Legendary skateboarder Rick McCrank goes on a journey exploring abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out. Abandoned pays tribute to these modern day ruins, seemingly lost and forgotten, but not by everyone.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2016
I fell in love with this show! Rick McCrank does an excellent job of pointing out where we have failed these locations and the residents who lived (or still live) there without sounding condescending or accusing. He states the facts of the matter, which is sufficient for me, at least, to feel ashamed of the collective American failure in abandoning the people who live around these deserted locations. It brings to light a very sad and often tragic characteristic...we, as Americans, do not like to face our failures and mistakes. So we just...walk away. And leave the mess for "someone else" to deal with. I waited for each new episode eagerly, and when I saw it was recorded, I immediately watched, knowing Rick and his crew would teach me something important, moving and interesting. Highly recommend Season 1 and am praying for the show to be renewed and for Season 2 to be available ASAP. Thanks, Vice network and Rick McCrank for your excellent work! My son is a boarder and a fan of Rick's and I truly enjoy how he finds the boarders in the area and highlights anything they have done to contribute to renewal/re-use of these locations.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
This show is fantastic! Rick McCrank is the perfect 'host/interviewer'. Coming from the perspective of a skateboarder, a preconceived anti-social subculture by many, he is able to bring forward and highlight these abandoned places and their importance (both good and bad) to everyday people. The music is relevant to the scenes and issues presented and really helps drive home the intent of this series. The videography is amazing, interesting and timely. The influance of greed driven industrial abandonment and the resulting decay on society and the environment are on full display. However, it is presented in a way that is informative but non-judgemental thus allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about Abandoned and hope they make more episodes.