Sunday, June 1, 2008

"Man vs. Wild" Recap & Review - "Siberia" Part I

Man vs. Wild
Siberia (Part 1 of 2)

Original Air Date: May 30, 2008

Jeff P. – TwoCents Reviewer
jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

This week in part 1 of the two part season finale, Bear Grylls heads off to one of the coldest places on the Earth: Siberia. Here it is right after Memorial Day weekend and I have to feel cold again? Say it ain’t so, Bear.

Bear takes a 7000 foot plunge out of a helicopter into an all white background below. He lands safely, but is immediately freezing with temperatures at minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit! You must keep moving or risk freezing to death. He tells us that the Trans-Siberian railway is 100 miles away and that will be his only way out of here. He demonstrates how quickly that metal can freeze to your skin in this climate by placing his knife against his hand. It sticks right to it! He then shows us the best way to remove it.. he urinates on his hand. Am I the only one who’s concerned that he gets caught in his zipper in this scene? Yikes!

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  1. Man vs. Wild
    Siberia (Part 1 of 2)

    Original Air Date: May 30, 2008

    Jeff P. – TwoCents Reviewer
    jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

    This week in part 1 of the two part season finale, Bear Grylls heads off to one of the coldest places on the Earth: Siberia. Here it is right after Memorial Day weekend and I have to feel cold again? Say it ain’t so, Bear.

    Bear takes a 7000 foot plunge out of a helicopter into an all white background below. He lands safely, but is immediately freezing with temperatures at minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit! You must keep moving or risk freezing to death. He tells us that the Trans-Siberian railway is 100 miles away and that will be his only way out of here. He demonstrates how quickly that metal can freeze to your skin in this climate by placing his knife against his hand. It sticks right to it! He then shows us the best way to remove it.. he urinates on his hand. Am I the only one who’s concerned that he gets caught in his zipper in this scene? Yikes!

    He’s having trouble finding food in the barren wasteland. He finds a beetle for a quick snack. Then he finds a cave that might make for a good shelter for the evening. It can get as cold as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night! He finds a deer carcass not too far from the cave. He starts a fire and he skins it and cuts off a piece to eat. He ends up using the skin and some branches to create a toboggan. He plans to use that in the morning. He heads back to the cave and makes sure there are no predators and looks to sleep and/or rest for the night.

    At first light, Bear decides to give his handmade toboggan a test. He speeds down the hill and covers much more ground than he would have by foot. Soon, he runs into a frozen lake. He figures that it would take too long to go around it, so he decides to go across it. He’s been carrying a leg from the deer that’s been frozen, and uses it to test the ice each step. Later, Bear tells us he’s going to have the crew dig a hole in the ice so he can show us what it’s like under the water! He ties a safety harness to himself & jumps in. After he gets his blood pressure in order, and dives underneath the ice and comes up out of another hole. He pulls out and starts running to get his body temperature up, and then gets back to a fire that’s been built for him. He doesn’t want to repeat that demonstration again.

    The next scene has Bear doing a ‘Heli-repel’ from a helicopter down into what’s called a “Tiger Forest”. It’s a sea of tall trees that go on for 2 million square miles. He climbs up one of the enormous trees to get a birds-eye view to where he is. He finds a dried up stream to follow, hopefully to safety. He finds some squirrel tracks and some leftover pinecones. He can’t eat those, but he thinks he can catch a squirrel. He makes a couple of snares to catch one. It turns out one of his traps are successful. He skins and eats the squirrel, and he thinks it tastes a lot better than some other things he’s had. Knowing what he’s eaten before, I BELIEVE him. When weather looks like it’s going to change. Bear starts to quickly make an emergency shelter. He builds a fire and gets his shelter all set.

    Later, Bear is trudging across the tundra again, and notices what could be a road or a railway ahead. Soon he realizes that it is in fact a railway, and a train is coming! He runs up behind it and catches a hold of the ladder on the caboose. He will be safe now.

    I enjoyed this choice for a season finale. In my mind, Bear has already seen and done most of the toughest locations. I forgot about Siberia! The scene where he went underwater was one of the toughest things I’ve seen Bear do. I was practically shivering here on my sofa. Usually it takes a half pint of ice cream to do that. Where else would you like to see Bear go to? Maybe I’m missing another locale that might be interesting. Your two cents is appreciated. Just bring warm clothes.

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