(Passaic, NJ) As previously reported on The Joe Report (August 10, 2012), producers of a new Travel Channel TV show called “Toy Hunters” have been actively scouting American Joeheads to see if anyone knows of an “undiscovered” GIjOE collection, hopefully stored out in an old barn or warehouse somewhere (yeah, good luck with that).
While that’s been going on, the Syfy Channel has quietly forged ahead with their own new show called, “Collection Intervention (CI).” CI is Syfy’s attempt to combine the “ooh and ahh” factor of the History Channel’s “American Pickers” with the “He or she is out of control(!)” portrayal of collectors shown on A&E’s “Hoarders.” Unfortunately, this is a case of too much in one pot, and the result is really a mish-mosh of mediocrity, making for barely passable TV fare.
In the recently aired CI episode entitled, “Two Houses Divided,” the show profiles two individuals; our hero, known only as “Crazy Jack,” a collector of GIjOEs and Hot Wheels cars (two GREAT choices, BTW), and “Beverly,” a supposedly “out of control” Barbie fan whose collection has spilled over into her two grown sons’ closets (ooh…how awful!). However, for the sake of brevity, self-interest and die-hard loyalty to our fellow Joeheads, we’ll only be focusing on the story of “Crazy Jack.”
We quickly learn that Jack is a successful classic car mechanic and restorer, who enjoys rewarding himself for all of his hard work by buying and collecting his two favorite toys, GIjOEs and Hot Wheels. However, like many of us, he does little to store them properly, and Jack’s wife, “Debbie,” who is recently unemployed and trying to clean up their house, bemoans the fact that Jack’s collections have absolutely “taken over,” saying…
“You don’t see a lot of empty space in our house. It’s really, REALLY ridiculous! And he doesn’t like ANYONE touching his collections.”
Then, during a pointless, “let’s carry everything outside and watch Jack get stressed” evaluation session, two supposed experts (you know they’re experts because they’re wearing matching red polo shirts) get only about 30 seconds of actual screen time to voice a few (obvious) opinions.
After that, the show’s “host,” Elyse Luray informs a bored, but “crazy” Jack (back at work in his garage) that they’re taking some of his newer items to be sold at a flea market. Of course, he’s less than thrilled with the whole idea, but goes along anyway. By the end of the episode…
(SPOILER ALERT!) Jack and Debbie sell off some of his “contemporary” Joes (Aaugh! Noooo!) at the flea market, and happiness ensues all around. In fact, Jack states, the couple now feels more like “a team,” and are “closer than ever before.” (WOW. The power of selling a few Joes. Who knew?) If you stick with the entire episode, during the show’s closing credits, you’ll get to see exciting “after” shots of an all-clear living room and bedroom. Hooray! All is well again! <yawn>
Bottom Line: We wish Jack and Debbie all the best and would LOVE to meet them both at some future Joe Con or toy show. In fact, they’re definite “Joe-lebrities” now. But this show? It needs an intervention of its own. How about some serious discussion of the toys? With real experts we all know and respect? And less of the trying to build up fake psychological suspense? C’mon!