Originally Posted by biker19
Kangaroo costumes with bouncy footwear - really?
Come on man, where's your sense of humor and fun?
. I think doing weird and off the wall stuff occasionally is part of the draw of the show. How often does a person get the chance to bounce around streets in Australia wearing a Kangaroo costume? And the reactions of the local people to the things the contestants are doing is often some of the best stuff. I thought the kangaroo costumes were great myself.
Originally Posted by scowl
I'm not really getting into TAR. I can't keep track of who is who (uh, the black guys, the Chinese father and daughter, the NFL cheerleaders, the cowboys, someone named Mallory, etc.). I don't know anything about the couples so I don't care who's ahead.
And the soundtrack is way over the top and never changes no matter what's on the screen. The people were hopping around in kangaroo suits but the relentless soundtrack always sounds like they're invading the Normandy coast. "BUM! BUM! BUDUM! BAH BAH! CRASH CRASH CRASH! THUMP! BRRRUMP! BAM!
etc. etc. etc." It's just exhausting to listen to.
To me TAR is much like Survivor in that the earlier EPs tend to be a little scattered and less engaging while the field gets whittled down and contestants get to know each other, and you get to know the contestants. As some teams get eliminated and the contestants get to know each other (and develop friends/enemies), and you get familiar with the remaining teams, it gets more compelling and fun.
The soundtrack definitely is over the top, but I think that's just part of the over all approach. Just like the costume segments, even though there's a very real and significant prize at the end, I think they try to keep the tone lighter and not so serious. It's big, loud, a little in your face and sometimes a bit wacky. Again like Survivor, I think trying to view it too much as a straight forward competition misses the mark and can make for some frustrated viewing. Watching it to see the interactions between the contestants under stress, and with the local people, and for the interest of the various destinations and their customs, people and scenery are really what it's about IMO.