Marcel's Quantum Kitchen (SyFy) "Sink or Swim"
MARCEL’S QUANTUM KITCHEN “Sink or Swim” Episode 4 – Marcel and his team are hired to produce a luau celebration for Steve Waldon the “father of the modern long board” surf board on this weeks MARCEL’S QUANTUM KITCHEN. The problems erupt from the very beginning when Robyn takes a huge risk and tries to explain to Marcel that Jarrid and Devon are still smarting from what happened during the last party. Marcel’s team is at the point of “Sink or Swim”. After a “family” meeting, Marcel thinks all is well, but his team is less convinced and they head into the menu planning with falsely bright smiles painted on their faces.

The menu itself will comprise traditional Hawaiian dishes done Marcel style, including poi, taro chips, a “fauxconut” and short ribs cooked on stones. The stones prove to be the first amusing mishap when Marcel tries to heat one on the top of the stove and it explodes. A quarry rock heated in the oven works better and he moves on to volcanoes that erupts pineapple sauce. Oh, and then the temper tantrums start. Marcel’s cunning plan to make edible shells to serve opike (a Hawaiian delicacy) doesn’t go as planned and he loses it. The volcano isn’t going so well either.

And we’re barely getting started.

Of course all of the dishes are overly ambitious, and of course, they all require something more than just tossing them in the oven or cooking down a sauce. This is amazing! This is science meets food! This is… well this is really getting to be the same story. The thing about the “cooking” portion of the show is it just isn’t changing. Marcel and his team aren’t even really trying a lot of new techniques for each show. They are all pretty much just a rehash. Liquid nitrogen and making something that isn’t one thing seem to be another. It’s just lost a lot of the appeal.

The drama is getting to the point of annoying. Honestly, if I worked for Marcel, I think I would have murdered him by now. He behaves like an ill-mannered twelve-year-old girl. Oh, yes, and we are revisiting the Marcel versus the party planner drama in “Sink or Swim” as well. She is not thrilled about the pineapple volcano. In fact she is horrified.

Everyone is stressing out so much!

I’m becoming less sure that Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen will be able to keep up audience interest. It has settled into the same show over and over again. Marcel meets the client, he has a little tiff with the party planner, they plan a menu, the food is creative! Amazing! Super cool! A disaster! The tasting goes well, to a point, one dish is always a problem, then when the actual service takes place it is drama, hysterics, hissy fits and potential disaster with the food somewhere during the dinner service. No matter which episode, they are interchangeable. I am willing to give it another chance, but I am becoming less enthralled rather than more enthralled as the show continues.