What happened to the "Amazing"?

September 28, 2005

This season, The Amazing Race is taking on a different look. Instead of teams of 2 linked by some kind of pre-existing relationship (married couples, dating models, friends, co-workers, clowns, virgins, etc.), this is the Family Race, with teams of 4 related people. The team dynamics are, obviously, different. The logistics of traveling with six people (four team members plus camera and sound operators) are more difficult than traveling with four. But this race looks like it doesn't even plan to be amazing.

Brooklyn (yay!) to Lancaster, PA? That's not very amazing. That's pretty boring. Without the travel, language barriers, culture clash and multiple forms of transportation, this isn't an Amazing race. And multiple tasks in NYC but no subway navigation? At least the cameo was appreciated here.

TAR9 will go back to the classic formula. I'll check back in then and hope the show has a long run without having to hold off production to do another family edition.

In contrast, tonight's Lost was very good.

Posted by Andrew Raff at September 28, 2005 11:23 PM
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I didn't see the first episode of TAR Family Edition, but I saw the second episode last night and was also disappointed to see them driving in little circles in the NE U.S. I'm hoping they'll fly them off to more exotic locales once numbers have thinned, but perhaps they're just staying in the U.S. this time.

I'm generally w/you that I'm already looking forward to the next season of the show when they return to the 2-person teams and the world travel. It's interesting to see families struggle together and tear each other apart, but, well, not *that* interesting.

Posted by: ambimb on October 5, 2005 08:09 AM
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