What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show is about a rough-and-tumble job that attracts rough-and-tumble men who are proud of their "extreme" job. They trash-talk each other, swear up a storm (the strongest words are bleeped), and one even bares his backside -- it's blurred, but it's still obviously a naked bottom. There's also some social drinking, and the job itself always has the potential for danger.
What's the story?
Getting big trees out of old forests takes precise work by people who aren't afraid of heights -- or helicopters. In HELI-LOGGERS, specialist logging experts climb huge trees, cut the tops off, and then cut the bottoms so that another, bigger helicopter can come in and haul the trees away.
Is it any good?
The show is competently made, and the loggers themselves get in on the action, taking shots from the tops of trees. They're clearly conscious of the fact that their method is a more
environmentally friendly way to harvest wood -- but they also swear a
lot and give each other tree-sized grief as they go.
Overall, while the show is impressive looking, you don't get to know the loggers very well. And without "characters" to care about, dramatic landscapes and potential danger doesn't really make for much of a show beyond one or two episodes.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the appeal of the many "dangerous job" shows on TV. What's so fascinating about getting a glimpse of these dangerous jobs?
Do you think these shows are more or less realistic than other reality
series? Families can also dicuss whether the danger described in the show is as immediate as the show makes it sound. Ask your kids if they think the work is less perilous than described -- or could the opposite be true, and the narration is softening things up? If so, why would the producers choose to do that?