The Amazing Race S32E12 - Now It's About Winning - 12/16/2020

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  1. Andrew_S

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    Least favorite team possibly in the entire run of The Amazing Race wins. Very disappointing.
     
  2. Andrew_S

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    Should have ended with the band/music challenge that none of the teams were able to solve on their own.
     
  3. spear

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    They have a rule where you can't help a teammate doing a Roadblock that the racers are very careful not to break (eg. Gary unable to tell DeAngelo to stop and watch the tile demo, Hung unable to point out the baby to Chee). It would be very easy to just add a rule that teams can't help each other in challenges.
     
  4. madscientist

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    That would be simple and maybe they'll go that way, although it's a little harder to police since they could just be talking nearby the other team and deciding what's on purpose and what isn't would be tricky.

    However from the conversation it sounded like they wanted to still allow teams to give hints as part of gameplay: like "oh that team u-turned us last week so we'll give a leg-up to some other team" etc. without just giving the entire answer. The article discussed in particular the walking-down-the-wall challenge as the most egregious example: they said they put a lot of work into that challenge, then most teams hardly even had to run it. So it seemed like they wanted to do something less than an outright ban.
     
  5. trainman

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    Now that this season is over, I'm watching Season 1 on Amazon (the only season I haven't seen -- I started watching with season 2).

    Yellow and white flags! :eek:

    Phil not being at the mat until the last team arrives! :eek:

    Contestants using pay phones in New York City to try to find a flight! :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  6. jcwik

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    I started at the beginning early in the pandemic and am up to maybe 28. What I loved in addition to the pay phones was the use of yellow pages. Do yellow pages even exist any more?
     
  7. DVR_Dave

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    I got a book dropped in my driveway earlier this year.
     
  8. Steveknj

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    It's fun watching the first seasons of something that's been on for years. I remember rewatching parts of S1 of Survivor and seeing how different the game was played back then. We know the rules of BB were completely different during THAT S1.
     
  9. MikeekiM

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    All task oriented challenges... Even the puzzle wasn't much of a puzzle...

    I was hoping for a memory or a puzzle challenge that would allow for the possibility of other teams catching up and making it a tighter race... To have all task oriented challenges pretty much guaranteed the early leader to win the entire thing... I guess the needle in a haystack exercise could have served as the red herring challenge, but overall I was underwhelmed by the final leg and the set of challenges separating them from the finish...

    And as others have said, I was not happy with the amount of information sharing between teams in the "Mine Five"... Lame... Oh well, I still enjoyed the global locations and seeing real places (as opposed to stage sets)... Very cool!
     
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  10. Jeff_in_Bklyn

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    Just started rewatching early seasons. Just found out that Zach from the Big Bang Theory ran the race in season 6.
     
  11. laria

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    Finally got around to watching this. The one team I didn’t want to win.

    This season was extremely flat, but those of you saying it was the worst season yet, did you forget the family season?

    Also, who can’t eat 3 donuts, especially raised ones?!
     
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  12. Steveknj

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    We tend to pretend the family season never existed :) I forgot the circumstances of that one, but I remember they didn't really travel outside the country. Was that the TV strike year? Anyway, this was one of the worst of the regular seasons, though still better than, say, Big Brother this year. I've said often, but I tend to watch TAR more for the countries they visit than anything else, and there was some interesting places, like The Philippines that I don't remember them going to before.
     
  13. laria

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    Yeah it was mostly within the US... they did travel to Panama, Costa Rica, and Canada. I don't remember the circumstances around it either. Looking at Wikipedia to see if something prompted them to do such a short and North America contained version of it, I don't see anything notable.

    Trinidad and Tobago was the only new country this season. A couple of the others have been less frequently visited... it was the second time to Colombia, Paraguay, and Kazakhstan, and the third time to Cambodia and the Philippines. The Amazing Race (American TV series) - Wikipedia

    I forgot a couple of other gripes I had about the ending... well I guess technically one of them was from the second to last leg (I watched them both last night). The shorter football player was such a sore loser on the mat! Crap, there was a second one, too, but I forgot it. :)
     
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  14. MikeekiM

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    Every year we think the then "current" season is the worst... I continue to come back because I enjoy the locations, and there is always something interesting about the personalities and dynamics that's entertaining...

    Yeah, this season wasn't perfect (far from it)... But I enjoyed the locations and the challenges... I enjoyed being able to ***** and moan about this season's reliance on alliances... I love hating the teams I hate, and loving the teams I loved...

    The most entertaining thing from this year for me (and I know it has not been discussed much here) is the arrogance of the UC Berkley siblings... I loved that they wore their UCB/Cal hats and shirts...I love how they rationalized that they thought a challenge was perfect for them "as software engineers"... LOL... I found them highly entertaining...
     
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  15. Steveknj

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    Maybe it's just me, but I never noticed that they were arrogant. Maybe it's a Bay Area thing? Did you go to Stanford? :)

    I don't agree that every year we think the current season is the worst. Take Survivor. I thought the current season was the best in a LONG time. I didn't think this season of AR was the best simply because of the alliances, and that the teams weren't all that interesting. But as always, like you said, the locations are what makes the show interesting for the most part.
     
  16. MikeekiM

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    I think it is a Bay Area thing... And it has nothing to do with Cal Berkley per se... It's just really funny how there are some people who go to a "name brand" school, and they can't help themselves to figure out how to fit in a reminder of their alma mater no matter what the social occasion...

    I was at a dinner party with people that we both knew, and didn't know... And one of the guests (in her 50s) had figured out a way to fit into the conversation about her Stanford pedigree... It was hilarious... And then, when we were having desserts with another group of people, her pedigree came up yet again... It's like there are just some people who can't help wearing their name brand education around their necks...in some cases even decades after the fact...

    Maybe there's a better word for it...maybe "arrogance" is a bit strong... There are others who I know who went to Harvard, Yale and MIT (and yes, Cal UC Berkley and Stanford) that you would never know where they went because they don't wear it around their neck and announce it on every social occasion that they are at... Hmmm... Maybe it's not "arrogance"...maybe it's pride??? It comes across as arrogance to me though... Just sayin'... :)

    And as far as my accusation that "every year we think the current season is the worst"... I did not mean that as a pure 100% statement of fact... Of course it's not 100% true...

    I simply meant that generally speaking, we always hear examples of how the latest season is the worst, and how much better it was "in the good old days"... I agree that there are always glimpses of brightness... There are some seasons better than others for sure... And I agree that this one wasn't one of my favorites... But I'll be back... LOL... I am a gluten for punishment! On a serious note, you never know when you are in the middle of experiencing a great season unless you watch it (unless, of course, you wait for the season to play out and hear from others whether it's worth watching it as a re-run)... And some seasons pick up in the middle...whereas some never pick up at all...

    But to be fair, maybe I am just more patient with crappy programming... I am constantly given a hard time by my friends for watching "Pirate Master" (including the web-only episodes when the ratings were so bad, they had to remove the final episodes from the broadcast schedule)!!! Ha, ha, ha!
     
  17. Steveknj

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    Reminds me of a movie I recently watched called The Prom, where two actors were complaining that third actor was constantly mentioning that he went to Julliard :)
     
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  18. robojerk

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    I acknowledge that every season on these forums people gripe about it being the worst season. I have never agreed with them but never engaged with them either. This is the first season where I didn't care much for it. The alliance just made the race seem moot as there were quite a few legs where someone in the alliance was able to sabotage someone who wasn't or give a huge advantage to someone in it to make the race blah and frustrating as a viewer. I'm sure those who raced and were in it loved the advantage....

    I also watch for the locations. It inspired a trip I took to Peru with the wife back in 2011. Profile pic is from Machu Pichu.
     
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