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  1. Actually I find them really interesting and am full on rooting for them ... through time and space and locked in results. Alas I don't think they are getting the winner's edit. Tyler & Korey are getting that in bucket fulls and with four straight wins in a row it is easy to understand. But C&C certainly are getting the "good guys finish second" edit this time around with the good guys part being well earned. Ironic because they had the "intense, crazy but super great racer guy with a beauty queen along for the ride finish second" last time thing going. Though the editors hid the final results far better in TAR5 if I have the edit figured out right this time. But I would LOVE to be wrong about my guess on the edit this time and see them win instead. I'd love to see Colin get his reward as one of the legendary, great Racers of all time and them win this season. I just don't think they will. Sniff. Also I want to add that on TAR5 though I was rooting for Charla & Mirna and Chip & Kim and even the Bowling Moms; I never hated Colin. I felt really uneasy about the taxi incident in Africa because that was totally no bueno. But other than that I enjoyed watching him as in really good entertainment and a perfect foil for Mirna, an ox, and, in the end, Chip. And I always respected his uber mad race skills.
  2. green

    S01 Talk

    That Team Guido vs Nancy & Emily one was one of the all time classic FFs. I was on the edge of my seat all the way though it. (Hey it isn't a spoiler if it happened 18 years ago so why the alphabet soup). They weren't held up in India. What I read was they decided to stay in India because of bureaucratic mix-up problems regards entering China. It was easier to just camp out in that posh Rajasthan hotel in India then proceed with the race into Thailand while awaiting the China snafu to get fixed.
  3. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    What team won before? Also yes people should be helping each other in a race let alone the AMAZING race. Just as alliances help people on Survivor or BB these alliances, brief one offs like on this leg or even longer ones, work the same on TAR. It is how you race smart as opposed to being loners that get yourself lost or not cooperating when you can so that when you are in trouble people won't cooperate with you. Not helping when it doesn't hurt you is really dumb racing. Especially with u-turns etc these days. illdoc, FYI TAR1 was filmed in March of 2001. So you nailed it. Also Phil didn't greet the other teams on TAR1 because production didn't think they could get him to the mat in time each leg what with his stand-ups in front of RB and Detours spots. When they thought they could then he did as in the very next season which was when they switched the colors to red/yellow as well. TAR1 has this great, raw feeling to it because no one could build on experiences before them, They all had to figure out the race on the fly. Thus Rob & Brennen blew their one FF in the Race in Leg 1 which no one would ever do again that early when in the lead. They thought it would help build up a lead where no one would ever catch them, lol. And FFs in every leg but the Finale helped make the classic years great. You can only use it once. The longer you can go without going for a FF it becomes like an ace in the hole later with fewer teams left. But sometimes you just had to go for it if trailing badly or losing site of other teams and you become worried if you are last or not. And two teams going at the same time could bring about really bad results for the team not getting it. The FF was really the crown jewel idea/task on TAR and I still mourn it's loss in every leg. It helped save underdog teams and leveled the playing field more making stronger teams have to scramble to stay in. It gave another path to the mat so it was easier to edit in a surprise as to who survives and who is eliminated when a trailing team was using it. It was nothing but 100% positive. More strategy, more scenery, more teams having a chance, better editing. They said they stopped using it because of production cost which is pure bullshit. You don't need some elaborate FF. Eating a meat pie at an Aussie diner with only your own camera crew filming it worked just fine. Jumping in a swimming pool or climbing a snowy hill won't bust your budget. You don't have to stage these elaborate FFs they got into later in the Race. Just keep it simple. Like this last leg they could have sent Racers to the cliff monastery right off. Put bread in the basket and the monk sends the gnome back to you. The FF could have been serving the drinks though maybe more of them or some other complication thrown in. No extra production cost at all. Sorry but if I don't get my Ode to the Beloved Late FF Every Leg in each season I go nuts. Now a moment of silence to mourn it's loss.
  4. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    Team Fun said that C&C had helped them with navigation and they would be lost without them because they sucked at navigation. Also we saw them a lot in earlier legs with Colin shouting stuff out to other teams like "The boats are over this way" or "The clue box is back the other way" or "The mat is across the street." I remember him pointing out the mat to Victor & Nicole I believe it was when it might have cost him a first place finish even though I think they ended up second and third instead. But that is who Colin was even back on TAR5. He ALWAYS was helping the loose alliance he was associated with of C&C, Chip & Kim, Brandon & Nicole and the Pizza Brothers. And that is what I love about TAR. Teams helping each other unless it is a battle for last place. Co-operation and not stupid silly immature drama crap. Not that Colin didn't fall down to some of that regards his battles with Charla & Mirna. But I always liked the positive part of Colin's TAR5 when he helped his race friends out all the time.
  5. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    Yes but then Leo would get so excited and shout and wave his arms so much that the cats would scatter beyond collecting again. Plus you can't herd that many cats together even so much as a brief appearance at a mat. No way self-respecting cats would be party to that. I think that after so many "performances" over the seasons including the one at the disco in Vietnam this time when teams routinely get rejected for lack of energy, corny showmanship and enthusiasm that the teams were fearful NOT to show tons of same least they be rejected by this judge. I think MOST people love airport drama and most people loved Charla & Mirna for their entertainment value and driving Original Colin crazy alone. I love them period. Why? They kept the stuff they found. Why should they give it back. No one has to give back what they ever have done on a detour option in progress unless there is no way to go back to exactly where they left off like in a mid-rappel where they can't be magically beamed by Scotty to the exact part of the rappel they left off at for example. Why? They both knew Chris & Brett were behind them and they wanted to get through the RB before that team showed up at the RB. Doesn't matter who finishes 4th or 5th. Just don't finish 6th. Also why piss off a team when there is no need to in case there is another u-turn ahead? Last leg Christie HAD to refuse because they thought they and Rachel/sister were the last two teams period and it was beat them or be eliminated. Totally oranges and apples. Help others when it helps you too ... always!
  6. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    Yeah Colin is legit changed and good for him. The easy tasks they started out with really weren't tasks. They were just go here and get a clue ones but set-up so as to showcase Split's scenery -- beach and cliff monastery -- more. I always like when they do that. I agree with others this was more a TAR Classic type of leg therefore a really good one. Please, producers, look at your earlier seasons again. Make the Race rock like it did this leg but for a whole Race again.
  7. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    Actually the smartest people I've seen are the ones that do both. You can have your cake and eat it too on TAR. That is why it is indeed the AMAZING race. Rules have changed over the years on TAR. These days they cannot book multiple flights. Just one. Since the Dusseldorf one was stand-by only it would have been a suicide move for Colin to put their one pair of tickets on a stand-by when you know you can arrive at least even with two other teams and think maybe ahead of another. Especially since the "pair" is actually four tickets since their camera team must travel on the same flight with them per the rules. That is a lot of seats that need to free up at the last moment. Victor & Nicole, on the other hand, really had no choice at that point but to gamble since there seemed to be no viable flights after the one C&C, Team Fun and the Afganibles booked on. V&N basically hit the lottery when they got on. They provide Racers with swimwear as well as heavy winter apparel if needed on TAR. The winter apparel from the beginning of the show. Though I admit the swimwear was added as "provided" a few seasons into the Race I believe. Maybe it was added after Teri was forced to go swimming in that tank in her disposable paper underwear in TAR3, heh. And a MUCH better term than that other stupid term I always hated. Yes you pick up from where you left off. Some tasks there is no "left off" point but this one was one of those that was a "work in progress" one so yeah they did it legit.
  8. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    What someone else mentioned and I repeated above. They were doing it the wrong way. They were suppose to use the scoop to dig down a little and then metal detect that scoop like how Colin was doing it. Instead they just skimmed the surface.
  9. green

    S31.E09: Let's Split!

    Well to start I have to say I LOVE when teams help each other. They have been doing it since Season 1 where it was so sweet to see Kevin & Drew helping Nancy & Emily. And it is always best to work together not to get eliminated then play alone and shoot yourself in the foot and come in last. Also it makes it more of a great fellowship. Too bad some fall by the wayside but help when you can and you may get help yourself too when you need it the most. It isn't some stupid "RACE" ... it is the AMAZING race where friendships for life are formed during a magical journey. Colin & Christie, you scared the hell out of me tonight. Stop doing stuff like that. Gnomes, don't leave home without them. Yeah Brett & Chris really messed up. Colin was doing it right. You USE your scoop. Not look at it blankly. But good for Colin as soon as the other guys said they had been doing it for 2 hours to immediately realize the implications and bolt decisively instead of playing Hamlet like the other team. Brett & Chris, really major bad choices this leg but you guys seemed nice enough and you outlasted the horror that was Rachel and even helped get her off my screen so a tip of the cap to you guys. You made it further than I thought you would. When are people going to realize that Tyler & Korey are running away with this race. It is like they are invisible or something.
  10. green

    S31.E08: You're The Apple In My Eye

    You can find anything on the internet. Just have a VPN service installed before you go looking for it. Wow did I accidentally somehow post under a different name? This is me totally ... except for having a nephew. Dogs are dogs and are okay if bigger but the small ones with the sharp, ENDLESS, ear-splitting barking that goes on for hour after hour drives me nuts especially since you can't escape them in an apt complex. But quiet, dignified cats rock! It ain't for nothing that the Egyptians worshiped cats. Cats have this magical "thing" going for them. And they never debase themselves by begging for humans. They just make their demands and if not fulfilled in time you can have a few scratch marks to remind you that they are indeed gods and gods need their vittles on time. And if you are really really sorry for your shortcomings towards them and bring them a few cheese puffs and a hit of catnip they may just allow you to pet them again. Then they just sit there and get this Buddha-like smile on them as you jump for joy you are in their good graces again. Cats work so hard to get us humans trained properly. And times ten for Pablo who is having to train Leo.
  11. green

    S31.E08: You're The Apple In My Eye

    I saw the cameraman too. That was a VERY big shot of a cameraman spotting. Stuck out like a sore thumb. Maybe the editors don't care to hide the camera crew anymore. Also a factoid. That Land Rover was in TAR7 in Africa -- the first time Boston Rob was on TAR -- and was driven by Brian and his brother. You may have seen Brian on TV over the years since he managed to move into the business to do many commercials as in not becoming/milking a "reality star" gig but becoming a legit jobbing actor instead. You may especially remember him in his recurring role over the years as the dumb as a rock but lovable former boyfriend of Penny on The Big Bang Theory.
  12. green

    S31.E08: You're The Apple In My Eye

    You do know that Paul was cast with Josh as one of the teams for this season. Thank goodness they got kicked off before the Race started for at least one or more of the rumored reasons. As bad as it was with Rachel/Sister it would be even worse -- far worse -- if Paul the Hateful Bully had been on as well.
  13. green

    S31.E08: You're The Apple In My Eye

    C & C won one leg. And, of course, WOW on how they handled the U-Turn both in running a perfect leg and in not getting bent out of shape by the votes. But I agree entirely that Tyler & Korey are being ignored by the other teams. They should have been the number one target at the vote given their performance. They are both strong teams but I guess Colin being one of the top legendary TAR figures of all time causes the teams to focus on him and Christie and allows T & K to slip through the cracks. And I fear T & K are getting the winners' edit too being a C & C fan as I am. No I am not spoiled. Just their edit to me constantly showcases everything as super positive about working like a team and being in love and being winners etc. C & C's edit is more their redemptive arc as the calm and nice guy newly minted Zen masters of TAR. Meanwhile what is it with the Afganibles? They did well the other two times on the Race and started out strong the first two legs here. Then all of a sudden it is like at least one very major mistake each leg leaving them scrambling. At least Leo was excited to meet Pablo the Cat's long lost Swiss cousin this leg. And Team Fun needs to piggyback off of C & C when it comes to navigation and without them couldn't find the parking lot. We also saw Victor & Nicole, Duck Lips and Brett & Chris all get lost last leg and the Afganibles get lost this leg. This is Switzerland, not a country that has a non-Roman alphabet signage on the roads and where most people would speak a little English it being a major tourist area where they were these two legs. No stick shifts, no rotaries, no crazy traffic even and still they all seem to struggle. (Again it points to Tyler & Korey and Colin & Christie being the top two Race teams). Also NEVER do this vote thing again ... EVER. The ends never justify the means even if this end was finally getting Rachel out. And it just allows her to claim that if it was an even playing field without the U-Turn she would still be racing. Though hypocrite that I am ... since they were forced to vote, I am grateful to both Colin & Christie and Brett & Jeff for making the right choice for us viewers.
  14. green

    S31.E07: Living Fearlessly

    The couldn't drift into any danger. It is a professional (and commercial) set-up made to give the effect of being scary but really isn't. Also TAR has always been a safety first production company. And it didn't look as scary as TAR1's bungee/swing where they dropped off what looked like a very bare bones wooden platform instead of this slick looking commercial operation and they tested that one out too. If you mean which village were they in for most of the leg that would be Grindelwald. They were there in Season 3 with Flo needing her backpack carried for her of course when those Racers had to run the same amount of distance. For more on the village itself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindelwald
  15. green

    S31 Preview & Speculation Thread

    Well since we now know all the endless footage from this last episode was meant just to set-up and explain this vote on the coming episode I don't think it will come down to C&C, Chris & Bret or the Afganibles since all the drama was on Rachel/Sister and Victor & Nicole with a little on Team Fun. (I say "endless" because they could have told the story a lot quicker with a tighter edit but it went on and on like forever with constant repeats et al. I thought the endless nature of this storyline was weird at the time). Add in the point Phil made at the mat about Rachel being only tied at being the all time most legs run winner and she would hold the record alone if she gets through the next one and the edit this past episode seems to say Rachel is toast this coming episode to me. (Worst case for most of us, she is U-Turned and "heroically" fights through to survive and take the record despite all odds. Please, race gods, not this ending). But either way I say she gets U-Turned. At least I hope so. Please do NOT U-Turn C&C. Colin has been such a nice boy so far he deserves to escape this U-Turn as the BB teams hopefully devour each other. Which also explains the editing all season about the BB teams all supposedly allied with each other etc etc just for these moment.
  16. The difference is one group are regular people applying to be on a show they love wanting the experience of traveling the world and having a chance to win a million dollars besides. The thrill of being on national TV is there too but that 15 minutes of fame alone doesn't make them into fame whores which is more a career thing. The other group -- aka mactors and such -- usually have agents and look to get on any reality show to gain exposure for their "careers" or, as Rachel termed it, "brand" hoping to make a career out of being on reality and game shows and secretly hoping to be discovered by Hollywood even. If a regular team gets called back for another season I don't think that automatically makes them into fame whores. I think it was because they made a mark one way or other on the first race. Now if said regular people do change and get into the whole agents and celebrity thing and go to all the reality show events and lobby to get back on said show or others then they have crossed over into mactor territory. Mactors = models or actor wannabes who seek reality shows to further their careers. Someone like Rachel didn't start out as a mactor that I know of. But she became a reality fame whore once she was on one season which is basically trying to make a living by appearing on these shows and game shows and stuff as at least a semi-career.
  17. green

    S31.E07: Living Fearlessly

    That was me but I only mentioned Brett's for the record. Because to be fair, Chris had a sanely sized one. Brett's could hold about 4 of Chris' inside it.
  18. green

    S31.E07: Living Fearlessly

    Ditto a thousand times over. I want an AMAZING race. Not just another stupid reality show. Not that I don't guilty pleasure Survivor all the time and even an occasionally BB season. But TAR is -- or should be -- a whole different type of show. A show you can be proud to recommend to your friends who hate reality shows.
  19. green

    S31.E07: Living Fearlessly

    Well actually no. A sniper is a stationary soldier usually hiding in the bushes or on roof tops for hours stock still. What Colin was play acting was what a typical infantry soldier is suppose to do when disembarking a helicopter in a hot LZ taking fire. Roll to keep on the move while exiting making a harder target to hit. Then up aiming at the tree line covering the soldiers following you out. Standard practice since Vietnam. I'm loving New Colin. He has already won this season via his redemption story arc. Could you imagine Old Colin holding a kumbaya circle with Charla & Mirna? Loving the zen. Especially contrasted with Rachel's eye roll not wanting to be part of the circle because she wanted to stay pissed. Good times. Ian not caring that Teri's pants were falling off, haha. Opposite Brothers screaming "goats" as they took the shortcut. TAR3 rocked! And Brett, guess who also had to get their pack carried for them running through Grindelwald? That be THE Flo herself. Though even Flo did NOT have such a humongous backpack. I haven't seen one that size since the first season when the Racers had no idea they would be running around constantly with said object on their backs. Why the record-setting backpack, Brett? Were you carrying the entire allotment of doughnuts for the Boston PD for the year with you? So ironic Rachel was actually telling at least some of the truth when she tried to warn Victor as in Team Fun did actually mention Victor as a target for a U-Turn. But Rachel leaving out a few side details about personal motivation was what started the whole mess. Not a barefaced lie but truth with personal motives behind it. But honestly both Rachel and Victor looked like idiots yelling and whining throughout the otherwise beautifully scenic and breathtaking episode. Weird the Afganibles took the physically slower task. The other would be right up their gung ho alley. Second time they did this kind of choice given they skipped the round boats in Vietnam too. They need to start choosing the more adrenaline fueled choices instead of the token old team choices. Loved LawyerCop and Rachel/Sister both being lost and trying to follow each other. I could actually understand the conundrum they were in at that point thinking they were the last two teams and what the hell are we suppose to do we don't want to lose the other car but we are totally clueless. See, producers, the fun you can have if you let these people out loose in the world on their own for a few minutes ... FINALLY. (Though I would have loved if those vehicles would have been stick. TAR is really getting soft).
  20. Yeah the airport drama was always some of my favorite most scenes. And now they seldom go more than a few miles away from the airport they fly both into and out of. No more grand scramble of buses they had to figure out themselves for 12 to 24 hour awesome drives into rural areas and secondary cities. The show has sadly lost it's mojo and is a shell of what it used to be. And seeing Colin & Christie again just brings those memories of Classic TAR back 10 fold this season. Like I miss some of the landmark locations they used to go to. C & C went to the Great Pyramid (and crawled around inside it too) and the Sphinx where the mat was and the Temple of Luxor in Egypt and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Now we get an inflated climb/slide in Tokyo and virtual reality in Dubai both of which could just as easily have happened on a Hollywood back lot. And last time C & C were in Dubai they had the choice of sky diving or driving around in the desert getting stuck in the sand. Now we have a 5 minute tea with multi-millionaires instead for their token desert stand-up. Yes it is still a good entertainment show but it has just become one of many reality shows filled with artificial gimmicks when it used to be a cut above such stuff on the whole. The feel of a grand journey of a lifetime and the "amazing" part of The Amazing Race are gone and have been for some time.
  21. I too hate those Survivor style "challenges" right before the end. I'm surprised we haven't had one yet involving untying lots of ropes to bags of puzzle pieces then assembling the puzzle while standing on a balance beam bare footed yet. And I agree Phil is really REALLY awkward calling them. But the LAST person on earth to take lessons from is Probst. Best way to make Phil less awkward calling head-to-heads? Abolish the damn, stupid, artificial, boring things forever!
  22. Given what has happen to more and more women in this country having scary moments with male taxi drivers and now especially with Uber drivers that might be a nice option here too.
  23. Yep you got it. We all knew they were going to win that leg as soon as they said they wanted to win that leg to represent gays. If they didn't win that leg we wouldn't have seen these set-up clips. Didn't notice that one and miss almost all but I did see cameramen twice in Brazil in Season 2. Once at the Cristo Redentor statue in the background probably filming another team and later two of them when getting out of vehicles at Iguazu Falls. They do a remarkable job of hiding them on the whole though. People tend to forget there is a two man crew with each team except at some more stationary RBs and Detours where "area" camera work is set up in advance instead. Props to all the tech crews on TAR. That are he best. Just posting this so the answer below can be repeated because it deserves to be repeated a thousand times over (thanks, Chaifan): There are bigots in every religion on earth and among atheists and agnostics as well. But the majority of people in all these groups don't go around hating everyone different then them. That was totally a dead giveaway it was a non elim leg. I wish the editors would cut this tell out since they do it every damn time. Every time a team trailing is hopeful they can catch up or even mentions it could be a non-elim; they are eliminated. Every time a team (or member thereof) boo-hoos and weeps about how the race is everything to them and they are now doomed; it is a non-elim. What is wrong with visiting a mosque? So we can't see a "minority" religious site in a country all of a sudden? And the point is Tyler & Whats-His-Name won the leg there in a country that had been featured on the news constantly about trying to turn back the clock to dangerous levels of intolerance. It was a sweet teaching point and wasn't anti-Ugandan since the point was made clear that the people were friendly and welcoming. And there is a big BIG difference between respect for a culture and bigotry. Also someone above said they shouldn't visit mosques unless they visit churches and cathedrals. Hello, they have. Countless times on countless seasons. Also see reference to the Cristo Redentor statue above. They even had Christian religious greeters too. The Ethiopian "elder" (don't remember what his title was) on TAR6 and the Russian Orthodox priest on TAR5. Has absolutely nothing to do about gender. With a few exceptions, I don't like most BB contestants. Too much familiarity 24/7 over a couple of months on that show ends up showing all their warts and making me dislike at least 75% of their casts. The Afghanibles I like because it is all tongue and cheek silliness they are having fun with; not because they are male. If Rachel could just have fun and laugh at herself like the Afghanibles I would like her better but she is a pure A1 drama queen as far as I'm concerned and takes herself seriously. The Afghanibles have never ever taken themselves seriously a day in their TAR lives. That is a super BIG difference for me. That and Pablo the Cat of course.
  24. No one was in danger. Please. The production company arranges things with governments before going into countries. The majority of countries have what most Americans would consider backwards laws regarding gays, minorities and even women. This is a race around the world and not a "we only visit perfect countries" race. You see the good, the bad and the ugly. From poor townships in South Africa to women being treated badly in India (a country I love, btw) to countless countries with anti-gay laws including Russia say. Also already mentioned, Singapore and the UAE as well as tons of other countries. And it wasn't too many decades ago you could include the US in that category and some states may still have anti-gay laws on the book. What TAR did was showcase the problem in Uganda and showed gays winning the leg there. And it is a TV series that is seen in most countries in Africa (and everywhere else) so it actually made a positive, helpful contribution, however minor, to the problem. People there who never knowingly met a gay person before but only hear them demonized see something different on their screens now and it starts them thinking. You have to talk and even show to open channels and minds if you want change. Not shun. And I agree with Tyler & Whoever (never remember his name) that there are plenty of loving people everywhere. I hate when everyone in a country -- or here in some states -- are labeled "bigoted" due to the powers in charge and the certain segment of the population that follow them. That is also a bigot's prospective to judge by the over all perception of a group and not the individual.
  25. green

    S16. E24. Daughters

    Yeah I hate reading about all the hate for her. And kudos for the actor quitting the show because she did NOT like what they were doing to the character of Ziva. Also do NOT read this because it is definitely a spoiler spoiler unless, you know, you like spoilers.
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