But moving on....Haven't watched TAR in quite a while, and I immediately was struck by how much they have sped up the editing of the already brief scenes updating where each team is at a particular moment....taxi, street, etc. I mean, it gives new meaning to the old expression, "If you blink you'll miss it." And, though I maintain some major irritation with various choices the producers make—some old, some new—I gotta applaud their throwing so many hard challenges into the first episode while at the same time wondering if they realized how hard that makes their own challenges, the producers I mean, of keeping up that level for the rest of the race.
It also surprised me that the teams had such relatively little trouble eating the fish eyes. I bet a LOT of the teams' being grossed out ended up on the proverbial editing room floor, which begs the question, "Why include it? The race is really about what the audience experiences vicariously more than what the racers do." Also surprising that one member of all teams had to do it, versus such a gross thing being one of two cryptic options teams could choose between as eating the raw, live baby octopus was on TAR4. As I recall, David & Jeff tried it, but then switched to the breaking the boards challenge while only Chip & Reichen completed it.
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My guess is that Sarah is happy to load first but will be exiting like other people on two feet. But you don't automatically get to sit in front or anything unless that airline doesn't have preassigned seating.
You've gotta hustle if you want to earn a dollar. - Boston Rob
I got a kick out of trying to categorize the teams. The ChoBros perhaps thought they would be the BJ and Tyler of this season, but I'm glad TPTB showed the film of the security guard confiscating the water guns and giving them a lecture. The Alpha Males/models, though this time there is a more interesting back story; The Inspiration Team wanting to prove that nothing is impossible; The Father/Daughter trying to work out a problem; The Beauty Queens, who actually seem pretty sharp as well as being blond bombshells; The Cheerleaders - raw - raw; The single Mothers trying to prove a point; The Gay Guys appearing as though headlining a B*fest; The Dating Couple already squabbling and "baby, baby...you can make it"; The devoutly Religious who were gone before we knew them. I haven't found categories for Vipul and Arti - gone before we knew them, or David and Mary. They are the most interesting team because they are innocents abroad and will view it all with wonder. They, at the same time, are the most ordinary team (just us folks) and makes the ordinary viewer at home wonder, if Mary can do it, can I do it?
There are a few racers in what could be called the "overweight and/or out of shape" category. I don't think luck or conniving or map reading skills will make up for what is shaping up to be a very physically challenging race this season. I wonder why TPTB signed them instead of the more physically fit? Do they need more people to cut early in the show?
I really enjoyed this episode and it looks like the producers have listened to the viewers because, while the first task was icky, the final task was over-the-top challenging. The previews show that the challenges are even more daunting next week when it appears as though they travel to Mongolia.
Go Teams! All of you!
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)
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GO 49ERS! GO OREGON DUCKS! (It's that time of year again.)
darn it, forgot to log on during the show, so here i am 2 days late Promise to remember next time and join in. here's my extra long reply to things in this thread. Can't wait for the recap, (I'm dying to see what the recapper has to say about the squirt guns).
Only guys I ever knew to not shake hands with women were the imams (and my brother, when he was a bit "brain damaged"). (It's a sign of respect in their eyes that you don't touch women who aren't closely related to you)
My brother, who went through this phase for a while in college, said "Are these guys for real?" He at least used to put his hand on his heart and bow to them, not pull his hand away like you do for the "psych-high-five." And he'd also apologize then explain it was a sign of respect.
Karyn & Lyn seem very sour grapes. Isn't it a little early for that, and haven't they learned to mind your own team? I fear the Mirna/Charla arguement again.
I was quite impressed by all the teams that they made it up the wall. I've been rock climbing before, and it's quite hard, even if they did give them loops a million dollars must be good enough inspiration to not give up.
Did they say how high it was they had to climb? I might have zoned out that one.
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I don't see playing the disabled card equivalent to using your foreign language ability, etc. Someone who has learned another language [or at least some words/phrases] has taken advantage, in its positive sense, of an opportunity that essentially is available to everyone [though I grant that some would have more access than others due to their financial situation or intellectual capacity]. In what way are people to "compete" with Sarah in her ability to take advantage of her situation--have one of their legs amputated? One of the reasons I initially liked TAR above all other reality competitions was the seemingly built-in imprimatur to "play fair." Take the same chances as everyone else--which is one of the ways that TAR parallels Life itself so wondrously--but win by doing YOUR best--not by preventing others from doing their best. Which is why I hated the Guidos from TAR1 when they tried to, as I recall, physically prevent another team from getting somewhere. And have hated every team in any season that have said, "Don't give/tell/show/whatever them what you just gave/etc., me." Sarah took something--preboarding [whether or not it actually ended up giving them an advantage] that was not available to the others and that had major lack-of-character stink. If I want to let people like that slither into my living room, I'll watch "Survivor" or "BB," etc. I'm hoping to see more of her better side, as evidenced by her making it up the Wall, in future episodes.
And, that includes NOT seeing the producers present any task that it's reasonable to believe they would anticipate in advance that she couldn't possibly do, no matter how hard she tried. Season after season has proven you don't need, e.g., that second language ability to win, but I was very pleased to see that they hadn't cast anyone who, by nature of their weight/physical weakness [regardless of age] you knew instantly wouldn't last. And, as long as I'm ranting, have any of you read the sexist remarks by Chip, of Chip & Kim, at the TAR10 racers' blog? He imagines that women teams or male/female teams are, de facto, at a disadvantage to male teams. Then how did he and his WIFE win?
The other view would be that they were cast so they'd provide good TV by trying to overcome their shortcomings... and ultimately failing at it. Or if you're more optimistic, doing relatively well despite their shortcomings.
I think it's both.
"Feel the sky blanket you/ With gems and rhinestones/ See the path cut by the moon/ For you to walk on" - EV