Commentary

TAR Virgin’s View – Episode Six

It's no small event when the first team you've ever actively disliked is finally sent packing.
I feel royally ripped off.

For weeks now I had anticipated that exit of Lance and Marshall from the show would be an occasion for joy and celebration. It's no small event when the first team you've ever actively disliked is finally sent packing. I had imagined exactly how it would be, too ... there they'd both be, huffing and puffing into the rest stop, wearing those same stupid t-shirts they've worn since the beginning, and then Phil would flash that charming grin of his and delicately destroy them with those lovely words, "you've been eliminated." The look of devastation and humiliation would be the stuff dreams are made of! So to have them cheat me out of the experience was a real let-down. Yes, it was humiliating for Phil to have to venture out to the sandbox to formally validate their status as losers and quitters. But I didn't want them knocked out because of a pesky little knee problem ("Mr. Sandman, bring us some knees, we need to finish this race if you please ...") because then I feel like I have to feel sorry for them. Yuck!

I was lucky enough, however, to catch their exit interview the following morning on The Early Show where I was able to part with any softness of feeling regarding these two. I love that they labeled Charla and Mirna as being the two racers everybody hated. Hate to tell you fellas (okay, I'm lying, I LOVE to tell ya!) that nobody could be more reprehensible than you. And that includes Colin -- who can't understand why Charla and Mirna don't have x-ray vision and are unable to see the contents of a cab's trunk ... or the twins, who feel they must constantly remind the viewing audience of how clueless they are (when we've clearly already figured it out) ... or Brandon, who feels God has nothing better to do with His time than help him dig around in sand.

But I was delighted to see that Phil's robbery of the bowling moms the previous week didn't result in their automatic elimination the following week. In fact, it was so easy for them to beg for cash, one has to wonder if this new rule is even worth implementing. While I'm still annoyed that those two annoying yuppies are still leading the race, I'm glad to see The Amazing Race can still surprise its viewers.
How well does this show screen potential racers on brains?
I am a new viewer, however, and I do have one question. How well does this show screen potential racers on brains? I mean it was bad enough when, the week before, Colin honestly believed Jesus was the Prodigal Son. But this week - how is it none of these people could know what a scarab was? Had they never studied ancient history? Failing that, had they never seen movies like "The Mummy?" The ignorance I see displayed on this show, week after week, is appalling. Just one more reason I have to keep watching - it's terribly satisfying to feel superior to people who easily could have whipped my butt climbing ladders, flying off mountains or inhaling mountains of fish eggs.