The Amazing Race: Season 5
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A new season, a new adventure, and a new globe-spanning race. The fifth season of Emmy-Award winning THE AMAZING RACE follows the longest race yet traveling over 72,000 miles, six continents, and twelve countries, including Uruguay, Kenya, and Tanzania. This time the race has not just one beauty queen, but two, with both a former Miss Teen USA and a former Miss Texas USA competing alongside past Big Brother contestant, Alison Irwin and the fan favorite team Mirna and Charla.
Descending into the depths of Osiris Shaft, 140 feet below sea level, contestants travel where no AMAZING RACE contestant has gone before, and a chocolate factory in San Carlos makes for the most delicious roadblock yet. The fun and excitement come to a dramatic stop for one team as an injury puts them out of the race permanently. It will take more than a passport to win this race around the world- find out who will cross the finish line first in this 3-disc DVD set.
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Having never watched the earlier seasons I noticed some differences as compared to the current version of the show. A couple of them I think made the game better, like not forcing the teams to beg for money when they come in last on a non-elimination leg, it just looks seedy, and not allowing outside help to complete challenges, but most of all I like that now they have to alternate challenges, so that one team member can't do all the challenges (or most of them) as happened in this episode with a few teams. I also noticed that the pacing in this season was a bit more frenetic than it is in current seasons, they've slowed things down a bit and spent more time on the challenges which I think is great.
But overall it was pure Amazing Race, we loved some of the teams and hated some of them and some but in this episode we were happy with who won (and who didn't). As opposed to season 6 which I haven't seen since it's original airing but still remember because of the horrible couple who won. But that's part of the fun of this show, the nice guys don't always finish first although it seems more often than not they do. And it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through.
So if you're an Amazing Race fan like we are and it seems to you like a very long time until the next season starts I'd highly recommend getting sets of past seasons and watching them. Just don't go on line to find info on the teams until you've watched the whole season because it's too easy to stumble across the names of the winners and while that doesn't totally kill the thrill, it's still kind of a kill joy.
1) the all-star cast (Colin and Christie/Mirna and Charla to name two)
2) the variability in tasks and locations
3) the ensuing drama
4) the nail-biting final episodes
The entire season was fraught with drama and interesting tactics used by teams. One tactic I was generally surprised with was when a final three team decided to call ahead for a fast taxi at the airport and shipped home miscellaneous items so that it wouldn't hinder their performance.
Season Five features the love-'em-or-hate-'em team Colin and Christie. Always in ultra-competitive mode and known for their frequent outbursts of anger, the duo soared through the competition and never looked back. Some of the other reviews have mentioned classic moments featuring Colin, such as his moment with the ox, "I'm packin' it!", and a clash a with an unruly cab driver. Probably my favorite moment was when a team drove by another and shouted an obscenity from the window.
All in all, this season was very memorable and highlights the show's humble beginnings as it's fun to see the vast differences in gameplay from then to now. One qualm I have about the finale was the lack of a difficult task to complete in order to get to the finish line -- it wasn't terrible but it was lackluster to say the least.
I for one support more releases of this fantastic show on DVD and hope that Amazon sees the light of seasons 8-12.
It literally took 10 races before a couples team (Megan and Shane) tied their combined record of 9 combined 1st/2nd placements; and Megan and Shane did it with pre-arranged flights and a whole lot of bunching to put them up one win (7/2). The fact that Mirna so clearly hated Colin (he's a criminal!) endeared him to at least half the audience, and the fact that both C&C were intent at every moment on beating every other team, made this race feel like an actual competition.
The animosity that built up between Colin and the other competitors after he and Christie came from the middle of the pack to going 1st or second in the next 8 legs? That saved the race. Because people either loved Colin because he got that this was a RACE!!!! (which I admit, I did; Colin is my favorite racer ever) or they hated him because he didn't much care what he did to other teams, as long as it put him ahead of them. And they got their friends to watch, by the dozen that summer; and they saved The Amazing Race.
And then...came the Ox.
Many people have melted down. Many people have had killer fatigue overwhelm them. Many people have said memorable things.
Nobody but Colin has claimed his animal was broken.
I love him, and I love this race. The biggest thanks EVER to Amazon for this season.