I gotta a bit of time today here at Gord and Wayne HQ so I thought I'd gauge the views of our readers about the teams for Season 5 of Amazing Race Canada Season 5. I know it's early, but heck this stuff is always kind of fun.
Okeedokee, a quick break down of the teams from Season 5 of TAR Canada. Let's talk about the elephant in the room: no team from Saskatchewan again. Again! They will be pissed cause five seasons in and they haven't had a single team in yet. I'm surprised since the casting folks made a special trip to Saskatchewan to entice people to sign up. That said, there hasn't been a team from Canada's North yet either.
As noted on various FB threads, this cast also skews young, two over the age of 50 but the rest 36 and under, most in their 20s. Seems a bit younger than the typical TARC but I haven't done the math yet. That said, I'm not surprised the season seems younger than most. Something in my gut told me it would.
We have three all male teams, two all female, the rest male/female. Five teams are best friends/cousins/biz associates, two parent/child (both from BC coast, though), two couples (one dating, one married), one pair of siblings. Not sure how different the dynamics will be with some teams having quite similar relationships.
A few teams stand out. The funeral directors could be fun with some weird dark humour; I like the couple from Edmonton because I'm from Edmonton; and the best friends Ken and Ryan could be okay but I'm getting a Mickey and Pete vibe from them. They actually note that as well in their bio.
As for the rest, well, considering the strong cast we had for Season 29 of TAR and the one from Season 4 of TARC, they seem a bit bland. But it's early and I'm making a judgement without seeing an episode. I'll let you know what I think later on.
Couple of final things: The question: "If you could be an animal, what kind would you be?" is dumb. Cause humans are frickin' animals already! But picking an extinct one, like the T-Rex that Korey picked, does not bode well. Also, since this is TAR Canada, it would be nice if more than one team would pick a Canadian musical artist for their walk on song. Good work Andrea and Ebonie. Bonus marks to Aaron and Deb for their choice of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees. Funny stuff. This is why they could be fun.
As for this year's blog. I'm not sure how much I will write. It's gonna be a busy summer and last year's work on the blog tired me out. Whether I post after an episode will be a week to week decision. For sure, Gord and I will do our video blogs, save for the times I'm away in July for holidays. This year there will be no team interviews. I enjoyed doing those, enjoyed talking and connecting personally with the teams, but it's a lot of work. And I'm not getting paid for this. If someone wants to give me money to do that, let me know.
That's it for now. See you on the starting line.
Wayne Arthurson is a huge Amazing Race fan, having watched all the US, Asian, Australian and Canadian versions of the show. He's also a dad, the author of the bestselling Leo Desroches crime series and other books available here, as well as a freelance and ghost writer. Plus, he's played drums in various bands.