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Storming the Battlements: Quick Thoughts on Season Seventeen of The Amazing Race

By now, we've all seen the watermelon-to-the-face viral video making the rounds the last few weeks, but the season opener of CBS' The Amazing Race is far more than just than cringe-inducing moment of pain.

In fact, the opener to the seventeenth (!!!) season of The Amazing Race ("They Don't Call It the Amazing Race for Nothin'!") might just go down as one of the series' all-time bests, sending the contestants across the pond to England, where they're forced to contend with scaling the walls of a castle, learning the definition of "battlements," discovering what Stonehenge is, and performing a rather difficult balancing act. That is, when they're not getting hopelessly lost driving on the left side of the road, as happens to more than just one hopeful team.

As with all great seasons, the success or failure of an individual reality competition cycle rests pretty squarely on the casting and I have to say that they've more than come through with the cast of this cycle of TAR. Ivy League a cappela singers, home shopping network mavens, beach volleyball partners, doctors, a biological mother and the daughter she gave up for adoption, plus the usual assortment of best friends, romantic couples, and family members.

Plus, what might just be the dumbest team ever to race for a million dollars. I'll let you discover just which team this might be as they deliver some absolutely hysterical corkers in this first episode alone. And a new twist that's mentioned at the start that could have some real consequences on the race ahead, as well as a major advantage for whichever team manages to snag this first-time game-changer.

But, ultimately, it's another season of fun challenges, tense team members, beautiful sights and sounds, and a heart-pumping race to the finish line. Not to mention a swiftly raised eyebrow from host Phil Keoghan.

Season Seventeen of The Amazing Race launches Sunday with a 90-minute episode at 8:30 pm ET/PT on CBS.

Comments

Kat said…
I love Amazing Race! I am so glad it is back!
Abbie R. said…
I love the Amazing Race but usually find the opening episode to be a little slow. Not this one! Definitely one of the best openings to any season!
greebs said…
I can't WAIT for the team to use the Express Pass far, far too early.

Plus, could they cast folks who look a little different, please? I don't mind that they're all pretty, I get that. (Though if I ever have a doctor half as pretty as either of the hot doctors, I'm not sure what I'd do...) But the two teams with the brown-haired, sort of aggressive guy and their blond girlfriends? I had a real hard time keeping them straight. And why is one of them called Tinkerbell?
London Buddy said…
I know i'm biased, but is it really that hard to drive a car with a gear stick?? Also im intrigued who you thought were the dumbest team ever, because i think a few of them clould come under that category! Team Glee (The Nerds!) to win!!
GeekGirl said…
"What country are you in?"
"London."

That was hilarious. Also amusing was the fact that they spent so much time looking for a flag that was right in front of them because the word medieval confused them. Funny or depressing. . .I'm not sure which.

Also, driving a stick isn't hard, but I think that trying to shift with the left hand is what confuses people, especially when you are used to first gear being close to your body and 5th gear requiring a more extended arm. Confusing the muscle memory.

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