The Amazing Race All-Stars Recap
By Daron Aldridge
April 18, 2011
Adieu to Ron & Christina, you will be missed...by someone, I’m sure, but not by me. (My apologies again to Christina for being guilty by association). Now Ron can work on satiating his perpetual appetite without a pesky race for a million dollars getting in the way.
With them gone, there is only one team left that I really don’t like and you will be unsurprised to see that I have placed said team at the bottom of my rankings. I know that’s relying more upon my heart than my head but that’s my method this week. Here you go:
1. (tie)Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy (Season 15) and Best friends Zev & Justin (Season 15) – After last week when these loosely aligned first strong, I have to place them in a tie for first. Both teams ran a near flawless leg last time and if the momentum continues, they could ride the wave in the top of the pack to the final.
2. Father/daughter Gary & Mallory (Season 17) – They stumbled a bit last week by falling to fourth behind Kisha & Jen but the remaining parent/child team has the edge in my mind. Like the Globetrotters and to a degree, Zev & Justin, this is a team that seems to be enjoying the race while doing it, just as they probably did watching it at home. I give a fun-loving attitude more weight than I probably should but, ever the optimist (albeit with pessimistic tendencies); I tend to root for them.
3. (tie) Sisters Kisha & Jen (Season 14) and Cowboys Jet & Cord (Season 16) – With only six teams left and a few legs remaining, both of these teams need two different course corrections to stick around for the final three. Kisha & Jen need to show a more competitive spirit. I keep thinking back to the earlier leg where they were literally outrun for third place by Jet & Cord. Working in the sisters’ favor is that fact the cowboys are their own worst enemies on the race. I would argue that the brothers are probably the strongest, most competitive and efficient team on this race…when they aren’t making a bad decision (i.e. last week’s plane snafu that put them in real jeopardy of being eliminated). That being said, we are getting close to the end and either of them could feasibly jump into the finals. The only ones I don’t think that could pull that off are…
4. Goth couple Kent & Vyxsin (Season 12) – With Angry Dad Ron gone, Kent & Vyxsin are picking up his mantle. While Kent can try to be aggressive (I bristle every time Kent yells, “VYXSIN!!!”), she is much more adept at the passive aggressive. If hell froze over and they won this race, they would be the most contentious team to win since season three meltdown-tastic Flo & Zach.