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Monday, May 22, 2006

5 Takes: Pacific Rim


Thanks to the blogosphere, I watched a show this weekend that I really enjoyed, 5 Takes: Pacific Rim. At first blush, the show kind of has an old-school Road Rulesvibe with 5 young strangers, given laptops, video cameras, and $50/day and sent on a 13 week adventure. But this is so much more interesting and high-minded than Road Rules. For one thing, they're called "travel journalists" or "TJs" and their "mission" is to learn about the places they're traveling and report back. . . which makes sense given that this show airs on the Travel Channel. In the one episode I saw there was no interpersonal drama, no hook-ups, or vomiting, or bickering. Each of these TJs seems to take this adventure and what they're doing seriously, and they all seem like people I wouldn't object to knowing in real life.

The idea is that each of these TJs has a "take" on what they're seeing. I.e. one is into nightlife, one extreme sports, one a culture vulture, etc. So there's no pressure for them to be all together all the time. For example in Melbourne, two of the kids were happily and without complaint getting lost in the suburbs looking for the city's botanical gardens while two others were checking out the city's underground art scene and the fifth was eating his way through the city.

Oh, and very interestingly, the show encourages audience participation! The episodes air the week after they're filmed, and the TJs are constantly on the show's message boards asking for advice on what to do where they are. The underground art tour was actually given by a Melbourne local that the TJs met online.

So here's one show that will be filling my Tivo after sweeps ends . . .

8 Comments:

Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Is there somewhere we can get a schedule of where they will be throughout the entire show? I can't comment on the Australia/South East Asia legs of their trip, but might want to comment on other portions later on!

5/22/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Whoops. I just realized that the title is 5 Takes: Pacific Rim. As in, the trip will be taking place in the Pacific Rim. Forget it--I won't be able to help them in the least.

5/22/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

As you know, I am planning an extended trip to the Pacific Rim in the near future, so this should be useful!

I saw a similar show about China recently. I don't think it was this one, because the people were in their late 20s/early 30s. I wish I knew what it was. It made we really want to go to China -- they even went to the Wolong. But there was this really odd segment in which they went to Mao's tomb and talked at length about how Mao is revered in China without ever mentioning the whole mass murdre thing.

5/22/2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

The Wolong!! Did the visitors get to hold the pandas?

5/22/2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

Yep! Do regular people get to do that too?

5/22/2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I think so. At least I know of someone who said her friend (I know, already too many degrees of separation) has a photo where she is sitting on a park bench next to a panda. How great would that be?

5/23/2006 10:42 AM  
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