Picks and Pans Review: The Real World
MTV (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
You know the concept for this virtual soap opera: Take seven young strangers, dump them in a fishbowl and stir well. In its fourth incarnation, the show moves to London with an international cast (three Yanks, two Brits, an Aussie and a German). Cameras follow them everywhere except the loo. It's a voyeur's dream!
The crew that converges on a funky communal house in London's hip Notting Hill Gate district is the most energetic, sophisticated and best-looking batch of Real World denizens to date. The most interesting character is Neil, a peroxide punk "singer" and Ph.D. candidate from Oxford. Lars, a severe-looking DJ from Berlin, turns out to be a really sweet guy. In fact they're all really nice, which is the problem. Except for some minor sexual tension, there's no conflict. The series is one big pajama party. We've been gypped! In San Francisco, they were fighting before they even had the suitcases unpacked.
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