Originally Posted by pappy97
I'm all for that (bolded), I just don't think $2M...only IF you win first and final legs is the way to do it. It's just a marketing ploy "watch us as someone can win TWO million" and then it turns out they can only if certain conditions are satisfied and now only one team can win $2M, and who knows, as early as next leg that team could be gone.
Not to mention the possibility of collusion. Imagine if that team that won the first leg is one of the final 3. Imagine that one of the other 2 teams is allied with them, and the third one isn't.
In the final leg, the two teams could work together to insure that first leg team wins the $2M and agrees to split the money amongst the two teams (and, just in case team #2 needed to cross finish line first to avoid team #3 winning, a back end deal that would split the $1M won by Team #2). The first leg team does it because working together can help them win (if team # 3 wins, they get nothing). The second team does it because it helps to insure they will win at least $500k no matter what.
Just imagine the circus that would ensue with such collusion. I'm guess TAR producers haven't thought that far, because even if one team did win first and final leg in the same season, I don't think they expect it to happen often (which goes to why it is lame...maybe if they insured $2M was given out somehow, someway, it wouldn't look like a cheap marketing stunt to add a few viewers)
Originally Posted by pappy97
Just make the prize $2million, instead of this lame twist. This "twist" is essentially a way to avoid giving a prize on the first leg and the producers know that it isn't very likely that the team that wins the first leg will win the final leg. So they get to say "One team can win $2M", cut out one prize for winning a leg, and make people think they've "changed the game." Lame.
P.S. Has anyone won the first and last legs in the same season?
Pappy! You know it just wouldn't be right unless you had at least one producer conspiracy theory to rail against each season right?
They're deliberately trying to frack with you Paps! Those bastards!!
Originally Posted by Garrett Adams
Speaking of abacus lady, when one of the two last teams walked by her I noticed the whitish colored shawl almost covered the abacus. IOW, the woman was more incognito than actively using the device.
It was definitely noticeable from a viewer standpoint that she seemed more "engaged" at some times than others for sure. But I think that it's mostly just a matter of time/duration/focus. It's something I've thought of over the years watching the show. I wonder how many hours
she had to sit there looking like she was computing on her abacus? To just sit there for hours on end pretending to be figuring something out surely begins to take it's toll and it looked like she was getting a bit bored or tired near the end there to me. Same with the ping pong champion girl too. And since they use regular, non-actor, local people many often seem like they don't completely understand what is going on or exactly how their actions can influence the players as well. It's just one of the variables the players have to deal with. But of course there will always be those like rgathright above who proclaim that the show is "scripted" or rigged....
Originally Posted by Whitearrow
Every time I think the teams are really missing something totally obvious, I think about how I feel on that first day in Europe after the overnight flight from California. To put it plainly, I'm pretty freaking stupid. It's only pure luck that I haven't been hit by a truck from not looking the right way in London, or walked into a river, or something equally boneheaded.
And flying west to east is harder than flying east to west for most people, it's often hot as hell in their destination city (as it was this time), they don't speak the language, etc. etc. And they aren't just trying to stay awake until it's time to check into the hotel and get some sleep, they are running all around. As much as I'd like to see teams really read the clues and try not to miss the obvious, I do try to cut them some slack. I would make the worst team ever seem like Lewis & Clark by comparison.
Yep. It's got to be much more difficult than some of the armchair/couch contestants seem to think. No question that many of the players really do turn out to just be bad, but there's way more to it than that. I'm quite sure that most of the contestants feel like they're going to be able to cruise through before they actually get down to it as well. Then the reality of the situations/conditions kicks in and they're served a nice big slice of humble pie. The smarter teams often make mistakes too, especially early on, but they seem to learn from them going forward.