The Amazing Race 19.06 "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" Review

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For as much negativity as I've talked about The Amazing Race this season, I have to begrudgingly give credit where credit is due. "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious", while still very flawed, may have been the best episode of the show's 19th season and I was entertained during a vast majority of what went on.

I don't think the rest of the season had given Sunday night's episode much in the way of a bar to clear, but still, "We Love Your Country" managed to capture a tiny spark of what makes The Amazing Race such good television when it's on its game. The challenges were, shockingly enough, not offensively easy, which went a long way toward my enjoyment of the episode. I probably should hate something like Tobacco Bumper Cars (TM), as it was all about physicality and quickness while vaguely hinting at the possibility of puzzledom, but the atmosphere was just too good to decry. The bright colors, the chanting, the dancing - when Marcus finally finished his leg and was surrounded by a crowd of people in turquoise jumpsuits who just wanted to move, I had to grin because I wasn't worrying about challenges, Express Passes, or time equalizing for the moment. I was experiencing something that was pretty special and it was one of the few "moments" the race has had this season. That type of positivity even spread to the other challenges this episode, at least in how I viewed them, seeing as how the detour and pre-pit stop events weren't that bad. Would I have liked the detour to be more difficult than sewing or building a truck from bottle caps and milk cartons? Yes. But both were reasonably taxing (within context of what other challenges we've seen this season) and provided fun interactions with the locals, so I don't have too many complaints there. If nothing else, the final bed carrying challenge was rife with teams jockeying for position, something that has been sorely lacking in the increasingly static season 19, which justified its entire existence. Read More...


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