2 complaints about Amazing Race --

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2 complaints about Amazing Race --
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Tue, 09-28-2004 - 12:41pm
DH and I have been talking about both these things:

1.) It bugs the heck out of us when everyone gets bunched up in an airport!! It is so-o-o-o nerve wracking to have a team be six hours ahead (as I think Colin and Christie were at one point) and then have everyone on the same plane to the next destination. It gets to the point where, if a team is way ahead, DH and I will say, "Yea, but everyone will catch up at the airport." It kind of takes some of the suspense out of it. I don't know how they'd fix it except to maybe limit the number of teams that can be on any given flight? But that would also be heavily dependant on how many flights might go to a specific destination and how frequent they are.

2.) We were very upset to see the way Colin and Christy's driver was driving in the end. He was driving illegally and dangerously and endangering other people on the road. Also, many of the teams had their drivers speeding and passing other cars under questionable circumstances in other legs of the game. I'm not a strict prude, but it did bother me to see the show condoning this behavior. In the future, I'd like to see the rules read, "You must obey the traffic rules of the country you are in or you will be penalized a time fault." Maybe that would solve the problem of 'bunching up' in the airports!

Anyone else want to weigh in?

-Amy.

P.S. Just an aside -- Someone had raised the issue of Colin not following the rules in one of the tasks. He pulled the clue down the mast of the sailboat instead of turning the handle to get it. I checked my tape and he even says in the voice over, "We were supposed to turn this handle, but I just pulled it down." Why weren't they penalized for that? Other teams had to do do-overs when they made a mistake. Anyone have any insight?



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Tue, 09-28-2004 - 1:02pm
I totally agree about following the rules of the road issue. If Colin and Christy won after that guy was driving on the shoulder and crazy like, I would have been really upset. I was sooooo happy when Kim and Chip arrived there first.

I also agree about them not following the clue, they should have been deducted time or something.

With reference to your other post about the end being staged.....I remember thinking to myself that C & C were kinda calm and gracious when they arrived....maybe they just got a cooling off period before actually going to the stage or maybe just some creative editing.

xxNancy

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Tue, 09-28-2004 - 1:32pm
I like that they have everyone get bunched up at the airport. If they didn't have somewhere (airport, train station, etc) for the teams to all catch up to one another, we'd be stuck watching one team get further and further away from the other teams. It would take the excitement out of the race. It would also mean that any team that gets behind, will be stuck behind. I think having somewhere that all teams (whether they're 5 hours ahead or 5 hours behind) can bunch up is a good idea. I don't find it disappointing at all, because things can still get all turned around just based on the flight they get, connecting flights, train they get on, their cab, etc. There's still so many factors that play into who comes in first and who comes in last.




Brandee ~

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Tue, 09-28-2004 - 2:16pm

I have to agree about the driving.

Betsy

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Tue, 09-28-2004 - 4:11pm

I agree with Brandee, I used to be bothered by the "catch up" every week. Until I thought about it. How boring would it be if the same team kept getting further and further ahead, you would get to a point where you would stop watching because no team would be able to catch up. Look at how frustrated alot of people on this board were with the amount of time C&C kept coming in 1st! The only thing we could do on a week to week basis,

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Wed, 09-29-2004 - 1:50pm
Yes. I can see Brandee's point about the leader getting way ahead and those behind getting farther behind without the 'bunching'. I'll have to re-think it and run it by DH for his opinion.

I also agree with Betsy about the challenges. The need to make them more diverse. I like the idea of having the teams take turns with the tasks -- then it could be a woman climbing a cliff, but it might be a man having to something that requires balance or something.

Thanks for the feedback --

-Amy.



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Wed, 09-29-2004 - 2:18pm
The viewers are not shown all of the penalties. I know that in previous races teams mentioned that they were penalized for not following the clue exactly. Yet that was not shown to the viewers. So it does happen.