Review: The Amazing Race - Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound!
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 7th 2009 1:12AM
(S15E12) And, so it ends. Yep, the season finale of The Amazing Race tends to sneak up pretty quickly on us, doesn't it? Each season, the adrenalin rush builds up, builds up, then comes crashing down in one fell swoop back in the United States after a warp speed cruise through foreign cultures and faraway lands. I like to think of this show as a thinking man's (or woman's) reality show. Not only do I get to mock or enjoy the contestants, I learn about people and places. Oh, and I learned not to blow the finale results on the main page before the jump. Read on.
As someone who generally enjoyed almost all of the teams at the beginning of the season, I ended up not overly fond of the three teams in the running for the million. Of the three teams, the ones most deserving of the win (and least annoying at this point) were Megan and Cheyne. My main fault with them was the smugness and constant winning of legs. Perhaps it's not even anything to do with them -- maybe I just prefer a race that isn't so predictable.
Predictable it was, even though the editing had them faltering in the final race to the finish line. In the first part of the finale, I wanted to see underdogs Brian and Ericka beat out the bros and the constant winners. But when Ericka melted down for the gazillionth time this season, I changed my loyalties. I wanted Megan and Cheyne to keep up their streak. With the brothers, the sniping at each other drove me nuts. I so didn't want them to win just because it reminded me of my brother and me back when I was about ten.
To move away from finding fault with the final three teams, let me grouse about something else for a bit --
- I'd like to see a longer season finale. Perhaps 90 minutes for the last leg and then a Phil Keoghan hosted half-hour with the teams. What do you think?
- I wasn't all that keen on the entire leg being spent in Las Vegas. Much of what I love about the show is the chance to peek in on foreign lands I might never get a chance to visit. True, Las Vegas can be an entirely different world, but so is New Jersey. Can you see them doing a leg in New Jersey? Case closed.
- The show might want to give folks both a geography and pop culture quiz before accepting them. It's amazing how much of what I consider as fairly common knowledge isn't known by teams. Prague is a country? Who is Mr. Las Vegas? Where is Monaco? Have none of them ever heard of Grace Kelly? Oy!
Those things aside, this was yet another enjoyable and interesting season. The team who deserved to win won. I'm not one who goes on about teams who don't need the money shouldn't win. In my opinion, folks who really need the money can't afford to spend their time competing on reality television shows. Had the wealthy Globetrotters won because they raced best, fine by me. While I hope the leg-winning wealth is a bit more evenly spread around in the next season, Megan and Cheyne now have a nice little nest egg for their future. Congratulations to them!
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|Best season ever!||25 (8.6%)|
|Worst season ever!||21 (7.2%)|
|Good, but not the best. The best season was __ (tell us in comments)||245 (84.2%)|