At this point, the series has shown viewers so much of the world that the travelogue aspect is sort of old hat. And inserting characters from other shows (the "Big Brother" contestants this season) or inspired by other shows (the self-proclaimed Guidos, at right) feels like a desperate ratings ploy. That's especially true when Rachel exclaims, "We are not here to make friends. We are gere to win a million dollars." Yawn. We've heard that line a dozen times before from reality competition contestants, why would "Race" editors choose to use that old saw again?
There are some likeable characters in the new season, including two best friends from Kentucky and the twins, pictured at left ("He's like my life partner, but we're not gay," one twins says, prompting guffaws from the other).
Other winning lines from Sunday's premiere:
- Brendon trash talks a team of border patrol agents: "I'm half-Mexican and I hate them for a reason."
- One female contestant exclaims during a skydiving compeition, "My uterus is in my throat!"
- "Bopper," one of the Kentucy competitors, exclaims while making empanadas, "This is the first time I've ever made a pinata!"
It's not like "The Amazing Race" has become a bad show, just sort of ho-hum, aside from a crazy finish line first. The thrill is (mostly) gone.