How A Childhood TV Show Shaped My Community

How A Childhood TV Show Shaped My Community

Life In A Niche Fandom

When I was a kid, I would have to stay home for several hours a day with a babysitter. My television options were quite limited, restricted to a range of educational television shows meant to improve my mind and to shield from all the horrors and drama of adolescence and adulthood. One day, I found an interesting show:

There were two teams at a structure called the “Temple of Fate” and three different cauldrons with fire, water, and wood were in front of the host. As I would eventually learn, this would be an elimination challenge; whomever would win two of three rounds would stay, while the other team went home.

Over time, I got so interested, I watched episodes when my parents weren’t around, and it extended to following an entire season. It was filled with challenges and teenage drama, and only one team rose above in the end.

Amidst the reality TV craze in the 2000s, this was a show similar to those, but different, and it was called Endurance.


Endurance posed some similarities to Survivor: several contestants, albeit between 12 and 15 years old, would be sent to an abandoned location. Once there, six players would be eliminated in a challenge called the “Right to Stay.” The survivors would then pick partners in a challenge. They would then have to work together in challenges, strategize off the games, and collect Pyramid Pieces. The Pyramid Pieces would represent traits needed not only to win, but also to do well in life. Whomever got the most pieces at the end would win a grand prize trip.

The show made for some interesting television: there were contestants who ruthlessly strategized and those who stood in the background. There was one girl who beat out all the guys in a mission and another finishing before the other team could start. However, there were also teams that started out mismatched, only to rise up and make it further than everybody else would expect.


Recently, all my fangirling resides on an online forum that started when the show was airing, declined several years after it ended, and slowly started to pick up again. A treasure trove of nostalgia, voting, and hypothetical scenarios.

Most of the bonding comes in the form of re-watching episodes, which have been carefully coordinated over a time period after they were taken down. It brings new perspectives with every time I watch an episode again, and reaffirms why I loved this show in the first place.

Because new episodes are now a fantasy, having a fandom that’s had its heyday is a little bit more relaxing. Likewise, it revels on what a great show it became and promotes it for the rest of the world.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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