Touted as the first international competition show of its kind, "Ultimate Beastmaster" will feature six country-specific versions, with local languages, competitors and hosts from each country: the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan. All 10 episodes will launch at the same time worldwide on Netflix. The series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, with each hourlong episode featuring 12 contestants - two from each locale. The athletes will run a demanding new obstacle course known as "The Beast," and each episode will crown a "Beastmaster," with the nine individual winners competing against each other in the final episode of the season for the chance to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.
Initially I thought this was a real good endurance show, I missed the first season but caught the second one and quickly started to realise its not totally about the contestants and also about the movie styled dramatic viewing.
A proper contestant shows every athlete equally through success or failure just as any athlete would want but they seem to cut anything the producers don't seem interesting or a waste of film time. You will start to see just start and end of some athletes runs if it wasn't worth watching determined by the producers. dgtlpsyche and Andrew Goucher have pointed out several flaws that the show has in more detail. Also IMDB trivia makes something apparent that a lot of people wont realise because as intended we are focused on the Athletes, but there is no Audience, the fake cheers are added after for extra flush. This does raise such a question as to why they wouldn't want a live audience when almost all endurance programs like this do, even Gladiators back in the day.
my conclusion would be, its a great show but its not a true Sportsmanship/Endurance show designed to show of the capabilities of these brave average joe, normal athletes. Its more about flash and ratings which is a shame, its seems like a generally gruelling course and would really test people if done properly. It's in human nature to compete, we love it, the adrenaline rush the excitement and the fun is reward and appeal enough, you don't need Hollywood flash to draw in people.
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