Expedition impossible Season Thread

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  1. Jun 23, 2011 #1 of 147
    omnibus

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    Since it's a Mark Burnett (survivor) production I was looking forward to tonights premiere episode.

    It did not disappoint. I'm pretty sure there will be a thread here every week.
     
  2. Jun 24, 2011 #2 of 147
    Azlen

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    It's basically the Amazing Race with a dab of Eco Challenge. (which Burnett had the rights to quite a while ago) We'll see how well it works, but I think it's much to derivative of the Amazing Race for it to be wildly successful.
     
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    Amnesia

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    I thought it was funny how Ryan from the "Fab 3" discussed how people had this stereotypical view of homosexuals and how wrong that was...and then his teammate AJ talked about the football players and said: "There's a lot of muscle there, but generally we've found that when you find a lot of muscle, there's not a lot up here [taps head] to back it up"
     
  4. Jun 24, 2011 #4 of 147
    DevdogAZ

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    I really enjoyed this. It's basically The Amazing Race on steroids. Take away the boring parts of TAR (the airports, the bunch ups, the taxi rides) and beef up the challenges to the extreme and that's this show. I loved that the first episode was basically a 10+ hour hike in the desert with different checkpoints and challenges along the way. It will be interesting to see how these teams hold up.

    I was SOOOOOO glad to see team Latina finish last. By midway through the show, I was already fast forwarding through their segments because they were so annoying.
     
  5. Jun 24, 2011 #5 of 147
    caslu

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    Love the Amazing Race but hated this show... way too derivative of things that have come before (i.e. Amazing Race and Eco-Challenge). The characters were uninteresting for the most part and I deleted my SP half-way through.
     
  6. Jun 24, 2011 #6 of 147
    KMan

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    I wish they'd tell us more about the navigation aspect of it. For example, leaving the snake pit, were they told a bearing and a distance? Given a location on a map? Told to follow the yellow flags? That was always the interesting part of eco-challenge to me: the navigation choices.

    I heard mention of a GPS device (Latino team?) ... does anyone know if they are allowed to use GPS?

    Also, why have a challenge (dig for water) where one team does all the work, and the rest of the teams just use that hard work.
     
  7. Jun 24, 2011 #7 of 147
    sushikitten

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    Recorded but haven't watched. I'm sure we'll get sucked in. :)
     
  8. Jun 24, 2011 #8 of 147
    SurvivorFan

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    Same here.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2011 #9 of 147
    Donbadabon

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    I love 'racing' shows, but this one, I don't know.

    People complaining about how hard it is, and people wanting to quit before reaching the first flag makes me think they signed up just because they can be on TV.

    And I hate it in TAR and I hate it here, where people can just follow you.

    Everyone stole the water from the one team that was actually digging. I think they all were supposed to do it because of all the tents around.

    With the snakes, the people would yell out their numbers and the other teams that were there were like 'yeah it is 11'.

    And at the camel part, the Latin team didn't even read the map, they just followed team in front of them. Ugh.

    I'm giving it one more week to grab me.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2011 #10 of 147
    sieglinde

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    I watched a little and since I am interested in Morocco, I may continue.
     
  11. Jun 24, 2011 #11 of 147
    DevdogAZ

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    I don't like that stuff either, but how do you suggest they prevent that from happening, yet still make the show TV friendly? They could stagger start the teams and just time them, but then watching on TV will be meaningless because seeing teams miles apart from one another won't necessarily mean that one is ahead or behind.
     
  12. Jun 24, 2011 #12 of 147
    MNoelH

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    I was amazed that those people were trekking across sand dunes without a bottle of water in their hands. I don't think I saw anyone drinking anything. Even the southern guy that sat down for a bit. You'd think they'd be dousing him with water to help him find his get up and go.

    I can't imagine that in all that geat they're carrying they don't have water. I just think it's weird that I never saw anyone drinking water.

    I also thought that the one member of the Fab 3 was utterly delirious when he suggested digging for water. My bad. Didn't one team wander off when they saw him digging? I can't remember which team it was and didn't notice when they came back to discover the oops. I thought the Gypsies were the ones that offered to help dig with the Fab 3, but somehow the Football players filled their jug before them. Wonder how that happened.

    I like it so far and will keep watching. I think they'll reveal more of HOW they're getting from point A to B as the season progresses.
     
  13. Jun 24, 2011 #13 of 147
    Shaunnick

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    Concerning water, if you will notice they all were carrying Camelbaks that they were drinking from.
     
  14. Jun 24, 2011 #14 of 147
    Donbadabon

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    Let's say at the part where they get on the camels and are supposed to follow their map, they all have to head in different, but equal distance, directions.

    When they reach their own destination, they find a tent and have to find water.

    This makes them all read the map, and makes them all find water, without just watching everyone else.

    Then they can meet up again at the snake pit, where they just have to learn to whisper and not yell out their answers.
     
  15. Jun 24, 2011 #15 of 147
    DevdogAZ

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    Sounds great if you're simply producing a race. But when you're producing a TV show, you can't have 13 teams going in 13 different directions. That becomes a logistical nightmare to arrange, and it then trying to keep it exciting on the screen is virtually impossible when none of the teams can be filmed in the same shot.
     
  16. Jun 24, 2011 #16 of 147
    jbernardis

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    I have it recorded and haven't watched it yet, but it was on while I was on my PC so I "sort of" know what happened, but I wasn't looking at the screen.

    Did I hear Mark Burnett do an obnoxious car commercial in the middle of the program? I forget the brand, but he was talking about how "the first thing all the teams would do when they got in the car was ..."

    I hope there's not too much of that. It's getting more and more annoying with all the product placement we see in shows anymore.
     
  17. Jun 24, 2011 #17 of 147
    DevdogAZ

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    Mark Burnett wasn't in the show (that I know of), and I don't remember any overt product placement. The teams did arrive to the starting line in some kind of Ford SUVs, and there were a couple prominent shots of the cars as they were parking, but I don't remember anything being said about the cars.
     
  18. Jun 24, 2011 #18 of 147
    MNoelH

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    It was announced at the beginning that the winning team will receive $150,000 and three Ford Explorers (at least I think it was Explorers, could be another make).
     
  19. Jun 24, 2011 #19 of 147
    Azlen

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    Towards the end of the show there was a segment with Mark Burnett that was an obvious car commercial disguised as a behind the scenes segment. I normally would have skipped past it but noticed that Burnett was in it.

    Curious to see if staying in one country the whole race will help, hurt or have no impact on the show.
     
  20. Jun 24, 2011 #20 of 147
    Donbadabon

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