ooh, glad to find this thread.
Compare and contrast? Well I dont intend to spend the entire series doing a US-UK comparison, but it was interesting to see how much the first episode mirrored the first episode of the US season. Similar task, similar setting to present the task (right down to Sugar/TD being up on some podium looking down on little ant contestants), and I have to wonder if Sugar has been watching tapes of TD because he had some of the script and pointing gestures down pat. Sugar has a better boardroom table though.
I thought it was an interesting episode, we were introduced to at least some of the contestants, I can only hope that some of the others will get their air time as the series progresses. I was astounded at the patronising tone of Saira not three minutes after the teams had got together, honestly if anyone ever said to me can I just interrupt you for two minutes and I'm going to tell you why I've interrupted you...
in that honeyed tone, I'd have to have words. Mind you, she did make a relatively successful project manager. Relatively.
I was disappointed to see how quickly the women (and to a certain extent the men) jumped to the idea of using their "sexuality" to sell, but pleased to see that it didn't end up playing a major role in the sales patter. O the patter though, "I'm muslim, you are muslim, you buy my f-l-o-w-e-r-s?", "you're a painter? My dad was a painter, buy my flowers"... made my teeth ache. Guess that's why I'm not in sales. I'm surprised that First Forte (heh) did so well selling at Kings Cross, because I would have thought commuters - especially London ones - would be stomping home and definitely not up for messing around with bouquets. They can't have sold them for much though, given their final total. As another small point, I thought that Impact ("Impact means... impact!") looked a bit odd at Baker St wandering around with one or two bunches each trying to sell them - there is no way I'd buy from a seemingly desperate guy wandering aimlessly trying to sell two bunches of flowers for £2. Still, didn't matter in the end.
I thought that Adenike was fair game for firing. She hadn't shown herself to be a proactive seller, and wasn't very forthcoming in the boardroom. Although Miranda lost some money, she at least stuck by her point and her reasoning, and Sugar did say he would have rather they came back with money than dead product. She made a bad call, but at least she had the courage to make a decision, which is probably what saved her.
Next week? Saira drives me crazy by coo-ing over a toy.edited to correct punctuation.
Edited by modge, Feb 17, 2005 @ 7:33 AM.