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I've been aware of the show Man vs. Wild for a while, but I'd never sat down and watched it until I was in Darwin. I suspect that everyone who lives up in the Territory is just sitting around, waiting for the day where they can pull out their knife, rip the intestines out of a camel, make a blanket out of its hide, and survive a sandstorm.

"What the fuck?" I hear you say?

Watch and learn, my friends:



It's a weird show. The presenter, Bear Grylls (his real name is Edward) gets dropped into a location, and he shows the audience how to get through it, should there be some kind of apocalypse or some shit, which would require you to drink your own piss or squeeze the water out of elephant shit. Despite this, it's an oddly directionless show, and Grylls going from one point to the other, and staying in the wild for a night. Usually he sleeps in some animal. But you can't stop asking yourself, while watching it, what the point of the show is?

It takes about ten days to film one of these episodes, and the local is scouted, situations organised. Dead sheep air dropped in, and so on and so forth, but that doesn't remove this air in the show that everything you're watching is really, really unnecessary.

Ah well.

It's funny at times, I'll give you that.

(crossposted)

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switchknitter
May. 4th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I have an intense hatred of that show. And of Bear Grylls. Grrrr.
benpeek
May. 4th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
lol. how come?
switchknitter
May. 4th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
One, everything on the show is fake. Two, Discovery tried to hide the fact that it was faked. Three, he annoys me. Four, he eats really gross things, usually while they're still alive.

I much prefer the show Survivorman, also from Discovery. If you ever get to see it, it's pretty good. Les Stroud is the host. He goes out into various isolated locations with his camera gear (and usually not much else) and survives on his own for a week. I love the guy and wish he'd do more episodes, but it was getting really hard on his body to be doing these trips regularly. There were two seasons for 24 episodes total, if I remember correctly. Well worth watching.
drasecretcampus
May. 4th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
I thought he actually slept in hotels? Ray Mears is apparently the real deal.
lyndarama
May. 4th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Good lord! I live in a house, just so you know. I love that you watched this up North. Classic.
lucius_t
May. 4th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
I also hate Man vs. Wild, tho I have a certain fondness for Deadliest Catch, which documents the life aboard crab boats on the Bering Sea. Every week it's the same, stressed-out guys hauling up crab pots while being yelled at by stressed-out captains. Kind of comforting, actually.
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