There are, as you may have guessed, two ways to see the Cowboys being able to catch up. The first is the simple one – I can just be happy that the Cowboys did catch up at the bottleneck, that they weren't automatically eliminated despite their being on autopilot last week. Then there's way number two to see things, and this is the part that really pains me, it involves me being consistent in my world view. I have, regularly, railed against the bottlenecks on The Amazing Race (I may or may not have thrown in a quick dig against them last week). I hate the bottlenecks on the Race. I completely understand the need to keep the teams relatively close together, but they seem to occur all too regularly and having one before the first elimination really tweaked me. Bottlenecks destroy the flow of the game and level the playing field far too much.
Then, unfortunately, I kind of have another problem with Cowboys tonight. Despite their managing to come in third tonight, it still felt like they were just coasting. I may be wrong, but I just didn't feel like they were firing on all cylinders, did you? I felt like they were looking too much to other teams (to be fair though, almost every other team seemed to be relying on every other team a little too much for my liking). I want my pick for the season to stand tall, to take help when they need it, but not to hang back and follow what others are doing. I'm not getting that from the Cowboys this season and it pains me.
You know what I can be happy about though – the clues we've seen thus far on the race this season have been pretty tough and that I love. I want to see the teams challenged (it goes hand-in-hand with hating bottlenecks) and hard clues are a great challenge. Hard clues and puzzled teams are exactly what I want from The Amazing Race and in terms of that, this young season has been hugely successful.
Plus, they made the teams dress as kangaroos tonight and that was awesome.