Netflix's Floor Is Lava is the perfect background show.
By that, I mean it's a show that seems tailor-made to be half-watched while browsing the Internet, playing Animal Crossing on your Switch, or cooking dinner. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. If anything, Floor Is Lava might even be one of the best new game shows in years.
If you've seen the title, you already know exactly what Floor Is Lava is all about. Just like the make-believe game that literally every child in the world seems to independently invent, the floor is lava, so you need to climb all over the furniture to escape the room. No touching the floor...because it's lava.
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Only, instead of the lava being imaginary, it's actual, bubbling red liquid that frequently splooshes in players' faces.
Players compete in teams of three, with the winner dictated by which team gets the most players across the room without falling into the lava. Ties are broken by finish time. Theoretically, Floor Is Lava should resemble countless other physical challenge/obstacle course TV shows, from American Ninja Warrior to Wipeout. But Floor Is Lava doesn't boast the sheer athleticism of American Ninja Warrior (the average Floor Is Lava contestant is of average physical acumen), nor does it feature the same kind of absurdly ridiculous wipeouts that made Wipeout famous.
Fortunately, Floor Is Lava has its own thing: Really incredible set design.
Each episode takes place in a specific "room" (The Bedroom, The Kitchen, The Planetarium, etc.), with both the decor and obstacles designed to match the chosen aesthetic. So in the bedroom players need to jump across a spinning bed, while in the Planetarium they're faced with traversing spherical planet models and unstable rocket ship.
The rooms also incorporates escape room-inspired puzzle elements that reward players for thinking outside of the box. For example, in The Kitchen course, players could take a pizza peel off the wall, insert it into a giant brick oven, and uncover a secret key that shortens the jump between the final platform and the goal. In fact, some of the show's greatest schadenfreude comes from watching teams completely brush over the puzzle elements and subsequently fail their runs by an inch.
Of course an obstacle course game show is only as good as its obstacles, but Floor Is Lava goes above and beyond, revamping traditional hurdles like wobbly platforms and shaky monkey bars in fresh, exciting ways (like monkey bars hidden inside an upside down, wooden canoe in The Study).
All of this said, the real excitement in Floor Is Lava is starting each episode and seeing what kind of fantastical furniture the set designers have dreamed up.
The entertainment value of player runs, on the other hand, varies wildly by team. Considering the fact that most players are nowhere near the fitness level of professional athletes, personalities play a surprising factor. Some people ham it up. Others don't even seem to know they're being filmed. One player named Chiklet in Episode 5 should have his own spin-off show.
But by and large, the individual team runs aren't particularly captivating. If anything, watching with full attention is just an excuse to see how the sets function in action. Still, there's a hard limit to how much fun you can have watching some random dad spend five minutes deciding whether or not he can jump three feet.
After the first few minutes of any given episode, you can safely return to whatever other thing you're half-focusing on, and occasionally glance up at the screen to watch some unfortunate dude fall into the lava.
Is every ugly doll on Etsy full of drugs?
You may have read the saga of Pearl the baby mermaid when Elizabeth Faidley recounted the events on Facebook in December of 2019.
Though the story takes place from between 2015 and 2016, Faidley is in the habit of recounting the bizarre events involved each year as Christmas approaches, and her latest retelling brought Pearl to the world's attention and seared her image into my brain.
On his 34th birthday, we pay tribute to the Canadian Chameleon.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born on October 24, 1986.
He found fame at a young age as one of the stars of the hit Canadian teen drama Degrassi. After his tenure playing Jimmy Brooks, he would transition from the screen to the booth, pursuing a full-time career as a musician.
Drake released a few mixtapes that were received well by fans and blogs, but it was the mixtape "So Far Gone" in February 2009 that would change his life and the course of music forever.
Since then, Drake would continue to shatter Billboard records, helping establish a sound that has since become the standard in Hip-Hop and has even transcended the genre itself. The keys to Drake's success are his talent, relentless work ethic, and his versatility as an artist.