Amazing Race Recap: There’s no “fun” in Fondue

Kevin recaps latest episode of Amazing Race

Amazing Race Recap: There’s no “fun” in Fondue

On this week’s bombsquad TARTalk episode we discover watching people eat cheese equals hilarious TV!  Who knew!  Also we have a Love/Hate List where we talk about the things we’re lovin’ on this season…and things we be haten’.  In addition we do our “fast forward recap” where we cover the entire 60 minute episode in about 2.5 minutes flat! PLUSSSSS we interview Vicki from last season of The Amazing Race…remember she was the “tattooed couple” with Nick…we interview her to find out what she thinks of this season…and how The Amazing Race affected her relationship with Nick.

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  • Richard

    Thank you, Kevin! If you get an answer, I’d sure like to know. Maybe it was just because it was an all star season, and it will hopefully be back when they are with regular folk.
    Love your fast forward recaps, and it’s great to see interviews with past racers. You get better and better. I re watched one of the 1st pop talk shows and you have grown leaps and bounds! You, da bomb!
    Thanks again, Richard

  • Richard

    BTW, I think the wheeze, was because you’d be wheezing for air after lugging all of that luggage!

  • Eames

    Thanks for the recaps, love it! I actually don’t think the tasks were that super hard in the past couple of legs, in India (except for maybe tea tasting), and last week’s roadblock of the chimney sweep was ridiculously simple. At least this leg at least the bike ride and the cheese was tough (but only 2 teams did the cheese).

    I agree there does seem to be a lot of answer sharing with teams this season (happened in the 1st episode for the compass decoder, and the also in this episode with the mileage). May be because everyone has been on The Amazing Race together, and they know if they can give another team the answer and its wrong, then more then one team has stuffed up, and at least they won’t be alone, and they may be able to make up time elsewhere. It is kind of a strategy, although I have no idea why the teams didn’t just pull over to a hotel and google the answer of the distance to travel around Liechenstein. Or maybe they did, and it just wasn’t shown.

    Not that I really think it’s a huge issue to give another team an answer – it’s within the rules. I really don’t see how the producers of the show can prevent it from happening, given team interaction is part of the drama. I mean how do you officiate a penalty? It is okay to work with another team to solve a puzzle, but not okay to just give a team the answer, if you weren’t working with them on the task? I just think the Cowboys had a bad day. Maybe they’ll get asked to come back another time on The Amazing Race.

    Loved the Vicki interview too! Hope you do more season 17 interviews, the teams on that season rocked! Keep up the good work!

    Cheers

  • Kevin

    Thank YOU Richard!!!

  • Kevin

    @Eames…True I agree it’s producers can’t stop helping each other….it’s just I want to seeeee someone crrrryyyyyyyyy! That’s the “charm” of TAR….see someone allllmost giveup…then pull through. Right? I think the cowboys were just to big of a threat….thus the teams working together to get them out. I never knew TAR had so much strategy!!

  • Eames

    @Kevin you made me laugh about the wanting to see someone cry…it sure does bring the drama, that and puking, on The Amazing Race.

    I totally agree, I love watching teams tough it out on challenges and not quit either, that’s awesome. I can do without the constant water works though…epecially when they are crying over well something lame (you know when it’s like…now they’re just whining or being overly dramatic to create fake drama or sympathy). That’s why I like TAR, the contestants don’t cry every week, or over every task, they know they have to complete the tasks to move on, or get a penalty. Most teams don’t want to risk a penalty, as commuting from one location to another location can result in navigation issues where they may lose more time, and that on top of the penalty may result in them being eliminated, if they don’t have enough of a time buffer on other teams. So when they’re struggling, you know it’s really tough for them and not some act. They genuinely are trying they’re best to complete a task, and it’s not about winning sympathy to get more votes from the viewing audience, because that’s not how TAR works.

    Speaking about dramatic, I don’t mind Kent and Vyxsin, but half the time, I have no idea what it is they are bickering about, and just wished they would get on with it. They definitely aren’t communicating that great. But that’s never stopped a bickering couple from doing well on TAR in previous seasons.

    I’m not sure if the teams were working together to get the Cowboys out, or they were just helping teams out that they think are beatable / they like. I really think BE/FT U-turned the Cowboys for survival, because the Cowboys were just a couple of minutes behind them to the U-turn clue box, and if they hadn’t U-turned the Cowboys, maybe they might have been beaten to the pit stop. There is a lot of strategy to TAR, but I kind of like that alliances are kind of loose in TAR, because most of the times, if a team finishes a task first, they have to keep racing, and can’t afford to sit around and wait for other teams they have an alliance with, to finish a task.

    See TAR 10…goodness the backpack alliance was ridiculous, they’d just stand around and wait for each other to finish tasks. No one in that alliance ended up winning TAR 10. I agree with you, I don’t really understand why the teams are helping each other out that much this season, it is much more so than a regular season. Ah well at least one team will have less “Unfinished Business” by the end of the season. Who’s your pick to make the top 3? Maybe you can tell us in the next video recap, who you think might win it all?