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July 7, 2004

Return of the Race

The Amazing Race did not disappoint last night. It does get a little weaker each year, mostly because the people they cast get a little younger and a little prettier and a little more generic each time, but that seems to be a common thread in the life cycle of every reality show. The Race still blows away any other reality show out there, and is a more enjoyable and engrossing hour than most scripted shows.

And their website is a knockout this year too, with six-page recaps of each episode, loads of travel information about each location they visit, a behind-the-scenes FAQ, and scads of cutting-room-floor footage. They’ve never gone this in-depth before. They must realize there are plenty of fans out there looking for just this kind of info. Gotta keep the fans happy!

The first couple of years this show was on, the contestants seemed to be at least a little bit intelligent and capable. The show would give them a relatively obscure clue, and they’d have to consult with the locals and look at maps and try to figure out where they’re supposed to go. This year they tell the people exactly where to go, they give them the exact address, they do everything but put a flashing neon sign on top of the route markers, which are already painted bright red and yellow, and still the nitwits walk right by. Yes it makes for a hilarious moment when the team breezes right by the box, and the cameraman following them turns towards it and zooms in, and the sound editors add a little “Zing!” to the soundtrack. But after it happens a half dozen times it stops being funny so much and just starts being sad. You have to seriously wonder how these people put their pants on in the morning without hurting themselves.

Anyway, it should be a good summer, even if you’re hoping for everybody to lose. And of course the show would be nothing without Miss Alli’s excellent recaps over at TWoP. Clocking in at over twenty pages each, they make the perfect companion to an already outstanding show. It takes her a few days to write them, so look for the first one this weekend.

And above all, watch the show!