Updated on 07/14/2022 at 06:26
The pair games show “Paar Wars” with Ralf Schmitz is back. In season two, everything stays the same – only the name was changed due to the current situation. And so this time in “Couple Love” again three couples gamble for an increase in account balance – also under the danger that after a game the family peace might shake because of a short message.
If you are pessimistic, you can certainly perceive the television landscape in Germany as a little dreary. You either see shows that are years or even decades old, such as “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”, “The Voice of Germany” or “Schlag den Star”. Or you might fall victim to the current retro wave and have to watch reboots of shows that broadcasters canceled years ago, and with good reason.
Sat.1 also had enough old shows in the closet, with which one could have also ridden the retro wave. But instead of warming up “Only love counts” again, Sat.1 decided differently, at least for Wednesday evening. The second season of Ralf Schmitz’ game show “Paar Wars” is now running here, but with a small but important change.
Because at a time when a war is raging in Europe, a title in which “Wars” occurs was found next to it. “That just doesn’t fit,” explains Ralf Schmitz on Wednesday evening and there are few reasons to contradict him. So Sat.1 made “Couple Love” out of “Couple Wars”, but the rest remains unchanged.
“Couple Love”: winnings of “up to 100,000 euros”
For example the prize money. The couples can win “up to 100,000 euros” in “Couple Love” and this follows the usual advertising promises, according to which up to 100 percent of the scales are removed or up to 100 percent of all bacteria are destroyed. Then you read the 100 percent and overlook the fact that the addition “up to” means that it may not come to that.
And so the 100,000 euros in “Couple Love” sound spectacular, of course, even if it is fair to say that the rules of the game do not really allow for a different formulation. Because in season two, three couples play against each other in eight rounds and can earn different amounts of money in each round. The two couples who have collected the most money here then play for the money in their account in the final – and at least there is no hidden catch with the prizes for second and third place.
The runners-up get a travel voucher for two people and not one for up to two people. Third place gets an even more honest prize – none at all. And under these conditions it starts and this time the couples are: Sabrina and Philipp, Halime and Alexander and Diana and Jens.
Halime warns her friend Alexander
The games and tests that the three couples have to pass either against each other, against another couple or solo, use ideas that you have seen in some other show in a similar way. That’s okay, just because you’re not riding the retro wave doesn’t mean you have to reinvent television right away. And that’s how you play games that involve couples in some way.
Sometimes you have to reconstruct your partner’s morning bath routine, recognize his body by his bottom, hands and nose, correctly assess the other person’s abilities or stack blocks on the other person’s stomach. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes less, but overall it’s enough for an average entertaining evening on TV. The fact that “Couple Love” is still a bit above average is thanks to the show Ralf Schmitz, but above all to the couples, because they are the ones who get the entertainment out of the games.
About Halime and Alexander. In a game, they have to answer questions separately from each other, for example which of the four given car models does not exist. However, it is not important that the answers are correct, only that both give the same answer. That only works so poorly for the two of them, at some point they get caught up in discussions and Halime threatens her friend: “Please don’t play me stupid. You know how this ends, my friend!”
Clever idea for the viewers: “Nice compliment, but thanks no”
He will know and the viewer can imagine. And because Ralf Schmitz is doing what he does best, namely listening carefully and noticing at lightning speed when something humorous is about to happen, the best moments of the evening turn into an entertaining mixture of silliness, dirty jokes and improv jokes. The highlight of this mix is a game between Halime and Alexander and Sabrina and Philipp, the consequences of which probably still have to be worked through somehow.
What happened? In said game, Sabrina and Philipp can secure a point if they take a small risk. In this case, they have to send a message to a random contact from the messenger phone book, asking whether he or she would be interested in a “romantic adventure for three” with Sabrina and Philipp. And because both need the point, Philipp’s cousin, who is two years younger and can be happy about the news, accidentally gets it.
A clever idea, because it keeps the viewer a bit engaged, after all, you want to know how the big cousin’s answer turns out to be. You find out a little later in the evening and the message is relatively diplomatic: “Nice compliment, but no thanks.” The fact that the evening ends well for Sabrina and Philipp is partly due to the fact that Ralf Schmitz enlightens the cousin via voice message, but above all because they win 56,000 in the end. Or as they say at Sat.1: “up to 100,000 euros”.
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