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World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Epic reality competition is grueling, highlights teamwork.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Good idea, lopsided rules and stupid ending

The premise is that teams from around the world are participating in a extreme race between competitors from many different countries. Unfortunately, the cameras follow essentially the American teams that are not necessarily up to the challenge and the Kiwi team that won the last the event 17 years before. Instead of showing the lead teams from other countries, we are left to watch the soap opera unfolds as the lesser teams fail. We don't get a chance to see how excellent athletes from other nations work as a team to conquer the what are obviously incredible challenges. Throughout the competition, the announcer stated that the teams are not to receive assistance. Many times during the competition we watched as teams failed and but for some minor assistance they could have carried on. But when the Kiwis, one of the team with an embedded cameraman failed near the end of the race, the organizers stepped in and made an exception and gave them a level of assistance afforded to no other competitor and and as a result gifted them the race. A very disappointing ending and an undeserved victory and as a result a poor message for your children.

Is It Any Good?

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This intense series is a revival of the original World's Toughest Race Eco-Challenge that was created by Mike Burnett in 1995 and wrapped up in Fiji in 2002. While highlighting the leaders of the race throughout the event, the show celebrates the spirit and strength of everyone who attempts to make it through the rugged course, which is open to all experience levels. It also features some of Fiji's local communities, who share in the experience in different ways.

There are some intense situations as people inevitably experience mishaps, are injured, or are forced to overcome unexpected hurdles. It also offers a fair share of overdramatized moments designed to to keep people interested in what is otherwise an endless trail of people walking, biking, swimming, rappelling, and rowing their way across the island. And Bear Grylls can't help but show off some of his own skills as well. But if you like outdoor adventure series, World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji does a good job of fitting the bill.

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