I'm Just Spitballin' Here: TAR Speculation (NO SPOILERS)
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:01 AM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:04 AM
parks: I could do without much time spent in Western Europe as well as the final stretch involving detours/roadblocks in Hawaii.
Hawaii's a perk for the racers, to help them forget their ordeal in Asia. Gotta have Hawaii ;-)
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 10:35 AM
tarsier: There are a lot of neat things they could do in Canada, but they won't. I'm guessing they want to spend as little time as possible in the US so as to decrease the chance of being recognized and "spoiled".
Durr to me... good point there. I often confuse my "good ideas for the Race" with "good ideas for a vacation for me."
That said, on the race application, they ask where you'd most like to travel, and most not. I said behind the iron curtain, red square and moscow specifically. At semis, the CA seemed interested in my wanting to go there... could this be a hint as to a pending Race destination?
Does anyone remember if they've gone to any communist euro states? When does the race route actually get decided? I know the producers take your phobias into consideration during casting; "If your fear of heights is so bad, what will you do when we make you jump out of a plane?" Do they also consider your ultimate destination when casting?
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:45 AM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 6:41 PM
MeAbFab: Do they also consider your ultimate destination when casting?
Well, let's see. I think there were three teams in TAR1 from the New York area, and I think TaraWill had lived in San Francisco, but I don't think any of the teams in the last two seasons had any Seattle or Phoenix connections. As to considering destinations when casting though, I can't believe it was coincidence that Ian's race went to VietNam.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 8:32 PM
As to considering destinations when casting though, I can't believe it was coincidence that Ian's race went to VietNam.
Right, Tarsier. It was the beginning of his redemption arc for me. His obvious enjoyment of the place and its people (even when he was hollering things in badly accented Vietnamese) made his cranky asshattiness a little easier to take.
Also, getting back to whether or not TAR5 will have a next to last leg in Hawaii, I wonder. I think they did a casting call in Honolulu, and if they end up there again, that's a bit too much advantage.
Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 9:23 AM
Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 3:35 PM
I think they did a casting call in Honolulu, and if they end up there again, that's a bit too much advantage.
But things like this are bound to come up periodically. They used that park in Flushing even though Frank/Margarita know it intimately. Tara & Wil were acquainted with Thailand, too. And let's certainly not forget that Team Guido lived in Paris for two years. So some kind of familiarity is probably going to come up, and I doubt they'd skip Hawaii just because they did a casting call there.
Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 6:15 PM
Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 9:02 PM
Not from the racers, I hope; judging from past seasons, bragging about your
But things like this are bound to come up periodically.
home-field advantage is a jinx.
Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 6:44 PM
Really? I hadn't heard that...
And let's certainly not forget that Team Guido lived in Paris for two years.
Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 8:26 PM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 12:18 AM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 1:54 AM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 3:19 AM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 7:08 AM
But Chile would be amazing, and Argentina looks to have settled down from their president-a-week period of a few years ago. And the Incan ruins in Peru would make a great leg of the race.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 2:10 PM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 3:06 PM
Now that you all mention it I too remeber reading or hearing something abour Japan being too expensive. That's a shame. Seems like it would be an interesting choice.
Having just seen Lost in Translation, Japan would seem to be a great and safe choice, if they can work out the logistics and the costs. (It's hard to imagine that the costs could be significantly greater than Switzerland and the logistics more difficult than China).
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:12 PM
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 9:24 PM
and Argentina looks to have settled down from their president-a-week period
That's an interesting thought. We assume that producers would want teams to be in fairly stable regions. But then again, India has come up twice. I know it's not exactly a war zone or anything, but given political climates (w/ Pakistan, for example) and given the safety of women in certain situations there, it was kind of a big deal. Plus, there were the teams who approached the North Korean border. I guess my point is that even with certain political tensions, there are probably a lot of safe places in South America and Africa waiting to be utilized. I'm really looking forward to hopefully seeing new locales.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 10:40 PM
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 1:31 AM
more expensive than Hawaii? I've been to both places, and never felt like I was getting ripped off anywhere in the world as much as I did in Hawaii. (Not arguing with you--I'm sure they said it--I just think they're being silly if that's their reasoning. It's not like Paris is a budget destination either).
I think it's been mentioned in a few articles that production feels that Japan is too expensive.
Edited by brave little toaster, Jan 14, 2004 @ 1:32 AM.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 2:28 AM
Or anyplace else in Europe for that matter. The dollar is taking a dive against the Euro and might not come up for air anytime soon; if the race goes through Europe (it usually does) I hope the production company pre-paid for arrangements.
It's not like Paris is a budget destination either
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 2:41 AM
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 9:33 AM
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 8:16 PM
I was under the impression that it wasn't the cost of food and hotels, etc., in Japan so much as it was the cost of permits and the red tape.
I think that's the idea exactly. It hardly matters how high the cost of living is in Paris, Hawaii, japan, Dubai, wherever... it's the cost of production that makes the difference. It's logical to think that they might go hand in hand, but probably not necessarily.
Although the cost of living might make some difference if certain money-related tasks are involved (like hailing cabs or something); producers might feel obligated to give more spending money than they otherwise would've.
Edited by Frenchteacher, Jan 15, 2004 @ 8:18 PM.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 @ 5:47 AM
I think it's fair to speculate that our 24 new people have at least congregated somewhere in preparation for the race, and there may have been a Philimination or two for somebody, somewhere - anywhere? - as I type.
Considering that the major TAR4 spoilers/spec came from foreign press, I always get a laugh when I read articles saying that the future of Survivor is under grave threat from the dedicated spoiler brigade. How hard is it to guard a remote location for 40 days? (Though I do think it's unnecessary cost-cutting on staff that really undermines things for EPMB...)
For TAR, the cast is always out in the open and running around the world. The news stories often occur only because something from elsewhere in the year is being resurrected specifically for the racers and is therefore newsworthy (the cheese market in Alkmaar, bull racing in Alleppey). It's a tribute to WRP that they are able to keep things under wraps for so long, really.
So hopefully some correspondent somewhere in this great big world of ours is lured by a flash of red and yellow during the next 5 weeks or so. As long as they don't give names or descriptions I'll be happy - it's the anticipation of a great location that can help to make the long off-season tolerable.
Here's to TAR5, on tape - sooner or later!
Posted Jan 22, 2004 @ 7:35 AM
Edited by Rabrab, Jan 22, 2004 @ 7:36 AM.
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Posted Feb 18, 2004 @ 10:42 AM