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After watching the new US version, it wasnít just the new host that bothered me. It was all the small things. British humor being one of them. I donít remember if this ever happened in any of the UK series, but since the one US team won in pumkiní chuckin because the other team didnít hit the target. They didnít even let the winning team take their final shot. And what was with 3 (?!) test shots. In the UK you got to make sure that your machine ran/worked. Then it was go time. Last the Champagne. So we donít drink as much over here. I just liked to see the teams spray each other down before going to credits.
-- Jedediah Frey (Jedediahf@hotmail.com), January 05, 2001
Editing, since they didn't need to show their last shot ( which would have been embarrasing ) they didn't. As far as the testing goes it was always pretty obvious that some type of testing went on, we just didn't see it. The producers have to have a show, The only show i have seen that I could say for sure there was no testing, was the harvester show. JustJay
-- justjay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 05, 2001.
I personally don't like the introduction videos on the US version, and much prefer the season 3 UK 'produced' introductions. Although i did really enjoy the 'big O' line from the Juveniles video :)
Some of the other 'little things', the 'junkyard time machine' rather than 'scrapheap timer', plus of course the british teams had more goofy/lark like stuff shown (care what you want about the BIA, the scene with Dick and Bobby drilling the holes with the drill press was priceless :)
-- Ryan Gavigan (email@example.com), January 05, 2001.
Embarrassing? Do tell, I want dirt! PV
-- pv (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 05, 2001.
A lot of the silly moments got cut, along with the educational ones. For example, the UK got to see us pulling a stunt on the army boys, and the US cut didn't include it. After finding that chocolate at 3pm or so was a wonderful idea, we decided to give our competition some.
The day before the competition, I bought an extra large bar of toblerone, and a model rocket parachute. Around 3, Crash tossed it over the wall, while I shouted INCOMING. They responded by throwing the knee and elbow pads over the wall at us. Then Robert played royal taster, and did a wonderfull death by poision.
The only part of this the US viewers got to see was the knee pads coming over the wall, and that only in a commercial.
-- Jeff - The NERDS (email@example.com), January 05, 2001.
You are right about some of the humor being cut from the final edit. They missed our food fight over the wall, and some other things going on as well. Too bad they can't film at the motel while the experts are keeping the challenge secret from the teams. We had some of our best moments there in the pub with that.
-- Waddy Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 06, 2001.
Waddy, If you gotta tell that stuff be sure to tell who started it.
Since Ron put it on his site I will tell everyone that their third shot fell about midway between their scafolding and the target.
-- justjay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (email@example.com), January 06, 2001.