentice on BBC (though I have preached on it and commented about it on another blog!), but tonight’s episode was so dissatisfying that I had to find some outlet for my anger! After being hooked to the original in the United States with Donald Trump, generally I have enjoyed the UK version much better. Sir Alan Sugar has been miles ahead of Trump in this one. Trump seems to enjoy the process of being on the tele where Sir Alan has genuinely looked for someone to hire. (To be fair to Trump, I haven’t seen the US version since the first year, after which we moved here.)
Which makes this even more dissatisfying in this overall lacklustre year. I miss last year’s intrigue with Katie and the personality conflicts that abounded, but I have been able to tune in week after week looking forward to it. Tonight’s instalment just showed Sir Alan didn’t have the guts to make a decision. I don’t know why. He had 5 finalist. Two episodes left. The dreaded interviews were scheduled and this usually weeds out the posers from the real contenders. Basically, he got rid of the one he wanted to get rid of (Lucinda Ledgerwood) and then decided that the four remaining candidates will be in the final. What? How do you do that? His reason is that all four have ‘something about’ them. At least one other he kept saying that he didn’t know and that he didn’t think she added anything to each week’s task!
So now he is in the strange position of having co-leaders for two teams next week. Maybe this will work out in his own mind, but what was the point of the interviews if he used it to get rid of only one person? I figured he just didn’t want to make any more decisions. I thought the whole point of getting rid of people one-by-one is so that he could see the two best truly fight it out. Now he is putting competitors as ‘co-leaders’ who are as likely to sabotage each other as anything else. Maybe he has this worked out in this own mind, but I still think he took the easy way out.