LAST EDITED ON 09-18-06 AT 02:43 AM (EST)
We still have the:
Underdog overcoming the odds of winning while wearing a prosthesis and trying to find true love along the way.
loves hates loves whatevers each other so much that they're using the race to figure out how they really feel.
The gay couple who will take no prisoners.
The "I've never been out of the hills before" couple (with the added bonus of living "traditional" man/woman roles that, according to the woman, are about to change - whether the man knows or agrees, or not).
The father and gay daughter using the race to "repair" their relationship (evidently torn when she came out of the closet to him to a less than positive reaction).
Brothers trying to prove their worth to each other.
Cheerleaders and former Miss USA contestants, both trying to prove that beauty doesn't equal dumb or weak in all cases.
Even after the first episode, and 2 eliminations, it still looks a lot like a normal seasonal mix of show starters to me.
(I keed. I agree that it would have been interesting to see both teams go farther. But, I don't think it was rigged so that they'd fail.)