What happened last night with The Amazing Race really bothered me.
The teams went to India, which happens every season. This was the mega leg of the race — i.e., the longest and most difficult leg of the race. It was stretched out over two episodes, that’s how much of a mega leg it was. That said, it was pretty obvious from the start that Haley and Kaylynn were going to be eliminated. They started out in last place and they never got out of last place. The only reason they were still in the race was due to luck.
What bothered me, though, is that the other racers seemed determined to kick this team while they were down. First, Will and James used their yield on Kaylynn and Haley, despite the fact that Will and james were in first place while Kaylynn and Haley were way back in 6th place. Then, Riley and Madisson — who were in second place — yielded Kaylynn and Haley for a second time, despite the fact that Kaylynn and Haley were still in 6th place.
Using all of your yields on a team that doesn’t have a chance to win is not a brilliant strategy and the fact that Will and James thought it was so cute to keep yielding them did not make me happy. This season has been dominated by a very mean-spirited alliance and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. There’s only three episodes left and I’ll be rooting for Eswar and Aparna, because they’re the only team that’s not a part of an alliance.
Watching last night, I realized that Will and James are the only racers who have a definable personality. Unfortunately, it’s not a very likable personality but at least they’re more interesting than Riley and Maddison. Having a beard is not the same thing as having a personality.
Anyway, here’s where we stand after the mega leg:
Coming in first, Riley and Maddison. Whatever. They’re boring.
Coming in second, Will and James. The mean boys of The Amazing Race are awfully proud of themselves for continually picking on whoever is in last place. What’s funny is that I would probably love them on either Survivor or Big Brother because those are games where you have to be kind of mean and ruthless. The Amazing Race, though, should be a more positive experience.
Coming in third, DeAngelo and Gary. Again, whatever.
Coming in fourth, Hung and Chee. They’re either going to win or Chee is going to have a total meltdown.
Coming in fifth, Eswar and Apurna. GET IT TOGETHER, YOU TWO! WE’RE DEPENDING ON YOU!
Coming in sixth, Kaylynn and Haley. Their luck run out last night. They were a positive team so I’ll miss them. That said, you really can’t spend 75% of the race in last place without eventually getting eliminated.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!