Thursday, December 28, 2006

Sahran and Howard Eliminated

Eliminated this week: Sahran and Howard. Which makes me sad, too, because this couple has grown on me over the last few weeks. I was sorry to see them go.

Howard and Sahran are very suspiciously gay, as many other Amazing Race bloggers have already pointed out. But what ultimately won me over was the genuinely tender friendship between these two. They're not cartoon homosexuals, they're Real People.

Every show that I've caught has one or the other falling apart at some critical moment, either before a particularly dangerous challenge or after. But they always bounce back with words of support for each other.

At those moments, Howard and Sahran have always elicited laughter from me, but I like to think it's a sympathetic "pull-it-together-you-can-do-it" laugh.

And somehow they've always come through. What a feat to have lasted this long in the show! Well, except for this last episode.

So that still leaves brothers Mardy and Marsio in the running, and one team less now towards their longshot victory. They're a longshot to win the race, but I'm rooting for them to win the race. A most unlikely pair, they're representative of geeks like me: chubby, bespectacled, and often befuddled. What a surprise that they should come in first in this week's episode of "Amazing Race Asia" by way of a Fast Forward.

But...part of me was hoping that Howard and Sahran could have made it to the final push.

Carry on, guys, you've got a fan in me.


  1. Like BJ & Tyler, the hippies from #9 (I think)?

  2. BJ and Tyler weren't actually gay, I think. That infamous photo was supposed to have been a practical joke. Regardless, they were also a cool pair.

  3. I haven't been able to follow The Amazing Race: Asia as it is not shown over here. I got into "TAR" during Season 7, which happened to coincide with my own "amazing" adventure to Dumaguete. Watching the teams trot around the globe really brings back nice memories for me.

    Anyway, I've managed to catch a few snippets from TARA on YouTube, and it certainly seems to maintain the same look and feel as TAR.

    You guys get to see both TAR and TARA on TV over there, but we are relegated to tiny, pixelated YouTube viewing areas for glimpses of TARA. You'd think CBS would have some sort of deal to broadcast these alternate versions, but I suppose once they sell the rights they wash their hands of it. Am I correct in assuming CBS has nothing to do with TARA, save for the original idea and format? All of the actual production and such must be under the direction of AXN...I'm guessing. I certainly don't know.

    Tell AXN to open up a North American office, if you think about it ;)

  4. 'BJ and Tyler weren't actually gay, I think.'

    No no no... I meant from a supportive-fun-relaxed-spirit point of view.