After last night's episode, my husband and I talked about how TAR seems to slowly dumbing down. There used to be a lot more "thinking" involved, solving puzzles, figuring out clues, etc... Sometimes the racers even had to figure out their destination cities. Now it is: fly to city Abc and go to building Xyz. Then the tasks are mainly physical, chance, or who's got the strongest stomach, not a lot of thinking required.
And what happened to them driving themselves places? They did some driving in South America, but I can't think of any driving they've done since. It has all been buses, taxis, or trains. And during the past few episodes the taxis have been marked with the TAR flags. Having to drive and navigate in a foreign country were some of the best scenes from past years.
About the only thinking that was required last night was deciding which flight(s) to take from Cairo to Nairobi.
Don't get me wrong. I still enjoy TAR, and think that it is still the smartest reality show around, but just not as smart as it used to be.