Yeah, what a waste. Another week goes by, and no "Great Race." Just an all-night "Skeeterfest" instead.
Just one question: Is my curmudgeontude such a huge presence here that it really warranted reference in the subject of this thread?
Gee, I feel like I've actually accomplished something for the week!
Yah, but I agree, Randy. Someone starts out with a 12-hour lead which all but evaporates before they can even finish the first task. Seems like there'd be no point to actually race. Just make sure you don't come in last, and you'll probably end up in a dead heat with the other guys on the last episode. But any significant time advantage will disappear before the next leg is over.
I watch it and I like it. It's more about personality than "race". I don't think it's poorly designed it just a difficult concept to make work. How interesting would it be if one team got 14-15 hours ahead of the others, or all of the teams were sepearated by 4-5 hours. Every episiode, you'd know who'd be in first and last. They would know also and proabbly wouldn't try real hard. So the catch-up points are built-in on purpose.
Notice that the catch-up points are designed to break them up into two groups. That creates some drama for the left-behinds.
Yeah, I agree that the "train crossing" effect is probably built-in. I just feel sorry for the poor contestants who think that just because they're 12 hours up on the next guy, that they might have a chance to make it through the next leg.
It's totally about the personalities. In fact, that's what got me hooked to Survivor. After literally making a study of human behavior, I've come to the inescapable conclusion that as a whole, people suck. I find that shows like Survivor are a nice study in that effect - sort of a microcosm of the world at large.
'Course Survivor II partially blew it when some dude gave away $900,000 because he didn't want to break his word. Posh! Backbone on a show where we're supposed to see humanity at its worst. At least that was partially compensated for earlier in the series when the same guy described a visit from his mother as "conjugal."
Originally posted by toots .... After literally making a study of human behavior, I've come to the inescapable conclusion that as a whole, people suck....
I knew an underlying societal observation was the source of your limitless sarcasm.
Mine came at the hands of the general public during my teenage years while asking, "Would you like fries with that?" My jaded observations were later confirmed by dabbling in psychology to satisfy my elective requirements.
Keep up the good work, Dagny. (Wrong name intended, Miss Taggart.)
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