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Amazing Race : 10/7/2012

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by heySkippy, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    That's a solid point. It ensured that teams would arrive at the balloon task in a staggered manner, but relatively quickly one after the other. The only way to do that was with a bunch up and a one-at-a-time task like the bull races.
  2. gschrock

    gschrock Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    I've got to be honest, I don't really have a problem with the cab driver issue that always comes up. First, anyone's that has ever watched this show knows that cab drivers can be an issue (and wasn't the eliminated team one of those that seemed to indicate that they were fans of the show? I vaguely remember a few comments along that line). If your cab driver starts showing signs of not having a clue, have him take you somewhere that it's easy to get another cab. Yeah, it can suck, but there's an element of personal responsibility involved, in that you have to judge that you're not getting anywhere with the guy you have. But to me, the luck of the cab driver is part of the experience of travelling to these other countries. If you're a tourist, you can quite honestly end up in the same situation.

    Unlike Maui, I do think the balloon task did take a while for some teams. It definitely seemed to jumble the order up some. And until you get the hang of twisting the balloons properly, it can be a difficult task, especially while peddling a bike.

    I do think this episode probably was one that when they sat down to edit they realized that there wasn't a lot of drama going on in the tasks, and without that, there's just a limit to how interesting the episode can be.

    I have to admit, I'm kinda rooting for team Metal myself. Us long-haired guys have to stick together :). And I'm thankful that they seem to be pretty decent people so far, you never quite know when you get a metal guitarist and a lawyer. Even though I think the twins did a pretty good job this week, there's something about them that makes me wish they'd get eliminated sooner rather than later. Course, that does seem less likely to happen sooner now. I was pretty surprised that the fish task seemed to be pretty equivalent in time to the ice task, when they showed them I thought for sure that it would be a terrible choice.
  3. Ment

    Ment Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    One of the teams said, call 'information'..'We don't have information!' :) There are probably alot of individual operated cabs there that don't have central dispatch.
  4. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

    Sep 25, 2001
    Lost in Wyoming
    I wouldn't be surprised if that was the original plan.....then someone decided it was too dangerous.
  5. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    I always like when they drive themselves but I guess some countries it's too dangerous/difficult. And I never liked using cabs on the final leg since they are in the US and can drive themselves. But I guess I understand on the final leg not wanting to risk an accident when racing for a million.
  6. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    They only tend to drive out in rural areas and never (or very rarely) in larger cities.

    I would hate to drive through one of those cities in Asia (from India over) where there are a lot of mopeds, motorcycles, bikes and large trucks all vying for the same piece of road!
  7. gschrock

    gschrock Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    I wouldn't say they don't drive in large cities, we've seen them driving in pretty decent sized cities in europe. Heck, didn't they drive in Tokyo one year? But I think you're right on the money about places like Asia, or Indonesia. The traffic mix in these types of places would just be asking for an accident. Besides, if the cab drives can't find a place like the motors place they had to find in this episode, I suspect the odds of someone driving themselves to the proper location are significantly smaller. Heck, even the marketplace I'd suspect would be pretty tough.

    (Quite frankly, there's been a few seasons where there's been some teams that I'm not convinced should be driving in *any* location.)
  8. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    The problem with saying a team should switch cabs or it is their own fault is that many times they are lost in an area where it is no longer feasible to hail another cab.
  9. GoHalos

    GoHalos Registered User

    Aug 30, 2006
    OC, CA
    They almost always have to drive themselves to the airport in the first leg as well, and those first legs have often been in and around Los Angeles.

  10. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I think the producers assume that any of the contestants should be familiar with US traffic laws and driving customs, so that even driving in a very congested city like LA would be acceptable. But driving in some of those Asian cities, where bikes outnumber cars, traffic doesn't really follow any regular rules, and taxis essentially have the right of way over all other vehicles, is a different story altogether. Add in a camera and sound guy, the added stress of the race, and that's just a recipe for disaster.
  11. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Is the Monster Truck woman way older than the guy? (Yeah I saw their sad story.)
  12. getbak

    getbak Active Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
  13. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    Season 12, leg 9. From Wikipedia:

    This leg's Roadblock required one team member to put on a hat and gloves as local cabbies do and transport a Japanese couple five miles through a maze of confusing, often one way streets to a specified address (the Osaka Central Post Office (Japanese)). They could not invite a local to lead them or join them in the car and the couple could not help them. Upon arrival at the correct address, the couple would hand them their next clue. However, the drivers would also have to make their way back to their teammate before they read what was inside.

    As I remember, it was one of the toughest challenges I've seen. The street signs were in Japanese only.
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Teams have driven in Japan several times. Japan's driving laws are civilized so a foreigner would be able to follow the rules without issue. They've driven in Korea, too. It's mostly the SE Asian nations that are the problem.

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