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2009-05-21 01:08 PM
Cyclism Nope, the final leg of the first season went from Alaska and ended at Flushing Meadows in Queens, NYC.

Second season ended with an Alaska to San Francisco leg, with the Final Pit Stop in Golden Gate Park.
2009-05-21 01:05 PM
james99 I thought the final leg of the first season was between Alaska and Seattle?
2009-05-21 12:59 PM
dm_4u I find with all these "Reality" TV shows...(AR, Survivor and BB)...it makes for far better TV...when there is perceived hatred or controversy (drummed up or not) amongst some of the contestants...

I also find the same holds true for most Sports these days too...imho
2009-05-21 11:05 AM
Cyclism It happened in the very first season that ended in NYC, exactly as JonO described it.

And BTW, I'd say the first 3 seasons of The Amazing Race are by far way better than any subsequent seasons.
2009-05-21 10:48 AM
james99 Ya, that's sounds familiar. Don't forget about the "family" edition where the team from New Orleans got eliminated in the New Orleans leg of the race.
2009-05-21 10:13 AM
JonO ^^^ If I remember correctly from one of the earlier seasons, this actually played against one of the teams. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the final leg was in NYC and one of the teams lived there (or had lived there) and knew a short cut to get into the city, which they shared with the cabbie. Now the short cut probably works when there's lots of traffic, but I think it was really early and the team that took the "standard" route into the city ended up getting there first...
2009-05-14 08:54 AM
james99
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Especially when the legs of the race have likely been planned before the contestants have been selected.
I agree, the legs of the race are probably selected before the contestants which means you shouldn't be picking people with an unfair advantage.

In past years you had people who had actually liveed in some of the cities that were part of the race.
2009-05-14 07:35 AM
hugh He's talking about the restaurant challenge. Tammy /Victor didn't do the makup challenge



2009-05-14 07:14 AM
jumpy27 They all had to do the foot massage. What other challenge are you referring to? Was it the makeup/opera challenge?
2009-05-14 12:00 AM
Proteosome Especially when the legs of the race have likely been planned before the contestants have been selected.

I also think that the eventual winners were given a harder time on the chinese restaurant challenge than the two girls were. They didn't finish that challenge before the people who had the foot massage finished theirs. In other words, the ability to speak the language in a challenge designed around speaking the local language did not have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the challenge.
2009-05-13 07:36 AM
hugh Did ability to speak Chinese help tammy and victor? Yes. But it also helped Keisha and Jen and another team on the caligraphy task.

Every team will have their strengths and weaknesses which makes the whole race interesting. I don't think organizers should avoid major countries because one or two contestants can speak the native language.



2009-05-13 07:13 AM
dosborne I stand by my statement. I wasn't complaining. I was just stating that when everyone borded the final flight, everything was equalized at that point for the remaining teams leaving the decision of the winner to the final challenge/luck of hitting the right taxi driver.
2009-05-12 12:44 PM
james99
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As is often the case though, everyone was on the same flight to the final destination so anything that happened previously in the game didn't really matter at all.
Hmmmm unless you were already eliminated because you couldn't speak Chinese as well as others or swim as well as others.
2009-05-12 11:42 AM
taxtwit
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As is often the case though, everyone was on the same flight to the final destination so anything that happened previously in the game didn't really matter at all.
That's like saying the refs giving five penalties in a row to one team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, allowing the unpenalized team to score, doesn't matter if they then give five penalties in a row to the other team - what happens at any stage has profound implications down the road. Tammy/Victor's advantage in China arguably caused stronger teams to be eliminated during those legs than might otherwise have been the case, thereby profoundly affecting the eventual outcome.

Having said that, unless you had teams of clones, it is obviously impossible to completely even the playing field and I think AR does a pretty good job of making a fair competition by having a very good variety of detours/roadblocks/etc. I also think at the end of the day, the winners have been determined in most seasons by simple blind luck, which is as it should be if you want to keep ratings high right to the end.
2009-05-12 07:24 AM
dosborne
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Amazing race is the best of the reality shows, however I found this season a bit dissapointing. Tammy and Victor had an obvious advantage in China which was unfairly leading into the finals. I also didn't like the confusion with the rules in regards to the stunt guys. CBS didn't preview any futher editions at the end of the show, I imagine there will be a long gap before the next.
As is often the case though, everyone was on the same flight to the final destination so anything that happened previously in the game didn't really matter at all. The final challenge seemed a bit easier than some previous seasons, but still everything came down to that. As viewers, we are not privy to the rules, but with a million dollars up for grabs, you can be sure that the contestants are given a written set of rules and sign an agreement/contract before being accepted.
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