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I tried getting into the newer season of The Amazing Race Australia but I just can't enjoy it.

Compared to the original Channel 7 seasons of TAR AUS. The editing of the new Network 10 version of Australia's race just feels so lifeless and empty. The music sucks there's nothing memorable about it, it makes the show feels very low-stakes.

I loved Season 1 and 2 of The Amazing Race Australia to death. I couldn't even finish Season 4 or 5. I would love for future seasons to be more like the Channel 7 seasons.

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Cake day · 1 yr. ago · edited 1 yr. ago

Unfortunately, probably not going to happen. The original crew of 7 Network’s TAR Australia have moved on, and even if TAR Australia gets picked up by a different network, they’re most likely going to take inspiration from Network 10’s TAR Australia or the most recent season(s) of TARUS (both are very bad). I agree with the music part- whoever composed the music for TAR really did a great job. There are a lot of heart pumping and action-filled tracks that I always jam to whenever they appear in TAR (7 Network’s TAR Australia did a great job at featuring these tracks). However, none of it gets featured on Network 10’s TAR. And because of that, it does give off a completely different vibe. With Grant Bowler’s stoic hosting and the use of the intense TAR music, 7 Network’s TAR actually feels like it is a high stakes, larger than life, intense competition around the world rather than a little road trip around the countryside like how Network 10’s TAR Australia feels.

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A lot of people made fun of Grant's hosting. But I thought he fit the show quite well. He was serious when needed. But his Finish Line winner announcements were always fire. The only time he'd just let loose and be super energetic. And it was awesome.

I will say that Beau definitely fits Network 10's version of TARAu though. It's really just such a different show.

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Op · 1 yr. ago

With Grant Bowler’s stoic hosting and the use of the intense TAR music, 7 Network’s TAR actually feels like it is a high stakes, larger than life, intense competition around the world rather than a little road trip around the countryside like how Network 10’s TAR Australia feels.

I wish I had the skills to edit every episode of TARAUS seasons 4 and 5, and make it more like a larger than life, intense competition then a road trip.

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TARAu1 and 2 are the gold standard. And TARAu3 is definitely still better than either Network 10 version, at the very least.

TARAu5 just took the TAR format, threw different ideas at the wall. And unfortunately for us, all those ideas stuck on the wall and they threw them all into this overblown excuse of a season. The fact that they were coming up with random twists on the fly is inexplicable.

TARAu4 was passable and two back-to-back, regular length seasons like that instead of this 74 Leg mess would've been much better.

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· 1 yr. ago
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I feel the same way. I kinda gave up on this season after Adelaide and would occasionally watch episodes to see how the teams were doing. Hopefully if TARAU gets renewed for S6, they don’t have as many twists and not have a main storyline of a group of strong teams actively working against another team just because they don’t fit their social standards.

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The good thing is that the Network 10 executives mentioned that the next season of TAR Australia will return to travelling overseas.

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That’s what happens when the production budget was saved because they weren’t going overseas. I didn’t like most of the twists either.

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Just to give the other perspective, I FAR prefer the newer seasons of TARAUS and I also prefer the new presenter (he's probably my favourite across the various versions of TAR). I loved the last season of TARAUS - there were tons of episodes, but as far as I'm concerned the more Race the better so I didn't mind that. And the alternative, with COVID, was no Race at all.

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Cake day · 1 yr. ago · edited 1 yr. ago

But you can’t deny that production did a horrible job at putting the race together- especially with the so called twists, the lackluster challenges, and an extremely stretched format- even if the teams they casted were good. Because of the 24 episode season which dragged on with a ton of NELs, many people stopped watching after a while. They could have just recorded 2 normal length seasons back-to-back- it would have still been the same number of episodes without any drag. If you want to see a domestic destinations only TAR season done right, then try watching TAR Canada. You will be impressed by the creativity and difficulty of the challenges in that version and also how each leg has its own theme and showcases a different part of Canada (very much in contrast with the 6 bland and uninspiring Queensland legs that started off TARAUS5). As for the host, I prefer my TAR host to not get in the way of the action with his attempts at being “funny”. At least for me, none of his bits were actually funny and it all felt a bit juvenile and distasteful. I much prefer the hosting style of TAR Canada’s Jon Montgomery- he’s still able to showcase his personality and adventurous nature without playing himself up for the cameras and taking the attention away from the contestants.

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A reminder that a lot of the fans did not like the twists, as most of those twists felt quite unfair. Not to mention the drama between three teams and Team Princess & Geek.

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