Thoughts on AR Family Edition?

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Thoughts on AR Family Edition?
Mon, 10-10-2005 - 1:54pm

It's been a couple weeks since the show started. What does everyone think of it? Good? Bad? or simply Ok? Would you like to see another Family Edition or are you craving the old format?

*** My thoughts: One thing that I really love AR is the fact that it takes the teams to other countries. It's not just about the actual tasks, it's how they deal with being out of their comfort zone. Having to learn to communicate with people of other countries. Staying in the US is understandable when children are involved (and it IS showing us that some people know NOTHING about their own country "Washington DC.. is that in Washington State?", but I can't wait for the next season when we're back to the "old" format!

If you were on this show, would you be disappointed that you weren't leaving the US? Especially if you'd watched the show since the very beginning? I think I'd be very disappointed. Part of what makes AR "Amazing" is everything they're able to see and do.

Brandee ~

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Mon, 10-10-2005 - 2:43pm

I'm looking forward to the return to the old format as well. This is *kinda* interesting ... but, like you, I like having the teams go all over the world. Also, there are a lot of inter-team dynamics that you get in "regular" seasons that we don't really see in this format.

My guess is that when they applied for the family edition they knew they'd not be going to other countries??? if I were doing the game w/ my kids, I wouldn't be too upset about not going to other countries --- too many things to worry about relative to the kids.


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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 8:26am

I have mixed feelings on the format. I agree with the previous posts --- I do miss the dynamics of the teams being in other countries. Part of the 'fun' is seeing how they deal with the cultural differences they encounter. Also, I love to see parts of the world I'll never be able to see on my own.

Having said that, I don't mind that they're sticking to the US for this season. With kids involved, I'd want to stay in the US -- no questions asked! It's a great opportunity to show places less traveled across our own country. Heck, if I see a place that looks interesting and I can actually afford to take my family there and see it for myself.

I'm enjoying it so far......


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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 12:43pm

I like it. It's a nice change to have families on there, even if they stay in the US. At the same time, I'm looking forward to the next show when they go back to the other format. I, too, like to see other parts of the world that I may never get to travel to, and see how the teams react and communicate in countries that have a different language than English, as their main language.


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Tue, 10-11-2005 - 3:01pm
You know I've usually been dissapointed that they never spent much time in the us before. So I like this special showcase that they are doing. But I will like seeing the old format coming back next season. As for the family aspect, I'm enjoying that very much. I just love those two little kids. They crack me up.
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Sat, 10-15-2005 - 11:05pm

So very disappointed in this season. For me, it's not getting more exciting as time goes by, I'm not feeling that I want to stay up "late" (I'm up at 4:30am, so staying up till 10 is definitely late for me) to watch the show. It's so blah.

I also agree that it's showing just how ignorant some Americans are of their own country. I sure hope the show never pulls this again!


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Sun, 10-16-2005 - 11:31am

I still like the show, but it's missing something. So far there hasn't been an equalizer where everyone gets a chance to catch up. I'm sure the fact that they aren't relying on airplanes has a lot to do with it. I really don't think the challenges have been that difficult either. So far the road blocks haven't been the type where it takes forever for someone to do it and others pass them up (I know the one with the briefcases did take a while for some and not for others.) I really think when they decided to do a family edition it should have had that all contestants had either young kids or all over driving age.

I also think that if this would have been the very first Amazing Race show, we never would have seen Amazing Race 2.