Probably because I'm a late arrival to the series, or at least in part, the NELs just seem like another aspect of the show, and it was interesting to see the older couple actually deplete the coffers of their competitors rather than hassling the locals. I'd agree with those that feel like there are a few too many opportunities for catching up built into the show, but not to the point where it spoils the viewing for me.Originally Posted by Anemic Dog
The race, and the racers personalities may be the primary point of the show, but as important to me is the local flavor, the actual visual travel appreciation the show provides. I agree with all those that noted just how lovely Budapest appears, and I wish that they'd sometimes spend just a moment or two more on the local wierd-o-rama rituals like dropping in for a refreshing glass of blood.
Generally they breeze through just as quickly as they can, which made me wondering whether I was missing something crucial race wise in Senegal when they sent in everyone with their flowers and on the spot musings regarding that sadness filled archway. I personally thought that not only went on too long, but was just wrong period. Showing the space visually is one thing, putting people on the spot to produce on demand heartfelt sentiment in a place suited (in my opinion) best for silent reflection seemed more likely to produce stilted and expected platitudes rather than true remarks. The flowers were over the top as well. Having some by the doorway for those that CHOSE to take one is one thing, making them a part of the procession put the racers on notice they were to produce, and in which manner.