Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
I'm a big fan of survival shows, but this one is absolutely ridiculous, bordering on the dangerous (for poor information).First episode he has a few of the usual things you might have on you hiking etc ... but also just happens to have an electric drill, some LED's, a laptop (ok, you might), a soldering iron, an electronic compass module ... seriously??? "Survival tips" include not only making a compass from the module you have (as you're far more likely to have that on you than, say, an actual compass, but you'll learn how to solder the LED's to make it easier to see the rf detector (you've also made) direction indicators.OK, maybe it was just a bad first episode, so I gave it a second go.Episode two you'll see how to make, using the motor/servo unit and laser pointer one always has, so that you can make something that can release your rope by pointing the laser pointer at the photo receptor you also had lying around.At that point I gave up.You'll learn more about surviving in the wilderness from the average Simpsons episode.
No one would get in such situations with all this equipment this guy carries in his backpack with his "everyday electronics". Which seems to always have some hard to explain extras to suit the shows situation. Most would not even have a backpack or items would get lost in most worst cases. I love survival shows but this one is for dreamers not reality and I always end up yelling at the TV about how staged this or that is. There are some good hacks but you will most likely use them in the comfort of your backyard.
Not a bad show, sure the host may have some quirks that viewers don't like, and the contraptions he builds may be unconventional, but that's what is good about the show. I like seeing him build his gear..it may not be the BEST survival show, but who needs another hum-drum survival show, at least what he builds is interesting and may give viewers ideas of their own..of what 'can' be built from common items.
I agree with each comment made here. The show is really not to be taken seriously because like one comment here made it seems he has just the right Gadget to complete his journey to survive. Two of his shows if he did not have a tracking GPS on him he would be doomed. Also unlike Survivorman who had a camera that he would set up and properly use for the show when he has completed his task. This show seems the cameras are place everywhere from different angles.So are there cameramenThere?