Million Dollar Password

Another Dismantle Media remake… another near-miss.

The show’s good, I do like the fun of playing along with Password — even if the show is nothing more than a series of classic Lightning Rounds.  But Dismantle left so much on the table… I can think of a couple of tweaks that would have made it more fun but kept to the game’s traditions.

The “elimination round” should have been a classic Password head-to-head game to 25 points… part of the fun of the original Password was watching players try to give clues that were useful to their partners without being useful to their opponents.

The Million Dollar Round could have been played under Lightning Round rules, but the goal could have been to guess the Password Puzzle contained in the words in each Lightning Round.

Of course, I liked my idea better — a tournament format (the games could have been classic Password or Super Password, whichever worked better), where the Million Dollar round (played once, at the end of the tournament), would have been a 150-second Alphabetics where there’d have been one Password starting with each letter of the alphabet.  150 seconds to get 26 Passwords for $1 million?  Drama, baby…

Maybe we’ll see some of this in the second series.  For now, I’ll just amuse myself watching Rachael Ray struggle with comparatively simple Passwords… 🙂


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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