as i mentioned, dan and i have a new favorite tv show. and it's totally unlike anything i've ever watched before. i half-heartedly watched bear grylls sometimes, but have fallen hard for steven rinella. maybe it's because he is a writer and my heart sorta melts for writers.
it all started when dan read steven rinella's book, American Buffalo. he kept telling me i'd love it and that i should read it. steven is an outdoorsman / hunter / buffalo enthusiast / writer. the book never made its way to my nightstand. not that i have actually finished any of the books currently on my nightstand. now that pinterest has entered my life, i don't know how i'll ever actually accomplish anything ever again. fortunately dan's darling book-worm university-going niece, lucy borrowed it willingly, as they are always exchanging good reads. a few months after that i noticed a mention of steven rinella in an issue of oprah magazine. weird. my worlds were colliding.
then dan found out about steven rinella's upcoming television series. dan doesn't watch tv much at all, so i knew this was a pretty big deal. we made it a point to catch it one night. i played the role of supportive wife and curled up next to him, ready to fall asleep. but i couldn't sleep through it. which is saying a lot from one who has snoozed through many a bourne identity marathon.
the wild within has the element that i crave in reality tv; the camera follows steven through his journeys and he talks right to the camera. i think his skills in writing make him even more articulate, amidst his laid back, rugged mountain man persona. i love that i'm along for the adventure, in my jammies in my family room. plus, steven rinella has charisma. he is likable and spontaneous and normal and he'll probably remind you of someone you know. he often mentions his wife and baby, which is always endearing. he is not annoyingly conceited nor is he falsely modest. he's just real; very into hunting and exploring and making the most of what he and his family eats.
the whole premise is based on his pioneering passion for attaining his own food rather than utilizing outside (and sometimes mysterious) sources to feed his family. i've learned a lot about fishing, wilderness and animals from him. i now know how crazy dangerous a wild boar can be and how fatty and wonderful cooked beaver tail is. supposedly it tastes like butter. (in case i ever get stranded near a pond.) i appreciate that steven is not pushing his agenda or views about hunting / gathering food on me, i do not feel under attack while watching this show. he also does not go on and on about guns or bullets, i would bore quickly if that were the case. the camera catches incredible scenery, the highs and lows of exploration and interesting tidbits about the culture of his locale. the fact that this show is so appealing to someone like me just proves the point that when there is passion, the audience can feel it. he adventures far from his home in new york city to hunt in alaska, hawaii, montana, canada and this week, scotland.
i must admit (and warn you), in every episode he usually hunts a large animal and as a result takes care of it right away–on camera. he is very straightforward and reverent about the ordeal, however i can't handle all the blood and guts so i always shield my eyes and ask dan to tell me when the animal prep is over. until further notice, i am happy to live in the dark. i prefer my meat clean (and usually boneless) shrink wrapped from the butcher. i realize steven and i have different views on the matter. still, i very much appreciate what he's all about. it's entertaining, riveting and highly recommended. yay for good television for manly men and the girls that love them.
sunday nights / if you watch it, do tell me what you think.