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AN IDIOT ABROAD Season 3 Review: Warwick Davis Joins Karl Pilkington on a Journey from Italy to China

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Of all the things Ricky Gervais enjoys doing — acting, directing, writing, taking pictures of himself in the bathtub – annoying his friend Karl Pilkington has got to take top billing.  The first two seasons of An Idiot Abroad were based solely on this idea: sending Karl out into a world that he wants nothing to do with (left to his own desires, he would never have even left Manchester for London).

While most people would salivate at the opportunity to go to the places Ricky sent Karl (though maybe not in the style he went in), Karl has never had any interest in the Seven Wonders or traveling “anywhere you have to get a vaccination to visit.” His unique perspective though, and very real displeasure at some of the things he was asked to do, resonated both emotionally and with humor for viewers.  It’s what Ricky discovered over ten years ago on their London radio show when Karl was just an unknown producer, and has continued to successfully bring to audiences in different mediums (books, podcasts, TV shows).  But has the joke run its course?  Hit the jump for my take on how this third season of the travel series panned out, with its new addition of Warwick Davis … READ MORE

Stuff You Should Know: TV Review

 

When any subculture comes into the limelight, there’s sure to be backlash. While outlets like Vulture have attempted to weakly define “geeks” versus “nerds” (which one commenter said makes them “dorks”), there are now lines being drawn within the genre about fakes and wannabes (like the Fake Geek Girl debate) infringing upon the earned rights of social outcasts whose interests suddenly are becoming mainstream.

With its “for nerds, by nerds” mentality, Science’s new series Stuff You Should Know (based on the popular podcast of the same name) asserts its bona fides. On the podcast, which bears some resemblance to NPR’s RadioLab. Atlanta-based duo Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant chat about things for a few minutes to a half-hour such as why orange juice tastes so bad after we brush our teeth, why people blush and whether there are real-life fight clubs … READ MORE