A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It sends the message that if you’re going to travel using electric vehicles, you want to make sure you have the available technology at your destinations to power up. Friendship is a theme, and it highlights how travel can be a bonding experience, as well as a way of learning about people and places around the world. The series also contains some strong pro-environmental messages.
Positive Role Models
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are good friends. When things go wrong, McGregor is frustrated but tries to remain positive. Some of the people they meet around the Americas are from indigenous cultures.
Violence & Scariness
There is a brief discussion about Charley Boorman’s accident, and some footage of his recovery featuring painful treatments is shown. Conversations about social problems and issues address drug-related violence and community displacement.
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Products & Purchases
Corporate sponsors like Rivian and Harley Davidson are featured. Their logos, as well as logos for Touratech, Honda, and others companies, are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug cartel activities in Mexico are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Long Way Up features actor Ewan McGregor and best friend Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trek spanning from the southern-most tip of Argentina to Los Angeles. While not violent, there's some footage of serious injuries, and conversations about social issues and problems throughout the Americas, including drug violence. Companies like Harley-Davidson and electric car manufacturer Rivian are featured, and logos for a range of companies are also prominently visible. It also contains some strong pro-environmentalist messages.
Is It Any Good?
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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