This prime-time version of Jeopardy! was very satisfying. These three are entertaining to watch—even if Brad Rutter, unfortunately, didn’t play to his usual standard. Ken Jennings adapted well to James Holzhauer’s game-changing style, even if it clearly is outside of his comfort zone. Holzhauer’s needling of Rutter was playfully harsh, and unusual for Jeopardy! in general; contestants usually seem to have a very respectful vibe, so smack talking is different and surprising.
On one hand, I wish it had gone on longer, but I’m also happy with how it went. It’s a great cap on what seems likely to be Alex Trebek’s last season. It would have been corny, but I’m sure something to recognize Alex as part of this event would have been well-received by fans.