The Challenge Double Agents Episode 11 Preview — What To Look For

Brian Batty
3 min readFeb 23, 2021
  • Chicken Soup For The Reality TV Soul

The earn-a-skull twist is still in it’s infancy. That’s an important thing we need to understand. It’s a wrinkle to the game that, if perfected after a little trial and error, could eventually be something we look back on and find perplexing that they didn’t always do it this way.

But there is one glaring flaw in it all. No matter the format, no matter the underlying gameplay, there is a major problem that this skull twist presents that I’m not sure The Challenge Gods have the ideas or the fortitude to eradicate.

The Skulls have become the only thing anyone talks about! I’m so sick of hearing about Gold Skull this, Gold Skull that. It’s a toxic phrase that has effected all dictation since it was introduced.

Total Madness had plenty of flaws some on them some they had no control over, but “getting a Red Skull” was the only conversation anyone had. I thought, okay it was a brand new toy to play with, they’ll get over it. But I was so wrong! Roughly 90% of conversations seen on screen this season revolve around a Gold Skull. Whether they want it, whether they have it, and how they’re going to get it.

I for one am I kind of over it as a conversation topic. I almost wish they wouldn’t have made it an object to attain, and instead just made it “win an elimination to get to TJ’s Final”. That way the game itself would be the subject of conversation, rather than chasing after this mythical Holy Grail but only if the timing and circumstances are absolutely perfect.

  • It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, is just progress…

Ten Weeks.

Ten weeks worth of blog posts I’ve been hammering home this idea that two people who have the same name ultimately could not be friends. They could fake it for awhile, as we saw with the Ambers this season, but at the end of the day (shout out Nany) things always end the same.

Then that theory came almost literally to a head during the worst Hall Brawl this show has ever seen. I was feeling good. Finally, something I typed came to fruition. And…

Brian Batty

Writing about MTV’s The Challenge, one of America’s great institutions, from a fan’s perspective. Inquires: -Twitter: @TJsAirhorn