The Biggest Loser Season 12 Discussion Thread *Spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by KungFuCow, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Sep 21, 2011 #1 of 283

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004


    Since the season threads seem to be all the rage for reality shows, I thought Id start one for the new season of The Biggest Loser. Where to start.....

    For starters, Im glad they dont have any HUGE people on the teams this year. I think the biggest guy they have is in the mid 400s, which while still huge, isnt like Michael and Arthur from seasons past.

    I also feel bad for anyone that got stuck with Anna as a trainer. I think its going to be a short season for them. No one on her team put up any numbers NEAR as good as the other two teams.

    Ive got more to say but thought Id just get the thread going. Thought on the season so far?
  2. Sep 21, 2011 #2 of 283

    mcb08 Hoya for life!!

    Mar 10, 2006
    The 6ix
    To be fair to AK, she is at a distinct disadvantage, due to the age of her team members. All things being equal, they just don't have the energy or strength that their younger competitors do. That's not to say that they can't compete, but it will be much more difficult for them. It would have been interesting to see how Bob would have done with that team.
  3. Sep 21, 2011 #3 of 283

    ehusen Geek not Nerd

    Jan 7, 2002
    Chicago Suburbs
    So far I like it. As soon as they split up the teams according to age, I knew that the oldies were going to be hurting. I was a little annoyed that they didn't even try to jog a little bit for the first challenge.

    I really like Antoine, the big tough ex NFL player who was already breaking down. You could see that even though he is pretty obese, he's got a lot of muscle underneath. I don't think he will win but I hope he goes far. And maybe he's the ex-athlete that I can like the whole season as opposed to Rulon last season.

    I also liked that there wasn't any "I'll fall on my sword and vote for me to go home" this time around. When Debbie and Bonnie got into it, I was amused. I pick Bonnie to go home next time the Oldsters have to vote someone off.

    I also like the new trainer... "Why you got your hands on my treadmill? That's it, get off my treadmill!" Hilarious. :)

    I thought Anna would be a weak trainer, and I think I'm right. Old age + Anna = elimination.

    You never know though, because after that first huge weight loss, there is often a big reduction in loss the next time. I still think that the Oldsters are going to get decimated...
  4. Sep 21, 2011 #4 of 283

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    I just dont think Anna knows what she's doing. "We'll just have to go longer".. really? So you've got these guys for hours a day and you're not working them out to complete exhaustion?

    They have two real trainers and an ex mediocre tennis player. She's at a real disadvantage. I like her attitude but she's got to get the results. They shoulda kept Cara. At least she got the numbers.

    And what the heck on Debbie? Man.. she did a complete 180 in about 3 seconds.
  5. Sep 21, 2011 #5 of 283

    GTuck ClownPrinceofCrime

    May 23, 2004
    Livonia, MI


    So there won't be an at home winner this season? They all get a chance to compete in the final 4 by winning the marathon? Am I following that correctly?
  6. Sep 21, 2011 #6 of 283

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I hope it is an enjoyable and successful season! For the first time, I have deleted my Season Pass. Last season I just couldn't get invested and that's a first. I'm usually rooting for people and I found that I didn't care anymore. That said, I think it does a lot of good so I hope the show continues to be successful.

    I feel like they've said it all and done it all and for me, being somebody who does NOT love the drama and backbiting, there was not much left. Jillian had really grown on me so I think her being gone is a further liability.
  7. Sep 21, 2011 #7 of 283

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

    Feb 7, 2001
    Madison, WI
    They didn't mention an at-home winner, but there could still be one. But I really like that everybody gets to come back for the marathon and could potentially win. Marathon running isn't necessarily best suited for everybody though, so even those who are getting fitter at home would still have a hard time with that. I'm mainly more interested in seeing how some of the at-home people do in a marathon after they've been home for awhile.

    It was a pretty good start. I'm not sure Anna is going to be a good fit for this show though. Yes she's an athlete herself and she knows what works for her, but training others is a whole different ball game. Add the older contestants with her and it seems like a losing proposition.

    Splitting up into age groups rarely works on any show. It was pretty bad failure on Survivor and I expect it to be here. Sometimes the older contestants do well on the ranch because they act as "parental figures" to the others. So they stick around because others like them and don't want them to leave (and they have time to get into a groove to lose a lot of weight). But putting them all on the same team won't let them do that this time. We'll see.
  8. Sep 21, 2011 #8 of 283

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    I'm so glad Jillian is gone. She was the worst part of the show for me.
  9. Sep 21, 2011 #9 of 283

    USAFSSO Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Las Cruces, NM
    A big plus this season is they shortened up the weigh-ins. Don't know how long I will keep up with it this go around. The whole premise is getting old.
  10. Sep 21, 2011 #10 of 283

    BeanMeScot Sci-Fi Junkie

    Apr 17, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Last night is the first time I really watched an episode. I had run across it now and again but never really watched it. The new trainer Dulvet is a close friend of one of the DJ's on a local station so I tuned in to see him. Apparently, the treadmill line was trending on Twitter last night.
  11. Sep 21, 2011 #11 of 283

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    I don't think they've done away with the at-home prize at all. When Debbie was saying her goodbyes, one of the guys said something along the lines of "Go win that $100,000". I think it's just that one of those sent home may have a way back into the finale (and a shot at the larger prize) by coming back and winning the marathon.

    Just trying to remember how things go, but they have determined who is in the finale by the top two percentage-of-weight losers of the final four are automatically in, right? Then it's been an "America votes" out of the two others? So what happens if one of the final four wins the marathon, but that person is one of the two who don't lose enough for an automatic place in the finale? Is there no "Amercia votes" then? Or do they take the biggest loser of the other three and still have an "America votes" from the last two?

    Debbie sealed her fate when she attacked Bonnie for crying. I was trying to follow whether she set out to blast her, or started saying something and Bonnie shot back and the whole thing went sideways. For some reason (her attitude), I figured Debbie would be going home.
  12. Sep 21, 2011 #12 of 283

    Squeak Well-Known Member TCF Club

    May 12, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    They did?!?:eek:

    Didn't they start almost immediately into the second hour and go for like 40 minutes?

    Yeah, there were people that they showed less time on the scale, but I think that is because there are more people to show. But I don't think the time allotted was that different.

    I could be wrong though.
  13. Sep 21, 2011 #13 of 283

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Something about the weigh in portion of this show puts me to sleep every single week. :) I get to the end and watch the section about where they are now and usually have no idea how it got there, but I don't want to rewind and rewatch to find out. :)

    I like the new trainer dude (man that guy is ripped :eek: my SO said, "wow he looks like an action figure!"), but Anna isn't a very good choice as a trainer in my opinion, and I feel just as bad for her team as the ones who ended up with Cara last time. Unless there's something they're not telling us, basically these people are athletes themselves and have zero credentials for being a personal trainer for other people.
  14. Sep 21, 2011 #14 of 283

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    Cara did okay tho. She got great results out of both Kaylee and Moses.

    They should have kept her over Anna but Im sure Anna will get them a temporary ratings boost until everyone figures out she doesnt know what she's doing.
  15. Sep 21, 2011 #15 of 283

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    This is exactly how I feel about this show. I deleted my season pass after the last finale.
  16. Sep 21, 2011 #16 of 283

    sburnside1 Active Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    I just don't think Anna is going to be able to push her team. She has too much empathy for them.

    Duvett is a trainer, but I dont know what experience he has with people starting at 300-400 lbs. I think his people will fair better than Anna's just due to his experience.

    I like Jillian. With her and Bob there, it was like a good cop, bad cop in the gym.

    Cara's people did ok last season, but she had a lot of empathy as well. I think Moses and Kaylee are bad examples though. Kaylee gained weight every other week at the end, and both gained weight after leaving the Ranch.
  17. Sep 21, 2011 #17 of 283

    KungFuCow Thread Killer

    May 6, 2004
    I dont know how much influence the trainers have over diet and without the diet side of the equation, they're not going to lose too much. Thats where Moses and Kaylee messed up. Remember the New Zealand trip?
  18. Sep 21, 2011 #18 of 283

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    AK in Texas Hold 'em is known as the Anna Kournikova.. Looks nice but almost never wins.
    (something very close to that.)
  19. Sep 21, 2011 #19 of 283

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wow, totally disagree... She's like Simon and American Idol... even after they're gone, I'll watch.. but they're the main reason to watch.. thus enjoyment is way down after they're gone.

    BTW, about the reduced weigh in time -- I think they may have been referring to the almost completely eliminated footage of the ORIGINAL weigh in.. they showed brief snippets (almost still frames?) in the main weigh in. I actually thought this was to show more of the more interesting stuff.. but then they wasted a whole bunch of time to show "this season on The Biggest Loser".. The halfway recap was WAY shorter than usual too... I FFed for a while like usual, and realized I was missing actual show.

    Oh, and I guess their budget went down? They no longer have the separate announcer.. it's just the host chick.
  20. Sep 21, 2011 #20 of 283

    MLR930 Mandie

    Dec 26, 2002
    Rhode Island
    I miss Jillian already

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