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So what's at SFOT that would justify Bert the Conqueror filming for two days this week?
Titan was filmed today, and yes Mr. Freeze is being filmed tomorrow.

Am I the only one who just cannot stand this show? My biggest beef with it is that it's called "Bert the Conqueror", but he's not "conquering" anything that's impressive. Like, when he did the Stratosphere tower rides, or the SCAD Jump, ok. That's fine. But Mr. Freeze? Canobie's Space Shot??? I'm sorry, but millions of people every year "conquer" Millennium Force. It's one thing if you're going to make a "roller coaster show", that's fine, but you're not a "conqueror" when 8 year old kids ride the same things as you are.

 

The show is garbage. Just my opinion...

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So what's at SFOT that would justify Bert the Conqueror filming for two days this week?
Titan was filmed today, and yes Mr. Freeze is being filmed tomorrow.

Am I the only one who just cannot stand this show? My biggest beef with it is that it's called "Bert the Conqueror", but he's not "conquering" anything that's impressive. Like, when he did the Stratosphere tower rides, or the SCAD Jump, ok. That's fine. But Mr. Freeze? Canobie's Space Shot??? I'm sorry, but millions of people every year "conquer" Millennium Force. It's one thing if you're going to make a "roller coaster show", that's fine, but you're not a "conqueror" when 8 year old kids ride the same things as you are.

 

The show is garbage. Just my opinion...

 

I agree with this. I mean, I've watched it, and he's a lighthearted sunny kind of jokester. But that's beside the point, he just happens to go all around the country doing weird uncommon things, which happens to include riding roller coasters. He's probably going to do stuff people know well (Stratosphere) and I had the same reaction when I heard he was coming to SFOT. I mean, I love the park but really? But this is one of those shows where things you never usually see (like Lagoon, the only episode I've ever watched) in normal shows.

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Robb I completely agree with you on the show, I can't stand it either. Did anyone see the Cedar Point episode? Maybe I'm wrong, but Ive been going to Cedar Point a long time and have never heard of a "fearsome foursome challenge". And the way they portray what are in my opinion just average coasters like they are all World Record holding intense mega coasters gets really annoying.

 

Although I will give the show a little credit, they do feature some parks that don't usually make any travel/discovery channel shows like Canobie Lake, and Lagoon, and Dollywood. Which is kinda nice because I am getting tired of seeing the Stratosphere rides and Millennium Force featured on every single coaster show that ever gets made.

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Am I the only one who just cannot stand this show?

I can't stand it either. I wish it had more information and less of Bart screaming his @$$ off. It really is lacking in content. He will go and ride something and make a big deal out of it even when it isn't.

I'm sorry, but millions of people every year "conquer" Millennium Force. It's one thing if you're going to make a "roller coaster show", that's fine, but you're not a "conqueror" when 8 year old kids ride the same things as you are.

I "conquered" MF at six.

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It feels like the rollercoaster portion of the show is aimed completely to kids, and should be on a kids program. On the other hand, he has done some pretty cool things like the parasailing snowboard episode, and the "redneck" waterski tractor pull. But I guess those are the only few things he did do that was cool. Pond skimming on skis? I don't know of a ski resort that doesn't do that now, nor is it dangerous. Or how about the Blob, again pretty common, and it wasn't like on Nitro Circus where they raised it up about 150 feet....

 

If your going to do a show like that, you have to do stuff you normally wouldn't, even stuff that puts you in the face of danger. I mean come on, you have a show based around "extreme" things, so do something extreme.

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So what's at SFOT that would justify Bert the Conqueror filming for two days this week?
Titan was filmed today, and yes Mr. Freeze is being filmed tomorrow.

Am I the only one who just cannot stand this show? My biggest beef with it is that it's called "Bert the Conqueror", but he's not "conquering" anything that's impressive. Like, when he did the Stratosphere tower rides, or the SCAD Jump, ok. That's fine. But Mr. Freeze? Canobie's Space Shot??? I'm sorry, but millions of people every year "conquer" Millennium Force. It's one thing if you're going to make a "roller coaster show", that's fine, but you're not a "conqueror" when 8 year old kids ride the same things as you are.

 

The show is garbage. Just my opinion...

 

I can't stand the show either, that was sort of what I was getting at originally. Titan? come on. Superman Tower of Power, sure, it's the tallest, but Mr. Freeze? lame.

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I never watched the show, but I think what you all are forgetting is that many people are afraid of amusement park rides and coasters. People on TPR might not be afraid but we are a very small percentage (less than 1%) of the park going population. Practically every family I know has at least one member that won't ride much beyond family rides. This holds true even for a family like the Alveys, as Elissa's mom thinks most of us are nuts.

 

Now let's get back to Texas Giant discussions.

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And the way they portray what are in my opinion just average coasters like they are all World Record holding intense mega coasters gets really annoying.

THIS! This! This! This! This! This!!!

 

Well said. Totally my exact thoughts on it. It's like I said, if the show is really a "theme park show", then it should be called that. But don't tell me you gotta be some insane lunatic thrill seeker to "conquer" Thunderhead at Dollywood...

 

--Robb "He's conquering rides made for families." Alvey

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I never watched the show, but I think what you all are forgetting is that many people are afraid of amusement park rides and coasters. People on TPR might not be afraid but we are a very small percentage (less than 1%) of the park going population. Practically every family I know has at least one member that won't ride much beyond family rides. This holds true even for a family like the Alveys, as Elissa's mom thinks most of us are nuts.

But see, since you've never watched the show, you don't know that the audience it's targeting isn't Elissa's mom. It's not targeting people who are scared of coasters, it seems much more targeted to your average crowd standing in line for Millennium Force. That's what my problem with the show is.

 

It just seems really "off-balance." But clearly it has viewers, because, while I was shocked to see it renewed for a 2nd season, it did get renewed!

 

--Robb "I still think it's garbage..." Alvey

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While those shows are indeed funny to watch (for all of the wrong reasons of course) the good thing that comes out of it is competition amongst the parks to win a title, even if the "Most EVAR!" do come off as a bit manufactured at times.

 

I do propose this though:

 

Who thinks that on the next TPR trip a spoof video should be made with some unsuspecting GP patron who really is afraid of these things. Over the course of the video, you broker a deal that you'll do x if they do y. Simple smooth talk, crazy stunts, prizes, etc. Just as long as they finally over come a fear and ride something allowing you to tape it. Call it Robb the Enabler and i guarantee you it would be a) more interesting than the real thing and b) funnier.

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But clearly it has viewers, because, while I was shocked to see it renewed for a 2nd season, it did get renewed!

Sheesh! If he wants to "conquer" something, make him sit through an episode of his own show.....or "Ghost Adventures". Then I'll be impressed.

 

 

And just to remain somewhat on the thread topic. The trains look nice.

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I loved his comments on the Busch Gardens Tampa episode how he so passionately described Montu as the 'Longest, Tallest, Fastest Inverted coaster in FLORIDA!!!"haha. According to the show Maxair is also somehow the largest ride of its kind in the world?, must be 6 inches wider and 2 mph faster than Delirium haha.

Maybe I'm wrong here but Ive been going to Cedar Point for a long time and have never heard of the Fearsome Foursome Challenge until that show. Even if the thing is real you can hardly walk from Magnum to Wicked Twister to Millinium to Dragster in an hour none the less ride all four coasters in an hour. That whole thing had to be fake, or they let him to the front of the lines which would again make it fake.

The show is clearly not targeted towards coaster enthusiasts so I cant be that mad at it, but as an enthusiasts it does kinda piss me off a little bit. Probably the same way that real food fans get mad at shows like Diners Drive in's and Dives or Man vs Food.

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You people are seriously complaining about a new TV show that's main focus is roller coasters and thrill rides? Forget what it's called, just be glad it's a show about our favorite hobby. I don't particularly care for the name either but I think the show is done well enough, and the host isn't totally dislikeable.

 

And of course these shows aren't geared toward coaster enthusiasts, why would they produce a show geared toward such a tiny percentage of people? So of course he's going to exaggerate the rides and make them seem bigger-than-life... Because 99.9998% of viewers would fall asleep or change the channel if instead he talked about trim brakes or blocking procedures.

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No, the glaring issue with "Conquerer" is the ass-backwards way it tries to present any ride. Should a coaster show really be

"Here we go on Cedar Points GemeniiiiiiiiiiiAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH O SH-- AH" and more of his girly, yet batsh-- insane screaming to keep in tune a 37 year old mom?

 

It's the general problem with a techie/geeky/niche thing like coasters going mainstream. Whenever video games go mainstream like the Wii or the Video Game Awards, they're panned. Star Trek: The Next Generation-panned. I don't want to sit back and say, "This asshat is really doing something for the thrill ride community, 'conquering' roller coasters and their manufactured claims in an arbitrary amount of time."

 

When you compare the Big Mike Road Show to Bert the Conquerer in terms of quality and mainstream popularity, how can you not get pissed?

 

Also, Texas Giant... <3

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I actually got to participate in filming for Bert the conquerer today. They invited all employees to bring a friend and ride Titan today. Everyone had to sign video-release forms for the show. They just cycled train after train of employees and friends. We will return tomorrow morning for the filming of Mr. Freeze. It's awesome because we get to ride during off season. It would have been really cool if they had waited until next season for the Texas Giant.

One thing I would like to see Bert Conquer, ride Titan 5 times back to back. If you come back to the station after 5 times without blacking out or some bodily damage, I'd be impressed. Six Flags management actually won't allow back to back rides because it is too stressful on the GP's bodies. If nobody is in the station, you still have to walk around through the queue again.

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