Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Man vs. Wild" Recap & Review - "Castaway"

Man vs. Wild
“Castaway” (Part 2 of 2)

Original Air Date: May 23, 2008

Jeff P. – TwoCents Reviewer
jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

This week Bear Grylls is continuing his Indonesian adventure by playing castaway on a remote island off of Sumatra. He’ll need all of his survival skills to make it through this episode. Especially since Gilligan and the Professor is nowhere to be found.

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  1. Man vs. Wild
    “Castaway” (Part 2 of 2)

    Original Air Date: May 23, 2008

    Jeff P. – TwoCents Reviewer
    jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

    This week Bear Grylls is continuing his Indonesian adventure by playing castaway on a remote island off of Sumatra. He’ll need all of his survival skills to make it through this episode. Especially since Gilligan and the Professor is nowhere to be found.

    Bear parachutes out of a helicopter from 9000 feet in one of the best shots of the season. You see him do a dead drop with the island far below. This is much more fun to watch than to do, I’d imagine. He battles a riptide to make it to shore. Since this island is a mere 3 degrees south of the Equator, it is roasting hot. He needs to find a way to protect himself from the heat and the sun. He finds some plastic bottles and cuts them to use as goggles for finding a solution under water. He shows us this clever trick with coral. If you pull a coral out of the water and wait until the seawater drips out, a mucus will follow. This mucus is what coral protects itself with during low tide while exposed to the sun. So he applies this to his body.

    Bear starts heading inland to try to find water. He drinks from miscellaneous leaves and coral to get as much water as he can. Then he heads back out to shore and locates some Hermit Crabs for dinner later. (Not exactly as filling as an Alaskan King Crab for sure). He also catches a Sea Cucumber, which apparently is one of the best sources of protein. It looks like he’s eating a wet sock to me. Then he dives back down and gets a stingray for later as well. He builds a shelter before the dark settles in. Then he starts a fire and cooks up his crabs and stingray. Then he tries to get some sleep even though he’s not very comfortable in his new digs.


    After a rough night, Bear wakes up to a nice rainfall. He set up some bamboo the night before to catch rain like a gutter, so now he has plenty to drink. He also takes the opportunity to exercise while the rain is there to replenish his energy. He tells us that exercising releases endorphins that will be needed for the tough day ahead. He takes another dive for breakfast, and it doesn’t take long for him to find a Sea Urchin. He cuts it open and reveals it’s eggs that are known as caviar to some. However, Bear compares it to baby poop. He goes back inland and finds a Termite’s nest. He cuts open the nest and eats some of them off of his arm. Yeeech. I’ll take the Sea Urchin baby poop, thank you very much.

    Later, Bear decides he wants to build a raft with the hope of escaping the island. He builds the platform for the raft out of bamboo and vines. He climbs up a tree to acquire some coconuts for his journey. Coconuts are good for this situation because they last for a long time and offer a lot of calories. Also, the seawater won’t spoil them. Then he builds a small shelter from the sun on top of the raft. Bear launches the raft and fights his way past the breaking waves to head out to the open sea. As dusk approaches, he’s concerned that his raft is coming apart. As he tries to repair it, he hears the sound of a boat engine! This will be his ticket home.

    I enjoyed this two-parter in Indonesia. I really liked this episode because you always wonder what it would be like if you were truly stranded on an island. Bear has done this before of course, back in season 1. What would you do if you were stuck on an island? Would you wait to be rescued, or build a raft and brave the open sea? This reminds me, I’ll have to ask Laura Ann, The Two Cents reviewer of Lost.

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