The Amazing Race 19.03 "Don't Lay Down on Me Now" Review

Although I hate to admit it, I gained a little bit of optimism about The Amazing Race after last week's entertaining-but-still-flawed double elimination episode. However, while it was an improvement over the premiere, it had enough beautiful location shots and mid-race flailing by the teams to where I could (mostly) overlook the easy challenges and generally static positioning. By now, the season would have had a chance to settle in and find its groove, so the third episode would be pivotal in terms of establishing how the remaining legs would be.

If "Don't Lay Down on Me Now" is any indication, we're in for a confusing, frustrating, moderately entertaining finish to The Amazing Race, as it was another weak episode that wiped out whatever sense of optimism I had after episode two. For one, the ambiguity of the clues has to be reigned in a little bit. I actively encourage the race to challenge the teams and to provide tasks that require some sense of mental fortitude, but instead of upping the difficulty of the detours and roadblocks, the race has decided not to share all information in the clues and see how the teams react. Last week, they intentionally left out the fact that each team was to donate all of the money in their possession and this week, there was a clue that didn't quite measure up. Read More...


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