TJ’s Reel Extreme CD-ROOM
Because it invites you to direct your own TV show, we are including TJ’s Reel Extreme CD-ROOM (Graphix Zone) in our creativity tool reviews – just like we included Graphix Zone’s similar program, America’s Funniest Home Videos, in creativity tools (Vol. 2, No. 4). Both discs do the same thing: they allow you to link together clips from America’s Funniest Home Videos, starring Bob Sagat, in whatever order you want. Then you can run them, give them to your friends, whatever. Hoo-ray. While America’s Funniest Home Videos, the TV show, is one of our secret dark pleasures – we can’t help it – it doesn’t merit even a single CD-ROM, let alone two. Truth be told, TJ’s Reel Extreme is a very transparent repackaging of the America’s Funniest Home Videos CD-ROM, with a different host and some different video clips. The only thing that recommends it is that Bob Sagat is, once again, nowhere to be seen. Skip it.
– October 1996