Build it bigger

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:22 PM
Sheikrafanatic's avatar I was impressed by the show because it was very informative but on that same note I was disappointed that they kept switching back and forth between the two. I think it would have been easier to take in if it was one straight shot of each one.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:50 PM
I enjoyed going the focus going back and forth and didn't enjoy the emphasis on completing the 2nd loop. I wish they would/could have instead highlighted the entire process. I was impressed.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:01 AM
My guess is that they're trying to reinvent the "building the ____" genre of documentaries with a Dirty Jobs feel, meaning that they try to get the host involved with the dirty work of construction. Since they probably only like to shoot at a location for a couple of days, we end up with them adding two pieces of track to the coaster.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:51 AM
Sheikrafanatic's avatar Discovery has had that feel when they did another show with Danny Forster in it. I can't quite remember the name but it was the same feel.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:08 AM
I believe it was called Extreme Engineering.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:07 PM
I thought the show was really good and original. It was interesting to see the day-to-day offseason construction of coasters. The workers added a lot to the show too.

They couldn't resist throwing in the G-force explanation though. :)

please dismantle all these phantom limbs
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:17 PM
Hey Scooter! Don't diss those "Garbo Guys" When I worked at CP, I was one of those who took out the trash. Now THAT'S a Dirty Job!

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:51 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I enjoyed the show.

Renegade looks.......YUM! :)

Griffon doesn't look too shabby either. :)


Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:41 PM
I liked the show but hated his screaming on the rides.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:05 PM
Having ridden many a 200ft. or taller coaster, I haven't been freaked-out by them that much. That was until I saw them putting in the top of the Immelan on Griffon and watching the construction worker go out there to secure it. No. Thank. You.

I agree that throwing "The" in front of coasters that don't have them is annoying, but what can you do? One of the guys I do sound for at my church was at CP the same day we were last month and he was talking about "The" Dragster. It made me cringe, but I didn't correct him.

If you want to watch a show that will truly get your adrenaline running without pulling down a lapbar or a harness, change channels over to The History Channel for "Ice Road Truckers," on at 10 pm on Sundays. I caught the first three episodes the other night and it was incredibly nerve-wracking.

These guys and one woman they profiled are carrying multi-ton loads (usually of machinery for a mine) over ice (and snow on top of ice) that is constantly cracking underneath the weight of their wheels. The weather is absolutely bone-chilling too.

Friday, July 13, 2007 6:58 AM
Great, informative, and interesting show. Probably the best coaster show / documentary i've seen. Not the standard coaster show by any means (that's a good thing). Really gives you a behind the scene look at construction and what the workers REALLY have to go through.

A+++++!!@!@!@ would watch again ;)

Friday, July 13, 2007 7:18 AM
I just caught this last night. Pretty good and interesting, although the shots of him riding and video taping himself on the ride were totally cheesy. I like that BGA was featured, it almost felt like I was there with him - I've spent quite a few laps on those same rides.


Friday, July 13, 2007 11:46 AM
SFDL Dude, if you liked this program, I think you would have also enjoyed the building of Tatsu program that was on last year (if you didn't see it).

They spent the entire program showing how they built the ride and the many engineering challenges that popped-up in the way. Like "hmm...the footer at the base of the pretzel loop is too high, and it's got to come to be removed now!" I particularly enjoyed them trying to get the timing of the trains down to an exact time from station to brakes.


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