1. To echo everyone else, once Kristen re-appeared, I'd have been happy with any combination of challengers in the finale, but this was my preferred matchup.
2. Does anyone know of a season scorecard? I haven't been tracking it, but I want to say that Brooke, Kristen, and Sheldon have won or been at the top of every challenge this entire season.
3. I can do without "save-a-chef". LCK is enough of a safety valve for me.
4. I really enjoyed the "what they were up to" cuts at the open. It's nice to see the chefs in a "normal" environment, though it helped that it was Brooke and Sheldon we got to watch.
5. speaking of which, how great was it to watch three successful, well-adjusted human beings manage to be competitive but also friendly and respectful?
6. With all the time between the regular season and the playoffs, why oh why don't the chefs memorize and practice the hell out of a dessert (or three) heading into the finals?
7. why do I keep asking #6 every season?
CWeb wrote:On a side note, the penultimate challenge looks incredible. Tom's letting each of the chefs run his kitchen it seems. No complaints from me.
8. If I'm not mistaken, that semifinal challenge was the finale challenge during the last two seasons (All-Stars, and then Texas). Personally, I wish that gets fixed as the permanent format for the finale. I'll withhold judgement on the live cooking challenge for now, but yeah, I'm skeptical. I want to watch the chefs at their best at this point - no more BS. As long as they give them enough time to prep and cook and no surprises on ingredients, I'm ok with it even if it's cheesy. Anything else, though...nom wrote:Nobody is rolling their eyes at the Iron Chef format for the last episode? It looks just horrid.
On the plus side, it looks like Mike Voltaggio and Paul are going to be in the audience (and maybe judges). It's (almost) always good to see past champions and contenders return.