March 28, 2012

TV: The Amazing Race 20: "This is Wicked Strange" Review


Welcome back to relevance, Fast Forward! This is the second one in three weeks on The Amazing Race, and it plays a big role this time. Once both Dave and Rachel and Joey and Danny go for it, the end result is predictable. One of them is heading for the exits. The Jersey boys give it their best shot to catch up, but the gap is too much to overcome. This week's episode in Azerbaijan provides several entertaining challenges, particularly a strange custom of cleaning guys with crude oil. That Detour is a lot more fun than searching thousands of apples in a Russian car for a single flag. There are only six teams left after this episode, which can only mean one thing. The next episode is going to be a non-elimination leg. You'll have to wait two weeks, however. Next week is the annual break for the Country Music Awards! For more details, check out my latest review for Sound on Sight.

Here are a few other points of interest that I didn't address in my review:

*I actually do mention this in my review, but it's worth saying again: Bring back the weekly Fast Forward! The ratings are better, and Ford is basically funding the entire season, so the money has to be there.
*Mark and Bopper initially think Azerbaijan is in Africa, and I can't really blame them. It's interesting that they can say dumb things and I enjoy it, yet others like Rachel drive me crazy. Being endearing can make up for a lot, even when Mark is throwing up in the back seat of a car.
*Are simulated helicopter crashes open to the public? If so, I'd be there in a second.
*This episode's tasks aren't difficult, but they feel original and fun to do. That sense of enjoyment is all over this leg, and I really hope it continues as we head towards the finale.

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