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The Layover - Singapore

It aired last night. Tony Bourdain was as sarcastic and witty as ever, and must have left the city fat and bloated. I can't believe he ate so much and so often. I would have exploded if I were him. But I found the show entertaining. What did you think? Is this a keeper or should Tony just stick to "No Reservations?"

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  1. I won't judge a series by one episode but I think the concept has promise, especially for viewers with short attention spans who complain that Tony spends too much time lingering over non-food issues on No Reservations. Funniest part last night was when he complained about people who stand still on escalators and then he's shown later doing exactly that.
    I'll keep watching.

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    1. re: Sloth

      That bit of hypocrisy was funny. I'm not a fan of TB but I love travel shows that focus on food. This show is more focused on places to stay and eat, which is more important to me than TB's worldview. I do think multiple viewing panels is distracting. I find myself backing up the DVR to see what I missed.

    2. I enjoyed it. I liked how he covered both food and non-food attractions.

      1. the curried fish head turned me on

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        1. re: MarkG

          IMHO, fish head curry is overrated. It tastes okay, but I prefer my curry to be not so fish essence-intensive. It's messier than heck to eat. And the head - it's a frickin' brutal looking head - I just find it gets in the way. Maybe I'm a lazy man, but I ended up pulling the head out and giving to the table for other diners to pick at. I tried it a couple more times in Singapore and Malaysia, and still felt the same...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            A large Asian grocery near me (99Ranch) has a slot in their fish counter filled with fish heads. I'm guessing most are bought for making a fish stock, but I've been tempted to buy one to prepare in this curry style. One of these days ... )

        2. I am a Tony fan, but didn't really care for this show. I have to ask why? Why do a show that is, for all intents and purposes, identical to No Res? Tony goes somewhere eats some food, see's some stuff and talks about stuff that annoy him and stuff he loves, and usually in a pretty entertaining way. He's already done Singapore. Why?

          kb

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          1. re: JuniorBalloon

            For "No Reservations", Tony spends one to two weeks in the designated country, which allows him a lot of leeway & travel time.

            For "The Layover", the point is what you can do/enjoy within a 24 to 48-hour time period during an airport layover.

            1. re: Breezychow

              I get that they have slightly different premises, but the end result is an hour of television showing Tony eating, talking and doing stuff. Seems he already has a show doing that.

              jb

              1. re: JuniorBalloon

                we watched it last night and I have to agree. This was like stuff from the cutting room floor of No Res, not a whole, separate show's worth of material.

                Tony largely looked very, very tired, and like he wasn't really enjoying the eating all that much as it sort of became like a man vs. food episode with all the food/meals he was supposed to put away in a limited amount of time.

                1. re: rockandroller1

                  True, he did seem to be struggling to eat all that stuff. :-) I think he really needed a short nap before plunging into all that stuff, at the least!

          2. Hated it, couldn't get through the episode and I'm a Tony Bourdain fan. It just felt contrived. In agreement with Mark G though regarding the curried fish head.