This was a very familiar Singapore Leg. TAR has frequently visited Singapore and they usually always do similar tasks. But I think this Leg was fine, especially for a Non-Elimination. (Which was very obvious considering we still have four Legs left with two more eliminations needed.)
Anyway, we start with the hotel U-Turn voting. Like last year, teams were able to go to each other’s hotel rooms before the Leg started to possibly discuss any U-Turn strategies or to form voting alliances.
I’m kind of iffy on the whole situation. I wasn’t a fan of them huddling up in someone’s hotel room before the Leg last season just to discuss who they should all vote for. In general, I’ve recently felt like it’d be better if teams were not warned about a U-Turn so teams would need to make on-the-spot decisions now. And especially when it comes to voting U-Turns and my distaste for alliances on TAR, I’d prefer things to be spontaneous and unpredictable.
Still, thanks to Zhang Jike for not voting either of the targeted teams resulting in two teams being U-Turned. Now that’s a solid strategy. Even though it didn’t really help them stay away from elimination this Leg. lol
The first task with the Confucius quotes was pretty great. For a foreign TAR, I think a modified version of the task could be teams choosing a scroll, learning how to read it and then search among the Confucius students to listen to which one is saying the quote they chose. Could be very fun.
The Detour was simple and straightforward. And both tasks were simple enough to be balanced for a U-Turn.
The lion dance task might have been the most challenging version of it I’ve seen on TAR. It seemed a little more physical because of the rolling and standing on the partner’s thighs. I think a foreign TAR could tweak this task a little and make it even more physically challenging. I enjoyed this one though.
The clothing and cell phone task was okay. Another typical TAR task, having to search around for a matching something.
The Road Block was refreshing too. I thought it was good and fun. I’ve always wanted to try out a wind tunnel. But anyway, it was a basic, but fun task.
Finally, for the Merlion statue, it would’ve been great if the actual location were not printed on the bottom of it. Just having to find out where the Merlion is could be like TAR25’s needing to search amongst three locations.
Overall, a good, solid Singapore Leg and episode.