Friday Five: Top Five “Whodunnit?” Kill Shots
Welcome to our new feature, the Friday Five. As often as we can on Fridays we’re going to have various top five countdowns. It can literally be anything in the genre. We’ve got a lot of these lined up through the next few months so I hope you enjoy them. We’re starting with a look at Whodunnit?. The season finale is this Sunday at 9:00PM ET on ABC. The Killer will be revealed and the sole surviving guest will win $250,000. The series has used a unique way of eliminating contestants. Instead of letting the contestants walk off after losing, they are “killed” and that crime is the basis for next week’s challenge. Kills have been inventive and unique. These are the top five Whodunnit? Kill Shots.
5: Dontae: When we started watching the show we knew that it would open with some sort of crime which the contestants had to solve. We went in knowing we’d have the staged murder ready for us. What we didn’t know is that the contestants were also on their way to being victims in elaborately shot sequences. We said it from day one but the makeup and special effects department really made this show as special as it is. Dontae’s exit, the first contestant to be eliminated, was so memorable because you couldn’t see it coming.
4: Ulysses: The Kill Shot of Ulysses was the moment the show hit a creative highpoint and it hasn’t let up. It took the action far away from the house and made the show much larger in scale. As much as we liked Ulysses, and I genuinely thought he would win at first, his death took the show to the next level and started making you rethink how to handle the show and its logic.
3: Ronnie: Ronnie’s death in the hot tub, which aired last week, was by far the most elaborate and the biggest challenge Whodunnit? has offered. Each death stepped up the game and required more of both contestants and the viewers. There were so many intricate twists and turns and factors. If any home viewer solved it in full they deserve to win the quarter million. It brought the show’s gameplay to a high and it will be interesting to see how they top that this week.
2: Don: In future years, when we look back to Whodunnit?, the first words out of our mouths will probably be “mountain lion.” For the most part previous Kill Shots were fairly typical, with fires and explosions. I don’t think anyone possibly imagined you would see a mountain lion coming out of a cabinet in a kitchen. Sure, there was a lot more to his death than that and it wasn’t necessarily the cat itself that “killed” Don, but it’s something that got people talking about the show. Don’s Kill Shot also marked the point where the crimes you had to solve were not as straight forward as they previously were. You started to have to use a decent amount of lateral thinking and actual detective work to piece it together.
1: Dana and Sasha: The movie-themed death of Dana and Sasha will go down as one of the creepiest things to ever happen in the genre. Seeing them posed lifeless on a teaser at the end of their final episode was creepy enough. Then we find out how they were offed, with the kidnapping and draining their blood and everything? Very creepy, very cool, and it basically put everything we love about the show in one.
There are still guests left in the house and all but one are scheduled to die. The sole survivor will get $250,000. Who will it be? Watch Whodunnit? this Sunday at 9:00PM ET and find out. What was the most memorable Kill Shot for you?