History Series / TheAmazingRace

4th Apr '18 4:13:50 PM AmourMitts
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* '''Detour''' -- [[CatchPhrase A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons.]] For Seasons 1-4, one route was typically shorter but harder (or scarier) to use while the other was longer but relatively easier. Starting with Season 5, it became more of a choice between two conflicting skill sets, such as brains vs. brawn, or something highly technical vs. grunt work. However, up until about Season 12, the tasks were still unbalanced enough that teams could easily see that one was much faster than the other. The producers got better at this after the first All-Stars, and it's now [[CompetitiveBalance uncommon to see all the teams choose the same Detour]]. Season 25 introduced the Blind Detour, where teams are only given the names of the tasks, and must travel to the task location before receiving instructions.
* '''Roadblock''' -- [[CatchPhrase A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform,]] and the choice must be made with only a vague clue to hint at the task. [[ObviousRulePatch As of Season 6]], the rules specify that no one racer can perform more than a set number of Roadblocks, meaning the tasks must be split between teammates somewhat fairly. The inactive teammate is in no way permitted to help with the task; should they even help verbally (regardless of whether the active partner listens or can even hear them), the team will incur a time penalty.

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* '''Detour''' -- [[CatchPhrase A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons.]] For Seasons 1-4, one route was typically shorter but harder (or scarier) to use while the other was longer but relatively easier. Starting with Season 5, it became more of a choice between two conflicting skill sets, such as brains vs. brawn, or something highly technical vs. grunt work. However, up until about Season 12, the tasks were still unbalanced enough that teams could easily see that one was much faster than the other. The producers got better at this after the first All-Stars, and it's now [[CompetitiveBalance uncommon to see all the teams choose the same Detour]]. Season 25 introduced featured the Blind Detour, where teams are only given the names of the tasks, and must travel to the task location before receiving instructions.
* '''Roadblock''' -- [[CatchPhrase A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform,]] and the choice must be made with only a vague clue to hint at the task. [[ObviousRulePatch As of Season 6]], the rules specify that no one racer can perform more than a set number of Roadblocks, meaning the tasks must be split between teammates somewhat fairly. The inactive non-participating teammate is in no way permitted to help with the task; should they even help verbally (regardless of whether the active partner listens or can even hear them), the team will incur a time penalty.



* EngineeredHashtag: They've become common on the show, usually for the standard elements like [[AC:[=#Roadblock=]]] and [[AC:[=#Detour=]]]. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.



* FoilerFootage: The 4th, 5th, and 6th place teams generally keep racing, even after their elimination, in order to thwart spoilers. This has not always been successful.



** On Season 1, teams were only allowed to buy one set of plane tickets, and weren't allowed to switch, even if they found a faster flight or their original flight was delayed. This was changed on the very next season, and multiple flight bookings has become an important part of the {{Metagame}} ever since.

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** On In Season 1, teams were only allowed to buy one set of plane tickets, and weren't allowed to switch, even if they found a faster flight or their original flight was delayed. This was changed on the very next season, and multiple flight bookings has become an important part of the {{Metagame}} ever since.



** After the first All-Stars, limits were put on the practice of bringing locals along in the team's vehicle to help with navigation and other tasks. (See LoopholeAbuse)

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** After the first All-Stars, limits were put on the practice of bringing locals along in the team's vehicle to help with navigation and other tasks. (See LoopholeAbuse)tasks (see LoopholeAbuse).



** The finale also repeated the spy Roadblock from Family Edition. Unlike with other Switchbacks, they showed images from the original task, but did not mention what season they were from. Also notable in that it was the first Switchback not to draw from a memorable moment or episode, meaning most fans might not have recognized it as a Switchback had it not been pointed out.

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** The finale also repeated the spy Roadblock from Family Edition. Unlike with other Switchbacks, they showed images while clips from the original task, but task were shown, they did not mention what season they were from. Also notable in that it was the first Switchback not to draw from a memorable moment or episode, meaning most fans might not have recognized it as a Switchback had it not been pointed out.



* WTH, CastingAgency?: The audience agreed that Brooke & Claire, Andy & Tommy, Bill & Cathi, Amani & Marcus, Jaymes & James, Trey & Lexi, Pam & Winnie, Max & Katie, Nicole & Travis, and Tim & Marie would be better choices for AllStars. (However, both Amani & Marcus and Tim & Marie declined the offer)

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* WTH, CastingAgency?: The audience agreed that Brooke & Claire, Andy & Tommy, Bill & Cathi, Amani & Marcus, Jaymes & James, Trey & Lexi, Pam & Winnie, Max & Katie, Nicole & Travis, and Tim & Marie would be better choices for AllStars. (However, both Amani & Marcus and Tim & Marie declined the offer)
7th Mar '18 5:25:05 PM Trans580
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* CallBack: One switchback (Franz Kafka Roadblock in season 15)
7th Mar '18 3:44:12 PM toregg
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** Winners of Amazing Race Season 19 Ernie and Cindy show up to give a clue in the Season 29 finale in Chicago.
5th Mar '18 1:10:43 AM toregg
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* JokeAndReceive: On Season 30, Leg 7's Detour, Conor and Lucas get stuck in the mud with their vehicle and have to use a manual winch to get out. Conor says if there was a way to get past that mud bog without getting stuck, he'd like to see a instant replay of it. The show then goes back to Cody and Jen driving through the same mud without getting trapped from earlier in the episode, with the words "Instant Replay" in the corner.


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* JokeAndReceive: In Season 30's Leg 7, Conor and Lucas get their vehicle stuck in the mud during the Detour and have to use a manual winch to get out. Conor says the bog was unavoidable and if anyone could get past it without getting stuck, he wants to see a instant replay of that. The show cuts to reshowing how Cody and Jen got past the same mud without getting stuck from earlier in the episode with the words "Instant Replay" in the screen corner.
5th Mar '18 12:58:32 AM toregg
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* JokeAndReceive: On Season 30, Leg 7's Detour, Conor and Lucas get stuck in the mud with their vehicle and have to use a manual winch to get out. Conor says if there was a way to get past that mud bog without getting stuck, he'd like to see a instant replay of it. The show then goes back to Cody and Jen driving through the same mud without getting trapped from earlier in the episode, with the words "Instant Replay" in the corner.
24th Feb '18 1:49:57 PM nombretomado
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* BrickJoke: [[note]]On the part of the editors.[[/note]] At the beginning of the German leg, there was a puzzle regarding UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's "[[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Tear Down This Wall]]" speech. Max was the first to the puzzle and had (incorrectly) guessed UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy as the speechmaker [[note]]and further established his and Katie's VillainCred by stating that RushLimbaugh "[[AcceptableTargets would be upset with him]]" for getting a question on Reagan wrong[[/note]]. Guess what ''other'' American President turned out to be the password to the Roadblock later on?[[note]]Not a ChekhovsGag as only one team had this experience, at least on-screen.[[/note]]

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* BrickJoke: [[note]]On the part of the editors.[[/note]] At the beginning of the German leg, there was a puzzle regarding UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's "[[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Tear Down This Wall]]" speech. Max was the first to the puzzle and had (incorrectly) guessed UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy as the speechmaker [[note]]and further established his and Katie's VillainCred by stating that RushLimbaugh Radio/RushLimbaugh "[[AcceptableTargets would be upset with him]]" for getting a question on Reagan wrong[[/note]]. Guess what ''other'' American President turned out to be the password to the Roadblock later on?[[note]]Not a ChekhovsGag as only one team had this experience, at least on-screen.[[/note]]
22nd Feb '18 10:58:40 PM Trans580
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!! Season 30 (Early 2018 - present)

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!! Season 30 (Early 2018 - present)2018)



->'''Finish:'''USS Hornet, Alameda, San Fransisco

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->'''Finish:'''USS ->'''Finish:''' USS Hornet, Alameda, San Fransisco
22nd Feb '18 3:49:27 PM SeizureFerret
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* GreenAesop: The fourth leg in Copenhagen centered around this, with one task involving driving 20 miles in an energy efficient car while using less than a tenth of a gallon of gas, and the Pit Stop was outside of a self-ustainable apartment building.

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* GreenAesop: The fourth leg in Copenhagen centered around this, with one task involving driving 20 miles in an energy efficient car while using less than a tenth of a gallon of gas, and the Pit Stop was outside of a self-ustainable self-sustainable apartment building.
21st Feb '18 9:19:30 PM Trans580
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'''Destinations:''' Iceland / Belgium / Morocco / France / Prague, Czech Republic / Harare , Zimbabwe / Bahrain / Chiang Mai, Thailand

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'''Destinations:''' Iceland / Belgium / Morocco / France / Prague, Czech Republic / Harare , Zimbabwe / Bahrain / Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand / Hong Kong
->'''Finish:'''USS Hornet, Alameda, San Fransisco
15th Feb '18 12:44:39 AM Trans580
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'''Destinations:''' Iceland / Belgium / Morocco / France / Prague, Czech Republic / Harare , Zimbabwe

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'''Destinations:''' Iceland / Belgium / Morocco / France / Prague, Czech Republic / Harare , Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe / Bahrain / Chiang Mai, Thailand
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