Monday, February 16, 2009
Man Vs Wild Vs Man
A lot of comparisons have been made between Survivorman and Man Vs Wild. And I prefer Man Vs. Wild.
Everybody knows Les Stroud from Survivorman is really out there, in it, on his own and what you see is what you get, while occasionally Bear Grylls stays in hotels after he pretends to sleep in a cold uncomfortable tent all night. And you know what? I don't care.
Les Stroud is a scientist and he travels around with his one camera teaching anthropology with static camera moves and natural light and an even toned way of explaining things. "Oh, look," he might say. "Here's a bear. I wonder if he will eat me."
Meanwhile Bear Grylls takes off his shirt a lot and has lots of crazy camera angles because his camera man is badass, and he makes everything sound like an adventure. "If I can't get this bottlecap off, I might starve to death and a dragon will eat me!"
Bear understands that this is a TV show and his job is to entertain while educating. And I respect Les Stroud ever so much because he is clearly a badass dude who knows lots and can hang in the wilderness all alone, I don't spend his shows on the edge of my seat. He doesn't get naked and jump into a frozen lake just to show me how to get out of it. Bear does. I'm sorry but you just can't compete with that, gentle Canadian dude.
So if Bear has to stay in a hotel one night, eh, it doesn't bother me so much. He knows how to survive in the wilderness and he's showing me techniques for doing the same and he does it in an entertaining way. As far as I know, he really did sleep in that tree all night with a big old fatty knife in his hand while bears swatted at his toes. And then in the morning he ate their testicles.