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Review: The Amazing Race - Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 7th 2009 1:12AM
Teams race to Las Vegas to win The Amazing Race
(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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How do you rank this season of The Amazing Race?
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%)

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matt

There was no remember what you did on the race task this season... That task actually helps teams catch up!

December 08 2009 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Eric, Jackie's computer crashed on Thursday. She's back up and running now.

December 07 2009 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Crump

I thought all in all a good season. I liked the Las Vegas ending, where they ran around like chickens with their heads cut off. Also got VERY tired of Erica's Miss whatever routine and black/white crap. She always acted so perfect but showed her true color when bungy jumping for the flowers and lost it. If you paid attention it took some careful editing to almost hear her cursing, but not. She lost it for them. Brian was a good player, kept his cool and carried them through. When they watch this show, I hope he sees how transparent she is and leaves her. Her mother should be begging him to keep her, not having a problem with him. She's the problem.

December 07 2009 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freedom55

If I am not mistaken, they have had a two hour finale in previous seasons.
I was really disappointed that they didn't have the traditional final challenge where the contestants have to remember details of the various adventures they have had over the season. These have always been entertaining and have made sure that the winning team was paying attention during all stages. (this would have eliminated the Globetrotters who couldn't put 5 letters together!
All in all a kind of boring season with wishy washy teams. I did't have a "hate" team or one that I was rooting for.

December 07 2009 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

I know this is off-topic, but since Jackie writes both reviews, I was wondering how come there wasn't a review of Survivor this past week?

December 07 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TomK

Very disappointing final leg. It was a very good and probably the most competitive season ever with all teams seemingly had a shot from the get go. But what a dull way to end it. The challenges were academic and it lacked the best way to end the show. All seasons should end with the recap of the season roadblock, remembering challenges or places visted etc with Phil standing not far off. The season of the flag ending was the most dramatic. But the finale only being an hour is also sad way to short, I think 2 hours would be great with 1 1/2 hrs for the show and a 30 minute chat with Phil and all the teams.

December 07 2009 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tb

At first I wanted Brian and Ericka to win but by the time they got to "Love," I only wanted Brian to win.

December 07 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I didn't think the finale was anticlimactic at all. yes, M/C dominated most of the race, but the finale itself it came down to the wire.

Actually this has got to be the one of the closest finales in a while. I mean think about it, in the course of the finale EACH team was first, second, or third. And M/C got to the poker thing third and still left first! The race was decided in that room. They kept their heads cool and carefully counted letting them beat the brothers and Brian/Ericka.

I was rooting for B/E myself because I like rooting for the underdog, but hey it's all good.

December 07 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Gunter

I have to agree that the 3 final pairs were annoying."Shane"(not using that pretentious spelling) with that hair and then use of the word gnarley,and Erica making a complete fool out of herself at the worst possible time,she cost herself the any chance at winning,and those 2 Wayne and Wendy Whiner brothers.

The last leg was ok but I agree as well that the finale should be longer and feature some sort of wrap up/reunion.As for teams not knowing common facts,that's part of the game using your knowledge or lack of it but it does highlight the failings of our educational system.

December 07 2009 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

I could have taken any of the final 3 teams to win. Everytime has their moments when they have fighting and obviously some more than others. I do think Cheyne and Megan deserved the most to win since they were always finishing first and they were the last team to make to the casino to count out $1 million in chips and got out first. The brothers had a lot of time on both teams.

I also was thinking maybe they should consider having the final end in a foreign country so as not to be an advantage for one of the winning teams. They spent so long in Prague and then had to fly all the way to Vegas.

December 07 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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M-D

I also was thinking maybe they should consider having the final end in a foreign country so as not to be an advantage for one of the winning teams. They spent so long in Prague and then had to fly all the way to Vegas.

Not sure I follow you on this point. There was a forced bunching at the airport in Prague, so none of the three teams had an advantage on arrival in Vegas. Also, unlike some previous races, none of the finalists were residents of the finish-line city.

Also consider that the producers have to sequester the eliminated teams somewhere until the race concludes. The costs go down dramatically if the sequester site is domestic - and doubly so if the eliminated teams don't need to be flown internationally to the finish line.

December 07 2009 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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