Quick spoilers for last night's "The Amazing Race" coming up just as soon as I find a bride...
As Adam at Throwing Things points out, the design of this leg -- with the massive bunch at the start and three relatively simple and straightforward tasks -- meant there wasn't a lot of drama last night. Really, the only thing separating the three groups was who got lost and who didn't when leaving the train station, and then who chose the snowplow Detour (which seemed to have much less travel time) versus who chose the bride Detour. And with the season's first Non-Elimination Leg(*), even the ones who got lost at the train station didn't suffer too much from it. Perhaps the producers were hoping one player would balk at doing the run in their underwear to spice things up -- or simply thought that the spectacle of players running in their underwear would be enough to make us overlook a relatively pedestrian leg.
(*) Since I skipped the last few seasons, when the Speed Bump was introduced -- and it seems like a vast improvement on previous NEL penalties -- can anyone tell me how often teams who had to do it were able to survive that leg?
As the Race heads into India, where we're almost certainly going to see some meltdowns and at least one or two teams getting terribly lost, I'm trying to pick an obvious frontrunner, and I'm not sure I see one. Luke/Margie are the only team to win more than one leg, but everybody but the two sibling teams have won at least one. Nobody seems really superior physically to anyone else, except maybe the stuntmen, and they're so easily confused -- I loved Phil waving to them in frustration when they couldn't find the check-in mat -- that it doesn't matter. So we have a bunch of relatively equal teams that are mostly likable (other than Victor, who's a tool). No obvious heroes, and no obvious villains. My loyalty is still with Team Schneebly, but I could see this season going a lot of different ways and would be satisfied with almost any outcome. (One exception -- see previous, re: Victor and toolishness.)
What did everybody else think?