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3.0 out of 5 stars This one got away from them..., 4 Dec. 2007
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I can see where this all went wrong: Mcgregor says "hey, I've got all these ideas involving my family", the producer/directors say "hey, the McGregor thing works, it did last time anyway, and we don't want to lose him": cue a series of awkward and irrelevant sequences involving his wife and mother; meanwhile Boorman and us, the gentle viewers are left to sit the whole awful mess out.

I think Boorman's the real star here, he tries valiantly but fruitlessly to distract our attention away to the supposed point of the trip; two mates, their bikes and the scenery; despite directorial self-adulation and a seeming convoy/army of support vehicles/staff. In fact, they didn't need to take the bikes: by losing the spare parts and tyres from the 4WDs, Ewan and Charley could have ridden in air-conditioned comfort and been closer to their buddies, and halved border crossing times.

Any idea that worked in the first series has been pointlessly aped here (survival sequence, Ewan's "surprise" visitor, mystifying motorcycle convoy at the end), any slight disagreement between the lads has been artificially and pointlessly amplified by the producers, and instead of the lonely, agoraphobic mystique of the Mongolian sequences of the first series, we get amateur attempts at manipulation by producers whose forte is reslly logistics, not televisual narrative. It really does feel like the producers tried to create this series, instead of just letting it happen.

I get the feeling that if Malkin and Alexanian had handed the tapes over to a completely independent post-producer (granted full immunity) and walked away, the end result would be far different, and probably far better. I can think of large sections that would have been binned, most involving the support crew, the cars and Eve (sorry).

I really do hope Malkin and Alexanian can sit back eventually and admit "we got carried away there", and learn from this series' over-indulgences and make another series maturely and simply, to get back that TV magic that they're more than capable of.
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Initial post: 8 Mar 2008 21:11:24 GMT
"It really does feel like the producers tried to create this series, instead of just letting it happen."

Yup, sadly (though I still enjoyed it)
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