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Life Below Zero (2013)
So promising, but got too ridiculous to go past season 2
I love the premise of this show and was really looking forward to it when I found it on Netflix. I've been binge-watching it and thoroughly enjoyed the first season. Erik, Sue, the Hailstone family, Glenn, Cody, and Kate are all amazing people. Andy is a royal jerk and the show would have been better off without him.
The editing is horrific. Jerky cuts, silly on-the-handle-of-the-axe shots, re-using footage from completely different situations, etc, but I was able to look past that. What did me in was the false creation of drama. Life in the Arctic is tough and dramatic enough without cooking up utterly ridiculous situations.
SPOILER: the scene that killed it for me was when Sue, a savvy woman who had survived, alone, for many years fell and hurt her back. Yes, boiling willow can help, but I refuse to believe that someone so experienced and self-sufficient, who spends thousands of dollars stocking up on all of her supplies to see her through Arctic winters, does not have a single bottle of aspirin or some such on the premises. Ridiculous, unbelievable, and I'm done. Such a shame.