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    Reality TV (Airplane Repo) seriously?

    Just flicking through the channels as I usually watch DMAX: Kindig customs and wheeler dealers etc. But I was just watching AR a moment ago and couldn't believe the BS. Repo guys go to recover a chopper, wife of onwer distracts the 3 guys there who issue a notice. In the meantime the husband is running in the locked compound where he keeps the Heli. Fair enough, but who had time to strap the go pro camera to the landing gear? Am I missing something, but are folks really falling for this reality crap?
    You bullied, you laughed, you lied, you lost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    Just flicking through the channels as I usually watch DMAX: Kindig customs and wheeler dealers etc. But I was just watching AR a moment ago and couldn't believe the BS. Repo guys go to recover a chopper, wife of onwer distracts the 3 guys there who issue a notice. In the meantime the husband is running in the locked compound where he keeps the Heli. Fair enough, but who had time to strap the go pro camera to the landing gear? Am I missing something, but are folks really falling for this reality crap?
    Well you obviously are because you watched it.

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    ^ok sarcy barsteward. My intention wasn't to upset your lifestyle!

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    Reality television tends to be an umbrella genre where numerous sub-genres are classified as such. Certainly, in the West, it has become the overwhelmingly dominant type of programming - for better or for worse.

    Marketable....or forced to be that way upon the already zombie dumbed down television viewing populations.

    Consider the source.

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    It's so popular because it's very cheap to make and it guarantees an audience of low rent chimps.

    What were the commercials for?

    McD's?

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    Why on earth would your waste your life watching such crap?

    There are so many interesting documentaries, movies, books, etc etc more than a human could ever consume in a lifetime.

    Why waste your time on that?

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    in the uk, the freeview channels are full of these reality shows.

    they are relatively cheap to make, the participants dont get paid but can benefit from the publicity and with extrovert personalities, some skilful editing, clever scripting and manufactured situations, some excitement can be factored into the most mundane of activities, although one mans definition of excitement can be very different from another mans.

    the usa are the surely the biggest culprits when it comes down to foisting dumbed down reality shows on to a passive audience.

    ice road truckers featuring the incredibly dull lives of lorry drivers in alaska has been manipulated to show the activities of these bull necked dullards as the very zenith of macho achievement.

    another american reality letdown is the programme whereby greedy grasping blowhards bid for the right to open supposedly long locked and abandoned storage lockers, hoping that the treasure that lies within, once sold off will cover their bid price. it is nothing more than a showcase for that most awful of demographics, the loudmouthed american machoed up redneck, replete with bulging tattooed biceps, a pot bellied gut and a silly ponytail to whoop, holler and hi five with 200 decibel joy as they discover the $50 worth of trash that will change their lives. is it a comedy or a tragedy that people will embarrass themselves for their 15 minutes of fame. the mostly obese trailer trash women that accompany these men on their quest are quite frightening, but i suppose that is all part of the appeal of these programmes, to laugh at the eccentric grotesques in our society, to put them in the stocks and mock them.

    the uk certainly has its fair share of reality shows, the gentle "great british bake off", a show whereby 15 contestants compete to bake the best cakes, losing one each week until the final, has had the country gripped for weeks. i must say i found it to be compelling viewing, but i dont know why.

    another reality show, but with a strange twist, is "embarrassing bodies". here a doctor will examine poor unfortunates with strange but curiously sensational deformities and then send them to a clinic to be cured. the deformities will encompass the full gamut of awful afflictions that we can be thankful for not having, most of them of a sexual nature. grossly swollen testicles, acne infested penises, prolapsed recta, one tit three times the size of the other and low hanging and flappy labia. all these afflictions are exposed and shown in eye watering close ups as they are examined by the medics showing the required amount of sympathy and respect, whilst quietly thanking god that there is no shortage of publicity seekers out there willing to whip out their droopy tits, hairy nipples, rolls of fat and enormous testicles. it is nothing more than a circus freak show masquerading as a medical help programme.


    ....... and i wouldnt miss it for the world.
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    Bear Grills is another fraud , it's absolute crap, full of deception, he reminds Me of that member we used to have on here Rick Thai I think he was called.
    Bear Grills is surrounded by a camera crew, but he makes out he's totally alone in dangerous bush country or tropical rain forests. He sleeps out alone in the middle of nowhere all night.
    Bollocks, the twat has a helicopter charted to pick him up and takes him to the nearest motel.

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    Bear Grills is another fraud , it's absolute crap, full of deception,
    After leaving school, Grylls briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal. Eventually, Grylls joined the Territorial Army and, after passing selection, served as a reservist with the 21 SAS Regiment (Artists Reserve) until 1997.

    In 1996, Grylls suffered a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia. His parachute ripped at 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae. He later said, "I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem". According to his surgeon, Grylls came "within a whisker" of being paralysed for life and it was questionable whether he would ever be able to walk again. Grylls spent the next 12 months in and out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court before being discharged from his medical treatment and directing his efforts to getting well enough to fulfill his childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest.

    In 2004, Grylls was previously awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve; and in 2013 he was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.


    On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat. There is some dispute over whether he was the youngest Briton to have done so, as he was preceded by James Allen, a climber holding dual Australian and British citizenship, who reached the summit in 1995 at age 22. The record has since been surpassed by Jake Meyer and then Rob Gauntlett who summitted at age 19. To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas, in 1997, Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".

    Circumnavigation of the UK
    In 2000 Grylls led the team to circumnavigate the British Isles on jet skis,[25] taking about 30 days, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). He also rowed naked in a homemade bathtub along the Thames to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident.

    Crossing the North Atlantic
    Three years later, he led a team of five, including his childhood friend, SAS colleague, and Mount Everest climbing partner Mick Crosthwaite, on an unassisted crossing of the north Atlantic Ocean, in an open rigid inflatable boat. Grylls and his team travelled in an eleven-metre-long boat and encountered force 8 gale wind with waves breaking over the boat while passing through icebergs in their journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia to John o' Groats, Scotland.

    Dinner party at altitude
    In 2005, alongside the balloonist and mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal, leader of the Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team, Grylls created a world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party, which they did under a hot-air balloon at 7,600 metres (25,000 ft), dressed in full mess dress and oxygen masks. To train for the event, he made over 200 parachute jumps. This event was in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and The Prince's Trust.

    Paramotoring over the Himalayas
    In 2007, Grylls embarked on a record-setting Parajet paramotor in Himalayas near Mount Everest. He took off from 4,400 metres (14,500 ft), 8 miles south of the mountain. Grylls reported looking down on the summit during his ascent and coping with temperatures of −60 °C (−76 °F). He endured dangerously low oxygen levels and eventually reached 9,000 metres (29,500 ft), almost 3,000 metres (10,000 ft) higher than the previous record of 6,102 metres (20,019 ft). The feat was filmed for Discovery Channel worldwide as well as Channel 4 in the UK. While Grylls initially planned to cross over Everest itself, the permit was only to fly to the south of Everest, and he did not traverse Everest out of risk of violating Chinese airspace.

    The expedition provoked some controversy. Grylls initially reported on his blog to have broken a new world record by flying over Mount Everest, when in fact – though reaching a height greater than Everest – he did not actually fly over the top of the mountain but was in fact some miles away from it. Some explorers have cast doubts on the veracity of other aspects of the flight, such as its purportedly record-setting height, which would have put him into the "death zone" where the amount of oxygen in the air is insufficient to sustain human life.

    Journey Antarctica 2008
    In 2008, Grylls led a team of four to climb one of the most remote unclimbed peaks in the world in Antarctica. This was raising funds for Global Angels kids charity and awareness for the potential of alternative energies. During this mission the team also aimed to explore the coast of Antarctica by inflatable boat and jetski, part powered by bioethanol, and then to travel across some of the vast ice desert by wind-powered kite-ski and electric powered paramotor. However, the expedition was cut short after Grylls suffered a broken shoulder while kite skiing across a stretch of ice. Travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h (30 mph), a ski caught on the ice, launching him in the air and breaking his shoulder when he came down. He had to be medically evacuated.

    Longest indoor freefall
    Grylls, along with the double amputee Al Hodgson and the Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, set a Guinness world record in 2008 for the longest continuous indoor freefall. The previous record was 1 hour 36 minutes by a US team. Grylls, Hodgson, and MacDonald, using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes, broke the record by a few seconds. The attempt was in support of the charity Global Angels.

    Northwest Passage expedition
    In August 2010, Grylls led a team of five to take an ice-breaking rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) through 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of the ice-strewn Northwest Passage. The expedition intended to raise awareness of the effects of global warming and to raise money for children's charity Global Angels.
    Its a tv programme you numpty, of course he will have a camera crew and transport with him.

    if all of the above is true, then he has little to prove. he seems to have done it all.




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    All those 'repo' "reality" programmes are staged - supposedly as a 're-enactment'. A notice to that effect usually comes up in small print and quickly disappears. Chewing gum for the mind ....

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    There was a program on CTH last Monday morning.

    "Live brain surgery".

    I shit you not.


    First Brain Surgery Aired Live on American TV Goes Smoothly

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Bear Grills is another fraud , it's absolute crap, full of deception, he reminds Me of that member we used to have on here Rick Thai I think he was called.
    Bear Grills is surrounded by a camera crew, but he makes out he's totally alone in dangerous bush country or tropical rain forests. He sleeps out alone in the middle of nowhere all night.
    Bollocks, the twat has a helicopter charted to pick him up and takes him to the nearest motel.
    That's absolutely hillarious that show, lost in the sahara desert? Climb down a hand Bedouin well using a branch from a nearby stand of trees.
    Lost in the Mohave desert? Use the remains of an old land yacht to get back.

    Must say I'm a sucker for survivor though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    Bear Grills is another fraud
    Agreed ,Irish action man Bear Grylls explained when cooking bear unlike the George Forman cooker you need to use the PAWS button, for a reality check.
    In Ireland we learn this from our forebears mummy bear ,daddy bear,baby bear and Súileabháin Bear.

    O'Suileabhain - the name O'Sullivan and its origin
    O'Suileabhain - the name O'Sullivan and its origin
    270) - In Irish O'Sullivan is O'Suileabhain. The derivation of the ... The O'Sullivan Bear moved into the Bantry Bay area and had a castle at Ardloe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayZee View Post
    All those 'repo' "reality" programmes are staged - supposedly as a 're-enactment'. A notice to that effect usually comes up in small print and quickly disappears. Chewing gum for the mind ....
    Another variety of staged flim-flam reality programs come in the form of the mystery, ghosts, paranormal, cryptozoology, pseudoscience, ancient archaeology "investigations", research or hunts...

    Stunning entertainment but nothing real or sound about them.

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    I am not suggesting that Grills hasn't done a lot of genuine adventures in his younger life, but his reality documentaries are not the real deal. There's a lot of stupid farce in there.
    Interesting , he was lost in the Mohave desert , all I know is that it is in California , but Could an explanation please be given as to why it is unlikely to lose oneself in this desert.

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    The very worst of these current "reality shows" must surely be Finding Bigfoot. Foolishly, I once watched about 5 mins of an episode to see all that needed to be seen. I wonder how many people tune in each week wondering if it will be the episode where they actually find Sasquatch .

    Deadliest Catch is good though. Ok, they ham it up for the cameras at times, but there's a lot of footage where people are genuinely shitting large bricks and the guys that work in that industry (more so when the weather is "off") would need balls of steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Deadliest Catch is good though.
    Deadliest catch is interesting for one episode. Boring as fuck after that. Same thing every episode.
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