That's right, it was pretty cheesy. Not in a feta or monterey jack or even cheddar kinda way, just . . . cheesy. Who are these women hosting the show and why do they keep trading off who's on screen? In answer to the later I really haven't a clue other than someone has to fetch coffee for the teams, but isn't there a gopher for that? In answer to the first though, they are . . . “The Social’s” Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui, and Traci Melchor, along with ETALK Race Insider Danielle McGimsie. Apparently "The Social" is a show on in the morning when the rest of us are supposed to be working.
I didn't like how they kept switching off who was in the chairs. I actually found it a little confusing since one minute there are four women, then there are three, then there are four again, then . . . you get the idea. I think this could have been done a lot better with just a single hostess, maybe two but I think the entire show would have flowed better with a single hostess. I don't even care which one since from my point of view they all seemed pretty interchangeable. I'm sure they're not and they each have their own following of fans but I don't count myself amongst that throng.
I did like how the teams were reintroduced to the audience at home in the order they were eliminated: the tenacious twins who were gone too soon, Treena & Tennille; the considerate cowboys, Jamie & Pierre; the hippie power couple, Kristen & Darren; the body breakers Hal & Joanne; the doctor duo, Brett & Hol - Hol - Hol - Holly; the jokers Jet & Dave; the mini but mighty Vanessa & Celina; the feircly focused Jody & Cory; and the winners of the first ever Amazing Race Canada, Tim & Tim.
Tim Sr mentions how they could never get away from Vanessa & Celina no matter where they went, there they were. His favorite moment during the race was when they were standing at the back of the ferry waiting for those two little brown women to come because they always come, but this time the gates closed and the ferry left and they weren't there. They survived two non-elimination legs and never won a single leg but they won this one. It's nice to see Tim Sr credit his wife for what to watch for and why they won the race as she has watched every single episode of all 22 seasons of the US version of the show and she told him to keep track. He won because of his wife.
There's a lot of back and forth questioning between the hostesses and the team members and everyone seems to be having a good time
Jon comes on broadcast from Calgary where he's training for the 2014 Olympics and is asked for his opinion of the Timmies. He thinks they're amazing, what a surprise. He was also very happy to watch their bond as father and son grow and to watch Tim Sr persevere against his Parkinsons was nothing short of inspirational. And he's right, it was. There are a lot of people who let things like that, and things a lot less debilitating, stop them from doing what they want to do just because they feel they can't but Tim Sr has proven that they can.
When Jet & Dave were asked about how much luck is involved in the challenges. They admit that there's luck in the whole game and sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't, but you can't get through the game with just luck. Did they forget who won the race? I also approve of Jet's defence of Dave's rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" during the busking challenge. A geographically appropriate song.
Vanessa & Celina are asked about what was in their oversized packs and they mentioned their clothes and shoes and hair straighteners and curling irons and . . . Jet says they had the same stuff in their backpacks. Jody admits that the weight of the pack was getting to him and that they overpacked but once they ditched his pack he felt stronger. Maybe he should have ditched it before the gag clue that Jet & Dave planted to search the cannons. Cory was not amused.
There's a little panel game "In Play" or "Off Side" where teams are asked if a particular game move was one or the other. The girls asking to move to the front of the line, the doctors hiding all the maps at the airport, the U-Turn of Hal & Joanne. The girls defend their move as something they would do in real life, Brett defends hiding the maps for the same reason. He even admitted it to Hal who then felt like an accomplice and thought it was illegal. Brett reveals that there is a BIG rule book, like a phone book, that covers what teams are allowed to do or not do during the race and the move was legal. Jet answers with, "It's not illegal, but do unto others" and leaves it at that.
Cory finally seems to be more relaxed as he defends the moves and of course they eventually bring up the controversy over what Joanne said in Regina after the U-Turn which led to a reveal that there was a previous altercation between Hal & Joanne and Brett & Holly in Whitehorse. It's nice to see Hal has grown his 'stache back and Joanne would like to not talk anymore about this anymore, especially since none of them heard it except the cameraman. Brett mentions how they're all cast in a certain light and how the scenes are edited to make certain teams look good and other teams look bad.
With all the little clips and such from the season it was interesting to catch things that I had initially missed even with watching the episodes at least twice. Things like Joanne getting her Body Break tagline in during the first episode, or the extremely bad raft that Brett & Holly built. Hal mentions how much respect he has for Joanne and how much love he has for her and it's the "Aww" moment. Hal & Joanne have always been seen as such an all-Canadian family-oriented couple who never lie, or swear, or anything but it's nice to see that they're human just like everyone else.
The hostesses go into discussing different game decisions and whether certain moves were good moves, like the Express Pass issue that Kristen & Dave left with. Watching Brett & Holly describe their horrible raft building versus Kristin & Darren who do this for a living and the fact that they beat them at it was entertaining.
This of course leads to discussions of couples and relationships during the race which starts with Hal & Joanne, eventually moves to Kristen and Darren but again goes back to Brett & Hol Hol Hol Holly (did you know it's become a drinking game?) and Holly admits that she struggled through the race but that they made it as far as they did because of Brett's support. I was proud of Brett's support and I commended him for it every time during the race. Yeah, some people may have found it annoying but I tend to find everyone annoying at some point so that's no surprise. The tenacious twins also were very proud of Brett's support of his wife. It's all you Hol Hol Hol Hol.
The show wraps up with Jon coming back on to reveal that CTV has ordered season two of Amazing Race Canada. This doesn't really come as a surprise since this was one of the highest rated Canadian TV shows this summer. The auditions open this fall and Wayne and I will be there once again with a new and improved video, along with thousands of other Canadians who think they have what it takes to win the Amazing Race Canada.
And with that the Timmies drive off into the sunset in their matching 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays. Good Luck next season everyone.
Gordon L Gale
Gordon L Gale is a Freelance Illustrator, a Graphic Designer, a Dad and (according to his children) an Ogre.