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

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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!

    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 ... 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 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 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.

    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.

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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.
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    One of these guys is blind! I can't imagine what kind of liabilty release he had to sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    One of these guys is blind! I can't imagine what kind of liabilty release he had to sign.
    I know!!! Could you imagine if the horse went into a full run while he was on it!!

    I admire this guy.

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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.
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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.
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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!

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

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    The Kansas and the California girls are still in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    No Limit is the team with Erik the blind guy. What a trooper!
    Some background on Erik
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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    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.
    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 ). I'm also enjoying seeing Moroccan countryside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spareoom View Post
    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.
    Before that he taught middle school! And survived.
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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!

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