Ranking the Recappers of The Amazing Race Canada 3 Week 4 Edition

Am I really doing this for a fourth week in a row? Why in the world would I subject myself to reading TAR related content that is far inferior to mine?

Well, I guess I am feeling charitable once more. Shall we get started?

NOTE: There are four recap blogs that are ranked. The highest scorer for each week scores four points. The lowest scorer receives one point.

RESULTS AT THE END OF WEEK THREE

GORD AND WAYNE: 11 pts

SUE’S REALITY CANADA: 8 pts

RHAP: 7 pts

YOUR REALITY RECAPS: 3 pts

First up, we’ll look at bottom feeders YRR for this week

1) YOUR REALITY RECAPS

Likes:

– The typos have gotten so hilarious that instead of “divide and conquer” there is “divide an concur”. Oh man. Typos like that are what need to stay in the article and make my day.

– There is potential.

Dislikes:

– Week after week, YRR’s articles prove that being the first to post a recap online is not necessarily the best idea.

– Too many distracting typos. A few are fine (and I love it when people check my work for typos, personally), but each week it is always too excessive. Whenever I proofread my TARstorian articles that are 13, 000 words each nowadays, I take up to two hours to proofread everything. I think all YRR needs is about fifteen to twenty minutes.

– Too much focus on Brent & Sean and giving the “casual fan observing from the couch” impression.

– Don’t be afraid to speak up with your opinions about the race. Feel free to swing for the fence once in a while.

– Missed an obvious Louie & Michael reference.

– How can you write the full name of the bridge without making a joke about it?

– Why is an alliance during the library task only something that happens in TAR Canada? Aren’t alliances typically more prevalent in TAR US?

– They referred to Suds and Bubs as a Roadblock rather than a Detour.

– That one solid joke didn’t land in contrast to the previous three weeks.

– There wasn’t enough emotional distance from the episode to properly recap it for their readers. As a reader, I felt shut out from what was going on.

– I hate having to be this negative about somebody who contributes to the reality TV community.

2) RHAP

Likes:

– The Temp’s Temp didn’t talk down to the audience as much as last week.

– They swung for the fence with a lot of opinions.

– Jess will be back next week.

– An off week for RHAP means they are bound to be better next time.

Dislikes:

– Is it really killer fatigue that led to mistakes or just plain adrenaline and carelessness?

– It wasn’t mentioned this week, but still irked how much they emphasized Dana & Amanda as contenders as if it were a universal opinion that existed outside of RHAP.

– Brian & Cynthia didn’t lose a lot of time switching Detours. Supposedly almost every task was within a few blocks of each other this round hence why Hamilton & Michaelia stood no chance of surviving.

– They didn’t think Hamilton & Michaelia were contenders to win the race? They were practically the Nick & Starr clones heading into the season. Young sibling and well-traveled speedy dating couples tend to do very well on the race.

– I correctly predicted Brent & Sean would receive the Express Pass. How was that a surprise? Oh, and the Express Pass is irrelevant. Nobody should care about that going into the Double U-Turn.

– Gino & Jesse/VoldeMussolinis did not have bad luck.

– The same reason why Nick/Matt rallied up the troops on the bottom to complete a task this week is the same reason why he rallied them together last week–never make yourself fall too far behind, and gain personal favour with the other teams in the process.

– No funny commentary this time.

– This isn’t so much a comment on the recap, but I heard they compared Brian & Cynthia to Chuck & Wynona. Last time I checked, not only have Brian & Cynthia already placed higher than Chuck & Wynona, but Brian didn’t use his own mullet to push on Cynthia’s butt to get her up a Swiss mountainside.

3) SUE’S REALITY CANADA

Likes:

– I like that referencing the departure times is relevant.

– Spelled “divide and conquer” correctly.

– I liked directly quoting Brian’s military-esque style of speech.

– I loved the “Not. Good.” Rupert Boneham impersonation.

– She doesn’t blame the VoldeMussolinis’ error on bad luck!

– Mangoes, bananas, pineapples, oranges, and coconut DO grow in Nova Scotia.

– “Brian & Cynthia decided to do Bubbles.” So did my brother’s best friend, incidentally. She couldn’t resist those Trailer Park Boys.

– She appreciates the Town Crier as much as I do.

– She points out if Hamilton & Michaelia had an Express Pass to use it would not have made a difference anyway.

– She loved the names of the bars like I did as well.

– Funny screencaps as always.

Dislikes:

– Yes, we know. Teams don’t read the clue anymore.

4) GORD AND WAYNE

Likes:

– I appreciate the tone in approaching the Express Pass decision.

– Provides the unique perspective of being directly employed in the arts industry.

– Acknowledges that editing with Hamilton’s passport could have been more amusing.

– Referenced the Trailer Park Boys in Nova Scotia.

– Contrasts TAR Canada and TAR US’ approach to human emotion.

– Hamilton’s transgender secret not being a secret with millions of people watching at home.

– Made fun of Jesse’s directions too.

Dislikes:

– Your kid interrupted you during an Orange Julius task. . .isn’t that a good thing? Well, unless you missed Sabrina’s sipping noise, of course.

– Not everyone switched to Bubs. :/

– They could have made fun of the bridge for having the most Canadian sounding name ever.

– Was Gord’s recap too long? Possibly.

– They didn’t give me a shoutout this week. 😦

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WEEK 4 RESULTS

Well, this was the easiest round to rank thus far.

FIRST PLACE: SUE’S REALITY CANADA

She hit a home run this week. I love Sue making jokes that other people manage to miss, and she perfectly balanced out giving us the correct amount of information but also worthwhile opinions.

Great job, even if you missed the Trailer Park Boys reference dangling in front of you. 🙂

SECOND PLACE: GORD AND WAYNE

A solid week from these dudes once again. Gord’s recap may have been a little long, but it wouldn’t have mattered as this was clearly Sue’s week.

You guys thought you could pull a Natalie & Meaghan and dominate each of the first four weeks, but this is TARC 3, and that just ain’t gonna happen.

THIRD PLACE: RHAP

This was RHAP’s weakest week by far as The Temp’s Temp stepped in for his second appearance.

I guess this is what happens when you have an American blogging about TAR Canada–they aren’t going to care quite as much. 😛

Fortunately, I think it will go down as their worst recap of the season. Therefore, please do not be discouraged.

FOURTH PLACE: YOUR REALITY RECAPS

They need to find their voice when writing TAR Canada recaps, and they need to find it fast if they want to make up ground in these rankings.

I am under the impression that Your Reality Recaps is fairly new to the scene. Even if they end up with the lowest score this season, it’ll be fun to see how their voice evolves over time.

As I said before, they have potential. It’s just going to be a matter of what happens to that potential in the future.

GORD AND WAYNE: 14 pts

SUE’S REALITY CANADA: 12 pts

RHAP: 9 pts

YOUR REALITY RECAPS: 4 pts

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Are there any other recaps you want me to rank? Could we see a copy of Infiniti Presents TAR China 2 where an intruder enters these rankings?

If you feel another contender should be added to this list, feel free to send me a link!

Oh, and if you love listening to me talking about TAR Canada each week in audio form rather than written form, please listen to the podcast I do for YATNcast.

Thanks a bunch. Remember to be generous and kind to your friends and neighbours, eh?

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