These are the teams I thought should be on before the cast was revealed.
1. Ronald and Christina (TAR 12)
2. Kynt and Vyxsin (TAR 12)
3. Ken and Tina (TAR 13)
4. Toni and Dallas (TAR 13)
5. Margie and Luke (TAR 14)
6. Mel and Mike (TAR 14)
7. Brian and Ericka (TAR 15)
8. Jet and Cord (TAR 16)
9. Carol and Brandy (TAR 16)
10. Brook and Claire (TAR 17)
11. Gary and Mallory (TAR 17)
6 of these teams are on, so I sure ain't complaining about them. I think it's a huge waste that Brook is pregnant... These girls are totally worthy of being on All-Stars. I guess the time just isn't right. My opinion on the other 5 teams that I wasn't strongly expecting to be on.
Jaime and Cara - I don't know why I've never considered this team to be on All-Stars before. But I would say that they deserve to be on. They've fought a pretty strong race, and came in second place ultimately. What's more, there's always so much drama with these two girls. They'll definitely bring more colour to the race. And here's hoping they'll win a leg this time...
Kisha and Jen - I was surprised when I found out that they're on. Sure, they'll probably have some drama with Margie and Luke, looking at least season. But I don't think that should be a reason to place them on. Maybe they were competitive and strong. But a thousand other teams are. They should have replaced them with Ken and Tina! (At least it balances the number of teams from each season.)
Amanda and Kris - I'm actually glad to see them on! The reason I didn't consider them was because they finished in 8th place, and looking at the first All-Stars, the producers only cast teams that finished in 6th place or better. But when I found out that they're on, I was like, cool! Maybe many have question marks regarding this team. But I believe that they deserve it. They were a really strong team, they were nice to each other, and they got screwed by a U-Turn. I remember being extremely sad when they left in such a way. It'd be nice to see what they'd do with this second chance!
Flight Time and Big Easy - I didn't particularly like them on their season. But on a strictly impartial view, they do deserve to be on. They were strong, fast, competitive and won quite a number of legs. It'll be interesting to see how they'll fare this time against the other competitive teams. (Although I secretly hope another mental challenge will boot them out of the race lol.)
Zev and Justin - Another team I didn't expect to see. I'm fine with this choice. After all, they were a pretty consistent team on their season, until they lost their passport. They were a nice team as well. So I would say that I don't mind seeing them on another season. But if they'd replaced them with Toni and Dallas, it'd have been a little better. Lol.
I actually like the cast for this season. Other than the fact that there're 5 teams from TAR 14. That's a little too many don't you think. But I guess TAR 14 was just such a great season, they had to put these teams on. Hopefully it'll turn out for good. Another thing I like (which I think many people don't) is that they actually cast an 8th and 9th place team this time. I've always thought that not all teams who have a worse finish than 6th place are bad racers. Some of them are great racers who've gone out in unfortunate ways. So I'm glad that producers are giving these teams another chance.