While a complete contrivance, this game gives a world-view few other reality shows can offer. Each of the tasks is related to local culture in some fashion; however, the adaptations are frequently humorous in-and-of themselves. For instance the ridiculousness begins from the very first episode in England, where a giant sling-shot meant to knock down a stuffed knight in armor, instead snaps back and stuffs a woman's face with a watermelon at full velocity. Ouch! In a later episode, a vegetarian chokes down a local Norwegian Christmas dish--"an entire roasted sheep's head."
I didn't like the show, when I first saw it on CBS, but on Amazon, I don't have to put up with long-delaying commercials. The race goes a lot faster. Yeah, it's cheezy, but it's a great deal of fun & everyone picks out their couples to root for: father-son; father-daughter; first all-female team to win; newly re-united; etc.
One of the best seasons of the Amazing Race - the competing teams are strong and deep and entertaining (5 teams were capable of winning - two teams would return for future all star races). In addition, the competitions and locations were more interesting than usual including a couple of route info's that were almost as challenging as the detours..
This season is one of the best! The teams are almost all memorable, and some of the locations and tasks were interesting (I especially enjoyed finding Ghana on the map and the teams getting to work on the school there, plus the Race visited the Arctic Circle for the first time). The winners are one of my favorite winning teams overall! The only drawback is the negativity of the males on dating teams toward their partners- one was especially uncaring about his girlfriend's struggles during the race. Overall, though, I found this to be one of the most enjoyable seasons to watch! Thank you, Amazon Prime, for allowing us to stream this season!
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