Parents' Guide to

Long Way Up

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Friends bond, recharge electric Harleys in slow travel show.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

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Completing the Trilogy

Long Way Up reunites Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they travel from the tip of South America up to Los Angeles on prototype electric motorcycles. It’s a slowly paced series across 11 episodes. Well shot, beautiful landscapes and if you liked the previous series, Long Way Round and Long Way Down, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. There is some swearing, yes there’s some consumerism (Rivian and Harley Davidson are letting their prototypes be used.) there’s mild peril in places, Later episodes in Mexico have some discussion of drug related violence. On the plus side, environmental concerns feature, UNICEF projects are visited as McGregor is a supporter. The need to protect culture is shown throughout. They’re friendly, and respectful to everyone they meet and work with.

Is It Any Good?

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This slow-moving series features the duo, who have aged a bit since their last multi-country bike trip, attempting to ride up the Americas using enhanced electric vehicles. But the adventure is less about who they meet or what they see, and more about the challenge to charge their bikes and cars in remote areas with limited electrical capacity, and in cities and towns that lack appropriate charging stations. Meanwhile, some of the mistakes they make (like not bringing appropriate adapters for the countries they are passing through) make you wonder if they did their homework before starting the experience.

Despite the bumps in the road, Long Way Up does offer some quick glimpses into life in Central and South America. There are also some interesting problem-solving moments. But the overall series is really focused on the trials of the two men and their crew as they try to find outlets to plug in their vehicles and attempt to hit their mileage goals so they'll arrive in Los Angeles on time. If you're looking for an in-depth travel series, this one won't deliver. But some folks may still find watching the experience entertaining.

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