TAR 8-2: How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?

Relive the glories of TARs 1 through 21 here.

Postby JenEx on Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:41 am

Perhaps if the little Gaghans had done a better job spying on the other teams they would have known they were in the wrong place. I'm just saying.

So I'm liking the Aiellos, the Godlewskis, and the Linzes. Everyone else, meh. Not feeling the Carissa love. I guess I don't actively hate her, but I still find her annoying. I think I actually like the brother better (why can I never remember his name?) because he acts more like an actual KID. Complaining about his sister not doing anything, making faces at the camera, etc. I always liked the screwups better than the perfect kids anyway.

No Racer cameos! Damnit.
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Postby jer2002 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:44 am

This season REALLY sucks! I taped it and watched Commander in Chief instead. Boy, CiC was more tape it worthy than this crap. This is really testing my loyalty. I'd stop taping this but I have all the others on tape that I'd feel weird not having these.
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Postby shamrock on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:00 am

I've decided that after having the great pleasure of the Kevin/Drew sighting on episode one, I'm going to assume that there's a previous racer cameo on each week. So for this episode, I pretended that it was Gus in the limosine. It added greatly to my viewing pleasure ---- even though I was having to write my own script.

This season is so different from what we have come to love, that it isn't TAR to me. It's the Amazing Family Tour of American Historic Sites, or some such...

And these families need to learn to listen to their kids. Age doesn't always equal wisdom.
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Postby rabrab on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:04 am

Well, it was a black man. There was one shot where you could see his face in the shadows and his hands as he handed out the briefcase. Gus would be a good choice--he lives in the area and he worked for the CIA...
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Postby Northwoods101 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:41 am

This season is missing what makes TAR great, going to exotic places and doing once in a life time events, so far none of that happened! I've been the those places, don't really care to see them again, and filling and lighting laterns, very lame. Next weeks' space center should make up for that a little.

Glad the Rodgers are gone, the Dad just ruins the rest of the family. CBS has kinds ruined the surprise by announcing the Schoeders stayed with them during the hurricane, it lets us know the Schoeders don't last long and bond with the Rodgers in sequesterville.

Todays' Morning show interview tells Mom Rodgers fall in the beginning really shunned her and was the reason she could not do the strecher detour.

As far as hobbies go reinactment is cheap compaired to owning and driving a rare classic car.

Being a Browns fan I can't like the Linz's, but now they have a map and have proven they can read it, makes them the team to beat IMO.
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Postby MacMadame on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:44 am

::small voice:: I didn't watch it. ::small voice::

I just can't get into any of these families and having them go places that I know extremely well. Also, maybe I'm strange, but I don't think driving around DC is all that hard. When we were there in 2003 for the World Figure Skating Championship, I drove in from VA and out again several times and even though I had no map or written directions and my sense of direction is below average, I did fine. If you go in the right direction, even if you aren't on the right street, you eventually get where you want to go.

Now Boston traffic... that's some scary shit!
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Postby JenEx on Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:45 am

As far as hobbies go, it's fortunate that everyone gets to pick their own interests.

Other TARs have had their share of boring and stupid tasks. I'm not in love so far, but I'm willing to suspend judgment until they're a couple more epis in.
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Postby tallskinnylatte on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:10 am

shamrock wrote:I've decided that after having the great pleasure of the Kevin/Drew sighting on episode one, I'm going to assume that there's a previous racer cameo on each week. So for this episode, I pretended that it was Gus in the limosine. It added greatly to my viewing pleasure ---- even though I was having to write my own script.


I thought FOR SURE that the mystery person was going to roll down the window after he'd handed out all of the briefcases, and it was going to be someone we all know and love. (I was actually thinking FireCop, but Gus makes so much more sense.)

Too bad.
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Postby Abiz on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:24 am

lucinator wrote:When the Godlewskis left the pit stop at the beginning of the race, I noticed that Phil didn't mention what time they arrived. Since that was around the time of the London bombings, I think they probably ended up staying at the first pit stop for an extra day or so while the travel plans were adjusted. It's hard to believe that they were allowed to do all that in DC around that time! Security must have been tight.

Interesting thought. One of the things that struck me when I saw the episode was that no one ever rode the Metro. To me, riding the Metro is part of the DC experience. So I wondered if they had originally planned to have the teams do a task that would involve riding the Metro (go to the zoo, maybe?) and then at the last minute had to cut it out because of the bombings in London and thus tighter security on public transportation.

MacMadame wrote:Now Boston traffic... that's some scary shit!

Yeah, I'll second that. I've driven in Manhattan, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston ... at rushhour, and they all still pale in comparison to Boston.
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Postby tazz765 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:44 am

I don't know if anyone else thought this, but to me some of the racers were very rude to the "spies". I believe I even heard one of them say to a "spy" (don't remember who) that her panties were too tight. I would have slapped that asshole as hard as I could if I were her for a comment like that. Others made remarks to but his was the worse.
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Postby Northwoods101 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:44 am

I missed some of last nights show due to a storm knocking out my TV reception and I missed the beginning of the roadblock. Is the "Chip rule" still in effect, making the tasks split up between team members?
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Postby tazz765 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:47 am

Northwoods101 wrote:I missed some of last nights show due to a storm knocking out my TV reception and I missed the beginning of the roadblock. Is the "Chip rule" still in effect, making the tasks split up between team members?


No, at least Phil didn't say anything about it.
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Postby Jake on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:50 am

tazz765 wrote:I don't know if anyone else thought this, but to me some of the racers were very rude to the "spies". I believe I even heard one of them say to a "spy" (don't remember who) that her panties were too tight. I would have slapped that asshole as hard as I could if I were her for a comment like that. Others made remarks to but his was the worse.


I think that was one of the Paolo kids. And yes, they need to be slapped upside the head. Maybe with a brick.
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I'm almost done with this season

Postby Lamont Cranston on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:52 am

I've been a big fan of TAR from the first season and I've got to say that I'm already completely bored with this season. I'm going to give it a few more episodes, but it doesn't look promising. I truly hope they end this kiddie "field trip" portion of the show and get to some serious travelling. I mean for pete's sake "In this leg of the race teams will have to drive themselves 35 miles" !!! And really, finding your way around American cities where all the signs are clearly marked and are in English . . . not up to the standards which made this show one of the best reality programs ever.
I had a feeling this "family" version would suck and so far I've been right. Hoping they prove me wrong, but they better do it soon.
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Postby joe m on Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:53 am

tazz765 wrote: I believe I even heard one of them say to a "spy" (don't remember who) that her panties were too tight.


Technically, he said it about her, not to her. But the effect is still the same. He comes across as an asshole.

Now Boston traffic... that's some scary shit!


The rules are very simple really. The car with the most dents always has the right of way. Turn signals are optional. Those red lights are just decorative. And the red sign that says "STOP" is just an acronym for Spin Tires On Pavement.
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