Thanks to 20 people insisting to me that this is one of the best reality shows ever, and coupled with threats by John and Fluff to delete every lame post I ever make if I didn't watch it, I decided to give this show a shot. First, let me tell you a little about my television viewing habits. I have none. Outside of American Idol (don't ask me how I got into that show) and Friends (I've been watching it since the inception, hard not to watch it now), I don't watch any network or cable television. FORT, I have a feeling, is going to change that - because the conversation and camraderie is fantastic here, and well I can't talk about American Idol for the next nine months (well I can, but no one would listen).
That being said, here are my initial impressions of The Amazing Race, the various participants and random thoughts. This won't have any cohesiveness to it, so I hope you're not looking for an organized recap.
- First thing I notice about the models is when one of them says "Thank God we're good looking." Not necessarily getting off on the right foot with me, and I didn't think they were all that in the first place.
- Go fat guys! I always like a good underdog (this is in my notes, I forget who said "we're just a coupla fat guys" either the clowns or the ATC's)
- virgins and dating for 12 years. Yea, and I'm Ruben Studdard.
- father/son team, they look like complete opposites, but seem to mesh well together. I can relate to that because my Dad and I are complete opposites. I always like watching parent/child interactions, so I am looking forward to seeing them compete.
- Dave and Jeff, for being so confident in their own abilities they sure don't back it up performance wise. Of course, it's only one show, but I wasn't impressed. They need to make a move next show.
- Amanda & Chris - hey look, it's Pippi Longstockings meets Richard Pryor. Volatile couple, but they are competitive, athletic, energetic and seem to push each other on despite the verbal assaults. I can see them continuing on for a while.
- and the artists formerly known as the Insane Clown Posse. Ever since "It" I've hated clowns. These guys might change my impression. Aloof, light hearted and fun, I found myself rooting for them.
- Russell & Cindy. I really like these two. They seem confident in a quiet kind of way, but I feel for Cindy. It's obvious he's kind of stringing her along, and she is madly in love with him. Maybe this trip will create some sparks, or help her see the light.
- the NFL wives. I don't really want to see Ray Buchanan in a cheerleader skirt, but if it'll help TAR's ratings, let's see it!
- Never seen so much running for no reason in my entire life. I wonder what the other people at the airports, bus stations and miscellaneous places the contestants go off to think of all this mad rushing, screaming. Has anyone ever tried the calm, rational approach? Walk, take your time, and think things out? I would think it might work better rather than rushing without much thought about what you are doing.
- I kept thinking someone was going to get pulled over for speeding. Has that ever happened before?
- Do they get maps initially? Because getting to LAX ain't a cup of tea.
- I said this in the spoiler thread, and it has to do with thinking things out as mentioned above - but why wasn't anyone smart enough to stop at the first available payphone, call the airlines, find out which one arrives in Milan first and book that flight. I know that's what I would have done - then you can take your time getting to the airport.
- the models spent way too much time trying to fix that door. Lesson to be learned, put your suitcases in the back seat.
- Oh, I saw some backstabbing. The whole debacle at the airport was good, mean fun!
- Debra & Steve - so sweet, calm and in love, but I knew they were done for when they chose the Rescue option. Him crying in the hotel room and the way they handled their exit with such passion for one another was touching.
- Did the NFL wives have some crappy luck or what? But it was nice of Josh to pay them back a little with the last ticket to the 2nd bus. Then they blow that by using the fast forward (well at least in my novice view of how I would approach this show it is) unnecessarily.
- Is the host from Boston? I swear he said "Amander" and "Monicer" - oh and I know you all love him, but why? He doesn't do much except narrate.
- Finally some brains, and by one of the least likely couples Amanda and Chris, when they pass on the 4 o'clock shuttle to go find an earlier one. The only couple that showed the capabilities of doing so. That and they were able to get over their fear of heights without any troubles. I might not like them a lot, but I think they are going to do well.
- OK, explain to me how being nice to other people pays off in this competition? I don't understand why people would tell someone where the bus pass is. Make them look for it, maybe they'll be late. The only way I could see this being good strategy is if it is a couple that you think is weak and you want them to move with you.
- I felt bad for the bum knee on the ATC's, but they showed fight and perseverance. I wonder how long they can hold up in physical challenges though.
- Tian & Jaree. Ah, let this be a lesson for all you smokers out there.
- I like the way the show keeps moving. It is very fast paced, they build suspense well, kinda leave you hanging at the end wondering who the last team is walking around the corner. I found it a little unnecessary showing so much detail on the teams that were in the first two buses. We knew they were going to make it with the two hour head start. I suppose that'll change though as fewer teams exist.
- I wish they had some kind of leaderboard that flashed up on the screen every ten minutes or so, showing the overall standings and by how much they are ahead. Sure, I know the overall order at the end of the show, but how much are the first three ahead of the fourth place team, so on and so on. Knowing if your favorite team only has a little or a lot of time to make up would be nice.
- All in all, I enjoyed it though, and I can see why so many of you love it. I'll definitely watch a few more episodes, and unless something drastic happens, will watch it in it's entirety.
(yea, I talk a lot, get used to it)