Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Reality Show That Requires Reenactments: '1,000 Ways to Die'

We have all heard by now that some reality shows are actually re-enactments of situations that supposedly really happened. These are viewed by many as cheap ripoffs because we think we're viewing the real thing, when in reality we're not. Oh, they tell us -- but in the smallest of small print. Perhaps the most infamous example of this is the show
"Operation Repo" on Tru TV; and that's not the only one.

One show however that requires reenactments, and we don't mind, is the show "One Thousand Ways to Die." It's obvious why reenactments are required for this one: People die in every episode. The reenactment is bolstered with graphic animation showing us what happens inside the body when it falls, is bitten by a snake, or the impact on flesh and bone of 998 other ways to die.

On SPIKE TV show's website, we learn, "1000 Ways to Die combines the science of living and the randomness of death with a dash of Darwinism. What actually happens when a rattlesnake's venom enters the bloodstream? How do Nitrogen bubbles affect the body after long exposure under water then immediately to 2 miles up into the sky? These questions will be answered in glorious CGI effects. Forensic experts, pathologists, toxicologists, herpetologists, and other experts offer eloquent explanations of mortality."

I love this show -- I recorded  a marathon and sat down and watched every episode.

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