Wildboyz: Seasons 3 And 4 (2006)

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Wildboyz is an American spin-off television series and follow-up to Jackass, which debuted in 2003 on MTV and moved to MTV2 in its third season. Steve-O and Chris Pontius are the stars of the show, who perform stunts and acts with animals, often putting themselves in situations for which they are not trained. They travel to different parts of the globe, performing their stunts in exotic environments while educating their audience on wildlife and local culture. --Wikipedia
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Review by Chad
Added: February 09, 2012
So, here we are at the end of the line: the final two seasons of Wildboyz. Yeah, they decided to throw out both of the final seasons in one DVD package, so this review will cover both season three and season four. It's a little different from how we normally do things, but hey, I don't put the DVD releases together. Anyway, after the death of Steve Irwin, Steve-O and Chris Pontius were quoted as saying "If this could happen to him, and he's a professional, we've got to look out for our own safety." Thus, they decided to bring their series to a halt, and after 32 episodes, the show was over. Did it go out with a bang or with a whimper? Well...

The Jackass spin-off stars Steve-O and Chris Pontius as they travel around the world, showing us various animals and cultures from faraway places, all while practicing their trademarked "dangerous dumb shit." This time around, they encounter voodoo practitioners, lions, tigers, crocodiles, a piranha dunking tank, alligator Twister, Mexican luchadors, Russian roulette, killer whales, horse breeding, and yes, Thai ladyboys. Good times all around, once again.

There are two ways to look at the guys seeing Steve Irwin's death and not wanting to end up the same way. On the one hand, it's smart for them: I mean, honestly, they were right on the money with that decision, and had they kept doing the stunts that they were pulling in the previous seasons, one of them was going to wind up dead. I like both of the guys, so I can't really say that I wanted to see that. On the other hand... well, you could tell that the decision was made before season four started shooting, as they pretty much said "Screw the animals" in that season. Now, the whole premise of the show was them playing around with dangerous animals, so if you take the animals out of the equation, you're left with a Jackass clone that is tamer and missing the bigger stars.

Season three stayed fairly true to the original formula, even though the Jackass elements did start to creep in during that run. It started out tame enough: the boys would play with some animals, and then there would be a single non-animal stunt or joke to shake things up a bit. I was fine with that - hell, that's where they got their breaks, so to pay tribute to it is no big deal. Besides, most of the material that they came up with was funny, so I couldn't say much negative about it. However, season four is where things took a turn for the worse, and each episode basically followed the same formula: they'd go to some far-off country, do a few Jackass stunts, slap one another a few times, run around naked, and then play with a monkey or an elephant in a valiant attempt to stick to the theme. Again, some of the stuff was funny, but more often than not, you could tell that the show was dead in their minds and they were just trying to fulfill contracts.

I really can't blame them for dropping the show, because as I said, you can only swim with sharks and taunt wild carnivores so many times before fate decides to screw you. However, that is the sort of thing that I wanted to see when I started watching the show, and considering that they failed to deliver that in season four (half of this set), I do have to drop my final rating down a bit. Season three stuck to the roots for the most part, even though it was a bit of a step down from season two, but season four was lackluster at best. I think that a 6/10 for season three and a 4/10 for season four sounds about right, so average them together for the set and you get a 5/10. Perfectly fair, I think.
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