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'Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls' Review: 'No Guts, No Glory'

August 26th, 2013 11:04pm EDT
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Get Out Alive was the most positive reality series I've watched in some time. Of course, I watch one other reality television show twice a year. The Soup shows me how awful people treat one other on other reality shows. Grown women beat and berate each other. Men compete against each other for the hand of one girl. People on reality TV will endure any kind of humiliation or embarrassment to get on TV and to become a star. Notoriety, or fame, doesn't happen for a person unless he or she behaves terrible for weeks. Bear's competitive reality series never crossed into crassness, cruelty, vindi...
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'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls' Review: 'Frozen Planet'

August 20th, 2013 10:10am EDT
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The Get Out Alive journey nears an ending with next week's episode. The penultimate episode brought the four remaining teams to a glacier high in the New Zealand terrain where each team would be tested the same as they've been tested throughout the series. Only the altitude changed. Jim and Austin won the survival challenge last week after failing in their task. Lucky and Louie failed in their shelter task but won the survival challenge. Nonsense eliminations continue, but at least the immunity teams earned their immunity.

Glacier episodes were among my favorite during Man Vs. Wild, mostly...
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'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls' Review: 'Don't Look Down'

August 6th, 2013 9:36am EDT
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Get Out Alive and The Challenge are the only reality TV shows I watch on a weekly basis. I sort of fell into watching Get Out Alive weekly. The Challenge's weekly format doesn't change until near the end of the season. Get Out Alive reached a point last week where the obstacles were repetitive, and everything that followed was uninteresting. Bear reminds the teams that the objective is survival, but the urgency's never where Bear wants it. Of course, every team knows Get Out Alive is a game show--that fact removes some of the urgency. Competitors on The Challenge talk about winning big mone...
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'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls' Review: 'The Mountain Will Give You Strength'

July 30th, 2013 10:05am EDT
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Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls isn't a surprising series. The obstacle, food, shelter routine results in repeats. Teams that do well each week continue to do well while teams that don't continue to not perform well. The successful teams get frustrated. The less successful teams hang their heads and hope no one notices their hung head or their poor performance. Bear continues to give the teams disgusting survival food such as maggots and worms that don't reluctantly eat. One team enjoys the feast pit for winning the survival test each episode. The feast pit is now so uninteresting to watch t...
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'Get Out Alive Eith Bear Grylls' Review: 'Leave No Man Behind'

July 23rd, 2013 8:54am EDT
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Bear Grylls stressed mental strength in the third episode of Get Out Alive. Alicia and Spencer were sent home because they ran out of cheerfulness. Nearly every other team turned on them. I wrote about mental strength vs physical strength in last week's review because I felt sad about Esmerelda's departure--she was basically catatonic this week. Anyway, Get Out Alive does follow teams trying to survive in the wild by following Bear's set of instructions. Bear emphasizes physical and mental well-being. Teams usually follow Bear's instructions somewhat poorly. Physical well-being and mental f...
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'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls' Review: 'Living On The Edge'

July 16th, 2013 9:03am EDT
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Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls' second episode is exactly like the first episode. The teams don't compete in the valley. Instead, Bear challenges the team to climb a mountain, trek across the summit, find food below, set fire, and then make slingshots in the survival challenge. The challenges continue to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each team. Personalities are revealed through the challenges, which was welcomed. Last week's premiere boxed the teams into one-dimensional archetypes. Yes, some team members had sad stories, but the editing did not make any one much more than a sad st...
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Premiere Review: 'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls' Is Man Vs. Wild Lite

July 9th, 2013 10:12am EDT
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Discovery and Bear Grylls parted ways a little less than two years ago. The final Man Vs. Wild episode aired November 29, 2011. Man Vs. Wild was Discovery's more exciting program of survival experts tasked with surviving in exotic places for a week. Les Stroud's series was consistently better. Any one who wanted to learn how to actually survive in the wild watched Survivorman; any one who wanted to see possibly crazy stuff watched Man Vs. Wild. Bear Grylls would skydive, swim in artic waters, eat ANYTHING he could find, climb rockfaces, make a toboggan out of the carcass of a wolf in Siberi...
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