With the endless promotion building up for the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore, it was inevitable that the show would not live up to the hype. Sure, I tuned in... but I DVR'ed it so the advertisers don't get my eyeballs. Strike One. "We're going to Miami, bitches" was uttered more times than was necessary. Last season, I was the last holdout for the show. It wasn't until Christmas vacation, snowbound in Rhinebeck, that I watched all the episodes back to back. Yes... it was brilliant. But, brilliant because it was like some kind of sociology experiment, observing creatures that would be considered study-able, becoming extinct like Chimpanzees or perhaps even legendary beings rumored to be walking the Earth like Chupacabra or the Abominable Snowman. These kids are like no one I have ever met, yet, we know they exist... clearly... on MTV. The first episode of season two was cute...ish. Repetitive beyond, and we learned nothing new about any of these characters. You know this show is in trouble if Angelina is the most likable of the Guidettes. "I am way too classy for these bitches," she says. Really? Think again.
Of course there were a few great lines, my favorite is the one from Ronnie's friend, "Double Bagger, you know, you wear a bag over your head, too, in case the bag falls off her head." Pearls of wisdom. Sure, Snooki is the main character, but if she doesn't get a good storyline, she will quickly become annoying...which she probably was before her good fortune of getting cast on the show. JWoww is a like a toodgie. Her instinct to beat someone's ass is less than interesting and sadly, she is now a role model of some sort. As school systems, teachers and parents are anxiously trying to harness rampant "bullying", here comes a barely-clad skank with nothing else up her sleeve besides a fist. That, my dears, is not a good thing. These Guidettes are like cheesy versions of the Sex and the City broads, known booze-hounds and sexual predators. What impact do these gals have on the women's movement? Surely not the women's movement I knew and admired growing up in the 70's. But, what do I know?