February 19, 2007
The Amazing Race - All-Notables
Yeah, let's face it. When a reality show does an "all-stars" edition, it's not like sports where they pick the best players. No, in TV it's the best personalities. And that's what we saw last night on The Amazing Race. Rob & Amber? Uchenna & Joyce? The Guidos? Sure. I mean, they were all top 3 finishers in their seasons. But as much as I loved David & Mary, they finished a ways back.
Still, if you want to see some old friends, you're rewarded. Hey - it's the Frats! (Older, married and fatter, apparently.) Jon Vito & Jill! (What do you MEAN they aren't dating anymore?)
And of course the most ridiculous team is Eric & Danielle, who didn't race on the same team originally, but "fell in love" after their season. Uh huh. I give it 3 legs in this season. One needle-in-the-haystack Roadblock and they're toast.
As for the show itself, I just really wish it had been 2 hours. When the premiere races by (no pun intended), it's hard to get a handle on the teams when there are so many of them. I wanted a bit more time to ease into things, and see how these teams that know each other previously would react now that they were competing.
That aside, kudos to Romber for winning the leg. They were efficient as usual, but I could really do without all the self-promoting mugging. A little humility goes a long way, kids. Take a tip from Danny & Oswald, who raced really well and still have retained all their season 2 charm. LOVE THEM! I want them to win.
Most surprising? Not loathing Teri & Ian yet. He was...normal? It was very confusing.
Also, Uchenna & Joyce? It's called ADOPTION. Look into it. You have a million bucks, for pity's sake.
And let's all weep over the far-too-early exit of team JVJ. I adored them in their season, and was most looking forward to seeing them again in All-Stars. Damn those massive Ecuadorian parks with entrances that are miles away from each other!
Next week, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Charla will say that people underestimate her.