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Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2007, 09:32:27 PM »
So...I don't get it.  Ewan and Charley are acting like typical white tourists who have never left the UK.  There's all this wide-eyed ooh and aah stuff.  Guys, we all watched you kill yourselves driving around the world.  What gives?  They're treating Africa like it's a little romp to just wind down.  They're also fighting like bitches because half of the trip is them putting in dawn to dusk riding days trying to make their mark.  Partially because Ewan's wife is joining them for a week right after the halfway mark, so they're operating on a clock and not really exploring.  Half of the show is them chewing up miles and hating it and the other half is ooh, look at the elephants and hugging each other.

I think one thing lacking is that there's nothing to prove.  The cool thing about Long Way Round was that everyone said they were crazy and they were always about to give up.  This time, everything's handed to them and they're not really doubting the outcome.  Five episodes in and we finally get a hairy spot with a minor river crossing.  But it's nothing like the shit in Mongolia and along the Road of Bones.  It's just a muddy stream that bogs down the cars. 

That's the other thing -- the support team is with them about 90% of the time.  This is because, supposedly, Africa is dangerous.  Except, for the parts that are dangerous, they have an armed escort.  The rest of the time is just them going through towns and staying on the tourist trail.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2007, 07:23:21 AM »
So after this strange, uneventful, detached, rushed trip, the final episode is Ewan meeting his weepy French wife who joins them for the third leg of the trip in the final episode, and it's really terrible.  This great male bonding experience is suddenly Ewan and his wife with Charley and the entire team sort of bringing up the rear.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2007, 02:09:45 PM »
Among the damning reviews of LWD, I ran across this comment (responding to people sticking up for Eve's inclusion) and it sort of summed up my feelings. 

Really, LWD suffered from Charley and Ewan fighting all the time -- complete with them separating in the last episode so Eve could motor on the easy roads. 

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I'm sorry to piss on all you Eve fags, but if you had just spent the last two years looking forward to a big cycle trip with a friend and finally managed to get all the pieces in place only to have that friend drop on you that they want to take their wife along two months before this years-in-the-making trip, you'd be pretty cross too. Especially as Ewan pushed for more and more time with his wife, a novice with no interest in cross country cycling beyond being with Ewan on "his trip". Hell, Ewan seemed to have a raging hardon for shoving as much of his family as he could into this one. And those 'cute' little side trips of his to unrelated places like the Moto Guzzi factory or every fucking Unicef pity-generator across the globe don't help the series either.
Oh, you're a celeb with a cause du-jour? Fantastic, but could we please see more of the fucking country you're supposed to be traveling through... and cut that "JUST LIKE SCOTLAND" shit please, it got old after the first episode of the last series.

Honestly, at this point if there ever was a 3rd "Long Way Wherever", I'd enjoy it more if it was simply Charlie and Claudio. Maybe then it would be a travelogue of offroad fucking cycling and not six hours of Ewan's family, safe tarmac with the French killjoy, and wasted film where Obiwan belittles the town/city/country he's in by showing no knowledge or interest in where the hell he is or what he's looking at.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2008, 09:26:13 PM »
So Long Way Down was a serious disappointment... I've gone back to the spiritual sequel to Long Way Round -- Charley Boorman's 2006 Race to Dakar.

Boorman, severely bitten by the travel bug after Long Way Round, decided to do the Dakar Rally and keep a video diary.  Same format as the Long Way shows, really.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_To_Dakar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar_Rally

It's really amazing.  Kind of what Long Way Down should have been.  No weeping wife ruining the trip, no suddenly gay and arrogant Ewan McGregor, no constant arguments. 

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #34 on: April 10, 2008, 08:02:02 AM »
Nice, get rid of whiny Ewan:

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With Charley gearing up for his new adventure, he has sent out an open invite to anyone with a motorbike to ride with him on a short leg of his new trip. Charley's new adventure, By Any Means, will take him from Wicklow in Ireland all the way down to Sydney, Australia. Unlike Long Way Down and Long Way Round, this time he will be using a huge mix of transport to get himself across three continents, pitting himself and the machines against a variety of tough and beautiful environments. We couldn't persuade him to leave out his bikes entirely so he'll be cruising through England on a custom made British motorbike.

At 8.30am on Tuesday 15th of April, Charley will be joined by an open convoy of motorcyclists, at junction 10 on the M40, and lead them to the Ace Café in London. Once there Charley will be ditching 2 wheels and boarding a Routemaster bus to get his four month expedition underway - so why not be there to wave him off? If you have a bike and are interested in joining this incredible biking experience, just be at the south-bound junction 10 of the M40 at 8.30am, on the 15th.

See you there!

Race to Dakar was fun.  I think Boorman's the real talent on shows like this... So looking forward to By Any Means.  Not just another road trip, but getting him off the bikes!

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2008, 07:03:46 AM »
By Any Means is finally airing.  Downloading the first two episodes now... Can't wait to get it in me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_Any_Means

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After Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Boorman and producer Russ Malkin conceived By Any Means in late 2007. Travelling across 24 countries, Boorman will use modes of transport native to the area he is in. The crew will comprise only Boorman, Malkin and a cameraman, Paul "Mungo" Mungeam.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2008, 03:31:58 PM »
By Any Means is awesome.  Russ is joining Charley, but not as producer...as sidekick.  So instead of Charley and Ewan it's Charley and Russ and a cameraman (not Claudio). 

I've always liked Russ, because he's not a weepy whiner like Ewan so, when Charley gets crazy, Russ is just like, fuck you.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2008, 03:40:18 PM »
Also, Nubbs, Charley has a bike custom built for this one.  Though the idea is for them to take the "traditional" transport in the countries that they visit -- from riding yaks to little weirdo lawnmower engine taxis in Cambodia.  And, without Ewan, they're able to pick an insane and dangerous route through the worst of the third world.  It's cool.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #38 on: September 20, 2008, 10:12:34 PM »
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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #39 on: September 21, 2008, 08:17:07 AM »
Two episodes in and it's awesome.  Charley's insane, Russ is really tired, and their proposed trip is impossible.  Sirharles was annoyed by the constant ticking off of modes of transport, but I found myself oddly addicted to it in that MST3K amusingly terrible way.

Otherwise, the trip itself is fun.  I'm glad Ewan's gone.  I want Russ and Charley doing all sorts of lunatic things from now on.

Noted highlights in the second episode is that they appear to steal two vehicles, and cross borders with hidden cameras in an attempt to not let on that they're a little mini-film crew (and thus avoid the endless trouble from the two Long Way series).

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #40 on: September 22, 2008, 09:53:51 PM »
I need to see this, for sure!  I caught an episode of Long Way Down (well part of it anyway) the other night and thought the motorcycling looked really cool... I didn't see any bickering between the two, but I did get the impression that they were breezing through Africa without really checking anything out besides hippos and lines of ants running through their camp.
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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #41 on: October 06, 2008, 11:35:03 AM »
Long Way Down is finally coming to DVD next week.  I'll have to check it out.  Maybe just hit mute whenever Ewan speaks.

Nacho...got anymore episodes of By any Means downloaded?  I'm anxious to see more of that.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #42 on: October 06, 2008, 11:46:10 AM »
Yeah, up to episode four now.  Should have five this week.  Come on by Friday after work!

LWD's a shitfest.  Even mute won't work, because the good parts are dominated by Charley complaining.  I guess it's worth watching just to see how wrong they went.  Ewan breaking his leg in the first episode, the mad dash for the last ferry to Africa, Ewan somewhat miffed that people don't recognize him when they visit the New Hope sets, his crying fucking wife who can't ride a bike and is defeated as soon as she starts, the team breaking up, the team constantly rushing like mad to make checkpoints... Oh, god, it still pisses me off.

Once we finish By Any Means, we'll do Race to Dakar.  A very different format (interviews with fellow racers, etc), but still cool because Charley's cursed.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2009, 08:02:30 AM »
By Any Means season two!  Sydney to Tokyo, with insane stops along the way to eat birds and turtle testicles.

It's a lot smoother than the first season.  Feels more like the old Lonely Planet travel show (which I loved), except that Charley is insane.

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Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2009, 09:28:03 AM »
Oh ho!!  Marathon at Nachos!  We can have the women make us snacks and feed us.