Expedition Impossible

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  1. rfisher

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    Anybody watching? Pretty entertaining so far. The Latin princesses are going to eat each other alive.

    Teams of 3 in the Moroccan desert. Now, they're repelling down a cliff face. It looks like lots of fun.
  2. mikey

    mikey ...an acquired taste

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    It's an intereting concept, but it feels kind of labored. They need to find a way to pick up the pace.
  3. Jenna

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    It was okay. It certainly isn't The Amazing Race, though! I'll probably watch.
  4. purple skates

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    Not too bad. I have it set to dvr each week - we will watch again.
  5. AliasJohnDoe

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    I enjoyed it. They should have had to dig for their own water, and not be able to use someone elses waterhole. I'll watch again.
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    I hope it picks up a bit but I'll give it a few weeks try :)
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  7. AragornElessar

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    Well, we're sort of obliged to watch in this house, as the host is the Nephew of Family Friends, so...:) Anyway...We liked it and then I had to stop watching due to the final task before being able to check in/pitstop thanks to me being deathly afraid of those things they had to count and since I'd really like to be able to get some sleep tonight/not wake up screaming due to a triggered by them nightmare, I shut off the TV and ran in here.

    Mom did tell me
    the Latin Princesses
    went home though. Which is good, as they wouldn't have made it another eppy me thinks.

    I'll check it out again next week as I think it's got promise.
  8. KHenry14

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    Whoever the host is, he's terrible. A pale imitation of Probst and Keoghan. :rolleyes:
  9. zaphyre14

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    I was wondering where they dug up that host; he's so bland it's painful. Hopefully the challenges sound more interesting to the teams than he did on air. But the show itself was interesting enough to get me to stay awake through it, so I'll tune in next week. I'm rooting for the blind guy and I guess the football pros aren't as fit as they thought they were.
  10. mikey

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    Dave Salmone? He's pretty well known as a large cat (and other wildlife) specialist. He has done a lot of work for Animal Planet.
  11. rfisher

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    I didn't find him boring. I didn't pay that much attention to him and was wishing I was there. That's what a host should do. Blend into the background. I agree that the other teams using the first team's water hole was a little annoying. However, since most of them didn't seem to have a clue how to find water, it wouldn't have made for an interesting show with the remaining teams wandering around those little tents looking clueless rather than moving on to the next task.
  12. zaphyre14

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    All the teams seemed pretty clueless about desert survival. A couple of them mentioned pre-race training but I guess they didn't know the climate they were heading to in advance? If they did, wouldn't someone have researched it at least a little?
  13. Lutzcy

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    I watched and will probably continue watching. It isn't Amazing Race, but will do as a substitute for summer. I kept worrying the teams weren't shown drinking water in the desert heat and that they would all be terribly dehydrated.
  14. Flatfoote

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    I felt like the host was conciously avoiding trying to sound like Probst or Keoghan, for which I gave him props. Colby on Top Shot was such an imitation of Probst, I could have closed my eyes and sworn it was JP himself.
  15. Tinami Amori

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    I was looking forward to this show. So far not bad. I'll give it a chance. Hopefully the show turns out to be good.

    It is good already because clearly it is based on merit and not SOCIAL ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE which is so popular nowdays in TV reality contests "while Obama in the White House"....

    I never know nowdays if the contestant was favored by audience or producers strictly on merit or because "it's the right thing to do to compensate for something in the past" or to send a message "we're so progressive, look we voted for an XXX type of contestant".... a ballerina in a wheelchair....

    In the 3rd season of "so you think you can dance" the Judge stated right before the finale "It's nice if a Girl won this time, since we already had 2 male winners"....... Gees...... so? men need not apply this time?

    Agree with those who think that EACH team should have dug up their own water.
  16. star_gazer11

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    I watched, since there's no Amazing Race. I like it enough to continue watching. Definitely agree, they should have had to all dig their own wells.
  17. Carmen Ovsiannikov

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    Dave Salmoni, Nephew of family friends? .....:swoon:

    Seriously though, I love Dave's programs on both Animal Planet and Discovery Channel as well as his work with animals and would watch even if I thought he was homely.

    I admit that I watched last night in support of Dave but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    Some of the comments made here and elsewhere do make me wonder how the ratings were and if they were decent will that continue. I liked Expedition Impossible because it's not like Amazing Race. I'm suprised (but pleased) that with Mark Burnett as the producer he didn't play up the drama and try to exaggerate personalities and any friction between the competitors. However it seems that that is what many people want to see. I'm wondering how Expedition Impossible can compete with the other programs.

    I liked that Dave was more laid back and didn't try to take over the program. The focus was more on the competitors. I'll definitely watch again next week.

    Right before watching I saw that Wipe Out was on and I commented to myself that it seemed like a weak lead in. Guess I was wrong as the ratings for Wipe Out apparently were very high.
  18. AragornElessar

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    I don't know Dave. It's his Uncle and Aunt we know, but close enough for my Sister to call three times and e-mail me five times to remember to watch yesterday. Sigh...This is one of those times when I *know* for certain that's my Sister's Dad's side of things showing itself, because she does tend to get a tad fussy and panic-filled about such stuff. :rolleyes:
  19. Carmen Ovsiannikov

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    AragornElessar, :lol:. Ah family.......
  20. AragornElessar

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    Tell me about it. As my niece says..."Can't live w/her, can't kill her either." ;) :lol:

    Anyway...Just deleting stuff from my Inbox and came across the mailing from Variety.com of Thursday night's ratings. The top five...

    Sorry for the messy formatting, but I did my best fixing it. Regardless, not a bad start for it.
  21. professordeb

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    I watched and thought it pretty good ...except for that "counting" part of the show {{{shudder ... I HATE snakes}}} where hubby had to tell me when it was OK to look and as soon as I did they showed the darned things again. arrrrghhhhh!

    I would watch again should I remember it is on.
  22. Lacey

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    I thought the show was slow, especially for an "adventure show."
  23. Beefcake

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    I caught the opening eppy on its Saturday re-run, saving me from online viewing, which I hate even though I've got a big ol' monitor.

    Liked it, didn't love it. Hoping to see more meat on subsequent challenges, so that the entire show isn't merely who can hike best.

    The good:

    Beautiful cinematography!

    :grope: Eye candy! (Take note, Amazing Race.) I'm having horribly shameful thoughts about Ricky, one of the footballers, and at least one country boy and one fireman were both :swoon: ... lead fab was a cutie too.

    Capable teams. I think I love "Team Gypsy", like teams Kansas and blind melon, and respect Fab 3 for lead Fab's strong minds (while :blah: about the team name, the "outfits", and the now-tiresome reality competition show mantra -- "we're gay and everyone will be surprised that we're strong" ... that just needs to go away pronto).

    Akbar (footballer) talking ... and talking and talking. I don't know why, but I :lol: that he had seemingly 25 candids during this episode. Props to him for giving (a post-water hole challenge) candid where he gives his then strong ridicule at the thought of water being under the sand. Of course that soundbite was used "before" the footballers joined in on the water getting at said hole. :p

    The bad:

    There are obviously cannon fodder trios here! I think it's fine to put in older demos, but why can't they be better cast/more contending? I can think of ten over-55 acquaintances off the top of my head who are in better shape than "Grandpa" and "Mom" from this cast. They will be gone quickly, as will the firemen (chubby guy will be their early death). Curious about the ability of the other two all-girl teams, Kansas and Cali Girls, and thinking that the one Country Boy's problem was temporary heat-stress. We'll see.

    The ugly:

    The Latinas were ridiculously prepared. I've read about the preparations that teams were supposed to undertake before starting the expedition. I'm thinking at least two of these three girls did none of that, and I'm also sure that said preparations frowned upon flimsy lacy outfits for hiking. Thank goodness that the Rosie Perez sounding one won't be screeching at me any more this summer.

    The host. Yeh, he's awful. He and this series would be better served if his commentary and bathmat-esque welcoming of the teams were NOT so similar to our Phil's.
  24. rfisher

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    New show. I'm betting Grandpa's warriors will be last. Hmmmm....this is going to totally depend on who knows how to ride. Clearly, a lot of them don't. :eek:
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  25. rfisher

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    One of these guys is blind! I can't imagine what kind of liabilty release he had to sign.
  26. AliasJohnDoe

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    I know!!! Could you imagine if the horse went into a full run while he was on it!!

    I admire this guy.
  27. rfisher

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    This is way more of an endurance race than AR. And they have to have good critical thinking skills. So far, the Country boys are dominating this leg.

    I'm rooting for the blind guy. Now, he's got to kayak down a river for four miles.
  28. Carmen Ovsiannikov

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    I'm enjoying this weeks episode even more than last week and rfisher, I'm with you in hoping the the blind guy (I really need to remember his name) ends up winning.

    I'm probably one of the few who has no problem with Dave Salmoni's style of hosting. Being that he's basically the narrator and is only seen at the beginning and end I'm not sure how else he's supposed to act.
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    His name is Erik. I paid attention the last time they had him on camera. I am so impressed with what he's doing.

    The Gypsies are going to be hard to beat. They seem to have really prepared for the show.
  30. Catherine M

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    Gypsies and Country Boys did great on that leg.

    There are so many random teams that I have no idea who the hell they are!
  31. rfisher

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    No Limit is the team with Erik the blind guy. What a trooper!

    I was wrong about Grandpa. They did OK. Mom and daughters look like they're going to lose. Couldn't ride, couldn't kayak, and now they're lost. Cops are going to eat each other.
  32. Allen

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    Eric riding a horse and kayaking in this episode was incredibly impressive to me.
  33. rfisher

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    I wouldn't want these cops to be investigating anything for me. Pathetic. Mom's Army were totally unprepared for this. You can be sort of clueless and inept on AR and still do OK. This is way more challenging.
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    How many all girl teams are left now? 2?

    Gypsies look like they are unbeatable but I'm hoping that they are getting the epic frontrunner fail edit! I want No Limit to win this just cause how awesome Erik is.
  35. rfisher

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    The Kansas and the California girls are still in.
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    I knew I'd seen Erik before, now now I remember where. Wasn't in he the news ages ago for climbing Mt. Everest? But the thing I remember him most from was a documentary that was made years ago about a group of blind Tibetan kids who were inspired by Erik to learn how to hike up mountains. Erik actually came down for their big hike and while they didn't end up making the summit, it was really amazing to see this group work together and accomplish so many things that most people can't even dream of. Blindsight, is what it's called, I believe.
  38. Carmen Ovsiannikov

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    Thanks rfisher.

    Some of the teams do appear to be more prepared than the others. I'm wondering if those who didn't do any/as much pre event training expected it to be similar to The Amazing Race. It's the only reason I can think of to just show up untrained.

    I do like the fact that the challenges are more difficult than the Amazing Race (I'm not sure the contestants feel the same :p). I'm also enjoying seeing Moroccan countryside.
  39. rfisher

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    Before that he taught middle school! And survived. :lol:
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    The CA girls were mildly annoying for me this episode. Isn't Mackenzie on that team, she seemed especially whiny during her interview. I also don't care for Akbar the football player.

    I do like No Limits and don't mind the Gypsies and Country Boys. Good job to Grandpa's Warriors for making up lost time.

    All in all, I've enjoyed this show. I'm impressed with the fitness of many of the contestants!