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The Genius 2013

  • 2015-09-12T14:00:00Z
  • tvN
  • 2013-04-26T14:00:00Z
  • 80 mins
  • 2 days, 16 hours, 0 mins
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Korean
  • Adventure, Game Show, Reality, Suspense
A reality series pitting people identified with "genius traits" against one another in social games of strategy, logic, and negotiation skills. Each episode consists of a main match and a death math. The main match decides the winner and elimination candidate for the day. The winner receives a token of life, which grants immunity from the death match, and potentially garnets, a game currency worth ₩1,000,000 each. Garnets can be used to improve a player's chances of winning a game, as well as be traded with other players to gain favor. The elimination candidate chooses a player without a token of life to take part in a 1v1 game called the death match. The player who loses the death match is eliminated, and the winner of the death match gains their garnets. The last remaining player is the champion, and the total garnets held by the champion will be the final prize.

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The Genius is a brilliant game show with engaging challenges that mixes intellect and social skills in order to win the game. The cast is refreshing and vary from different fields (lawyers, MENSA members, TV Hosts). The drama is ripe in the game's premise which encourages alliances while ultimately looking out for yourself. The drama is never forced but rather the effect of the challenges themselves. The challenges are what really shine because of their depth. The show encourages the audience at home to figure out their own strategy by showing the thought process of the different players and teams. None of the game rely largely on luck as they are designed to be controlled by the players so it's always fun to watch how the players figure it out. The Genius never takes itself too seriously with its fun editing that provides a good mix of drama and comedy. Even on the third season the challenges are still complex and fun. I would definitely recommend The Genius to anyone looking for cognitive battles.

Check out this larger review by Honi Soit: http://honisoit.com/2014/03/review-the-genius/

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