The Amazing Race China Season 4 continues with another great Leg, this time in Stockholm, Sweden.
The episode uploads on YouTube didn’t seem to have the pre-credits segment of the first task. Apparently, it was chipping away at ice to reach their clue. That’s not bad a task to have.
So the first thing I actually watched this Leg was the Face Off. And it was pretty great (as soon as I understood what was going on lol). So much better than any sport-related Face Off TAR Canada has done so far. It was a creative task that didn’t really give one team an advantage over another. There was a little bit of luck involved, but also some strategy.
Zhang Jike and Dad’s Speed Bump was also pretty solid. A simple, but maybe tedious task is fine.
The Active Route Info task with a focus on Sweden’s Midsummer festivities was good. It would’ve also made a great Detour choice as well. Maybe I would’ve preferred that to be paired with the alphabet side of the Detour which was more on luck and attention to detail.
The Detour was a little unbalanced since the log sawing is one of the most infamous TAR tasks and then they went and combined it with axe throwing which is also a little bit of luck too.
They were all good tasks, but especially with a U-Turn, I don’t know that it was the best Detour pairing.
The Road Block was fine as well. It actually might have worked better as a Face Off with both team members in the boat instead, controlling their own destiny. There were a few times when the person paddling their boats seemed to be more at fault for the Road Block participant falling than the Road Block participant themselves. Lol But I liked it.
The putting together map pieces from the entire Leg is awesome (and very-TARPHDME-like lol), especially as one last challenge for the teams before the Pit Stop.
Overall a good, solid and full Leg.
The teams have all been fun so far. I only realized after this Leg (and I double checked after) that Deng Bin & Wang Xinyu were from the K-pop band VARSITY that debuted in January, I think it was. It didn’t immediately click in my head when I saw the name and I thought VARSITY-V was a C-Pop group or something. But no, they are the Chinese members of the large, new K-pop group. That’s pretty cool. But they were in the back of the pack most of their time on the Race. I think partly because of the linear Leg 2, but they also didn’t really step it up when they needed to and fell behind during tasks and opportunities where they could’ve moved up.