Collection Intervention: Because you (may) have a problem

5:00 PM on 09.05.2012 // Scarecroodle

The entire nation is here to watch because it cares about you and wants you to stop hurting yourself and everybody around you.

Do you own your collection or does your collect own you? Are you a hobbyist or a hoarder? Are you filling your shelves or your void? Are you a collector or... well, you get the idea.

Collection Intervention is Syfy's latest attempt at a reality show and will likely join a long list of one-season "flops" (my favorite was Estate of Panic). Syfy's original projects never seem to last (paranormal "investigations" being the obvious exception) but that doesn't mean you can't moderately enjoy them during their brief runs... especially when a youtuber you're following is going to be one of the seemingly reluctant guests.

The formula seems simple: a collector's spouse or loved one is somehow troubled by their collection. In swoops professional auctioneer Elyse Luray to determine the collection's value, convince the collector to trim down, and provide a faux feel-good resolution in under 22 minutes (so they can fit two collectors' stories into a single episode) while providing the usual copious amounts of "entertaining" drama we've come to expect from the reality genre. While other shows might be tempted to walk the line, Collection Intervention is as unabashedly shallow as the name would have you believe. There's no real gray area because the entire premise of the show is based around collecting being a problem. From there is almost entirely revolves around reaching a solution.

Collection Intervention lacks nuance and finesse. It's very heavy on old folksy adages and stupid wordplay ('hobby or hoarder'). Everybody overreacts for the cameras. Collection Intervention epitomizes lackluster entertainment yet, as collectors, it may hold a strange fascination. Even though the show heavily embellishes various issues, they're still things that the average collector does consider whether it be basic questions involving long-term collecting (because eventually you either need to slow down... or buy a bigger place) to more complex, ambiguous issues regarding when (or how) to trim down. And, if nothing else, it can provide an amusing cautionary tale. Ultimately I'd say that the show is worth checking out despite (from what I've seen so far) being complete crap.

So far only the first episode is available online so far although you can probably catch re-runs on Syfy if you check your local listings.




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