Hello fellow Retro Games fans.
As we all know 'The Apprentice' Season 6 is nearly upon us.
While I don't consider myself a fan of Lord/Sir Alan Sugar, I have loads of respect for him and Amstrad. After all they contributed to the retro computer industry and capitalized on their fortunes since.
Here's hopes Season 6 has some skillful applicants.
Also the BBC has recently shown 'Junior Apprentice', the debut season. While it's format is the same as it's adult counterpart, the candidates in 'Junior Apprentice' are teenagers that are about to finish high school or have just started college and came on to prepare themselves for business stuff.
While we wait for 'The Apprentice' Season 6, here is what I think so far.
'The Apprentice' Season 1, the debut of the series, is good.
Season 2 is the season I first watched in detail and it is great. It had several talented and skillful candidates, namely Ansell Henry, Paul Tulip and Ruth Badger, although Paul really should have checked his CV looked professional. Ruth has done successful TV appearances since and built up a considerable fortune.
I have to say Season 3 had less capable candidates, but is still memorable, particularly Tre Azam with his humour and phrases. Tre and his fans found one of the interviewers unnecessarily rude to him in the interviews task. The champion Simon Ambrose is creative and talented, plus he really shone when he revealed he did research about Sir Alan Sugar and Amstrad. Simon also had an Amstrad CPC, he is probably a casual gamer. Kristina the runner up is similar to Season 2's Ruth, but less talented, still Kristina has what it takes to succeed and she is still successful to this day. Katie was the most ruthless female candidate in Season 3 and her decision to leave the show was unexpected. Katie undoubtedly has the strength and skills necessary in business, but needs to adjust her personality, so hopefully Sir Sugar's advice has been taken aboard. Tre has a channel called TreAzam with the site YouTube and his own Internet site. Ifti, Lohit, Sophie, Natalie and Naomi also had their own sites.
Here are some memorable phrases by Sir Sugar as heard in Season 3's trade sales and live television tasks.
"It's a total disaster."
"You've lost the plot."
"What a pillock!"
"Look where you've got the bladdy thing resting on!"
"What I saw was the biggest load of toot that I have ever seen."
"That poor sod standing there embarrassed."
I saw Season 4 on the Internet and it is memorable, but the candidates were a motley crew. Michael Sophocles didn't show much skills, but his soccer fan shriek was funny. Both Jennifer Maguire and particularly Jennifer Celerier share similarities to Season 3's Katie, but at least Katie has business talent and as team leader would totally trounce both Jennifers if they were in the same season, so it's hard to believe that Season 3's Kristina is prepared to work with Jen Celerier. All in all in terms of the candidates only Raef Bjayou, Simon Smith, Lee McQueen, Lucinda Ledgerwood, Sara Dhada and perhaps Claire Young are remotely of any skill. Raef is honest and skillful and was probably the most dignified in Season 4 and has the most integrity, so he is all set to achieve success. Simon is honest, nice and talented, so he also deserves riches. Sara did well, particularly as team leader in the themed pub task and is also talented and affable, if somewhat naive and did nothing to deserve the treatment towards her at the house after the cards task. There was more to that incident than what was shown, since the candidates could still be heard just before the narrator's finish announcement, Raef said more than what was shown in his defensive speech for Sara and apparently to a lesser degree Lucinda and Claire spoke for Sara's defence. Lee was unnecessarily confrontational in that incident, but he has redeemed himself since and is on the road to success.
I plan to see Season 5 on the Internet.
I also found 'Junior Apprentice' interesting.
Since 'The Apprentice' Season 6 starts soon, this is the topic to discuss it and I shall also look up related stories on the Internet.
From Edward Eoifsch.
Last edited by Edward Eoifsch
on Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:09 pm, edited 4 times in total.