So what did people think? It was fun enough, but I wanted a walk through where we really saw precisely how each individual step worked… I also really want to know whether they faked helping the second machine go, as it seemed to have completely stopped a few times… I can well imagine the producers going in and restarting it and just editing that out (but the judges would presumably know, and in fact that team did not win).
If it had worked correctly, I think they would have. However, a pretty basic part of the challenge is that it should work as designed. We all know that RG machines often take hundred of tests to get right, but in this case they are given both ample time and a small number of links to accomplish. They also have access to a whole shop full of tools, and materials, so there is little room for complaint about materials failures.