Top Chef - New Orleans - season thread (spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Agatha Mystery, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Nov 8, 2013 #41 of 157

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier

    Apr 7, 2004
    Seattle, WA


    Good heavens, the in-episode polls are getting annoying. The "Did the right person go home?" near the end was fine. Now we're seeing crap like "Which is the best traditional campfire food?" and "On a 1-10 scale: How great is Besh's hair?" Really? Ugh.
  2. Nov 8, 2013 #42 of 157

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I have a thing about bugs on the screen anyway, but when they take up half the real estate with unnecessary cr@p like that, it almost makes me wast to stop watching!

    Also, am I the only one who thinks that allowing the cheftestants to watch some of the judging process takes away from the show?
  3. Nov 8, 2013 #43 of 157

    paracelsus Member

    Jun 23, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
    I think it distracts the contestants from creating their own drama in the stew room. There's been some classic infighting, meltdowns, etc. from not knowing what was going on in the judges room - that's less now.
  4. Nov 8, 2013 #44 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    The voting bugs annoy me. Letting them watch a snipped of the judging looks bigger than it probably is. It's most likely just the only part that we see. However, some of the things that the stew room has gotten people to do has been pretty epic. This group doesn't seem to be as mean to each other as other groups. The only complaints about the other chefs seem to be in the confessional and not at each other in the stew room. Maybe that it's just this particular group of chefs and not the way the stew room gets to see what is going on.
  5. Nov 8, 2013 #45 of 157

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York


    All the on air interactive voting stuff on all the Bravo shows are stupid and I do my best to tune them out.

    Personally, I like watching them watch what the judges are saying.

    You all may be right it is taking away from their not knowing what is going on and then acting out but I still kinda like it.
  6. Nov 8, 2013 #46 of 157

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Philadelphia brand cream cheese in every single dish?

  7. Nov 8, 2013 #47 of 157

    Azlen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    The voting stuff is Bravo's attempt to get viewers to watch it live rather than later.
    Interactivity is one way to do that but things like voting on hair is a ridiculous approach.
  8. Nov 8, 2013 #48 of 157
    cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    Who won Last Chance Kitchen?
  9. Nov 8, 2013 #49 of 157

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    I'm pretty sure a few of those cooks will never want to look at a block of cream cheese ever again.
  10. Nov 11, 2013 #50 of 157
    Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    The 75006...
    I agree - there's no drama. In reality, you knew who was at the top or at the bottom based on the Judge's Table chit-chat already, but the chefs didn't. That relief or sometimes pain when they took the losers first, was fun.

    I have never watched the show live in all the time it's been on. This silliness isn't going to make it happen. Yes, I am asleep when it airs, so I may not be their prime demo, but I hate all the social media crap they (and other shows) push.
  11. Nov 11, 2013 #51 of 157
    Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    The 75006...
    I would have been screwed. The only things I have cooked with cream cheese is cheesecake and nacho dip. I used to like to use it as an omelet filling, but haven't done that in a while. Good, but very rich.
  12. Nov 11, 2013 #52 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    Soze, you're right. They know who is the winner when they go in.

    I think the producers are trying to make the show less formulaic, so they are playing around with it. The camera closeups last season with the 'spinning' action prior to settling on the face was distracting. They still do it, but not as bad as they had before.

    And I never watch the show live.
  13. Nov 11, 2013 #53 of 157

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    ...and then they wonder why people find 'other means' to watch TV! Between the polls and the Toyota ads, you have to peek at the corner of the screen to watch the actual show!

    It's the same when they're trying to promote a new show (on cable AND the networks) and that takes up a large chuck of screen real estate. Possibly the most pointless that I've has to be either the one saying "You're watching...". I KNOW I AM! ...or even the "coming up next, an encore presentation of the show you're watching right now".
  14. Nov 11, 2013 #54 of 157

    lambertman I am not Bertman

    Dec 20, 2002
    My "favorite" is "This super-sized episode continues NEXT!"

    Great! I was just about to shut my TV off and wonder what happened.
  15. Dec 7, 2013 #55 of 157
    Big Deficit

    Big Deficit Happy now?

    Jul 7, 2003
    No restaurant wars posts?

    What are the odds that possibly the worst restaurant team of all time would compete against possibly the best? Maybe we should ask the Chase Sapphire VIP's who get double points when they poop in gold plated toilets (that was the in show ad, wasn't it?)?

    **Note to producers- Increasingly over the top ridiculous in show promotions like this will kill the show. There's a way to do product placement and I don't think this is it.**

    Glad to see Sara go. Her 50's housewife image and the whole color coordinated do-rag thing was pissing me shouldn't, but it did. She's a very competent chef and probably is effective in the kitchen, but from what I saw, she must be a horrible person to work for.
  16. Dec 7, 2013 #56 of 157

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I just watched the Restaurant Wars episode the other day. Well, I use the term 'watched' loosely. I've always watched Top Chef and liked it very much, but I find that I'm really bored with this group. This season I tend to turn the show on and find myself walking away to do dishes or something, before I even realize I've left with the show playing. Maybe it's just me.

    I did come back in time to see the critiques, judging, and the booting of the scarf lady. I'm with you, Big, about the scarf thing. Something like that is ok in small doses but when they do it into the ground I find it profoundly annoying. It reminds me of the Minnie Mouse giant bow girl from Master Chef Junior. Do it, if you dig it, but not every freaking day. Variety is good. :)
  17. Dec 7, 2013 #57 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    I didn't enjoy restaurant wars this season. The losing team had the best chefs on it but no cohesiveness. The fact that they had no menu was a glaring sign.
  18. Dec 9, 2013 #58 of 157

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    I thought they had a menu but "Rosie the Riveter" forgot to deliver them to the table. :confused:

    I felt bad for the chefs on the "Found" team but was happy to see that sour puss get eliminated. Her attitude didn't sit well with me. Especially after she failed to describe any dish except her own. That was lame!

    If they'd have eliminated the head chef guy (grumpy pants) I'd have been OK with that too.
  19. Dec 9, 2013 #59 of 157

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I think the very best choice was made in who to get rid of. "Rosie" or whatever her name is was just horrible and just brought the whole team down. Wish she had been gone weeks and weeks ago. Or, wait, maybe never had even been there this season.
  20. Dec 9, 2013 #60 of 157
    Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    I meant that they didn't choose what to cook until AFTER they got their plates and silverware, etc. They didn't put forth a cohesive plan for the meal until later.

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