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I'm not a fan of the weekly knock out style for this as I think that the builders had different strengths and weaknesses so a points based system would have been more effective. I had a feeling there was a little bit of production team fixing early on when the engineering lads failed quite badly on the first round but were kept it and the following week was about motorising builds. It felt like another team was sacrificed to save them for the round they were worried no one else could succeed at.
If they changed it to a points based league system I'd be more likely to watch. Personal taste obviously and in fairness the bits I saw weren't terrible, just the sort who would rather be building than watching others build.
I'd love to go back and watch Series 1
All 4 episodes from Season 1 appear to be available on their catch-up service here.
Alternatively the episodes seem to be available to torrent as well...
To be clear though, there were only 4 episodes? So I should drive myself crazy looking for more.
I also still wish the show featured other things to appeal more to the fanbase. Things like techniques master classes or set spot-lights to showcase design ideas even. Whilst I can see why it doesn't deviate from the bake-off format because of mass appeal, I do find the amped up tension a little exaggerated or manipulated for effect and wish they wouldn't show footage out of chronological sequence.
I am enjoying this series more than the last one though and think that the right people have made it through each week. I'm also enjoying watching it with my kids. Probably its greatest appeal.
I do find Melvin a bit shouty and would prefer to see more of the builds instead of the celebrity judge being silly (especailly Paddy last week, coof). And hate the 'coming up' every 3 seconds, but that's just the format when you got adverts I guess.
Think the challenges are intersting but not easy and it does seem unfair to pit kids agains grown-ups. Yes, kids have maybe more 'fun' but the technic-y stuff and the motors are deffo a challenge for them.
Do like to see the contestants houses and loved the train and village (with Ferris Wheel) in the brother's garden. Was a bit worried about the dirty bricks, but on the other hand, it really, really looked cool.
Won't say too much about the exits etc as I don't want to spoil for those who've not watched it.
I thought the arcade/funfair machine challenge was a great one - I would give all the games they created a go but one or two really stood out and could rival real or smaller scale versions!
In this new format we still have 4 pairs battling it out in the final show. They clearly won't have the time to go to the level of detail that we had for the first series with the gnome village and inner child builds, so it makes me wonder what replaces them. Still, the fact that the programme lasts one week longer than before is definitely a positive. I don't mind Melvin being a bit silly - it reminds me of what the presenters were like on Saturday morning tv when I was a kid in the 90s and I always found that fun.
As for the 'rushing' element, I think you would have to time the competitors in some way, but one way you could avoid elimination could be to have a league system like Taskmaster - there's a winner each week, but they earn points that eventually add up to a total to see who has the most. I'm sure there's flaws in that too though. I DO however remember they had a couple of brief 'masterclass' videos in the first series (including SNOT) so not sure why they don't exist in this one.
'Paul & Lewis' just had a bit of bad luck, a five minute fix and they were there.
On another note, I personally find Melvin quite annoying, but perhaps he's behaving that way to entertain the kids watching the show?
"Oh look, I've got a girlfriend!"
"No, that's your mum."
I think I agree that the best team won in the end, but both final builds were incredible.