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First review is from Podge/Rodge Groupie
Written by Podge/Rodge Groupie
Review of LPBW “Down Under”
By Podge/Rodge groupie.
TLC preambled the new episode with three hours of previously aired, hashed through and opined shows of LPBW. I’m guessing the execs at TLC believed this is a good move. I’ll let others labour the point.
The announcement and the scripting therein is getting a bit obvious. I wonder if Zach’s asking about Tori coming along was acceptable to TLC or who was paying the bill?
Matt’s acting is, really people, just plain stupid. I have no idea why Beethoven is up on the wall in Zach’s room but extra points there. What’s stripped off Zach’s door? Zach and Jacob’s rooms are in their usual state, but hey, so is mine. EEK! A flash of Molly’s room! We’ve seen more of the interior of The Tomb on the Harvard campus.
The reunion at the airport wasn’t too bad. I can’t really agree with Jeremy’s observations of the family making it to the show description highlights in the guide. I guess when you haven’t got much to take up some ink….
Jacob seemed a little more cooperative than before. Perhaps he was informed that if he perhaps feels the creeper fans are paying for his college he best start justify the earning it. I loved the way he looked at his dad when Matt claimed the 15 hours went by quickly. Can you combine reserve and contempt? Well done.
Did we see clues that this is very clearly a working vacation? Jeremy’s “In and out of the suitcase” remarks of the brief stay in Sydney. Amy’s hay bale questions about how to take in so much in so little time, which were valid, certainly?
I’m happy to see some tidbits about Matt having difficulties in traveling, Zach working on the Harbour Bridge stairs, things like that bring back the original premise of the show from 7 years ago. The supper with the mixed couple was an opportunity for everyone to think about how we are all conditioned by pre-programming.
Molly’s remarks about not seeing Jeremy seemed scripted to me. I giggled after Jeremy’s comment that this trip he’s hanging with Molly and Jacob more. Why? Hmmmmm, no Mueller? Pity.
Leaving for Ayers Rock. Matt’s bad acting sigh. A good travel show segment. I wonder if Matt’s going to build a miniature version of Ayers Rock. The camel ride looked a tiny bit hard on the family. Obvious that Jacob is NOT a morning person. Matt’s acting – please don’t besmirch the memory of Fred Gwynne, he worked very hard creating Herman Munster. I’m surprised nobody compared Vegemite to mom’s cooking lol?
The Zoo – Doe anyone know TLC’s itinerary, thank you. Zach’ comments on the local attitudes or lack thereof on LPs are a nice return to the show’s premise, see notes above. Note to Amy – Koala’s are marsupials, not bears.
Molly worked on her comments about taking time for granted. The rest seemed genuine enough to me.
Great Barrier Reef trip – although it seemed to me to be more scripted voiceovers, it’s getting harder to tell if that was Jacob or Jeremy right off the bat.
Zach’s remarks of Jacob’s research were good on Jacob’s part I felt. If he’d done that before the trip to Florence, he would have insisted on a trip to the Da Vinci Museum. He was younger, live and learn. Amy would only have given him 5 minutes anyway. Jeremy still influences Jacob, and why not? I don’t read too much into what was portrayed in this show. Again, Jacob does not seem to be fighting the camera. Jeremy was gracious in his remarks about his brother’s relationship. I would prefer to have someone ‘complete’ me instead of ‘compliment’ me, but hey, it works!
The helicopter trip was a nice time to remember the early days. Jacob got to hang with the girls – whoopee.
Overall, this was a good travel show. If was not all about Matt, this must have taken a bit of restraint on his part, but he came through with only some bad acting. I’m not sure of they or TLC read the reviews or blogs but this was a departure from the previous offerings. Eventful, not very in my view, yours will differ I’m sure. What’s next for a follow up? Unlike a good murder mystery, “The plot thinnnnnnsssss…..”