|The Amazing Race 21 Wrap-Up
So The Amazing Race 21 was an alright season. Nothing too memorable, save for the final Road Block. But also not horrible.
I think the biggest thing to take away from TAR21 is that the show is definitely due for a sprucing up. I hope a freshly remixed theme, new graphics, and some better challenges are in store for us at least in the next two seasons.
I guess after 21 seasons, TAR will be returning to a lot more locations they’ve visited previously. There’s only so many countries left and with the world continuing to be unstable and unsafe for Americans to run through, I’m sure the options are limited.
The tasks in Indonesia and Bangladesh like the carrying of ice, fish and bamboo or assembling that big scale were good to challenge the teams especially in those countries that were congested and stereotypically “third world.”
The Turkish bath was gratuitous team skin and the Russian time zone Road Block was a great mental challenge
It’s also about time someone figured out to use the U-Turn to their advantage like how the “Dream Team” did here. I wonder if that will necessitate a tweak to the rules in reaction kind of like Big Brother instituting that “6 houseguests only” rule after the Five Finger/Backdoor Plan, I think in season 5. But the U-Turn strategy they came up with here was very smart.
And second, the Double Your Money prize. Spoiler alert, Phil says it will not return for TAR22. And I don’t really think it made a difference in terms of competition. If anything, the threat of another million dollars TAR needed to shell out limited possible locations or tasks. TAR could use that million for something else like better challenges or to pay for those plane tickets to fresh and different locations.
You also had strong personalities in Natalie & Nadiya and Jaymes & James who were pretty much locks for any All-Star season. You had real underdogs in James & Abba and a likeable, yet strong couple in Trey & Lexi.
There weren’t any villains (despite what some casual fans might believe) or big fueds so there were no angry outbursts like we had in TAR20.
That said, a season like this where teams all helped each other out and even made pacts to get eliminated together kind of made me miss all that fighting and drama TAR20 delivered.
They were actually very linear Legs. But the tasks were balanced enough and teams good enough to keep everyone within striking distance which made it all the more exciting.
The Final Road Block was definitely an inspired task. While it may not come close to TAR12’s tragic, but genius final Road Block, this one was right up there with the TAR17 Pit Stop Greeter Hats, the field of clueboxes from TAR13 and the epic surfboards of TAR14. And let’s not forget the very first memory Final Task, the totem pole Road Block of TAR3. So ahead of its time.
But it was definitely a downer, almost like TAR12, when a horrible team ends up winning. More on that below.
15. TAR717. TAR18: UB
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