amazing_race: Although I was not a fan of the second season, the leg in Sydney and the two New Zealand legs really stood out. My main problems with TAR 2 were the lack of suspense, like those non-elimination legs were placed in exactly the same manner to the first season, and it was predictable. Also, the casting. It was painful having to bear to watch Tara & Wil b*tching and arguing all the time, with her and Alex hitting on one another. Chris & Alex were another team I consider awful, and both teams went on to the final.
There weren't many memorable players that season, except Blake & Paige and Oswald & Danny. It could have been better.
Based on casting, locations, action, suspense, the outcome and task design, my top five seasons are (in no particular order):
3, 5, 6, 7 and 9.
I have to agree with your commwents, j19000 about TAR2, except that I personally loved Tara & Wil. Oswald & Danny were great players, as were Blake & Paige.
My top five seasons in no particular order are 3, 5, 6 ,7, and 15.