I just watched the first episode (courtesy of a certain website), and I like this version. It's got the production values of the US version of TAR, along with that version's casting process, more or less (there's not a single mactor team in the bunch -- one look at the "reality-TV stars" from Croatia and you'll see why I don't count them as mactors), and NO annoying product placement.
Allan is definitely improving as host. He's never going to be Phil Keoghan (and really, that's not such a bad thing, since there's really only one Phil), but his low-key style has really grown on me. And the tasks are interesting and fast-paced (warning: the Road Block in the first leg is defintely NOT for the squeamish!)
I'm looking forward to catching up on this version this weekend while waiting for TAR and TARA to kick off. TWOPers, China is waiting; travel safe, have fun, get ready, get set, and GO!! :)
Edited by legaleagle44, Oct 27, 2010 @ 12:33 AM.