Among the missing elements of the Race are the exotic locales, the two day long travel sessions, language barriers, the endless waiting in third world country bus or train stations, currency exchanges, and the deprivation of sleep, familiar food, drinkable water, and decent places to sleep. In their places are SUVs, liberal distribution of bottled water, comfortable charter buses, and travel sessions measured in miles instead of days.
Think about it. While we were zip-lining 1500 feet over a gorge in Peru, they were exchanging briefcases in Washington, D.C. While we were piled into a hot, beat-up bus in Africa deciding whether to buy lamb that a local was selling from a brown paper bag, they were sitting in a comfortable charter bus and stopping at The Waffle House. It's a good show - it's just not my Amazing Race.I realize that you can't subject children to the hardship that make up my Amazing Race. I understand that you can't fit 6 people (including the crew) plus the driver into a taxi. I understand that it HAS to be different because of the family aspect. I accept all that. I'm just saying that it should have been marketed as a completely different series, not as my Amazing Race.
It's not my intention to belittle the experience of the cast of TAR 8, but I'm pretty sure if they had their druthers, they would choose to have been in the real Race. This cast may end up to be the first of the eventual spinoff that TAR 8 should have been. Pioneers if you will. Not a bad accomplishment but, make no mistake, they did not participate in my Amazing Race.
I also don't mean to insult or second guess CBS. They've come up with a pretty smart way to capitalize on a great product. Their mistake was promising the audience another apple and instead delivering an orange. I was asked by my good friends at TARflies to write about TAR 8, but I just couldn't force myself to do so. I felt that I couldn't deliver any worthwhile insight or even remotely compare this show to my experience. That comparison would not be one of apples to apples.
So while I'm going to enjoy watching the rest of TAR 8, and I truly do look forward to meeting these teams, I don't think I'll be writing much about it. I'm not qualified to do so, nor do I have much of an interest. Now when TAR 9 comes around.... well, just try to shut me up!
To those of you that enjoy TAR 8, I would encourage you to continue to watch and enjoy it. It is a very good reality show.
It's just not my Amazing Race.
Not even close.