Other reviewers have this show totally pegged: A major whine disguised as an endurance race. But of course - and all too inevitable - the producers and participants couldn't resist turning it into yet another excuse to espouse their 'woke' PC dogma, personal angst, and tales of the inequity and injustice in the system. Please, get over yourselves. Billed as the worlds 'toughest' race we finally understand: It was tough to watch, and the preachy participants a real burden to bear. From the outset they introduced that other kind of 'race' and the obscene and completely inappropriate "Oo, look at me, I'm competing in my speedos for the LGB.dot.dot.dot community" and the equally tired "we're the only african american team in the race" and the endless angst about how "we're all really just doing this for my dad - did I mention he has Alzheimers? And oh, by the way, (tear, tear, sniffle, sniffle), did I mention he has Alzheimers?" And it seemed the only person not making a big deal and crying about it was the man himself.
The show was pretty much a pablum fest from start to finish, and there was a real shortage of sequences showing the actual challenges of the race and few truly heroic moments and visual telling of the stories of the many teams who never made it for the on camera interviews - likely because they weren't invited to because they weren't there to whine and soap box for this or that cause or injustice or other nonsense. There were far too many violins and sad tales from the few select teams and participants who met the production's agenda and monopolized it to the detriment of the audience and other participants in the race.
A couple of the best scenes were when the Spanish [Team Summit] and Japanese [East Wind] teams showcased what heroism and intelligence in defeat are all about. Not the "Dad (tear, sniffle), we should consider stopping for your health - but we'll keep going for you" nonsense from Endure. [A little backbone, sonny, PLEASE.] Or the oh so tired "we'll keep going for all the people of color in the world," and whatever other pointless crusade was involved in each tired soap opera star's reason for being. Thought they were there for an endurance race.
The Kiwis were tough and exemplified that, there to race and win, not whimper and whine, so no surprise you didn't hear all that crap w/ a capital K coming from them. And you didn't hear it from the Spaniards (Team Summit) or the truly heroic Japanese team (East Wind) either. But instead of focusing on the RACE, Burnett & Company chose to focus the entire show on 4 or 5 teams who had an agenda or a "crusade" or "story to tell." Seriously? Really ruined a great opportunity there. Our family got so sick of it we stopped watching halfway through because of the non-stop, tedious, and totally boring soap box stories, diversions, and asides spewed out by the too many suffragettes disguised as athletes.
And couldn't help but notice that none of the Fijians bought into all the tired, psuedo-psycho-drama and angst promoted by the producers and soap box participants they paraded before the audience throughout this debacle. Burnett and Grylls: You really missed the boat on this one. Do us a favor and don't repeat.
For the record we also echo the sentiment of so many others who watched: The Kiwis should've been out of the race when they foundered on the last leg and called for rescue. They were tough, no doubt, relentless -- but they had to be rescued. That should have ended their bid, unless of course they wanted to swim for it or bail their boat to finish. But once rescued and taken to the safety of shore, they should've been out of the game. No excuse, there. The Canadians should have won, hands down. Especially when in other episodes other teams were plainly told, "If we rescue you, you're out."
The real winners in our book were the Japanese of East Wind, two of whose members contracted trench foot and had to crawl to the rescue chopper. And our salute to their team lead who had the sense to say "enough." Not like the Macy kid's team [Endure] who kept playing violins 5 times an episode and "pushing on" for dear old dad (and oh, yeah, did we mention he has Alzheimers?)
The other real winners were the Spaniards of Team Summit, who literally crawled into their last checkpoint, bruised, battered, and hypothermic. There were probably others equally deserving, as well. They just weren't interviewed or shown on camera because they didn't fit the production's narrative, and bravo for those types of competitors. Nothing but thumbs down and loud 'boos' for all the PC teams and participants who had to ruin it by constantly getting on their soap boxes and bore everyone to death with their drivel. That goes double for Burnett and Grylls, who orchestrated it and let it happen.