ironnut77: Giving a shout in the hope of sparking some more activity on here. Thank you Man Alive! for continuing to keep this forum on the Web, despite the shadows of the past activity. As I posted elsewhere, ICJ is not dead yet!
Mar 8, 2018 10:06:06 GMT -5
Post by Man Alive! on Oct 14, 2018 22:55:12 GMT -5
I watched the first episode and will be watching the second episode soon. Having seen bits and pieces of the original broadcast, I believe that this version has been edited down a bit... which was probably a good call for general audiences in the US. The program itself is slick and the food looks sublime. I appreciate all of the callbacks to the original series in terms of the presentation, though the lack of “Backdraft” music is definitely felt. The dubbing isn’t quite as natural as the classic episodes, unfortunately, but overall I’m pleased with the finished product and am looking forward to the next two episodes.
I finally got around to watching "Battle Chicken" yesterday. I realized I neglected to set my DVR to record the "second" episode on Saturday - oh well...
Generally, I was impressed with some things and more unimpressed with others. Here is a very short break-down:
-- It is good to see Iron Chef back as it "should be." -- The food looked absolutely fantastic! -- The cuts to commercial that were edited into the American broadcast are very well done, actually an improvement over the quick cuts of the Food Network days.
-- The pre-selection of the Iron Chef and the Challenger are too "Iron Chef America"-like for me and I did not agree. -- The music is absolutely awful. I have not watched the original Japanese broadcast - please tell me this wasn't what was used there? -- The over-abundance of commentators on the panel were not necessary; give me just two (like Fukui and Hattori of old) and I will be just fine. I will say the new female floor reporter was decent. -- The dubbing was pretty bad, like "old school Godzilla" bad. That said, we should count ourselves fortunate to have this in dubbed format. Someone paid for that, and didn't have to. We could have very easily have had a subtitled version, which I know some prefer, in all fairness. -- The overall "feel" of the program, while still much better than Iron Chef America, could not hope to match the original ICJ of old. The "epic" feeling was missing, and everyone seemed to be just going through the motions. The Iron Chef's unenthusiastic reaction to the verdict says it all.
So, all in all, this show did not elicit the excitement in me that I used to feel (and still feel, if I re-watch) from the Food Network episodes of old. I don't see myself going out of my way to watch this again, but will do so if I can remember to record it.
There is a potential positive though. As they are sister stations, and as the dubbing was paid for, perhaps these new episodes will "bleed" over into the Food Network line up at some point. That station has a wider audience, and such a move might (just might) bring about newly dubbed episodes of the original show, or at least re-airings of the old episodes. This would MAYBE garner new interest and get people talking anew. It is probably a pipe dream, but worth mentioning...
A side note - interesting that they are airing Battle Chicken, which was shown toward the middle of the new show's run.