The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business, go!

I have to say, even though the fact that this season is cast from post-first All Stars meant that my personal favorites (Danny and Oswald!) would not be there, it’s actually a pretty likeable cast. There’s only one team I wholly dislike, and a couple that I am eh on; but most of the rest I actively like to varying degrees (and my personal favorites are in the thumbnail!).

Irrelevant U-turns, the Race is not the place for indiscriminate sharing, and my thoughts on the teams

All female teams on TAR, Survivor, quitters suck, etc

Been on vacation for awhile (excuses, excuses…) and I just caught up on Survivor and The Amazing Race

First of all, I think we can all agree that the editing on The Amazing Race is really driving up anticipation for a potential first all-female win… more so than in past seasons, I think. And here we are, going into the final episode, and we have two very capable, strong, likable all-female teams in the final three. That’s pretty good odds, and in my opinion, it’s about time it happened.

Nat & Kat, Brooke & Claire, Fabio, and QUITTERS SUCK

TAR ep 2: Ghana

I have to admit it surprised me a bit for the teams to be sent to Ghana right in the second episode. I absolutely expected them to spend a couple more legs in Europe before sending them off for a cuture shock… but I’m totally fine with it being this early.

Have to say that I love it when The Amazing Race goes to a Chaotic Marketplace™, although I do prefer when the tasks involve needle in a haystack searches in said marketplaces.

I was actually worried at one one point for The Doctors when Kat was sucking at selling sunglasses (I’d suck just as bad, by the way), but then the Gilmore Girls started talking in a post-leg interview about how they found out they’re both double-jointed, and I knew right there that they were out this week. Like I said last week, they seem like lovely people but they clearly weren’t long for the Race. Actually, I think in the long run it’s probably best for them, in the sense that what they wanted was to get to know each other, and the Race puts a lot of stress on established relationships, so… maybe not the best setting for birth mother and daughter to get to know each other? On the other hand, Elimination Station will probably be a lot of fun for them.

Still not enough Team Jumba. Team Watermelon’s stock is totally rising, they’re shaping up to be badass chicks and potentially great racers. Finally, that insane cab race made me love The Doctors and Team Glee even more than last week. Yes, it was dangerous (kids, don’t try this at home!), but on tv? Awesome. I love that Nat and Kat were willing to bite the bullet to catch up and pass some teams, and as for Team Glee, “I’m just glad I didn’t soil myself” was the best quote of the episode.

The world is waiting. So is a watermelon.

My favorite show is back!

That said, I really hate being laptopless. I would have posted this days ago if I had it. Oh well. Posting a day before episode 2!

I’m going to start off saying that I love The Amazing Race. I’ve watched every season (except the family edition, heh), and there’s few things on TV I love as much as those first few minutes when Phil gives racers their sendoff. That said… last season was a disappointment. Obviously there was all the ugliness between Carol/Brandy and Caite; but even without that, the racers were just a few crayons short of a box, in general. The undeniably best team of the season, the cowboys, were lovely, appreciative racers who gave it their all… but they too made dumbass mistakes that might have doomed them in a season with all around better, more savvy racers. As for the rest… let’s just say that while a dumb team can provide occasional laughs, when MOST of the teams are dumb, the show really suffers.

So one of the things that stands out most after the first episode of the new season is that, Team Tattoo aside, these racers seem, well, competent and at least of average intelligence… and a few seem of delightfully above average intelligence too.

The other thing that stands out the most is, of course, The Watermelon Incident. Which I won’t even get into, because everyone else that has anything to say about The Amazing Race has already covered it. :D

So, initial thoughts:

Team Glee: I have so much love for these two. “For England! For freedom!!” indeed. They’re wonderfully funny and geeky, and seem like nice people… but not so nice that they forget to RAAAACE, as evidenced by the fact that they left behind both Team Gilmore Girls and Team Father/Daughter and went ahead when those teams ran into trouble and had to stop (but they also took the time to check that they were okay, and made sure that the other team understood why they were going on, so as not to burn their goodwill).

Team Jumba: I had never heard of KevJumba before, but I went to watch some of his videos when the cast was announced, and found him and his dad hilarious. They weren’t really showcased much in the first episode, and I hope that changes soon.

Nat & Kat: I have really high hopes for the doctors. Obviously intelligent and fit… and how badass is it to give yourself an insulin shot while driving down the highway? I’d love for women like these to be the first all-female team to win.

Team Home Shopping Watermelon: The blonde needs to dial it down a notch, but overall all these two are supportive and competent racers, and I like them. I like that the one that got hit in the face with the watermelon didn’t let it affect her much (because, come on, a watermelon in the face WILL affect you), and got up and finished. Loved her commenting “I made it my bitch!” and I also loved how they were both able to laugh about the whole thing afterward.

Team Volleyball: Non-offensive, but eh. I will say I liked how the one got out to PUSH their car.

Team Dad&Daughter: She’s a bit loud, but I find her to be rather refreshingly atypical for a beauty queen. By which I mean recent beauty queens on the race first and foremost, obviously.

Team Gilmore Girls: Lovely people, but I have to say I don’t think they’re long for the Race.

Nick & Vicki: …Is it wrong that I hope these two stick around awhile? I know, I know, smart racers are best, but because the rest are all so competent, there’s no harm in having ONE team that has never heard of “Stonehedge”, that goes around asking people “Are you a battlement?”, that wonders if THEY are their own boats, and who thinks that the pitstop is in the country of London. :D

Ron & Tony: Seemed nice. Bye bye.

The Interchangeable Young Couples: Eh.