THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU TO GET BETTER: We didn't write much about this season of TAR, because, frankly, it was kind of boring. We had way too much talk of "alliances" from early in the game, some of the stupidest teams we've seen thus far (particularly shown in Berlin, when teams were unable to identify what president demanded "tear down this wall!" or said "Ich bin ein Berliner"), and a very physically strong team that pretty clearly dominated the race from beginning to end. Add to that a final leg that was a mixture of very linear tasks ("get your picture taken with 'the President'") and tasks that were largely luck (the spy briefcase task, the baseball drop/throw), and you had a pretty boring ending.
So, what's wrong with the show and can it be fixed? I expect no small part of it could be fixed with some fresher casting--let's avoid trying to cast pre-existing pseudo-celebs or folks who are designed to fit a mold (e.g., Chuck and Wynonna, who were clearly "Team Duck Dynasty"), and find some interesting folks. Heck, make a season that's "brain vs. brawn" (perhaps with a twist that says you can only do a set number of "brain" or "brawn" Detour choices), or consider teams that don't have a pre-existing relationship. Any other thoughts out there?