Friday, March 21, 2008

"Survivorman" versus "Man v. Wild"

So I've seen a couple of episodes of both shows and I can't really decide which is better. For those of you who haven't seen either I'll do a quick breakdown.

Survivorman (SM)-
•Guy goes into the wilderness for 7 days without food or water.
•No camera crew, he films himself.
•Pretty much eats anything, but seems to shy away from the bugs and other gross things.

Man v. Wild (MVW)-
•Guy gets dropped off in the wilderness and has to make it back to civilization.
•He has a camera crew that follows him.
•Eats anything and everything the more disgusting the better.

I think it's kind of lame to have a camera crew with you, I mean how dangerous can that really be? It does make for better TV though, SM can get really slow at times. There is something to be said for watching someone eat disgusting things. SM seems to be lacking in this area, most of his time is spent looking for food which leaves little time for eating disgusting things.

Final Verdict- Man v. Wild, simply because the show is more interesting to watch and I refuse to believe that either of these guys are really "surviving." I don't care if you have a camera crew that follows you or a camera crew five miles away. The bottom line is that if something happens you can easily get help which just seems like cheating.


-It is probably critical to note that both of these guys are white. I'm pretty sure that matters.


Swami Says said...

I've long been a fan of Man vs. Wild. In fact, the first couple episodes were actually just him and a camera but it got to be such a huge time waster and energy drainer to go around and set up shots from far away that they got a camera crew.

Survivor Man doesn't really do anything. He just has to wait around to get picked up. Bear Grylls has to be on the move for the entire time he is out there and make a new shelter and stuff every night. Man vs Wild is way better. And more humorous.

Lighter than Muki, but darker than Kris said...

I have been having this same argument with my friends for almost a year. Man vs. Wild is ridiculous. Bear Grylls (his real name) is much harder than Survivor Man. If I ever get stuck in the Sahara with only some rocks, tube socks, and a half full canteen you better believe I'd want Bear Grylls to come through and help a brother out over Survivor Man.