So the Japan leg was stellar. Really terrific tasks, a lot of chances to laugh, as well as a lot fo tasks to shuffle up the order.
It was just about the best Japan leg we've had - it was close to flawless and I really enjoyed it.
The alaska leg was a disaster. It was way too linear 9as is the case with far too many finales) ensuring that the team who took the early lead was guaranteed to win. Again there was too much luck in the finale - I cannot stand luck tasks in finales - that stuff should be contained to the first 11 legs of the race. It has no place in the decider. The clues in the ice was all luck, and the dropping of the thing off the plane was all luck. One person hit it on their 2nd try and the race was effectively over.
Admittedly it did get exciting when the lead shrunk at the final task, but the result was unfortunately locked up within the first 10 minutes.
Disappointing finale, as usual...