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Season Finale at Sturgis! American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.

9 Oct

October 8, 2010

This week, the not-quite-battling Teutul clan took the act on the road to Sturgis, South Dakota. Sturgis is the site, every August, if the country’s biggest biker rally.

It was also the home, from 1996 to 1999, of an annual WCW wrestling pay-per-view event, Hog Wild (later changed to Road Wild after Harley-Davidson sued.) While never the best or most popular pay-per-view, it was infamous for losing money time after time. WCW would set up the ring in the middle of the field and encouraged the bikers to ride up to ringside and watch from their bikes. For free. This event was totally free to attend. While most ppv events generated thousands just from ticket sales, this one, year after year, generated zero dollars. And the event was so bad, with the wrestlers usually caught up in the biker festivities and not in, um, “prime shape,” it had a terrible buy rate and it always hemorrhaged money. So why did they do it? The man in charge was a motorcycle fan and wanted a yearly trip to Sturgis. No wonder they went under.

And since we are talking wrestling in an American chopper blog, this gives an excuse to bring back my favorite “separated at birth” picture. 

Whatchoo gonna do? Vrooom!

Anyway, back to the show, and why am I so happy? As Jim Morrison sang,

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Until next season.

Lets get the only source of anxiety out of the way early- DID THEY RECONCILE? DID THEY DID THEY DID THEY?

No, silly. Of course not. Senior bad-mouthed Jr. in a magazine article and Paulie took the high road, which is smart but boring. We want a fight!

Anyway, the Scooby gang went down to Sturgis, Paulie to unveil a pair or bikes and Sr. to show off his unimpressive drag bike.

Why was it unimpressive? The impressive parts of the bike were the electric motor and batteries, neither of which he had anything to do with. The rest? Just a long, ugly bike.

Paulie, on the other hand, made a pair of great looking bikes. Of course, I have long said that the paint job makes the bike, and Paulie had nothing to do with that. And he had little to do with the build- Vinnie did that, and some other guys too. That is why his business is called Paul Jr. Designs, not Paul Jr. Builds. Truth in advertising.  (Yes, I know Paulie did the webs- don’t email me about that.)

At any rate, for Paulie, the season ended on a high note. His bikes were built, his shop was up and running, he unveiled his bikes.

For Senior, the season ended pretty anti-climactically. The last few weeks Sr. and OCC had been trying to break a world record. Well, this week they did, sort of. After they unveiled the bike, the owner took it and Sr. got to watch the event sitting in his office, via video. That sort of sums up the entire season for Senior, just another hollow victory.

Strangely, for a season that focused less on bike building than on family breaking, this finale focused almost entirely on bike building, and suffered for it, Honestly, it was boring. The show, which was on the verge of cancellation last season, reinvented itself with the family feuding, and for some reason abandoned it for the last few weeks to the detriment of the show.

On the other hand, most of the feuding was pretty stupid and one-sided, so in this short season of seven episodes you swung from boredom to stupidity. The stupidity, at least, was entertaining. Senior never failed to make himself look like an idiot.

So what did I take away from this season?


You won’t believe how many hits I get from searches for that phrase.

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