My, my, my - how opinions can differ!
To the other reviewer, all I can say is, "You've got to be kidding!"
I consider myself a discerning television viewer, and I simply can't get enough of this great TV show! And this is a show that we will watch over and over again, regardless of our already now knowing who wins in the final episode of each season.
The winning only matters the FIRST time you watch each season; subsequent viewings reveal all the subtle nuances of the competitions, when someone should have zigged when they'd zagged, and what we ourselves would need to know and use should we ever find ourselves in similar situations - and remember, this show is really a study of group dynamics, whether it be a competition between travelers to foreign lands, or in the boardroom, in your community, or at home between family members.
Finally, it is a refreshing approach to a travelogue - even if you are not into reality TV or competitiveness, the shear beauty of the photography and the fascinating interactions with the locals alone could have you hooked on "The Amazing Race" series!
And with regard to this particular race series - The Seventh Season - this turned out to be one of our favorites of all seven seasons!
Amber and Rob are certainly the new Ozzie and Harriet - I hope to see even more of them on Reality TV in the future! Amber's integrity, patience, and optimism are refreshing in today's cynical world. And Rob's mugging and whispered asides to the camera on his game strategy are both revealing and hilarious!
And yes, Gretchen's constant grousing became like nails on a chalkboard, but she also showed that she was a real trooper, had phenomenal endurance and drive, and a genuine heart of gold. Watching Gretchen with the locals put a big smile on my face.
And shame on the other reviewer for giving away the ending - there are readers here who may be purchsing this to watch for the first time!
I will say that I think that the winners most certainly deserved it - they went through great personal sacrifice and they also noticeably "grew" throughout the season, both as individuals and as a couple. And they were in the right place at the right time to win - this particular series ending shows that, in a competition of this nature, indeed, anything can happen!
And one of the things that I like best about this particular Reality TV show is that it is a wonderful example of Chaos - not even what seems like the "perfect plan" is exempt from the chaos factor, and even the seemingly best game players can come in second or third because of a last minute fluke.
This show is an awful lot like life in general, with beautiful scenery and fascinating locales thrown in as a wonderful bonus.
I am purchasing this DVD, "The Amazing Race - The Seventh Season" right now, just as soon as I finish typing this; I have already purchased The First Season DVD of this series, and I am greatly looking forward to purchasing ALL seasons, hopefully, in the near future.
In fact, we are purchasing EXTRA copies of these two currently available seasons, to give as Christmas presents this year to friends and family who share our enthusiasm for this great TV show.
Hats off to all involved, and please keep the seasons coming on television - and thanks, too, for making these two series available for purchase on DVD - I only hope that you will decide to make ALL seasons available for those of us who plan to watch these episodes over and over again for years to come!
I can't say enough great things about this particular DVD, and I highly recommend it for purchase here on Amazon.
Regards, Mrs. Kostrzewa/Michigan