Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Amazing Race: Family Edition

The producers of the Amazing Race must have thought that having families (including some with very young children) race would be an interesting twist on the show. They were wrong.

I am an unabashed fan of the Race...teams of Americans running around the world (engendering confused stares and patient bemusement from the natives of the various countries) is often the most interesting and entertaining of "reality" show competitions...but this version (with teams of four family members) has been unwieldy and dull almost from the start.

I tried to hang with it but I find that I don't care who wins...the families I kind of liked have all be eliminated now...and any entertainment value this edition had was totally sucked away by the incessantly-whiny, relentlessly-sanctimonious, and ever-melodramatic Weaver clan (see above) who managed to fritter away any goodwill engendered by the fact that the Dad of the family was killed in some kind of accident on a racetrack (which the producers tastefully exploited by staging not one but two stunts at racetracks) with their oft-referenced, bitchy, snarky, enormously self-aggrandizing version of "Christian" piety.

Hopefully the next Race will be more fun (let's leave the kids home next time, okay?)


Otto K. said...

I totally agree with you on this season of the Race. It's just flat out boring. One of the things that I really enjoy is seeing the contestants visit foreign locales and deal with situations that they normally don't encounter. Not the world's largest office chair.

quin said...

I'm watching it here in the UK. I'm glad other people agree -- this series is not very interesting at all, seems to be boiling down to one long driving competition...

As a Londoner I really enjoyed the London episode last season though (blogged it here) :)