Rating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes
After being a keen fan and enthusiast of Man vs. Wild, I think it's about time I wrote a review on it. Man vs. Wild is a show like none other. Some could say it's a mix between an all-too-familiar outback adventure DVD which tourists would watch before driving around a desert in a jeep, and Deadliest Catch; another one of Discovery's finest adventure series' depicting real situations, which are much less sheltered than the usual fashion show, set entirely indoors.
However, unlike the outback adventure shows, Man vs. Wild takes away the safety of a jeep, tour guides and even such necessities as food and shelter. Bear Grylls takes the viewer to the most remote and dangerous habitats and climates on Earth, and shows us in much gruesome detail, how to survive.
The fact that Bear doesn't plan to run into such things as grizzly bears and rattlesnakes, sheer cliffs and raging rivers, makes the show all the more interesting. Among the necessities for surviving is food, and there are no shortcuts taken on the show. We more than often find him eating live earthworms, scavenging off the carcass of a dead zebra, or killing, gutting and cooking a poisonous snake. I almost feel guilty eagerly watching his raw expression while trying to keep down the guts of some unknown bug, while I'm eating a packet of highly processed potato chips.
But it doesn't stop at the food. He shows his audience how to make shelters from the rain, wind and snow, insulate heat through using giant leaves, and how to ward off predators through use of a humble campfire. Again I find myself being a little too comfortable sitting on the couch with the fire on, while looking through a screen at this poor man battling the elements.
Yet at all the things I find myself thinking 'I would never do that in a million years,' I begin to wonder what it's really like out there. If Bear Grylls can give the viewer a raw, realistic experience like this through television, what would it be like if I really went and did all these things myself? By the end of each show I'm actually being drawn to the idea of going off on an adventure in the mysterious Amazon jungle or the beautiful Alaskan mountain range, just to test these techniques I have learned, and to experience the amazing landscapes on Earth as Bear is.
Review posted on Thursday, May 14th 2009 at 3:25 am