I like "Toy Hunters", but
I think the "Collection Intervention" show was bad. The host's view on collecting, I think, is horrible.
I finally watched the first episode of "CI" last night and have to agree. It's a very poorly scripted, poorly conceived effort that had no depth or soul whatsoever. It's like, "hey, let's put these freaks on TV so we can all laugh at them and roll our collective eyes".
I was really hoping for something much more akin to Hoarders, which actually attempts to help people make real life-adjustments rather than brow-beating them into selling stuff off for quick cash.
The host of this show should be a psychologist, not an auctioneer. The woman that hosts now should just be brought in at the end to help handle the sales aspect and nothing else. There's no attempt to address how the people got to this point or how they can approach things in the future. It's all just about getting rid of the stuff.
And the subjects themselves? Ugh, where to start? They struck me as oddball, half-assed accumulators of swag, moreso than informed, astute collectors. The SW chick didn't even know what she had, and her collection was so random it couldn't possibly be complete in any one area. None of the vintage figs they showed of hers had any of their original weapons, and the modern Legacy/Clone Wars/etc stuff was just thrown together with no rhyme or reason. That's absurd.
The other couple just seemed staged to me. Just struck me as contrived somehow. Like, he has all this stuff he has been compiling for years, and just like that he dumps it all? With barely a wince? That seemed way too easy. They didn't even bother to explain why they were in debt. Was he in debt before? Do they both work? I'm supposed to believe she really never got curious and peeked in his Forbidden Garage of Mystery? Suuure.
Debating whether I want to watch any more of these...not what I was hoping for.