Finished rewatching TAR6 and wow it was still good or even better on rewatch. No TAR3/5 but it's still great.Teams:
Hayden & Aaron <33333333 What a top tier team omg and Adam & Rebecca + Lori & Bolo are iconic too (I can't believe it took me an entire rewatch to discover Hayden & Aaron's star power lol). It goes to show that drama can be fun while not losing the essence of the show. There are probably like multiple rivalries per episode and I was here for it
<3 Also, Gus & Hera probably have one of the biggest morphs I have had on a team on rewatch. On first watch they were kinda eh but on rewatch, the minute Gus threw constant shade on Jonathan & Victoria and wanted to get drunk on the Detour I was absolutely here for it alol <3 Ditto with Don & Mary-Jean. Lena & Kristy's journey also sucks even more on rewatch because they really did have the potential to do well :/
The Final Three is also rly underwhelming on rewatch. I love Adam & Rebecca but meh on the two others. If anything, KKKendra's comments really didn't bother me that much on rewatch (since it's not like she dwelled on it the entire episode even though it was awful), but their win was just so underwhelming because aside from them at the Soup RB + "JONATHAN HELP HER!!!!!" + Freddy's Rail meltdown + Kendra getting knocked out by a bungee RB, they really weren't a dynamic team and it sucked they won. Same with Kris & Jon who are rly rly MORboring on rewatch and didn't really have a lot of standout eps.
Also Jonvic are probably even worse on rewatch. What despicable human beings. If they're not camwhoring and being attention-whores, they're so loud and unhealthy for each other. Jonathan is also probably the worst male racer on this show that isn't Justin or Dave. Victoria is also godawful because she can end up just like Jonathan at times.
Meredith & Maria + Avi & Joe are probably some of the most irrelevant first-boots of all time so thank god they were out early.Episodes:
Generally decent season but some legs were eh (the Premiere was so boring) and some were absolutely phenomenal (The Ethiopia leg is probably one of my favorite African legs EVER + the boot was so deliciously satisfying).
I'm also surprised the only task that they made a Switchback on TAR6 was the Haybale RB.
Some of the tasks like:
-The Hungary Soup RB
-The Skate Down a Mountain Detour in Norway (everyone falling down and switching
-The Grape Stomp RB (it is never not fun watching multiple teams do the task and have everyone rushing to finish quick)
-The Ethiopia RB
-The Xi'An Lock RB (ok they basically did it on 21 but we need many many teams to be on that fence with preferable less locks so no one gets robbed like Hayden)
are very very good tasks (TAR6 excelling at RBs <3 There really was no RB I didn't like aside from the Sri Lanka and Finale RB tbh) and deserve to be brought back.Overall:
I've begun my journey to rewatch all seasons of The Amazing Race for quite some time now, and now that I've fully done TAR1-8 (rewatching 10 now because I hate 9 and will watch the awful ones last), I can rank the first 8 seasons of the golden era with some shifting in placements now!Ranking:
TAR3=TAR5 (The temptation to put one over the other is too damn high but they are both the gold standards of the show)
TAR2 (introduced a LOT of great concepts to the show and after 1 my tendency is to overrate 2 but it really is a great season)
TAR8 (dwi if they only went even more international after Panama/Costa Rica I could honestly see it in my Top 3 ever + the finale was phenomenal)
TAR6 (would be equal to 8 and 2 if we had a much better endgame, the endgame of TAR6 has nothing on the glorious F7 of TAR8 and ditto with 8 not hitting 3/5 standards due to some really bad US legs.)
TAR1 (Interesting to see how the show started but it got really boring at times. Perhaps recent editing of 2 and beyond spoiled me. Still solid though due to some amazing teams.)
TAR4 (the early europe legs were so painful and aside from Kelly & Jon and Tian & Jaree no one rly shone)
TAR7 (surprise! it sucks even more on rewatch and I don't love Romber on it as much as I used too and after Meredith & Gretchen were out I couldn't care less anymore )