(...)Stop babying teams, especially all-stars, with tasks that don't challenge each skillset during that opening leg (i.e. there should be something with strength, something with navigation, something with intelligence, and something luck related.)strength: the RB didn't look like it but it was physically demanding
navigation: finding an obscure store with only its name and address as a reference is quite a challenge
intelligence: figuring out a cryptic clue and then figuring out the correct bubbles at the FW counts
luck: the FW
so all in all, it was a fairly balanced leg, if you take out the ferns who spread misinformation. Also, if the leg was sol linear as some claim, then how come the Twinnies fell from being in the first flight to last place? I think the leg looked easy because we got almost no insight on how hard the tasks actually were because most of the time the edit focused on the Twinnies melting down.
True, it wasn't the most unbalanced leg, but in an All-Stars race I expect them to pull out ALL the stops for tasks. Flipping around five times right before you go directly to the pit stop without anything confusing to shuffle the order up? Not really an all-star set of tasks. True, the twinnies have themselves to blame for falling back during the dress shops, but there should have been more ways to shuffle the order - after all, some of these teams have raced TWICE before, potentially even twice in China already. They already have those basic things down, knock the tough teams down a peg with some twists right off the bat.
Not to mention, having difficult tasks (that are still easy for Phil to explain to the camera) make for a much more entertaining season opener.