Posted Mar 18, 2012 @ 11:42 PM
I am confused about what happened between Vanessa and Ralph. Usually I think she's nasty and he's okay, but tonight it seemed to me that he was completely wrong and she hadn't done anything. She wanted tot ake a carraige to the castle-- it would have ben faster and also spared their energy. Border Patrol took one, so we know they were available and went to the right place. But Ralph refused for no apparent reason, then he wouldn't stop berating her, and all she wanted was for him to shut up-- he got his way, so why was he being a dick about it? He already knows she's not as fast as he is, and unlike other pairs with a slower partner, he didn't want to carry her stuff for her until the very end and he never stopped mocking her. Then he talked about how he enjoyed seeing her suffer, he knew her legs were burning and it just made him happy? And he's not willing to let it go even when she tries to make up with him later.
I don't like her, but in this particular incident, I thought he was 100% at fault and she was completely right.
Did I miss something, that would flip the interpretation of events in his favor?
As far as everything else goes, I like that they haven't had this race turn on taxi luck. I usually like Kerri and Staci but tonight I was desperate for them to get the hell off my screen. Whichever one of them neither drives nor navigates needed to at least stop acting like it didn't matter. And the dynamic between them was just too annoying. I am very aware that the editing manipulates my view, but it worked! It worked!!
Loving Mark and Bopper more and more every episode. I really hope they somehow start moving up the ranks, but I'm not convinced they will.
Nary and Jamie seemed to have a little more personality this time, but it's still not enough. And I can't figure out why they are lagging so much. They seem physically fit and they don't bicker. It's not just the fail at the gnome curling, they seem to generally be not power players and I'm not sure what their weaknesses are because we almost never see them at work.
Can't stand: Rachel and Dave, Ralph and Vanessa, Rachel and Brendon.
Feeling less irritation with Border Control and Joey and Danny, but don't really find them interesting, either. Unfortunately, unless they flame out, they are probably going to be in the final 3. Of course, they could flame out. Art and JJ are getting the edit that will make them winning into a completely boring non-event, and Joey and Danny have enough weaknesses that you never know. They did wind up at the back of the pack in the earlier legs.
I thought the tasks were okay-- it was mostly skill, no KF, no obvious advantages/disadvantages to any team, and no "pushing past your fears" so it could have given the teams more of an opportunity to show their personalities. Mostly Mark and Bopper were the ones to do that, but they've been doing that all along. The others were either too busy fighting with their teammate, or just being kind of bland.
There's been very little in the way of physical challenges or contextual challenges or brain challenges so far this season. It's been kind of rote, and the footage they're getting reflects that.
I think the tasks sound like they'd be amusing, and I can't think of what I'd want them to skip, but I don't think it's really feeling like a race because people aren't seeming to be stretching themselves at all, except for Bopper nearly collapsing on the hike to the castle.