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Yeah, I've heard that the final ledge was unusually slick. It's hard to know for sure though. I do like that they made the transition between the two parallel boards reachable this time - just wish they'd have improved more than its visual-appeal.

I'm trying to get to reviewing the final three episodes before the weekend...
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Do you think the ledge was oiled? It seems like something ANW would do. I'm serious. emoticon

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I'm trying to remember what happened in what week for the Vegas episodes (to allow me to split them into separate reviews), so I'll waste no time in getting into my thoughts!

Archer Alley is a great idea and finally departs from the plain-old pistons we've had the last few years. It was nice seeing the old Quad/Quin Steps ramp back in use! I also appreciate the way it sort of ties the season together, by linking the semi-finals to it.

Propeller Bar has been in second position for four years and really NEEDS to go. It took out some good people, but it's still tiresome seeing it year after year. I wonder if they just can't find a fitting replacement?

Double Dipper is a great obstacle, and I'm glad to see its return; however, I question why they thought putting the second bar closer to the end of the first track would help people. No one last year had trouble with the lache, just having enough time to let go and regrab a new bar. Also, the landing seems like it needs much more padding!

Jumping Spider is arguably even more tired than the Propeller Bar, but it is a bit more classic and timeless. I do feel it will need something new done to it next year, but can't see it happening.

Jeep Run was a concept that I felt had some potential, but was missing some key-elements. A lot of the obstacle wasn't really challenging when it could've been. The actual run-up (which is supposed to be the main part of the obstacles that preceded it in its position) wasn't very good at all, seeing as the wheels were just big platforms to step across. Had they made these (or at least two of them) rotate, I feel that element would've been more entertaining. I think having two steering-wheels was unnecessary. I would've just had one wheel, but in the form of the holds from the Tire Swing (which was the original idea before they nerfed it). If they cut one of the steering-wheels the obstacle would make more sense too: having four wheels, one steering-wheel and a "spare-tire"! The rotating tire to run across at the end is a cool idea, but it was disappointing to hear that it had a limit to how far it can spin in a particular direction. Also, raise the landing-platform a bit so that the competitors don't appear to be falling off-course. An obstacle with potential, but done somewhat poorly.

Warped Wall wasn't challenging, but I did appreciate its new design.

Razor Beams was quite similar to Razor's Edge, but honestly less entertaining! Everyone just sprinted across.

Twist n Fly seems an unnecessary change to the original "Double Twister" name, though maybe this was to differentiate between the regional and Vegas versions anyway. I think I prefer this to the Flying Squirrel as its first half really can work as a time-killer as the competitors can get so twisted-up. Made for some exciting endings! The net was the same as always, but I like the buzzer being nearer to the edge of the "walkway of victory" this year.

I thought the course had several dysfunctional or overused obstacles, but they actually came together to make a course (and an episode) that I quite enjoyed. A lot of my reason is that I appreciate the faster-paced episodes with strict but fair time-limits (no, Stage Two, not you emoticon ). In Stage One, we get more runs in because of the maximum run-time being under three minutes, and because these two episodes tend to have less background stuff.

Having a sponsored obstacle in Vegas is a very interesting thing, and I highly doubt the idea of Jeep Run will be brought-back in any form next year, if they find a new sponsor. If they don't, though, I expect the obstacle will remain in its position, untouched. Either way, I have a feeling they'll keep this pool for sponsored-obstacles only, because ANW does predictable stuff like that emoticon

Jamie Rahn's run is the first that comes to mind, because of the way he got through the course, the majority of which he had no shoes for! It was cool seeing a scenario like this one actually working-out, and proving that a run is never over. The fact that it was with Captain NBC might also give Jamie some superpower gags for the future.

I was glad to see others like Sean, Gil and Mathis (sorry to any other big names I forgot!), but there was also tons of carnage at the front of the course.

Seeing Tyler Yamaguchi failing early almost prepared me for some big-name fails at the start, as I wasn't shocked when I saw Joe fell (similarly to how I felt with Geoff on Snake Run), as I usually would be.

I feel really bad for Travis and feel like this might've been his last year. He's always teased the possibility of his retiring so I feel this may be the end of his time on the show. It might be a good idea to take a year off to let it heal either way, though...

I can only imagine how crazy the producers were going every time a bigger-name woman was running. It was very clear they were trying to get one or two through to Stage Two, so imagining their panic helped make me feel better that all the women in this episode fell emoticon

12/50 is a much better clear-rate than last year, so I was happy with this representing the first half of the stage's results. I would've personally hoped for eight or nine in the first week (especially since the second week is very likely to see more clears than the first), but this is a step back the right way from last year's mess-of-a Stage One.

Also, I feel that the show chooses the most impressive/anticipated run to post on YouTube as a teaser. I think they would be much better off showing someone a bit less well-known, as there would be far less viewers only tuning-in to see that person. Another idea is to release one of the digested runs in-full, so that spoilers can be avoided and said competitor gets a bit of a reward, all while still advertising the episode.

All in all, the episode was really fun to follow along with, had lots of big names and had so many surprising moments that I felt like I was losing the ability to be surprised by the end of it!
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