Can be an entertaining ride for the bug-eating, urine-soaking, alligator-wrestling crowd.
Movie Grade: A
DVD Grade: B+
Irish adventurer, motivational speaker, author, and TV presenter Bear Grylls has served with the British Special forces, climbed Everest, crossed the North Atlantic in and open rigid inflatable boat, circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski, paramotored over Angel Falls, and explored the Arctic. In this series, first created for British Channel 4 as Born Survivor, Grylls demonstrates survival techniques in a variety of ultra-difficult environments around the world. †The show has received some criticism in the past for some misleading situations, editing and locations that balance on the line of a "reality" show. But, there is no doubt that Man vs Wild can be an entertaining ride for the bug-eating, urine soaking, alligator-wrestling crowd.
The episodes usually begin with Grylls left stranded in a some remote or dangerous region. His efforts to survive and get back to civilization form the main storyline. In the first episode of Season Three, Grylls battles a bee sting and deadly rattlesnakes in the Baja Desert. A visit to the Deep South of the United States follows the path of destruction left by Hurricane Katrina and Grylls encounters alligator, snakes and catches catfish bare-handed. Back in his own country, Grylls meets up with the sheer cliffs and peat bogs of Ireland. The Great Plains, Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota are next up for the adventurer.
Lost creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams was quoted in the September 17th issue of Rolling Stone: His predicaments are horrifying. His respect for cultures and nature is refreshing. Hi skills are as wild as the terrain and surprisingly educational. I've gotten to a place in my life where I live for that moment where Bear bites into some red, rubbery, we, inner-spongy, recently fully-in-use-organ and makes the Face - that "Holy shit, this tastes worse than anything ever" face - and then gives his hysterical critique."
Grylls encounters brown bear in Romanian Transylvania, but no vampires. In Turkey the locals, rapids, snakes and scorpion hinder his survival. A nine-foot Boa Constrictor is the deadly menace in otherwise beautiful Belize. Another beautiful but deadly locale is Canada's Yukon territory and the frozen wasteland. It's hurricane season in the Dominican Republic and Grylls breakfasts on Tarantula spider. Back in the United States, he visits the deadly white water of the deepest river canyon in the world, Hell's Canyon in Oregon.
Man Vs. Wild has been picked up for a fourth season on Discovery Channel and around the world. Recently Bear Grylls was named The Chief Scout of The Scouting Association in the United Kingdom. So, he will influence the fitness of future British youth.
The Deep South
Highlights from Season 1-3
The series captures many intriguing elements together for entertainment. There is the drama of man vs. nature, there is the history of survival in the location, there is the incredible shots of natural beauty and there is the "ick" factor of eating bugs, wearing urine, etc to survive. In the realm of "reality" television, one can go a lot worse than this engaging survivor with that "oh so British" quality of adventure, what?