About as much as Vancouver needs more coffee or sushi shops, the dreaded, locally made Ultra Rich Asian Girls series debuted online on October 26.
A mashup riff of the book Crazy Rich Asians and the Real Housewives franchise, the series promised to provide a peek into the lavish lifestyles of the rich and Asian—for no apparent reason. That, in addition to an anticipated unhealthy serving of misogyny and racism, of course, much to the delight of covert bigots across town.
Criticism immediately sprang up in reaction to teasers about the controversial show, with fears of racial stereotyping fuelling latent interracial tensions and more of the catty trashfest otherwise known as the Real Housewives of Vancouver.
But what URAG delivers, it turns out, is boredom.
The first 13-minute episode spend most of its time trying to go for humour, but falls painfully flat on its ass.
As the girls dine (yawn), drink (zzzz), and hang out in a casino (which is about as stereotypical as the first episode gets), the highlights (not speaking hairwise) of the bilingual peremiere episode include drama such as CocoParis struggling to open up a bottle of mineral water and the girls trying to guess the size of each others' boobs. Aiyah.
Surprisingly, the series, produced by Kevin Li, doesn't seem to have any understanding of reality TV as it lacks the essential ingredients of the formula: strong, distinct personalities and conflict. And, oh yeah, something called entertainment value.
Unfortunately (or rather fortunately), the inhibited, conservative personalities are blah and tedious, and there isn't any conflict shown, aside from some tame snide remarks that would be like a whisper to a shriek when compared to the average snort out of RHOV's Jody Claman's left nostril.
They're supposed to be cat-fighting it out for the title of Hot Bitch in Charge, but at the rate they're going, no one will really care who wins—maybe not even the competitors themselves who seem more bored out of their minds than Kim Kardashian watching the full duration of Andy Warhol's Empire.
A much more interesting show would be Ultra Racist Trolls. We've got plenty of them to recommend.
Besides, if you really want to be entertained by watching local Asian girls, check out some of the videos by Vancouver comedian Linda Dong instead.