Last night, the Amazing Race moved to New Orleans for the final leg and it was all pretty anti-climatic. From the minute the plane landed, Will and James were in the lead. (It turned out that both of them have spent time in New Orleans and basically knew the layout of the town. The other teams didn’t.) Hung and Chee spent the entire night in second place. Riley and Maddison spent the entire night in third place. And that’s exactly how the race ended.
Will and James came in first.
Hung and Chee came in second.
Riley and Maddison came in third.
It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season. Hung and Chee were a strong team from the start and probably could have made it to the end on their own. Will and James and Riley and Maddison, however, owed their success to their alliance, If not for the fact that they spent the entire race helping each other out, they probably wouldn’t have made it to the final three. For someone like me who loves the Race and who, in the past, has always appreciated it as being a positive antidote to all the scheming and pettiness of Big Brother and Survivor, it was difficult to get excited about either team making it to the end.
It’s not cheating, despite what some people on Twitter are saying. Racers are allowed to form alliances and they’re allowed to help each other. Personally, I hope that, when and if the Race returns, they’ll institute a new rule about teams helping each other during the roadblocks and the detours. This season was ruined not so much by the teams forming an alliance as by the way the alliance proceeded to bully and scheme against the teams outside of the cool kids clique. Obviously, it was a strategy that worked but it was unpleasant to watch. I can’t say I was surprised to see how unenthusiastic all the previously eliminated teams looked when they saw Will and James running up to the mat.
Probably the best thing about last night’s episode is that Riley and Maddison came in third. As I watched last night, I realized that I still didn’t know which one was Riley and which one was Maddison. They were perhaps the most boring team to ever made it to the finale and, if they had won, this season would have been unbearable. As it is, Will and James weren’t particularly likable but at least they had some sort of personality. Riley and Maddison pretty much just had beards.
Well, that’s it for this season! And that’s it going to be it for this blog for a while. I’m not sure when we’ll get another season of Survivor and the Amazing Race, though I’ll cover them whenever we do get them.
I might cover a few other reality shows in the interim. We’ll see!