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Gimmick Seasons
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:51:32 AM »
So I think the general consensus around RFF is that we prefer regular seasons to these "gimmick seasons". Of all the seasons since All Stars 2, we have only had one two "regular" seasons. From this, it doesn't look like CBS wants to have a regular season any time soon.

That being said, what gimmick seasons would you be interested in seeing? Which gimmicks would you like to bring back? Which gimmicks would you like to bring back with a new twist?



For me, two of them are seasons that aren't exactly "gimmick seasons" I guess but they can't be classified as "regular seasons". For one thing, I'd love to see a season where they bring back teams that were eliminated first and give them a second chance, although I do believe being eliminated first in this season would be absolutely embarrassing :funny:.

The other is what I hope they do with their final season. I hope they bring back the most memorable winners, such as Nat and Kat, Flo and Zach, BJ and Tyler, Amy and Maya, Connor and Dave, etc (whether you like these teams or not) to make it a super hardcore final season.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 01:06:05 AM »
Correction: both 25 and 27 were 'normal' seasons.


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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 01:22:56 AM »
Correction: both 25 and 27 were 'normal' seasons.

Gah how could I forget about 27! I think my disliking of that season made me forget  :funny:

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 01:29:51 AM »
Correction: both 25 and 27 were 'normal' seasons.
Isn't 30 a normal season too? I mean sure they described them as a competitive cast but there was no specific gimmick...
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 07:15:06 AM »
I too want to see a season comprised of first-eliminated teams, or even one that also includes second-eliminated teams.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2018, 07:37:28 AM »
Correction: both 25 and 27 were 'normal' seasons.
Isn't 30 a normal season too? I mean sure they described them as a competitive cast but there was no specific gimmick...
It is perhaps a stretch to call it a gimmick season, but it is quite close to the cast type of S28, where most people are recruits (even if fans of the show), and not your average everyday people.
I loved S30 and I seriously don't remember enjoying myself so much during a season in a long time, but with all the competitive talk and the kind of racers we had, it doesn't feel like a 'normal' season.

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 08:20:19 AM »
I too want to see a season comprised of first-eliminated teams, or even one that also includes second-eliminated teams.

I’d find it great if they brought back Bilal and Sa’eed or Eric and Lisa and they ended up winning the whole thing  :funny:

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2018, 01:07:13 PM »
Correction: both 25 and 27 were 'normal' seasons.
Isn't 30 a normal season too? I mean sure they described them as a competitive cast but there was no specific gimmick...
It is perhaps a stretch to call it a gimmick season, but it is quite close to the cast type of S28, where most people are recruits (even if fans of the show), and not your average everyday people.
I loved S30 and I seriously don't remember enjoying myself so much during a season in a long time, but with all the competitive talk and the kind of racers we had, it doesn't feel like a 'normal' season.

But at the end of the day it was a normal season right? I don't think (cmiiw) they would have recruited firefighters or lifeguards. Dessie and Kayla were models but they weren't really renowned or prominent in society for anything, plus the race has a habit of having models on it.

There was nothing in common among these people as well. s29 was solo people grouping up with others, s28 were social media celebs and s26 were solely blind daters and dating couples; this season was just hyped up to be a competitive one because highly accomplished people from completely different walks of life participated in it.
If you read Casuals' comments on facebook all they do is drone about 'how it was in the good ol' days' and just talk about TAR without any themes. I think they got rid of the themed/gimmick season concept just to appeal to these and retain these fans, as gimmick seasons weren't bringing in any new fans and old fans were threatening to stop watching it.
Recruiting Jessica and Cody was just a Pis Aller on production's part, as Jody would attract fans from Big Brother, a TV show on the same channel. It easily brought in new fans only at the expanse of Jody haters threatening to quit the show for the season. It worked well and here we are, speculating season 31. 
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2018, 03:12:17 PM »
NO MORE GIMMICKS!

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2018, 03:20:26 PM »
Please no celebrities, especially not that. Not now, not ever.
They definitely don't need the money, and they definitely don't need more opportunities to travel the world.

Plus, no one's looking so see D-list celebrities.


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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2018, 11:38:47 PM »
The only “gimmick” should be the most competitive teams they can get, with the most interesting route the budget allows, and tasks that make sense for each location.

It’s probably the biggest reason the ratings improved so much.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2018, 08:33:27 PM »
I too want to see a season comprised of first-eliminated teams, or even one that also includes second-eliminated teams.

I’d find it great if they brought back Bilal and Sa’eed or Eric and Lisa and they ended up winning the whole thing  :funny:
Those two, had they gotten past their sudden eliminations, could probably be damn strong teams in the running. Eric & Lisa looked ferocious and seemed prepared to take down their competition at any cost. And Bilal & Sa'eed were in the lead starting off in Seattle. Had they gotten a better taxi driver in Beijing, it would have been bye-bye Cho Bros. I honestly loved the energy they had and was sad they were out at the midpoint.
I would also like to see a "second chance" season with very early eliminated teams.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2018, 05:38:47 AM »
I too want to see a season comprised of first-eliminated teams, or even one that also includes second-eliminated teams.

I hope they bring back teams that were eliminated for a second chance and team TMZ gets eliminated on the first leg again. Ugh, imagine taking 4+ hours to solve a 4by4 slider puzzle.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2018, 08:33:49 AM »
I want Andi and Jenna back for the early boot season they just got a horrbiw driver in leg 2 they could have been 6th to the pit stop
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2018, 11:41:37 PM »
I'd love a first boot season. I've always had some rules if there ever was one:
a) Teams must have been eliminated on the first leg (Sorry Ethan & Jenna/Ron & Bill/Marty & Hagan)
b) Teams must have actually completed a full leg and have been eliminated on a mat (Sorry Dana & Adrian/Kelly & Shevonne)
c) Bilal & Sa'eed and Eric & Lisa are automatically in because of how stupid their eliminations were.

I wonder what cast we could get out of this. Some teams I think would be good

Matt & Ana: the first first boots

Avi & Joe: As a fellow Jew from the NY area, I liked them and think they should be back

Ryan & Chuck: Were pretty intelligent for two southern guys, knew Portuguese, and lost a close footrace

Bilal & Sa'eed

Arthur & Anita: They'd probably be the oldest contestant ever, but why not?

Eric & Lisa

Ron & Tony: idk I liked them

Misa & Maiya: All these team by definition have unfinished business, but there's no bigger unfinished business than somehow missing the pitstop right in front of you

Jeff & Lyda: The last real old couple and the only victims of a first-leg U-Turn

Kevin & Jenn: Lost because of a penalty that wasn't their fault

Dessie & Kayla: Lost the closest finish in TAR history

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2018, 12:24:10 AM »

c) Bilal & Sa'eed and Eric & Lisa are automatically in because of how stupid their eliminations were.


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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2018, 01:15:16 AM »
Eric and Lisa would NEVER agree to race again, IMO.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2018, 03:25:24 PM »
I'm fine with normal seasons being in the odd numbers and gimmick seasons being in the even numbers.  Anyways, I'm probably the only one here who wouldn't mind another social media season.

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2018, 05:39:26 PM »
I'd love to see ALL WINNERS or ALL 1ST ELIMINATED TEAMS for a change.
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2018, 07:38:22 PM »
Family Edition with 18 and older, but shockingly split up the families of 4 into 2 at Starting Line

US vs Canada
US vs The World (All-Stars)

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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2018, 08:22:51 PM »
I agree with dryedmangoez.

I think we DO need to a USA v Canada season and a USA v The World Season.

I actually didn't mind Family Edition, but if they do it next time (wouldn't surprise me after today's developments), then I think need to have everyone over 13 AND travel INTERNATIONAL, just like any other TAR!
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Re: Gimmick Seasons
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2018, 11:05:17 PM »
If the TAR8 cast had been able to go international or at least limit the US Legs to only a few, TAR8 would be considered one of the top seasons. Still one of the best casts.
Even as it was, it probably would be received a little better today than the recent gimmick seasons or any upcoming season most likely.