My respect for Charla grows every time I watch this show. She has the biggest obstacle of all to overcome in this race--namely Mirna. Seriously--what the hell has Mirna actually done that's productive for their team? Every time there's some time of physical test, Mirna has some excuse for not doing it. Case in point--last night's episode where Mirna was claustrophobic about going down into the pit to get the satchel. Never mind that you're going to be the biggest asset to the team by doing this. But every time Mirna comes up with her excuse, Charla shoves her aside, says "let me do it" and then kicks ass. And she doesn't complain very much about it all...at least not that we see on-screen. And you've got to love Charla's attitude--nothing is a defeat. We've only got three minutes to get to the camels and horses challenge--well, let's try and make it happen. And she does. And then, she has such an infectious enthusiasm for everything--she just gets it. She understands that, yes, this is a race and she wants to win. But she also takes time to step back and enjoy what is around her. Last night, she was just in absolute awe and wonder of the pyrmamids. It wasn't just another obstacle, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Charla seizes it. I tell you, I am liking her more and more. If it were not for useless Mirna, I might say I'm pulling for her to win the race. Hell, if she could ditch Mirna and hook up with Chip and Kim, I think you'd have a great team.
Meanwhile, the on-going saga of the twins vs the bowling moms continues. I'm not quite sure what brought out the negative feelings between these two--other than being the last two finishers to stay in the race the past two weeks. Interesting to see this little twist to the game--yeah, you're still in it, but you have no money. (Of course, I have to say that after the bowling moms screwed Jim and Marsha with the money switch scheme a few weeks ago that this little twist couldn't happen to two more deserving people--well, unless it was Marshall and Lance). Also, let's face it--all the teams have a huge disadvantage going into the next leg--Colin and Christie have at least a twelve hour lead on them. And Marshall and Lance--I honestly don't see how much longer Marshall and his weak knee are going to hold up. You know, Survivor claims to be a bit of reality and to some extent it is--but that's become much more of a game. With the Amazing Race, we see people tested and how they truely react under stress and high pressure. Some bicker,(Colin and Christie) some bitch (Mirna, Lance and Marshall), some just take what comes and overcome it (Chip and Kim) and then, ther are some who just embrace it all, overcome it and still take time to appreciate it all (Charla). And it all makes for fascinating viewing.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/04/2004 01:21:00 PM