TAR Asia episode three ranking

TAR Asia episode three

Well. Just finished the blog. I’m ready to post it now. . .

soya sauce

Dammit Ernie & Jeena! You spilled the soya sauce! Now I have to delete it and restart this episode all over again.

Welcome to the third episode of TAR Asia!

*Note: I have a feeling this will be referenced again once TAR 17 rolls around. Sadly this song came out four months after the South Korea leg in TAR 4. I wish I could retroactively change that. Oh well.

– Previously on TAR Asia: Ten teams set out from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta–the capital of Indonesia. Many came face to face with their biggest phobia. In a race to the Fast Forward, Ernie & Jeena lost their way and first place Sahil & Prashant. Teams got into tune with some of the local culture. Ernie & Jeena’s “bad luck” continued and they were last to the pit stop. Nine teams remain. Who will be the next to be eliminated?

– Introduced to Jakarta. In the centre of the city is the MONAS Monument.

WU: Nine teams MUST leave MONAS twelve hours after they leave the pit stop.

I can only imagine the punishment Andre & Damon and the Gutsy Grannies would have received from Wu back in the early seasons. Do the lights turn on and they are threatened with a shotgun to check out of the pit stop? Damon didn’t get to brush his teeth this morning.

– Sahil & Prashant, who arrived at 159pm, will depart at 159am.

Odd. Because that is around the exact time that teams left for the previous leg. So the previous round ran from 211am until about 300pm the following day? Sadly future rounds of TAR will have much shorter legs.

– Teams must fly to Bali, Indonesia. 962 kilometres from Jakarta. It is famous for its culture and beautiful scenery. They will head to a famous beach to receive their next clue.

PRASHANT (inside a cab): It’s like James Bond.

Yeah. I can imagine James Bond being a passenger in a cab heading to a Malaysian airport. Nobody loves public transportation more than Bond.

Oh. It appears to be a well-known Asian commercial. My mistake.

– Prashant thinks they push each other to their maximum potential.

Maximum potential? More like maximum luck.

– Mardy & Marsio check out at 227. Marsio complains that Mardy is running. Finally I know who is who! Howard & Sahran 238am. Zabrina & Joe Jer next at 239am. Melody & Sharon at 240am. Able Sisters 241am. Andy & Laura 242am hut hut.

Is that the record for highest consecutive streak of teams leaving one minute apart? 3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th. Five teams.

– Various teams flag down a cab. Howard thinks that spending 24 hours with somebody each day has been easier than he anticipated. Is it foreshadowing that it will be much more difficult very soon?

– Mardy & Marsio talk about their family and doing Indonesia proud. Does that mean they’ll be out next? Aubrey talks about the M&M’s. Now she’s thinking about the M&Ms in her bag. She is suddenly frustrated that she cannot find M&Ms. ADD much?

– Teams storm the airport. Andy says that everyone believes they are last. Geez. We’re going through this again? Melody & Sharon are at the wrong terminal. Apparently no ticket counters are open because we saw Sahil & Prashant sleeping earlier.

– Andrew & Syeon begin at 246am, thus breaking the streak. Still only four minutes behind though.

– The only team lying outside the 19 minute stretch from 2nd to 8th is Sandy & Francesca. They leave in last for the second leg in a row. 307am. They really do suck. Sandy talks about how anyone can go at any time, and believes they can make it to the end.

– Melody & Sharon are getting annoyed by the men who are elbowing behind them and attempting to get in front. Melody & Sharon ask them to behave as they book their tickets.

MELODY: Remember the combat routine? Chin-Throat-Groin.

melody sharon airport

He’s not cutting in front of you. He is merely inserting his request from behind.

And is this the Indonesian version of Silas Screws?

melody kick

That groin kick looks painful. Knowing Asia, I imagine everyone knows kung fu. I cannot wait for when one of these players gets into an altercation with a local.

– The flight is at 1050am. Six hours away. Able Sisters go to a hotel desk in the airport and ask if they can sit there despite not holding any cash.

JACQUELINE: Because I am sick and have fever.

peggy lee fever

She’s got Race Fever. Fever when she’s low on cash. Fever when she doesn’t get to shower for days. Fever when she screams at cabs. Fever when she walks with snakes. This race gives her fever. . .bong. . .bong. . .bong. Fever!

Yeah. I made a Peggy Lee reference. If I was still in high school, I would be too self-conscious to make such a reference. Alas my self-esteem issues are gone. I am willing to acknowledge I know who Peggy Lee is. Wait, this is a TAR Asia blog. You don’t care about that crap.

– Jacqueline offers up facial cleanser and candy to stay inside. They are promptly kicked out. We see them beg for money from rich (and presumably) horny men at an airport restaurant. They flirt their way to receive cash.

It’d be hilarious if they are last on the next non-elimination and are stripped of all of their cash. I wonder what TAR does with the money that is taken away from the teams? I know I joked that Phil buys himself a new PS3 or a new turtleneck with the racer’s money, but what would Wu do with that extra cash? Yes, Wu, the reader, what would Wu do with it?

– In return, Able Sisters provided them with a blown kiss. They return to the hotel desk and pay up. Mardy & Marsio pay for a massage. It looks painful as Mardy grunts.

mardy massage

And then he jizzed in his shorts.

– Mardy says he exercises sometimes. Marsio says his wife tells him to do so, but he never listened. I can’t see them lasting thirteen legs in a season that relies heavily upon good cardio every single day.

– Syeon tries to trace the map of the beach area from her computer screen in the airport. Andrew is doing something similar.

– All nine teams are on the same flight and get into Bali. Taxi scrambles once again.

– Zabrina & Joe Jer complain their funds are limited for the cab. Andrew & Syeon are first to Kuta Beach. It’s a roadblock. Syeon is doing it. Wu tells us that this is a favourite location amongst surfers. The task is simple–dig for a mini surfboard that is buried forty centimetres below the beach’s surface.

– Andy & Laura applaud their cab driver’s job. Able Sisters are second. Jacqueline is told to do it. Melody & Sharon are third with Melody heading to compete. Mardy & Marsio are fourth. Marsio is doing it after Mardy closed the door on his head in the cab.

– Sahil & Prashant are fifth. Andy is sixth and doing the roadblock. Howard is doing it in seventh. Sandy is eighth. Joe Jer is last. It’s a montage of teams digging.

– Forty centimetres is long. At least teams know what they are looking for unlike a scarab.

phil scarab

Yeah, I’d prefer looking for a surfboard too.

– Aubrey asks a stud holding a surfboard to get info about how deep forty centimetres is. He does not answer.

AUBREY: How deep is forty centimetres? Do you speak English? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH!

chris tucker

Patience in TAR Asia would be thinner than Courtney Yates’ waist.

surfboard rush hour

Much like Jackie Chan, he probably speaks English but refuses to acknowledge someone who screams at him.

– Everyone resorts to using their hands. Prashant coaches Sahil on the technique. Nobody is told that they’re looking for a surfboard.

“A souvenir”

– Teams find rubbish and rock hoping it is what they’re looking for. Sharon wants it to be a cold drink.

30 minutes Howard

Stop being overdramatic Howard. 30 minutes digging sand in 100 degree humid heat is no biggie.

– If this is a needle in a haystack, the needle must be miniscule. Even the luckiest of teams succeed after 30 minutes.

MARSIO: Looking at the TV is easier.

– 40 centimetres deep in a ten square foot plot of sand is a ridiculous task. Andrew regrets their turn-taking method. Teams drink water. Sweat. Exhausted. Locals observe. Melody digs some more. She has resorted to digging with her feet.

dig one hour

I know who wouldn’t be impressed with a challenge that went nowhere after an hour.


Stop. We’re going to shovels.

– Everyone knows how much I hate ‘needle in a haystack’ challenges. My least favourite is when it is “pick one of 10, 000 until you have the clue”. At least here there is a general strategy as to the most effective way to get the clue, and judging how deep forty centimetres would be in sand. The fact that everyone has needed at least an hour makes this one of the more even challenges. Endurance is being tested a bit more than luck.

– We see a montage of everyone drinking water and pouring water on themselves. More locals are gathering. Able Sisters notice more shirtless men are joining them. Aubrey takes this opportunity to spank Jacqueline. Players not doing the roadblock have run to get an umbrella as a form of shade. Sahran rubs lotion onto Howard’s face.

howard lotion

Howard tries to squirm as Sahran rubs it into his eyes.

– Sandy receives shade. Howard is using his feet to dig. Andy wants Laura to bring him an umbrella as well. Andrew coaches Syeon to dig deep in the middle. Sahran complains that Howard is digging where he already dug.

– Andy has a proposition. He asks if everyone will agree to take a four hour penalty simultaneously which guarantees they all move on together. Marsio is the first to agree.

dig 90

Remember how I said that Marsio’s cardio would struggle to hold up after thirteen episodes? I declare that Marsio’s chances of making it to the Final Three are gone.

– Andy thinks the other five teams will follow if him, Marsio, and Howard do it. Marsio contemplates the scenario where the other five teams do not follow.

If you quit right now, will you gamble that everyone else could take up another four hours, or even better, take another two hours then quit to lose an additional four hours?

This would have never happened in the ‘find the candy centre amongst 10, 000’ or ‘find the underground oven of food’ where most teams will have it done in twenty minutes. Here it is a foregone conclusion that this could last several more hours because your energy is depleted more and more. Everyone is probably digging four times slower than they did ninety minutes ago.

– Andrew keeps telling Syeon to make the hole wider and wider. Sahran wants Howard to not dig in places where he has already dug. It’s like Howard is doomed for failure.

– Everyone comments on Sandy’s trench.

sandy trench

Finally the muscles outweigh the importance of brains.

– Marsio talks about quitting. Zabrina discusses it too. Andrew forbids Syeon to take the penalty. He is sure the optimist. Prashant finds it to be a ploy. He thinks Sahil is enjoying it too. Melody will not quit either. Sandy looks muddy. Marsio is spent.

– Jacqueline asks if they serve dinner on the beach. Aubrey is waiting for people to quit. Andy & Laura announce they are going to quit. Andy heads to wash himself in the water. So Mardy & Marsio are the first team to officially quit. Andy is second because he was in the water. Off they go.

– None of the other teams are quitting. Melody keeps digging with her feet.

melody dig

I think Melody should quit because that technique could not look less effective. She hasn’t dug with her hands since the beginning.

– Mardy & Marsio read that they must head to the Internet Outpost. It’s an Internet Cafe. They must search on MSN for their next clue. Both quitting teams are heading to the cafe. Sun is close to setting.

– Andy thinks teams will be quitting after suffering from more frustration and exhaustion, and of course, the looming darkness on the horizon. This is tougher than the Impossible Quiz on Addicting Games.

dig two hours

I know Probst says “you need to dig” but this is taking it to an extreme.

Meanwhile in the Cook Islands. . .

becky ire

Becky makes fire. It took her just under two hours. That should put it in perspective how ridiculously difficult they have made this challenge.

– This has to be an all-time TAR record. I cannot recall a time where nine teams attempt a task and nobody has succeeded after two hours. Well, maybe everyone takes two hours for longer Detour tasks, but I think it has to be a record for a Roadblock.

– Syeon finds a crab inside her box.

syeon crab

Wait, what did you think I meant?

– Be funny if the players start thinking that the crab is the souvenir. After over two hours, Jacqueline has quit. She feels bad for everyone else but finds this task to be impossible. Joe Jer no longer cares about being eliminated. I hate that not only are they struggling, but much like the scarab, they are essentially not told what they are looking for.

mr sir

PRODUCER: If you find anything interesting, you are to report it to me or Pendanski. If the producer likes what you find, you get your next clue.


What am I supposed to be looking for?

mr sir 2

You’re not looking for anything. You’re building character and shock value to drive up our ratings. Now keep digging.

At least he gets a shovel.

AUBREY: I’ll take the two hour penalty. Oh, four? Yeah, four.

Sneaky Aubrey, it didn’t work.

– Suddenly Sahil finds it! He is the champion.

holes 3

That is some fine digging, Sahil. Turn that souvenir into the Warden and you get the rest of the day off.

prashant surfboard

I think all three million Hindu gods are singing in unison right now.

– Everyone now knows what they are looking for. Syeon’s trench is impressive too. Everyone worked on a roadblock for over ten minutes of the episode before receiving a clue. That really wore me down in terms of aritime.

– Mardy & Marsio succeed at the Internet search. They find the clue and print it. They must travel 33 kilometres to the town of Ubud. Here they must find the Ubud Monkey Forest where monkeys are known for taking things from visitors.

Yes, this is identical to what we saw in TAR 22 a few weeks ago.

– But it gets much worse.

WU: Once here, teams will see two hundred trees and each contain an envelope to choose from. However, only twenty have an envelope.
So they just did a needle in the haystack task where teams have either quit or needed a minimum of 2 1/2 hours to dig in the sand for a clue. Now they have to search for a clue with a ten percent success rate during sunset?

Allow my friend Angry Video Game Nerd to sound off on my thoughts.

– The Monkey Forest is supposedly closing soon. Mardy & Marsio hope to make it before closure. Prashant brags that he beat the Kiwi Ox. Sandy tapes his fingers together. It is now 2 1/2 hours.

dig 150

It’s a daily exercise routine for Sandy.

– Sahil & Prashant and Able Sisters finish up at the cafe. It is amazing how it feels like nothing has happened this whole episode.

dig 3 hours

That is one wicked tan after three hours!

probst bored

Really wants a Chevrolet Power Shift to end this challenge.

ozzy bored

Really wants to get high right now. 420 is one week from tomorrow, right bro?

– Francesca rubs Sandy’s arms. Some players receive band-aids on their wrists. Amazingly, nobody has quit. Able Sisters hate how Sahil & Prashant received the clue.

– Hours of operation are until 530pm. Andy & Laura have the clue in the forest first. Wet or Dry.

– In Wet, teams must go to a nearby tropical rain forest on foot and traverse five hundred steps. From there they will whitewater raft six kilometres.

In Dry, teams must head to an elephant safari park. They must complete a one kilometre elephant trek.

Their bodies will be trashed by the end of this round. Rafting is extremely physical, and elephant riding is physically uncomfortable and painful.

– Andy & Laura choose to raft. We return to the beach where. . .

dig 210

Yep. Not only has it been 3 1/2 hours at the beach where only one team has found a clue, but that was almost ninety minutes ago. Did producers not test out this challenge whatsoever? I think teams may not only quit the task, but may quit the race by the time they get to the Monkey Forest clue search. Then pass out during the Detour. This has to be the most unforgiving round of TAR in all 30+ seasons filmed worldwide.

I am curious the list of things people would do rather than digging in sand for 3 1/2 hours. Some of the damage to those hands could be permanent, and let’s not think about producers scrambling to give teams water out of fear that someone will get heat stroke.

– After 3 1/2 hours, teams are given shovels. Ha, I was just joking but it is indeed what producers needed to do as they see the sun going down. Sandy goes to work. The other teams are digging much slower but it seems to be ten times faster than digging with their hands. The blade alone accounts for forty centimetres.

I must say that I hate they get shovels. Andy, Jacqueline, and Marsio were never told that teams would receive shovels after 3 1/2 hours. If they knew that, they would have sat and waited. A task that could have taken another five hours will likely be reduced down to five to twenty minutes. Seriously, these shovels are ten times easier.

– Teams slowly dig and take breaks. They STILL haven’t found it as we pan to the Monkey Forest.

How ridiculous is this? If you’re in Alberta, go outside to your driveway. Shovel it with your hands. Then go to a neighbour’s driveway and use a shovel. You can’t use gloves either. I would say Hands: Shovel is a 5:1 ratio. The fact teams dig with hands for 3 1/2 hours and dig with a shovel for 30 minutes shows how unbelievably dumb it was for production to think the task was achievable.

– Sahil & Prashant enter the Monkey Forest at 558pm. It closes at 600pm. Mardy & Marsio feels unlucky as he comments on the searching.

– Howard finishes. They spent four hours on a task but yet are second. Everyone else is still digging as torches light up. Sandy finds it in third. It is awfully dark. Zabrina asks Joe Jer to quit. They agree. Andrew encourages Syeon to quit too. So they do. Sandy heads to wash off knowing they are safe and secure.

– Able Sisters are late to Monkey Forest. They must wait until 800am. So quitting early had a major advantage.

– Andrew & Syeon cry knowing they picked the wrong person. I doubt it would have made a difference. Syeon wishes they quit right away. Joe Jer is crying as Zabrina wipes dirt off her cheek. Melody & Sharon keep digging.

holes 2

Oh sinners let’s go down let’s go down to the valley. . .

I don’t think anyone realized how deep forty centimetres is. In Canada, we have an infinite number of 30 centimetre rulers. I took a ruler and measured out 10 feet in each direction (which is approximately how big each square looked, it could have been bigger). The wooden surfboard was tiny. I tried to make a space of about ten centimetres in between each spot where I could dig 40 centimetres all the way around.

VERDICT with hands: Sandy’s impressive trench after two hours only covered one-tenth of his plot. Prashant needed A LOT of luck to finish in 90 minutes. Digging with your hands would probably to take somebody 6-10 hours, and that is if they do it without getting tired.

VERDICT with shovel: If you’re Sandy, or Zero from the novel/film Holes, you get your surfboard within thirty minutes. In fact, it’s what it roughly took Sandy from what we saw. If you’re Stanley Yelnats and it’s your first day on Camp Green Lake, you would need well over one hour.


What Kuta Beach looks like after this task.

melody dig 2

Good luck finding a tiny surfboard in the darkness. Four hours. Same effect if you understood how impossible this task would be from the minute you set your eyes on it and quit.

– Francesca comforts Sandy. Zabrina & Joe Jer print the clue. So do Andrew & Syeon. Sandy & Francesca as well. Sandy & Francesca are officially third. Their highest placement thanks to five teams quitting.

– Melody has it. She found it before it was pitch black. And they are considered fourth.

– Sahil & Prashant are in first and have their clue for the Detour. They will raft. Teams in third through ninth are stuck outside of the Monkey Forest. The park officials had to kick Mardy & Marsio out of the park because it was too dark.

Yes, teams kicked out of the route marker. It is the sloppiest round ever.

– Teams slowly walk to the forest. Howard insists he has brought bananas for the monkeys. All of the teams are at the Monkey Forest. Two teams are rafting while the other seven teams race to retrieve clues. Howard & Sahran are going to ride elephants. Melody compares it to a scratch and win.

– Marsio has the clue. Right behind Howard & Sahran. Andrew & Syeon have theirs. They watch monkeys eat food. Sandy & Francesca have it next. Syeon calls the name of her taxi driver. It’s “Norman”. Sandy & Francesca call to order a taxi.

– Syeon wants to offer a driver a bunch of money but Andrew points out it belongs to Mardy & Marsio. Mardy & Marsio get inside and race away. Zabrina & Joe Jer have their clue and will do the elephant ride.

–  Melody & Sharon have theirs and will go with the relaxing elephant ride. Able Sisters play with sticks until receiving the clue.

AUBREY: I say we do ‘wet’.

Of course Aubrey prefers being wet.

– Both Detour tasks are suddenly revealed to not open until 900am.

– Zabrina & Joe Jer and Howard & Sahran ride the elephants. Apparently white water rafting has yet to open. This leg is so confusing because of penalties, hours of operation, and who is going for clues and who are too busy playing with sticks. Nine teams doing a Detour in the show’s final minutes is a bit much.

– Speaking of which, they are saying the four hour penalty has yet to be applied. In the USA version, it was a 4 hour penalty right then and there or 4 hours after the next team completes the task. Between these hours of operation and teams being provided with shovels, it seems like the sloppiest and most inconsistent rulings they could have come up with.

– Howard & Sahran finish first. They didn’t have to do anything to catapult to the lead out of nowhere. They must head to the Uluwatu Caves (surfing beach) to receive their next clue. They must then follow the steps into the caves and find yet another clue. So we’re still nowhere near the pit stop.

– Mardy & Marsio’s cab gets lost twice on the way to the Detour. Sahil & Prashant finish in third. Andy & Laura are fourth (for now) and Andrew & Syeon are fifth (for now). They all did white water rafting.

– Mardy & Marsio show up to the elephants. Sandy & Francesca finish the elephant ride and are currently sixth. Mardy & Marsio are seventh. Sahil & Prashant almost got into a car with a private vehicle. Andrew reminds us of this rule. They all call for taxis. Sahil & Prashant have ordered a taxi.

– Melody & Sharon finish the elephant ride. eighth. Able Sisters are last.

– Howard & Sahran have the clue. Head to the pit stop to a temple called Head of the Earth and Sea if translated to English. Can we see the name written down because I couldn’t understand the name.

pit stop no

Way to be a big help.

– Able Sisters complete Detour. Good luck sorting out all of the penalties for the past five minutes. Andrew & Syeon steal Sahil & Prashant’s taxi so now Sahil & Prashant are last. Of course, that is only the case if they sit on the road for another four hours because Able Sisters already have a cab.

– Mardy & Marsio have the clue. Andy & Laura too. Then Melody & Sharon.

– Tanah Lot. Teams sprint to the mat.

1st: Zabrina & Joe Jer — 4 hour penalty
2nd: Howard & Sahran

So the scoreboard is changed.

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Zabrina & Joe Jer.

They each win a Sony HD Handycam. At least somebody was rewarded for digging deep.

– Andy wishes he could drive the taxi. Andrew & Syeon have clue. Sahil & Prashant have it before other teams without explanation. Able Sisters are next.

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Zabrina & Joe Jer
3rd: Sandy & Francesca

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Zabrina & Joe Jer

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Zabrina & Joe Jer
4th: Mardy & Marsio

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Zabrina & Joe Jer
4th: Mardy & Marsio
5th: Andy & Laura

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Zabrina & Joe Jer
4th: Mardy & Marsio
5th: Andy & Laura
6th: Andrew & Syeon

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Zabrina & Joe Jer
4th: Mardy & Marsio
5th: Andy & Laura
6th: Andrew & Syeon
7th: Melody & Sharon

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Melody & Sharon
4th: Zabrina & Joe Jer
5th: Mardy & Marsio
6th: Andy & Laura
7th: Andrew & Syeon

– They try to create a suspenseful showdown between Sahil & Prashant and the Able Sisters. Sadly this showdown is really four hours apart so it is really a foregone conclusion. Why the heck are they doing thirty seconds of suspense?!

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Melody & Sharon
4th: Zabrina & Joe Jer
5th: Mardy & Marsio
6th: Andy & Laura
7th: Andrew & Syeon
8th: Sahil & Prashant

1st: Howard & Sahran
2nd: Sandy & Francesca
3rd: Melody & Sharon
4th: Sahil & Prashant
5th: Zabrina & Joe Jer
6th: Mardy & Marsio
7th: Andy & Laura
8th: Andrew & Syeon
9th: Able Sisters

They leave silently. Well, they don’t. We see a montage of the revised places for all of the teams as if it is the Celebrity Death Montage at the Oscars. Now we hear the Able Sisters speak.

Next time on TAR: Heat is on at the airport. Sabotage comes into play. Andy & Laura take a slip. Howard wrestles with -another- fear.

Rank the Legs

1) Kuala Lumpur -> Jakarta (Tasks were more original this round. None of them had been repeated from traditional TAR. A snake pit had never been done. Simultaneously singing while steadily pushing a cart had never been done. Searching Walkman music also had never been done. Oh, and I suppose the plate dance has similarities to TAR 10’s round one Beijing paddle dance.

Again, every team was easy-going. Did I mention how refreshing that is? The editing remains to be unsteady and inconsistent, but at the very least the music soundtrack had smooth transitions and were relevant to the scenes.

I should note that this was TAR’s first visit to Indonesia. Therefore, we need to credit production for picking an unvisited location.

Ernie & Jeena’s downfall seemed unfair because we were never given the proper criteria for how much soya sauce could or could not be spilled.  Although their terrible navigation throughout the episode made their elimination to be absent of any surprise. Sahil & Prashant claiming the Fast Forward based on a self-admitted gamble was perhaps the highlight of the episode.

Overall, I think this worked out better than the premiere. Just wish we knew what time that Air Asia flight left Kuala Lumpur!)

2) Kuala Lumpur -> . . .Kuala Lumpur (It would have been funnier to either have the pit stop at the pit stop of the stadium or to make them go back to the starting line of the race.

The route was fine for the first round of the first ever Asian edition. Production did a good job of avoiding any landmarks already seen in Kuala Lumpur throughout multiple seasons of TAR. The teams are all friendly and cordial which makes it an extremely unusual competitive reality TV show. Nobody screams. Nobody shoves another. Nobody gets into arguments with locals. This is the calmest and most respectful group of people I have ever seen. Well, until Sandy goes a few more days without his muscle milk.

The jungle trail to the pit stop is unique and inventive. The rest of the tasks were fairly textbook TAR. An eleventh team being cast would have been a better idea than a first round non-elimination merely because the non-elimination penalty is not very effective when teams cannot be devastated by the penalty.

If I had to describe the round in one word: Calm. Yes, I described a race as being calm after one episode. Shows how crazy those dang Americans are.

And whoever is in charge of timing the use of the TAR soundtrack needs to be fired. I think the editors of The Amazing Hunt do a better job with music.)

3) Jakarta -> Bali (Easiest ranking ever for the bottom place. This will never be topped for its terribleness. Not only is watching teams dig in sand for 30 out of 45 minutes of an episode, but everything else was so dang rushed that it was impossible to follow what was going on for the next three tasks.

I should note that I have never seen production screw things up as badly as they did with this leg. Scratch that. The hay bales from TAR 6 was worse because they could see it on paper how screwed over a team could get strictly by examining odds.

Here producers gave everyone the same forgiving plot of sand, and once they were awarded big boy shovels rather than the tiny shovels everyone disregarded for 3 1/2 hours, the task played out in a fair manner.

You know what’s the craziest thing of all upon reflection? Hours of operation were set up so that any team who completed the roadblock in less 90 minutes would be able to do the Detour and finish out the leg. If teams took any longer, they would be stuck waiting around until 900am the next day. Do you know how messy that could have been?

Or did producers ensure the task was impossible that everyone was guaranteed to be equalized right before the end? If so, wouldn’t they know how messy things would get with a four hour penalty being awarded right before an overnight equalizer? No matter how you look at it there wasn’t anybody assigned to logistics for this round. Is the carefree surfer attitude of Bali the reason for this?

Thanks to the Able Sisters’ elimination, their 4 hour penalty but finishing last anyway prevents us from  discussing this as a season-altering controversy. However, the producers really need to be punished for one of the biggest missteps ever in TAR history.

Rank the Teams

1) Able Sisters

I don’t typically put the flirtatious team high on any of my rankings, but at the very least I put them above Ernie & Jeena. The Able Sisters weren’t flirts in the traditional sense. They didn’t come off as lazy or attempt a showmance. Their charm was strictly limited to begging money from rich businessmen at airports.

They seem like the most brilliant people on the planet. Not only did they quit a task, but would have been eliminated anyway. They probably saved an additional hour or two of digging achieving the same result.

2) Ernie & Jeena

One of the strongest teams who happen to be married for at least ten years. A fit older team is rare on TAR. Their biggest weakness was surprising because it came in the form of mentally navigating the confusing metropolitan cities. If it weren’t for navigation, these two would have fared much better. Bad luck with cabs also contributed to their demise.

Jeena’s Type A personality made for some entertaining interactions during their limited presence on the show. Both of them had a great sense of humour. Going from first to last in what appeared to be a very close four hours of racing around Jakarta may be one of the more unusual events to occur in TAR history. That twenty minute detour (as opposed to the Detour/task) was the difference between first and last. Usually it is not that narrow of gap from first to last in TAR’s earlier years.

Confessional Count


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