AXN did a 30-minute preview of TAR: Asia yesterday night, and boy do we have work to do!http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q300/TAR_Neobie/?start=all
Lacking the money and lacking the technology, I apologize profusely for these misaligned vidcaps (took photos of my TV using my camera). My curtain shows up in some of the darker shots, so please ignore them! (How embarassing.)
Below is speculation about what will happen, and I have arranged the vidcaps totally differently from the chronological order in which they appeared on the AXN special. Tbere's very little actual dialogue played during the programme, so there's not much to speculate on the audio part. Now that we're done with the TAR: Real opening sequence, surely you guys can spend some time helping the Asian audience! MERDEKA SQUARE, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Allan greets us in the middle of the Merdeka Square field. It is from here that (word for word) "10 teams will embark on a race around the world, for 100,000... US dollars." How contrived!
The teams walk out from the northern end of the field to the starting line.
Allan gives his instructions, but he will never be Phil.
"Go!" and the teams are off.
The teams run over to the southern end, where the Malaysian flag flies. Sahil (India) beats the entire field by at least a third of the... field. Their first clue, according to an earlier preview, starts with "Shop till you drop."
No transportation provided, so the teams' first task is to head over to the road on the field's eastern side to flag a taxi. Some teams stay on the side of the field, others jaywalk to the opposite side. You can see the camera crew in some of the shots.
Teams cruise through the city of Kuala Lumpur. In some of the shots you can see the Malaysian flag, the KL Monorail line and various skyscrapers.
BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Taxis drop teams off near Berjaya Times Square, and they take off on foot. The vidcaps show Pudu Jail, next to the shopping mall. (Go figure.)
Teams try to find their next clue within the mall.
From a previous preview, we learn that teams rappel INSIDE the mall from one of the higher floors.
Aubrey (Philippines) looks worried, but she's on the ground floor. Is this a Roadblock?
Completion of the task earns teams their next clue.
CRAFT COMPLEX, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Teams next take taxis to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
. This follows soon after Berjaya Times Square, as the teams drive for the remainder of the leg. Looks like the yellow Detour envelope to me.
Following the Google Earth image of the Craft Centre, we can link another set of clips to this place.
Teams on the plaza pointed out in the Google Earth image.
Not sure where these belong. The Mario Brothers (Indonesia) just completed a painting thing to get their next clue, and previous previews suggest that there is a dancing task to do with the lady. The two choices for the Detour?
MENARA KL, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Teams switch their taxis for cars, and Howard/Sahran (Sri Lanka) are seen here taking the road in to the Menara KL
Teams walk up the hill through the Botanical Gardens to the clue. In the first two shots, Zabrina (Malaysia) tells the other teams "that way, go all the way up."
Not sure if anything is done at the top, but here are the teams walking back down.
THE ROADS OF MALAYSIA
Lots and lots of driving. There's a toll gate, so teams do head outside of Kuala Lumpur. The Mario Brothers (Indonesia) get out and ask for directions a couple of times. Can someone figure out Francesca's map?
GO-KART RACING, SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD
My hunch tells me this should be at the go-kart track at Sepang F1 Circuit
, but I don't have hard evidence. The suits are blatant product placements for Caltex.
STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, MELAKA, MALAYSIA
This is all I have so far.
MENARA KL, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
This matches a BASE jumping video here
, but doesn't that throw the hill climb sequence out of whack? Allan says "You are team number... three." in a VERY strange way.
MENARA KL, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Can you guess why the Mario Brothers (Indonesia) are so happy? Could the next destination be Jakarta? I'm putting this sequence as the Pit Start, as there is little other footage of teams at dusk, let alone at night. A twelve hour difference from a mid-day finish would put teams in the middle of the night.
Teams drive through the night. Andrew/Syeon (Malaysia), Laura/Andy (Thailand), the Mario Brothers (Indonesia), Sahran/Howard (Sri Lanka), Prashant/Sahil (India) are all safe for Leg 1. Is #146 Zabrina/Joe Jer (Malaysia)? If it is not, it means... (continued later). Also, can anyone figure out the map in #74? It has a railway line running down it.
Sahran/Howard (Sri Lanka) hire a cab to follow. "We need to get to the airport really quickly." "Thank you!" "We'll follow you."
Looks like Kuala Lumpur International Airport to me. Air Asia did move over to the Low Cost Terminal a while ago, but I'm not sure if it was before or after the race. I see four different flights by Air Asia (the sponsor airline, which they will undoubtedly take) running from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta: AK952 at 7am, QZ7603 at 9.50am, AK954 at 1.40pm and AK956 at 6.50pm. Each flight takes an hour to get to Indonesia.
SOEKARNO-HATTA INTL AIRPORT, JAKARTA, INDONESIA
Prashant/Sahil (India), Sahran/Howard (Sri Lanka), Laura/Andy (Thailand), Ernie/Jeena (Philippines), Sharon/Melody (Singapore), the Mario Brothers (Indonesia) are seen in the same shots, so they probably all got on the same flight. (I'm not 100% sure if Sharon/Melody is with the main pack.)
Aubrey/Jacqueline (Philippines), Francesca/Sandy (Hong Kong) and Andrew/Syeon (Malaysia) also make it. The only team not seen here is Zabrina/Joe Jer, were they eliminated in Leg 1? If it is, it means #146 is not them.
STREETS, JAKARTA, INDONESIA
Teams here are wearing different clothes from they did in Kuala Lumpur, so it's safe to put these in Jakarta, I suppose?
Based on an earlier preview, this leg ends at the National Monument in Jakarta.
THE ROCKS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sharon/Melody (Singapore) and Sahran/Howard (Sri Lanka) make it to the tiny park across from the Sydney Opera House at dawn. Looks like a Detour clue to me. The Mario Brothers (Indonesia) arrive later in the morning. The teams are now about 300 yards away from the Sydney Pit Stop in TAR2, the Metropolitan Art Museum.
When the sun is up, a team prepares food very close to the first cluebox, right underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Who is this?
MOUNT EDEN, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
The cluebox is in a rugby field below the Sky Tower, and I'm thinking it's at Mount Eden, on the southern side of downtown.
Singapore. Probably stock footage.
Different shots of the sun setting.
Air Asia landing. Could this be Jakarta?
Probably Malaysia? Reminders of the Manukan Island Roadblock in TAR4.
Various animals from around the world. Any clues?
Jacqueline (Philippines) looks shocked (or hilarious). "They're gone already?"
Could be Berjaya Times Square, could be Menara KL. I've got no clue.
Another gut reaction for Melaka, but no proof yet.
Heck, I don't even know who this is.
Boat from who knows where?
Red Fort, Delhi. Could be recycled.
In the reflection there's a little TAR flag stuck into the ground.
Turkey and South Africa, stolen from TAR: Real.
Maoris in New Zealand.