Sunday, February 18, 2007

Episode 1 - LIVE BLOG *Spoiler*

*** SPOILER ***

The start of the show was time-delayed about 15 minutes so we unfortunately caught the tail end of 60 Minutes. What was Anderson Cooper doing on there?

The racers have been introduced and take off from Miami, Florida. I had no idea one of the teams consists of one of the guys from the Frat Boy team last season and one of the girls from the Pinkies that same season.

Team List: Oswald & Danny, Kevin & Drew, John Vito & Jill, Uchenna & Joyce, David & Mary, Charla & Mirna, Rob & Amber, Teri & Ian, Eric & Danielle, Joe & Bill, Dustin & Kandice

Uchenna and Joyce won their season. If you think back, when they won the million they said they were going to use it to get pregnant, in vitro. Since that hasn't happened they're doing this to rekindle their passion for each other that's waned over the last few stressful years. Rob and Amber (Mr. and Mrs. reality show) are back with a vengeance after coming in 2nd during their season. I have totally missed Oswald and Danny - they are SO fun.

The rest of the intros were pretty basic, and the nicknames for the teams are coming out already. Kentucky, the Barbies aka the Beauty Queens, Mirna & Shmirna, and the Frat boy n' Pinkie. Teams race to grab their first clue, hop into an SUV and head for the airport where they will fly to Ecuador.

When teams get to the airport they realize there are TWO flights to Ecuador. This is something we lacked last season - teams always evened up at the airport, no one was left behind and everyone was always on the same plane. Of course this lead to a lack of excitement and urgency.

(commercial break)

There's a first flight and second - while teams wait and browse the airport bookstore for an atlas Kentucky introduces themselves to Rob and Amber. David gets all tongue-tied because he's a big fan of theirs. Come to think of it, they've been reality TV "stars" for several years so I suppose their level of celebrity is pretty high. But as other teams point out they've "had enough of Rob and Amber" in this way.

On the American Airlines flight that arrived first there is: John Vito & Jill, Rob & Amber, Oswals a& Danny, Charla & Mirna, Terry & Ian. The others all on another flight arrive 2 hours later. I forgot how Charla and Mirna know about 8 languages between the two of them.

The teams on the first flight land and race to their first clue in Ecuador. They need to proceed to a restaurant where they pick up one of 3 departure times for the morning: 7, 715, and 730am.

While the first teams to the clue are sitting down to dinner, those on the second flight race to the clue box to grab a departure time. This early in the game teams are getting frustrated with their cab drivers and as we cut to commercial, Drew falls down in the street, reeling in pain.

(commercial break)

Kevin and Drew hop into a cab, while Drew is still feeling pain in his shoulder from a fall and bandaging up a bloody knee.

Eric and Danielle are the last to arrive and to grab a departure time, Mr Frat boy notes that he isn't comfortable being in last place.

In the morning teams (in proper departure sequence) must drive their cars 65 miles to an ecological reserve to find their next clue. They are advised to enter from the NORTH entrance to the park.

Two teams talk to taxi drivers and persuade them to drive ahead to the park while they follow (Oswald & Danny and Rob & Amber).

Mirna and Charla pick up a man who accompanies them in the car, giving driving directions.

John Vito and Jill are giving instructions from a local saying it will take them an hour to get to the park. Meanwhile, Rob & Amber and Oswald & Danny find the park entrance. Charla and Mirna enter at the South entrance and debate turning back to head in North.

Wrangle it or Recover it

In wrangle it, teams must help local cowboys lasso a horse and clip its hair and hooves.

In recover it, teams must wear a soliders' uniform and search a field for missing items: an epaulette, sword and button.

Rob and Amber choose recover it, get frustrated "it'll take 3 hours to walk around this field" and decide to run over to the other detour option - before any other teams are even there - they have a little time to play with.

Oswald & Danny choose wrangle it right away and joke about pursuing careers in beauty. Practicing cutting a horse's nails and hair is a far cry.

Teri & Ian arrive third and think they're in first since they see no one else. Meanwhile Rob & Amber cross the mat first. They of course win a trip for two from Travelocity. Oddly enough - it's to Whistler, BC!

Oswald & Danny finish 2nd.

"If you ain't got me holdin your hands you can't do nothin!" David and Mary aren't too far behind but they think they're almost out of it as they run into trouble with directions. Little do they know several teams are still far behind - getting directed all over the map.

(commercial break)

Teri & Ian finish doing 'wrangle it' and head to the pit stop 3rd. Eric and Danielle catch up and finish 4th. Joe and Bill complete 'wrangle it' as well and finish 5th commenting that the horse's nails were much easier to clip than their puppy's. 6th place is the Beauty Queens followed by Uchenna & Joyce in 7th.

John Vito and Jill end up at the South entrance. David & Mary run into David & Mary - both teams think they're lost but they're actually on the right track. Kevin and Drew blow a tire and keep going - riding on the axle.

Charla and Mirna come in 8th while David and Mary race through their task (all teams chose wrangle it) and finish 9th. They have a bonding moment with the other team talking about how they've admired all the all stars and now they're getting their butts kicked by them. Kevin and Drew come in 10th while John Vito and Jill finally make it to the end. The formerly dating couple that just got too mixed around with their directions to the park.

The first episode was pretty good - the teams all look pretty interesting. It should be fun to watch it all pan out. I'm waiting to hear Laura's thoughts on the matter, especially the return of the Beauty Queens :-P


Aaron said...

Wow honestly all I can say so far is *YAWN* ...

This really has been one of the slowest and least entertaining openings of the whole series. Im going to chalk that up so far to the fact that we are familiar with these teams and that there wasnt much to get "used" to in the first episode since we already knew them. I kind of wish there would have been greater spread of teams, with this being the 11th season they could have easily pulled one team from each of the previous seasons to fill the ranks. Well I say that thinking that most of the past teams would have jumped on the chance to do this again.

I will have to say that I cringed at watching that poor Benz getting abused like that. Although I have to say that they did make a great promo ad for Benz now LOL ... "Our SUV's can run off-road even on three tires and one rim!" ... I hope they get paid for that promo :)

Hopefully as the race continues things will get more exciting, like I said the first episode is usually where we get used to the racers and their quirks.


Anonymous said...

I missed the premier episode of Amazing Race Season 11. I want to know if there will be a re-run of it later this week. I see that episode 2 is on Feb 25, Sun. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks.

Miss 604 said...


They re-run the episodes on OLN (if you're in Canada)

Amazing Race All Stars will premiere on OLN on Monday February 19 at 8 pm ET

DaVon said...

That first episode is always somewhat difficult to watch, since there's only an hour (actually 42 minutes due to commercials) to distribute across the 11 teams. So, about 3.5 minutes of total TV exposure per team. It's quite frantic and very challenging to get a decent grasp on anything. These early episodes are never as engaging as those toward the middle and end of the season. The personalities really come out later.

Flash said...

Does look like an interesting season.

I've never been sure if Mirna and Charla can speak as many languages as they claim. What I see from them, especially Mirna, is a lot of speaking English in an accent, as if that will help. "Iffa I speeka lika tis, canna you understeed me?" comes off as very condescending and idiotic.

Miss 604 said...

hmm I remember them speaking Arabic, Spanish and maybe even Russian on the last season they were on. They're not really the brightest but I recall that it was pretty impressive.

Lo Meinh said...

Those cousins are supposedly Syrian-born Armenian-Americans, though Charla looks to me like your typical Caucasian.

Those two are kind of like an enigma, I tell ya. That little one is feisty, too. Next week's preview showed her yelling at the big, bad "blondes"...of course, Lyn & Karlyn did that constantly in TAR 10.

Craig said...

I'm so tired of missing half the show because of CBS sports. All of last season came on late and I was hoping they would change that this season. I think we all need to complain about this!

Click here to complain to CBS about their inability to have their shows actually start on time. Maybe if enough people complain about it they will get the idea.

Flash said...

Oh, I'm not saying that they don't have some language skills, but if you pay attention, you'll see them do a lot of what I was saying also. Often one will be speaking the local language, and the other will then chime in with heavily accented English. I may be wrong, but I seem to also remember them speaking wrong languages, such as Spanish when they are in a country that isn't Spanish speaking, as if that would help.

And no, they aren't the brightest. Since Mirna is a lawyer and got her doctorate at age 23, I'm thinking it's more street smarts she lacks.

Alishi said...

craig...don't bother.

"60 Minutes" suffers from the same fate throughout the year, and with their enormous fan base something would have been done by now. I think it's a reality to live with.

Really, though, if we're getting upset over a 30-minute change in our TV-watching schedules our priorities in life may need a little tweaking.