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Man vs. Wild: Season 2
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(Jun 30, 2008)
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Bear Grylls (or should I say the infamous Ed...) may camp in "hotels," he may eat pieces of steak instead of badgers, he may jump through sheets of ice into a secretly hidden hot-tub beneath the surface of a "frozen lake," he may even use "smoke machines" to simulate the gaseous, boiling properties of lava, but he nevertheless is more of a survival expert than you and me. Any man or woman who goes into nature and puts his/herself into situations in which he/she shows inexperienced outdoorsman how to escape quicksand, animal threats, etc. has my respect. I suppose the beetle grubs he eats are fake as well.... After using these techniques he displayed for creating compasses, building camps, and even learning of the different types of insects and plants that are edible in regions I myself have visited (i.e. the Moab desert and the Badlands), there is no doubt in my mind that the things he teaches are relevant and useful. While he may not camp through the entire night or eat every single disgusting insect/animal upon which he appears to dine, he nevertheless shows people what to do in moments of emergency.
I have faith in Bear/Ed, his camera crew, and the survival experts with whom he explores. While I do not doubt that some things are staged (i.e.Read more ›
On a side note, I thought season one was slightly better (the first released set, not the edited set that comes with 2 discs in the same package!) based on more varying places all over the world, and more consistent format. Still tho, this is a great buy and I hope we will see more of Bear Grylls.
In Season Two, Bear travels to Patagonia, Siberia, Panama, Namibia, Zambia, Panama, Indonesia, and the Sahara. Thus, as with any good survival program, you get a taste of some very different environments--from very cold to very hot; from very wet to very dry. It includes a few of my all-time favorite episodes ("Castaway" and "Namibia") and few episodes that I intentionally skip over.
Season Two is unique among the seasons of Man vs. Wild in that there are several two-part episodes. In these, he typically meets up with indigenous people in the second part and learns some survival techniques directly from them. Examples of this are his porcupine hunting expedition with the San Bushmen of Namibia and his attempt to eat a goat testicle presented to him by a Berbers of North Africa. This feature of Season Two makes it all the more worth watching.
This is good entertainment for almost anyone of any age. Bear goes to a lot of interesting places, eats a lot of disgusting things, and performs his usual daredevil feats of climbing, skydiving, and so on. I would consider this one of , if not the, best of the Man vs. Wild seasons. It certainly has a "do not try this at home" element that keeps it from being a true survival program (to purists of the genre, at least) but it is definitely great Bear for Bear fans--but not Bear fans only.
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More of the same just in different locations. Great production and cinematography.Published 25 days ago by James Norman
Okay, I'm gonna say it. I like the way Bear presents these challenges. Whether it's eating something truly disgusting or finding shelter, he is as good as it gets when the survival... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sammy
The guy is incredible and the show always interesting. Not learning much survival however as at 55 years old I could no more climb a 100 foot cliff than I could a 10 ft wall.Published 7 months ago by Osmer Batcheller