I finally finished the season and here are my comments.
Drew has grown on me over the years, so not mad that he got some money. I also don’t hate the runs shown in the little window. I prefer it to WWWA since I get to see the entire run although they always seemed to show a run that was the length of the commercial so you could guess about how far they would get. Ever since I saw some episodes of Satsuke I have wanted a water challenge. A real ninja should be good at more than upper body strength. I need to see them do balance obstacles and the underwater one. I also like some of the new obstacles. Cane Lane is deceptively evil and a great addition IMNSHO. As with many others here, I am bugged by the sob stories. I particularly hate when they play up cancer cases or “tumors” as if they were life threatening. There were two examples that really bugged me. One was a woman with thyroid cancer. While nobody wants any kind of cancer, thyroid cancer can be treated with surgery to remove the thyroid and one pill of radioactive iodine to get any residual cells. The hardest part is that they sometimes have to go off any supplements for the pill so their thyroid is low and they can be exhausted but the pill has no side effects and you basically just have to stay home for 3 days until the radioactivity is out of your system. The total recovery is about 2 weeks, so it is hard to equate it with cancers like leukemia that require months of debilitating radiation and chemotherapy. The other was one whose wife was presented as having a brain tumor when she apparently had a pituitary adenoma which is a benign growth that affects your hormone levels, rarely requires surgery and is treatable with hormone supplements. Again, annoying to have but not a disease that will shorten your life span or significantly affect your functioning, once your levels are under control. I understand that they need back stories but they tend to sensationalize everything.