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The Next Iron Chef: Redemption (2012) whole season discussion *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by terpfan1980, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. terpfan1980

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

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    No discussion yet that I could find (apologies if there is another thread here, search didn't find one).

    A bit disappointed that things went the way they did in last night's (Sunday, 11/25/2012) episode. More on that in a second as I try to be a little polite and keep the spoilers out of the first message in the thread.
     
  2. terpfan1980

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

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    OK, here's a few other thoughts on this season.

    I, my daughter, and wife 2.0 are all beyond ready to see Mehta go home. He got very lucky with his ingredient in the challenge in last night's show, though I give him credit for doing a great job for it. Overcooking his rice should have cost more and is another in a series of, albeit small, incidences that have shown he is not the technical master that he thinks he is. His inclusion in this season's cast seems to be one designed to fill the "we need a chef that everyone will hate" role again and he seems to excel at same.

    I wish he'd have lost last week when it seemed he honestly deserved to. :(


    My daughter is a huge Spike Mendelsohn fan and was sad to see him go, but happy because it means he should have more time to spend at his restaurants. :up: I honestly think Mendelsohn and Marcel Vigneron both should have been sent home for thumbing their noses at the judges and trying the whole "bro" thing when it came to the final challenge. I appreciate that the two of them are friends, but the judges were right, Iron Chef is about competing against others. The Iron Chef may have friends helping on their team, but when it comes to competitions against other chefs, it is a competition. While it might be neat to see an Iron Chef team of Mendelsohn and Vigneron, it isn't a competition for teams, it is for individuals, sorry.

    On that final judging last night, I thought that Spike Mendelsohn may have featured the ingredient better, but I give Vigneron credit for seemingly elevating the ingredient and offering a more impressive presentation.
     
  3. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

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    I totally agree that Mehta should have gone home last week. I think it's horrible that he deliberately sabotaged someone else's dish then said something to the effect of "it's done, move on." He is not a nice person at all.
     
  4. GoHalos

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    I don't think there have been too many surprises so far this season. It will be interesting to see if one of the women can win it, as a woman hasn't won The Next Iron chef yet, and I don't think Cat Cora is on Iron Chef America anymore, is she?

    ETA: Now that I'm thinking about it, I think I'm rooting for all three of the women over any of the men left.
     
  5. terpfan1980

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

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    My daughter and I were talking about the show the other day and were both saying that it might not be that awful to have Alex G. (I'm not even going to attempt to spell her last name :D ) win.

    In her previous attempts I'd have to admit that I was cheering for her to make a quick exit, though that isn't entirely true. In one prior season I was hoping she made it close enough to taste it, but then failed in the end (basically ripping her heart out). Yeah, yeah, I know I'm a cruel s.o.b. ;) :D :p

    I had previously been someone that wasn't that big a fan of Faulkner either. She seemed too pompous and arrogant, but I think that is a characteristic that most good chefs might have.

    In the current season, I'm less hostile towards both of those two. Myself and my daughter both believe that we've seen Alex G. soften up quite a bit as a judge on Chopped since she's been a competitor on Iron Chef. I think that has helped make her much more sympathetic to me.

    Faulkner still seems a bit arrogant, but I think she is a good chef.

    Frietag seems the same as Alex G. She has softened up a good bit and made herself much more sympathetic.
     
  6. justen_m

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    Maybe they are looking for a woman.

    If they are looking for the best, well, the woman aren't it.
     
  7. secondclaw

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    I am betting on either Alex or Faulkner ... Amanda doesn't seem to have enough of a killer instinct (as evidenced by last show, with her 'advantage') though I like her demeanor.

    The way they started this season, featuring Alex G, make it seem as FN really wants her to win.
     
  8. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    I don't get the hate for Mehta. I liked him in his season and I like him now. I thought the burner thing (is that the sabotage of which you speak?) was just an accident. It happens a lot on top chef with the ovens and they were sharing the range.

    The one guy that I've turned against is Appleman. He was one of my favorites until this season. He does not come off well this season at all. I'm actually rooting against him now.

    I'm kind of surprised by the performances of Spike and Marcel. Spike has been consistently underwhelming in reality shows until now and Marcel has never seem as sophisticated and calm as he has in this show.
     
  9. sharkster

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    I think Faulkner is amazing and I am rooting for her.

    I don't really have any dislike for any of the chefs, except I could never stand that pigtails woman. Sorry, I cannot remember her name but, to my delight, she was eliminated last week. I didn't like her during her season of NIC and I didn't like her this time around. Not sure why. She just gets on my last nerve.

    This week I was bummed to see Spike get the ax. He has actually grown on me over the years and after he stopped wearing that stoopid porkpie hat (gawd I hated those things when he was in his season of TC!) . I like him now and enjoy watching him and the others on 'Life After Top Chef'.

    The first guy to get the ax, Tim Love I believe it was - I was happy to see him go. He was a total jerkwad.

    Never much liked Marcel, but he has somewhat grown on me over the years. I think Alex and Amanda are good but I don't see either of them as an IC either. I don't much like Appleman. Hoping to see him gone next.

    I see Mehta and Faulkner in the end and *fingers crossed* Faulkner kicking his butt. I don't have anything against Mehta and like him ok, but I think Faulkner is just magnificent and I think last season she was beat by Zakarian by a very thin margin.
     
  10. sushikitten

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    Oooh, another season? YAY!

    But I'm guessing my SP didn't pick it up since the title isn't the same. GRRR. At least they replay the eps quite a bit. Off to search.
     
  11. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

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    EEK! It looks like I missed a few eps. Off to find them... :)
     
  12. dylking

    dylking I've never farded

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    I think I'm rooting for either Elizabeth or Alex. Alex (at least from on-air personality) seems to be a 'home-town girl', and Elizabeth is a 'kick-ass chef'.

    Mehta just seems really cocky to me. (that's probably a masked word)
     
  13. jradosh

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    Alex and Faulkner are my favs. Marcel can't go home soon enough to suit my wife and me. :mad:
     
  14. ADent

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    I was surprised by last nights elimination. I thought she was the best chef on the show. But if you go to the Chef's Challenge enough, you will make a mistake eventually.
     
  15. GoHalos

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    So was she. :D She looked genuinely surprised and devastated.
     
  16. dylking

    dylking I've never farded

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    So did a couple of the judges.

    And there were a few shouts of denial on the couch here.

    I could never be on a show like this (besides lacking the actual skill) - I couldn't handle the 'the blah blah was just a tad too yadda'.
     
  17. bryhamm

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    Unlike last year when Anne tried to get Geoff (sp?) out and it backfired, I think Faulkner actually put the dude in the bottom because she thought he did badly.
     
  18. sharkster

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    I think I was as shocked as she. :( It's a sad day when she is eliminated, especially when it looked like the two guys should have been in the bottom and then, even after the judging of the mystery ingredient challenge, it looked like she was going to still make it through.

    Now I don't even care who wins. I might not even watch the rest of the season. I hope Marcel wins. It would serve them right. HA! Faulkner was the best of the bunch. Appleman should be gone.
     
  19. Hot4Bo

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    I believe it was deliberate sabotage. He even said later something to the effect of, "So I did it. Get over it."

    He should have gone home right there.
     

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