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A Tent Full of English Short Crust: The Great British Baking Show

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
The Bake Off is an elimination competition, however. Not a league. On the basis of this week, they were the worst and were therefore eliminated. I'm frustrated that it happened, but it wouldn't be the first time that the best baker had a bad week and walked.
Except that they routinely give people a pass for their "potential", take into account their record over the course of the season, etc. etc. If that's the rule for eliminations, they do their damnedest to obfuscate it.

I don't know that it was even so clear they were the worst this week, either.
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
Google loves to give me headlines the day after the show first Ird) airs, so by Wednesday I already know who's gone.
 

Egarwaen

(He/Him)
Except that they routinely give people a pass for their "potential", take into account their record over the course of the season, etc. etc. If that's the rule for eliminations, they do their damnedest to obfuscate it.

I don't know that it was even so clear they were the worst this week, either.

They absolutely give people passes for potential, or give “bonus points” for past performance, especially when they’re representative of some stereotype Paul likes. Or cut people because they’ve had a series of bad weeks and didn’t do well enough. And there’s also the usual reality show problem that Paul makes a decision and the editors adjust the footage we see to make that decision seem reasonable. Which is why this last episode was such a misstep, as the editing simply wasn’t effective at passing off Laura as having made mistakes but delivered good bakes anyway.
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
Yeah whenever they eliminate someone and pull the "we look at this week only" card it's like...guys that's definitely 1000% not true, why would you even say that to me right now...

I feel kinda bad for the-person-who-made-it this week because I guess she's been getting harrassed online because OF COURSE that happened, and it's not really her fault that she made it? The editing definitely didn't show that she did a good job but I'm also like...how could it? She had a disasterous week. I think where the editing suffered is that it didn't show that the eliminated person didn't have a bad ENOUGH week; like it clearly showed she was struggling but like...not THAT much? I dunno.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I guess I don't really think the decision this week seemed unjustified, though I do agree that this season the show has made a certain choice with a lot of coin flip eliminations that at the very least looks bad in aggregate.

This is the first season I've watched as it aired instead of all together, it is a different experience for me anyway.
 

Jeanie

(Fem or Gender Neutral)
I'm 2/3 through the finale and the only reason Laura wasn't sent home last week was because the producers KNEW she'd be a disaster. You will never change my mind on this.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I actually think it was inadvertently cruel to put her though. She had a supernatural ability to not be the worst every week, but that was it, unfortunately.
 
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