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My review:
Captain's wheel was good. emoticon
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My review:
Captain's wheel was good. emoticon



I wish I had that brevity.
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Ha ha. Being serious though, I quite liked the episode but was disappointed with broken bridge's return - that's why NWUK would never work outside, they film in Manchester (one of the rainiest places in the UK). I didn't mind the lightning bolts modification unlike the one for spin hopper. I expected the lache between the 2 wheels to be much more brutal than it was but the concept of captain's wheel I think is great and it reminds me of Roulette Cylinder. I think CW would work really well on stage 2 of NWUK but with just the first wheel - much better than this year's SWINGING SPIKES.
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Yeah, I agree with the Broken Bridge being old by this point. It's been in five Qualifying episodes, but feels like a million (probably 'cos of the other hanging balance obstacles being added to Qualifying as well). Same is true for the Fly Wheels.

Yeah the Captain's Wheel could definitely do well in other versions. I think I read that [Obstacle spoiler:] it's after the Criss-Cross Salmon Ladder in Vegas?

I could be mixing that up though?
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No, it's Deja Vu, a new obstacle made by Kevin Carbone.
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Oh yeah, I'd just read the speculation somewhere, I suppose.

I thought people were saying Deja Vu's concept just went into the designing of the Wheel Flip in Indy (faulty speculation once again), but I didn't ever see the comparison myself anyway.

I'm excited to see them including a completely original concept in Vegas - it's been a while!
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I'm finally moving out of regionals, just before the show leaves Vegas!

School has now started so I'll practice my reading skills by giving you the main-idea of this course: unnecessary obstacle nerfs. For the supporting details, keep reading...

The modifications: The most clear change is the Battering Ram only having two cylinders for the Finals. This makes it much easier as it means the competitors have one less transition to make (effectively half the transitions, which are the most dangerous part of the obstacle), AND because they happen to have left-off the largest (hardest to grip) cylinder. I also believe that the Double Twister handles were a bit less spinny this time around.

Archer Steps were once again fine, but don't have much to say about them.

Sky Hooks replaced the Ring Jump for Finals, which was another way the course was made significantly easier. Plus, the traditional Finals version of the obstacle was used, meaning that the competitors only had to perform two jumps (and with less changing of their swinging-direction).

Salmon Ladder I believe only had one fail, but it was quite memorable! It was an interesting idea, but probably not one that is advised to used just so you can show-off.

The Hinge wasn't a bad obstacle, but it was a pretty badly-named obstacle. First off, the hinge-function seen in the obstacle didn't seem to be the main challenge, more the usual transitioning jumps. Aside from looking a bit cool, the rotation didn't add much. Also, it's just a letdown of a name. I would've loved if they'd gave a nod to the original Spider Flip and used "Spider" in the name. Someone on Sasuke Maniac suggested "Spider Mansion", which sounded cooler to me. Anyway, the idea was a nice departure from the usual type of eighth obstacle, and I had to laugh at both of the people that fell onto the landing platform but couldn't stay on.

Iron Maiden still seems a cool idea, though it has naturally lost a bit of its mystique from last year, with so many people reaching it! I think it still does its job of keeping people on the edge of their seats, and it was cool seeing how people really had to fight through it this time! I think one-siding the first and third boards was definitely proved as the best way to go.

Spider Trap didn't get anyone, but I was fine with it being there. It was fun seeing The Giant rocketing up the tower!

Overall, I thought the episode was good, but that the course seemed a bit easy. I think the fact that the eighth obstacle didn't knock-out a ton of people for once is one of the reasons there seemed to be an avalanche of success. I feel the Iron Maiden was the right ninth obstacle for this course, as it filled in the "grip-draining, exhausting obstacle" role (just a bit late in the course!).

It was very predictable that Jon Alexis Jr. would have a breakout-run, seeing as the producers saved him for the end of the night, but it was still exciting seeing him run it. I do feel that it would've been nice to see him earlier-on in the night to help illustrate how untouchable his finishing-time was - but no surprise they chose to save the best time for last.

I was really hoping Meagan would become the second woman to (finally) clear a city-finals course, because that'd be extremely exciting after four years. I think she came the closest to the end of the ninth obstacle as any woman this year, so good job to her! Knowing the final obstacle isn't much of a challenge makes both Meagan's fail and Jessie's Stair Hopper fluke fail feel like we're being teased! It'll be a great moment whenever a woman clears a regional-finals course again, if it ever happens emoticon
 
Also, am I the only one who always wants to call Iron Maiden the Battering Ram?! I had to fix that mistake three times in this one post emoticon
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Also, am I the only one who always wants to call Iron Maiden the Battering Ram?! I had to fix that mistake three times in this one post


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I didn't see a difference in the double twister but the battering ram was nerfed WAY too much - if they wanted to nerf it they should have just replaced the biggest cylinder with a slightly smaller one or make the final one lock in place. The hinge didn't work for me. It blocked the usual camera angle and was a bit bulky. It also seemed a bit awkward to move around. If we do see it again, I'd like to see it in 4th or possibly 5th position. I still absolutely love Iron Maiden and to be honest that's about all I have to say about the obstacles. As competitors go, Jon Alexis Jr shouldn't have been put last because all ANW shows end in success now. I would have liked to have seen his time hold up too. I think ANW should do it like they did in the very early days (and on the NWUK final) where they count down from 30 to 1 so the strongest competitors go last and surprises are common.
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I really liked how they ran the semi-Finals in season 8, because there were several fakeouts as final runs of the night - Lorin Ball in Indianapolis and Karsten Williams (I think) in Oklahoma. Having Karsten run last made me think he did something truly special or got the fastest time, but they just showed him there for his rivalry with Tremayne. I appreciated that as it kept everyone on their toes.

Also, it's odd because they started showing people running in-order again on ANW 6's Stage Two - but I think that was only because it was after they explained why Brian waited for ages to hit the Stage One buzzer, and they wanted to keep that storyline in-tact.
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I wasn't expecting the season to end on cliffhanger - I thought Drew would get to at least Cane Lane.
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