I'm something of a Jeopardy fan. And by "something", I mean it's the only daytime television I let the Pea watch. This last week was a Jeopardy fan's dream. Roger Craig, a contestant in his 20's, beat the all-time record for highest daily winnings...and he's still going strong. Last week, he made a true daily double. So rare. So exciting. If you're a nerd like me.
I've noticed something about Jeopardy (and most game shows in general)...they know how to start with a bang. No script, but they get the concept of "hook". They understand that no one cares that Jane Poo-bah from St. Louis is an astrophysicist who enjoys parasailing and knitting. In fact, they could probably change the intro to "Contestant 1 is a smart person from somewhere in America. Contestant 2 is a smart person from somewhere else in America. Contestant 3 is yet another smart person from yet another place in America...Let's play Jeopardy!" and Alex Trebek wouldn't be fielding any hate-mail for it.
AFTER the first round, once the viewer has decided to root for the guy who knows a ridiculous amount about Ignatius Loyola (you think I'm kidding but this was one of the categories today), they give us a tiny bit of backstory. And at that point, yes, I do find it interesting that Roger Craig flunked the first Jeopardy tryouts because he was hungover (also true). Now, get back to the story, errr, competition.