The one interesting thing about them was that the longer the season went on, the more unpleasant they seemed to get, transitioning from basic-level vanity and self-interest to a genuine belief that they were a cut above everyone else.
They’re not the worst winners ever – Freddy & Kendra, BJ & Tyler and Dave & Connor all say hi – but they were just so smug and unpleasant that I found myself actively rooting against them, to the point where I went into the final backing Team Anyone But Laura & Tyler.
I really enjoyed watching Matt flap his way around the later legs while Ashley repeatedly talked him down from a ledge and took care of business by being a quiet badass.
As you can see, that worked out brilliantly for me. Libby & CJ (Dating For 10 Years, 10th place) One of the early signs that this season was going to be…not great, beyond the blind date gimmick and the insistence on giving each team their own hashtag, was the part where each team was also given their own digital camera and instructed to take as many selfies as possible.
This turned out to be important(ish) in the final leg, but for the first few episodes it just seemed like a desperate, pathetic attempt to make the show relevant to younger viewers – never more so than when poor Libby & CJ, who were already blighted by a complete inability to read maps or follow directions at any time, stopped to take a selfie in Japan and their train left without them. Aly & Steve (Dating For 7 Months, 6th place) Sometimes on the true value of a team takes a little time to become apparent, and Aly & Steve spent an alarming number of legs playing the kind of blandly competent, all-American couple role that put them in direct competition for airtime with Laura & Tyler.
Frankly, it was a miracle they actually got any tasks completed because it seemed like they just wanted to abandon the round-the-world trip and lock themselves up in their sequestering hotel room for the weekend and get a few…things out of their systems.
Jeff & Jackie brought the exact energy that this stupid gimmick season needed and deserved, so they deserve a spot in the top four for that alone.