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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tiams, May 23, 2012.
Yes, my understanding is that they moved/rebuilt Mount Whatever to/in LV.
I think they built their own version of Mt Midoriyama in Vegas. They aren't flying the American contestants to compete in the original Japanese version anymore, they are running the whole thing here in the US.
Thinking about that, they ARE narrowing these Regionalis down to 100 contestants, so maybe the countdown clock will be back once they're in Vegas. That could also explain why this round mixed Stage 1, 2 and 3 obstacles.
After they complete the American Ninja contest, they should fly the top 5 to the Japanese Ninja contest. (not as a separate Americans only but right there with the Japanese contestants.)
Well, like I said. I haven't seen the NBC version (never knew about it until this thread...I had a recording rule set for it, but only for channel episodes G4). Everything else in this thread sounds exactly like how the G4 version has worked for several years now, so I was assuming it's the same.
If they are setting up their own course independent of the Japan event, that's a bit disappointing. I think part of the appeal of the Japanese version is that they have no qualms about the course appearing unbeatable. If they go 5-10 seasons without a winner, they don't care. For an american version, I'd be afraid they'd tame it down just enough to ensure we get a winner at least half the time. That probably makes for good ratings.
They certainly were hyping up the difficulty of the course on the American version. Didn't they say that only a few have ever gotten through the whole course? Sounded like they were bringing the exact same Japanese Mount whatever to LV.
Does anyone know for sure whether the Las Vegas version is an exact replica of the Japanese one?
According to the show's website:
Unfortunately, the Japanese show (Sasuke) is done. Due to low ratings, there were no plans to run a new competition, and that was even before the production company went bankrupt.
Holy crap. So there is no japanese version anymore? Well that sucks. Even worse is, from what I'm reading it sounds like they aren't even letting any of the japanese all-stars compete in the US tournament. Is that really true? No Nagano? No Yamamoto? No Yamada? Sorry, but that's just BS if true. They should give these guys a free pass to the finals like they did for the american team.
I haven't even seen an episode yet and I'm already not feeling good about this show.
Japan has a tv show to find the next American Ninja!?
The japanese show is called Sasuke (pronounced soss-kay), and it's been running for 27 seasons (14 years). I'm not sure what the translation for Sasuke is, but it's been referred to as Ninja Warrior, and it has been aired in many countries. About 5 years or so ago, the show began letting a team of americans compete (before that individual americans were allowed to apply and qualify for the show). In america, they aired a show called American Ninja Warrior that was all about the selection process of this team of americans. The finale of each season was the americans going to japan to compete on the Sasuke show.
(I watched it almost completely at 1.5x, even the competition.. usually when I use that on reality shows, I watch the 'main parts' at normal speed.. e.g. on America's Got Talent, until an act gets boring, I watch it at normal speed.. then watch the rest + judging + filler at 1.5x.)
But even with that semi-backhanded compliment, this was entertaining. The salmon ladder.. wow. I don't quite get how they go forward on the rings right after that, though? Are people just sliding themselves forward?
I've liked Wipeout, but wished it had actually finishable stunts. One of the guys on the Engadget HD podcast called this something like "Wipeout with real athletes". I don't think that's QUITE an accurate description, but it's not 100% wrong.
The "go straight up the 15 foot wall" one is pretty unfair though. I can't imagine ANYONE short, despite how in shape they are, being able to do that.
This upcoming week "Northeast Regional" one of the contestants is a former ANW contestant that opened up a Parkour gym in my area and I trained with him. Chris Wilizeski (I think I spelled that wrong) Anyway. He started posting pics of him running the course on his facebook from the event. Hopefully he makes it to Vegas. Based on his skills last year he should be a LOCK.
Speaking of the salmon ladder, they're building one at my Crossfit gym. Can't wait to fail at it!
Approaching the rings, they're sliding themselves forward, but it catches on the bends in the bars. At that point they either just hang there and use their strength to lift the left hand over the bump, or start bouncing up & down to bounce up and over. I've noticed the more successful people have been doing it as a combination of strength and momentum (never let yourself completely get caught on a bend). Remember the one IT guy? He lost his momentum and was hanging there for a good minute and a half, trying to get over the last hump.
Wipeout is more cartoony, silly obstacles, and the silliness makes them impossible to pass.
Again, it's momentum. Watch the guys who are successful at it closely vs. the guys who miss. Typically when they miss, their momentum isn't as great and they more or less try to jump from where they lose it to the top of the wall. Taller guys have the advantage after losing momentum, but if you never lose it, height isn't a factor.
True. Frosti wasn't very tall and he got passed the warped wall.
Yesterday, sunday 7/9, G4 broadcast 3 straight hours all of the 1st section of the finals course. According to my Dish network EPG there's more scheduled for this week but all reruns of qualifying rounds and none of the last 3 sections of the finals. WTF!!!!
These should be last 3 airings.
7/23/12 (Mo.) 8:00 PM NBC (#416-120) FINALS
7/16/12 (Mo.) 9:00 PM NBC (#415-60) FINALS
7/9/12 (Mo.) 9:00 PM NBC (#414-60) FINALS
Yeah, I guess I was wrong. IIRC, one 5 foot 4 guy, maybe Frosti, made it.