AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Kathryn Perry, iArmineh Ohanian, iRichard Tscherne, iJennifer Miller, iGary Rodriguez, iMaryanne Raphael, iWayne Anderson, i

  Home > Action/Thriller > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Amy J Romine

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Blog
· 21 Titles
· 4 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Oct, 2010

Amy J Romine, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Idiot Abroad
by Amy J Romine   
Not "rated" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Amy J Romine

Sizzling Summer Prime Time TV
Law and Order SVU
How do you manage your writing time?
Chuck versus the C.A.T. Squad
Bones - Will they or won't they?
Have you Gotten your Red on Today?
Red Lipstick Journals
           >> View all

My look at Idiot Abroad, the new documentary style Prime Time show by Ricky Gervais on the Science Channel.

This is not my usual Prime Time article as it is a cross genre topic. However, this does fall into the Prime Time slot, and I am excited about this show, so here we go.

Idiot Abroad is a Science Channel reality documentary. The brain child of Ricky Gervais, well know comedic writer and actor, his quote on the smash hit series.

Ricky Gervais calls An Idiot Abroad, "The most expensive practical joke I've ever done.", per the official show page.

Ricky and longtime friend Stephen Merchant sent their uncultured colleague, Karl Pilkington, to visit the 7 Wonders of the World. The question posed to the audience, will it open his eyes, or will he hate every second?

Critics alike have either loved or hated this program, some stating it is the most boring show ever, and others stating that it is a work of hilarious brilliance. I fall into the latter of the two groups.

Karl Pilkington is a simple guy who rarely ventures far from his doorstep. He is not an idiot, he is more a man with a unique view of the world. A perfect example is a quote from when Ricky and Stephen first had a conversation with Karl about filming the program. His response was that he was concerned about going to a different country and eating something like toad and liking it. What was he going to do when he gets back to the UK and he can’t eat toad anymore?

The simple brilliance of the man is astounding. You are truly looking at these completely foreign and amazing cultures through his eyes and it is hilarious. Some people have stated that he is an idiot, and therefore the show is a bog joke. I wholeheartedly disagree. While this program started as a fabulous prank, Karl has several moments of brilliance.

On the Wailing Wall:
"If an alien landed and for some reason it picked me and it would go, 'Karl, you're our leader whilst we're here. Why do people do this in Israel?' Dunno. How do you explain that?"

Thoughts on the Great Wall of China:
"They say it goes on for miles. Well, so does the M-6. You can see that for miles, and that does a job! You can drive on that."

On the Taj Mahal
"It took 20 years to build. He built it for his dead wife. I just think it was a way of keeping himself busy. They say that, don't they? When someone dies, it's a loss in your life so you give yourself a project to do."

On Mexican View of Death:
"We find it all a bit morbid, don't we? We don't like to talk about it. Certainly don't have a day dedicated to it. But then we waste days on, you know, dedicated to like, Pancake Tuesday. Why have we got a day for pancakes?"

Ricky and Stephen had a wonderful time torturing Karl, scheduling his dinners, his hotel rooms, and the different events to get the maximum reaction to the surrounding culture. No luxuries or barriers. Karl deals with it all and comes out a better person in the end.

Idiot abroad is a remarkable look at the cultures and customs of humanity through the eyes of a child. The seven wonders of the modern world as processed by an untainted mind, colored with simple amazement, confusion, and the visual comprehension of the illogical and sometimes absurd realities of the modern world.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are truly brilliant men, understanding the working of the human mind and thought process. Now if Ricky were to read that statement I think he would laugh aloud and proclaim it was a prank!
Prank or not, it is entertainment and social commentary at it’s very best.

Idiot Abroad can be found on the Science Channel, Sunday nights. While the season finale aired this past week they are showing the reruns daily and it is also available On-Demand.

 

Web Site: BellaOnline Prime Time TV



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Popular Action/Thriller Articles
  1. The History of the Vampire (Vampyre)
  2. Did 007 Sleep with Moneypenny?
  3. Narcissists, Social Media, and Porn
  4. Directing Adam West in 'Omega Cop'
  5. Jewish Exponent Interview
  6. John Carradine and Me
  7. Sandra Bullock Goes Dog Crazy for Dogs wit
  8. Justifiable Homicide
  9. Adolf Hitler speaks…and humanity answers
  10. Hidden Impact book review

Big Ninny's Home, The confrontation by Antoine Raphael

This book is a dramatization of "The Haitian Drama". It discribes the anatomy of a love affair between two people motivated by different philosophies of life.There is also a French..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Running with the Enemy by Lloyd Lofthouse

Ethan Card loves a woman who fights for the enemy...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.