February 20, 2012

Amazing Race 20: "Tears of a Clown"


The Amazing Race is back! Last night, we saw 11 new teams of two heading into the world to deal with both the stress and excitement of competing for $1 million dollars. Although it was crammed into a single hour, "Tears of a Clown" was a solid premiere that reveals plenty of potential for the upcoming season. There are some over-the-top teams who will likely become obnoxious, so the success could depend on how well they do. That said, I'm still really excited to check out the 20th (!) season of this consistently entertaining show. Last night saw a remarkable gaffe from the departing team, who walked right by Phil and found themselves in last place. Looking at this cast, I expect this won't be the last big mistake. They might not be the brightest group every assembled for this contest, but they could provide good television. For more details on the premiere, check out my review for Sound on Sight and let me know what you thought of the fast-paced opener.

4 comments:

  1. I watched the first season of this all the way through, but then have maybe only see a few intermittent episodes since then. I do remember one where they were herding sheep or something. I always liked the challenges, but find that I'm too character focused to keep up with the rotating casts!

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    1. The Amazing Race has definitely changed a lot since the early seasons. The challenges are still fairly similar (there have been multiple tasks with sheep over the years), but the editing is more fast-paced, sometimes to an annoying degree. I still really like the show, but it's much different than the early seasons, which are my favorite. I'd be interested to hear what you thought if you checked it out. Thanks!

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  2. I like the Amazing Race in an over-the-top kind of way! And its always interesting when they come to Sweden.

    I read that Jerry Bruckheimer live tweeted during the season opener, did you follow him Dan?

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    1. Joel, glad to hear that you've enjoyed the Race. I know they've gone to Sweden a few different times, including Season 6 (I think) where they went to an ice bar and a giant IKEA store. I hadn't heard that Bruckheimer was live tweeting. I watched the show on DVR since we were out when it aired, so I would have missed it either way, though. Thanks!

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