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Yeah, in hindsight season 6 was a huge step-up from season 5 in many ways. Though season 5 was a step-down from the epic effort/excitement of the first four seasons. And then they killed it again with season 7 emoticon

Oh believe me, I liked the second rounds far better than the "races" from season five. It was good to see them going back to the classic style of this round, even if more repetitive than ever before.

I had no problems with the three-level obstacle, but then I'd never considered what you mentioned before. You're right, it does seem a waste, particularly as people seem to get to the red spot about five seconds after falling into the water (strangely emoticon) on the final obstacle. It could've worked in other rounds where competitors would have to complete it to move forward. Actually,it would've worked as a separate round on its own! And while I'm pretending to be in-charge of Wipeout, I'd say I'd replace the stupid smackers with actual physical challenges, such as Sweepers, stacks of blocks, etc. Then have them change every once-in-a-while, rather than just putting a new background on. Or keep it as the final obstacle and just bring back the steps at the end of the first-season Qualifier!

I love the cheesy jokes, though that was always half of the fun for me - at least after the course designers got lazy emoticon
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I like the one that spins. I do not hardly approve of the walls that bounce people off o. I find them unfair a little. Messup does to. Well you know what the whole show is quite unfair. Some people recieve no payment. I find that crappy. I hate the jokes o. It is like my husband forming quips with Messup. I find it unnecessary. Well he is 71 years old o I think. I find it unique.

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Not had chance yet to look at season 5 and beyond (and think by season 6 I may have stopped keeping episodes). Can't say too much about the qualifier other than I thought having two new things in the Sucker Punch pit was long overdue.

The second rounds were easily in the bottom three of all of the second rounds (the other being the Hangover from Season 5). I likes Wipeout's Greatest Hits though and the Wipeout City, but would say Sugar Smacks is easily the worst round ever in the history of the show. The zones were alright from what I remember.



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From the limited Wayback Machine access on season six, most of the people on the forum loved the season six Zones!

I thought they were both some of the best, too, just of course lacking the variation.
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Have just watched a random Winter Wipeout episode from season 5 (ep 7), with the Ski Launch and Snowboot. Qualifier, also with the snowfall, was pretty good but overall I think the second and third rounds were amongst the best. Loved Pain in the Ice for being so different to the rounds of earlier seasons and it just looked spectacular on screen, and similarly Cold Hearted Snake screamed "budget increase" too.

Not too impressed with the zone though - never understood why they dropped the incredibly impressive Towering Flume of Doom to return to a season 1 style slide, and whilst the Snowglobe and Frozen Fury were fine the final obstacle, Iced Over, is amongst the worst in the shows history.



One thing I was wondering though is if any fansite (or more likely nowadays fan page on Facebook) had the foresight to save all the obstacle drawings ABC used to put on their website. Would be interesting to see them again.

EDIT: Found the season one drawings ]here

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I dunno, I always much-preferred the first Winter season.

The Qualifier had some obstacles that were completely pointless (Buzz Saw, Nutcrackers, even the final obstacle felt silly). Two other episodes started with the non-obstacle of Ski Launch and the predictable smack of Snow Boot. Then there's Snow Shovel Trouble, which was somewhat amusing but completl unfair and the Family Tre/Weasel Wheel was just a more creative smackwall that still made the show the unfair.

The only good obstacles to start were alive Struck and H.E. Double Hockeysticks - the latter of which was seen a whole one time emoticon

From here on, each episode was unseperable.

Decent Motivator, Snowfall was fine but too repetitive (when it could've quite easily been varied several times over the season).

The Winter Kitchen just annoyed me. Smackthing all after smackthing emoticon I only liked the first two designs of it either.

Pain in the Ice was impressive at the time, but in hindsight was one too many obstacle-course round for that Winter. Ice Hole, Lumber Tumbler and Snow Chute were quite smart ideas though.

Cold-Hearted Snake would've been much better if only around for four/five of the episodes. The snowflake slide thing was a nice idea, but made for too many slides (when the previous year had none!), while the final obstacle just annoyed me as they always ended up rasining the "snowball" so people could reach the final platform. The jump also kept almost any girl from making the Zone.

The first Zone obstacle is insanely boring, and then it stayed around for the first Summer course as well??! emoticon The Psychadelic Snowglobe had a nice concept in dropping the platform by hitting the button, but ignored somehow felt like an afterthought after a bunch of testers just rode around to the other side using just one or two pegs.

Frozen Fury was a fine obstacle but quite boring, while Iced Over is the absolute definition of boring (except perhaps during close-finishes).

The Zone being so high made a lot of the winners' times seem undeserving of the prize too.

The whole of season five lacked obstacle variety (no courses had an extra third round to swap to and the Sucker Punch pit was just used as a walkway. Courses even started recycling starting obstacles at time (Snow Shovel Trouble/Weasel Wheel, Henson Headshots/Wipeout Saloon, Swept Away, Ski Launch + Snow Boot.

I will say that some of the best names came from Winter season five though.
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Finally got around to watching a couple of eps from season 6 and will echo a few of the things Messup said.

The qualifier is nothing to shout home about - I'd completely forgot about that variation of the "kitchen", but both Trippety Skippity and Tongue Twister were at least obstacles, and it was good to see the Sucker Punch pit back in use. I do wonder actually if they'd have benefitted from dropping the last pool in the qualifier and going back to the 4 obstacles as in season one rather than having the "kitchen" type obstacles.


I haven't changed my mind at all about the Round 2 obstacles - both Octopushy and Miami Pound Machine are awful - with the latter being the ugliest looking obstacle in the history of the show.

Round 3 though is the complete opposite and some of the strongest rounds since the early series. Wipeout Greatest Hits was a good way of having the same round with different themes, but all musical related so not coming across as random as some themes do. Wipeout City too was also great with some original obstacles in there - it felt really fresh.

Sugar Smacks is an interesting one though - we generally hated it at the time and I can see why - it's basically old obstacles recycled. However watching 5 years on it is actually a really good round - it just came a season or two too late perhaps.


I'm going to try and dig out a season 7 episode from the depths of the internet to complete the set. Like many here I gave up relatively early on but would be good to see the last ever episode. Might have to dig a season one episode out too.


I do wonder now if they revived the show how much would be new and how much would be bringing back the old favourites.

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I'm going to try and dig out a season 7 episode from the depths of the internet to complete the set.


Episodes 11 and 13 are on in a full screen form on youtube and eps 1 to 10 are on dailymotion. Not all are great quality but at least they're all full screen with decent audio.
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All of the season seven (and most season six) episodes are pretty easily-available on YouTube - but, yeah, not in full-screen emoticon

Glad to see the change-in-heart in Sugar Smacks as I always had a soft-spot for it.
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Shame the US version hasn't found it's way onto Netflix or another platform. No reason for it to not have really.

And it is depressing now on Youtube how searches for Wipeout content seem to be dominated by Total Wipeout content.

And that brings us on to Series 7 - the series where they stripped everything out of the show we loved about Wipeout, put in everything we hated about Total Wipeout - and made one of the worst series ever. It really is a series killed by production - I watched the Tournament of Champions episode and the shift in tone is so notable and just makes it a borefest really. And that's before we even get to the Washout rules in the Zone (and they revealed in this episode only two people actually completed the final obstacle - all the others just climbed the ladder!).


Disecting the course though and it actually makes it even more frustrating that production screwed it over as it's not a bad course at all from beginning to end.

In this episode we had a proper starting obstacle - two sets of two small turntables with sweeper arms. The Sucker Punch was back (but didn't seem as good) whilst the Play Pound wasn't a bad follow up to the Big Balls. The final obstacle was one of the better "kitchen" type obstacles as it actually was an obstacle.


So in this series they only had the one course and I think the return of the Sucker Punch and Sweeper were a clear indication they knew that it would likely be their last series. It was the plain old classic sweeper in this episode - only thing I have to say is I really don't like the design of the sweeper. The contraption is far too clunky and over designed and distract from the simplicity of the round.


Space Race is one of my favourite rounds from later seasons and with just the one course it alternated between being a Round 2 and Round 3 obstacle. Haven't rewatched the Purple Spinning People Beater round but from what I recall that was OK too.

The Zone though is actually one of the best across the seven series and that makes it absolutely devasting they killed it by having contestants move on after they fall. The Shredder was an improvement on the Throwtisery, whilst Hells Carousel was basically a revived Crazy Sweeper, but looked to be more than that. Gears of Fear was a great final obstacle too, but most people fell off the first one so you never got to see it completed. It would have been epic to see people try try and try again.



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