Los Angeles, the popular start for the race that served as the starting point for AR4 and AR12, is the starting line for AR13. As usual, the adrenaline rush and enthusiasm typical of the first leg of the race is present again. Save some of it for later folks, it'll be much more useful later. Being the first team to the airport is NEVER essential in the first leg of the race. Sure you might get a slight advantage, but there are far more important ways to use your energy later. And they're all on plans to Salvador, Brazil. Brilliant.
And already we have a talker. Andrew and Dan, frat boys from ASU, already become the people who think they can talk their way out of any situation. Should prove interesting, and if history has shown us anything, it's that big talk will get you far... at least a few legs before you get eliminated.
The first alliance of the game is formed between Nick & Starr, brother and sister, and Ken & Tina, separated couple attempting to renew their marriage and win $1,000,000, but quickly dubbed "mom and dad" are creating a "loose alliance." What is a "loose alliance" exactly? I'd say it's an alliance of convenience, enforcible only until a better offer comes along.
Kelly & Christy, the divorcees, seem to insist on dressing alike in all situations, but seem to have a bit more going on upstairs than this seasons blondes (doesn't every season need a blonde team?) Marisa & Brooke.
My early money is on Nick & Starr. Brother and sister groups have had good success in the race, and from personal experience, I can guarantee they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Terrance & Sarah are first to the mid-leg overnight stop, with the 9:00am departure the next morning. Not too exciting at all. This is more of a "meet the teams" episode as usual. Though as it was noted last season, I gave up halfway through and stopped watching. Hopefully this one keeps my attention.
Detour: Hard Way Up, or Soft Way Down. Climb up a staircase on your hands and knees then answer a question, or go to the top of an elevator then go down a cargo net 200 some feet. Hmmm... normally I'd say take the hard one because it's faster... but man this one seems like I'd take the soft way and plus it'd be much more fun. :) Nick & Starr make it to the soft way first and take the lead. The Talkers seem to be the only ones who took the hard way, making it up all the stairs to find out that the question is "how many stairs did you climb?" Ouch. I guess I would have expected that, if I had thought.
"Nick & Starr, you're team number 1." Ah the magic carpet looks as nice as ever... and the travel gnome sponsors the first place prize as usual. Last to arrive, the hippies, who get their one and only mention now. Meh.
Well, the teams seem interesting. Should make for a good race, but we'll see what kind of creative things we can do in Brazil next week. For now, the DVR is set and we'll see what we can do.