By Dakota Wiegand
Hey Guys! So this is a different review than normal because its not a cartoon series or a movie that I am reviewing. It’s a travel show! I know a lot of people think of travel shows as being one in the same with nothing that separates one another from each other. Because I don’t travel, but have the urge to travel, these shows are a go to for me. I have watched shows like No Reservations and other shows that are very similar. I came across this show when I was at work trying to find background noise. Netflix suggested this show to me and after reading the preview, I wasn’t convinced. However, after watching the show, your opinion changes dramatically and it is a very different show! Let me take a look at this with you as we review Departures.
The show premiered in Canada on OLN in March of 2008 and ran for 3 seasons and 42 episode until it ended in June of 2010. The show never made it to the US other than through Netflix, which currently only carries the first two seasons. The show won multiple Canadian film awards including Best Documentary Series and Best Directing.
The show follows Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, and cameraman Andre Dupuis. The three guys all have different personalities and its fun to actually watch them interact with one another.
Scott Wilson, the co-creator of the show and owner of the production company that makes he documentary, is a very straight lace guy, though he can be a lot of fun. He has the connections in a lot of the countries he visits and is very likeable.
Justin is Scott’s High School friend. Initially he rubbed me the wrong way because he was the cookie cutter frat boy, but you quickly forget about that and learn to love the guy. He’s very entertaining and actually a lovable guy.
Andres, though rarely seen, has some of the best one liners in the series and you cant help but not to like him and feel sorry for him since he sees the world through a camera lens.
Now the show ultimately starts in Canada, as the guys wanted to see their own country, coast to coast, before they set out to see the rest of the world. After that, they go to some normal travel places like Japan and New Zealand. However, they perfectly mix in the unique travel destinations like Jordan, Cambodia, and other locations that you would not have thought of going to.
Now usually travel shows either focus on the tourism sights or the food, but this show tends to go off the beaten path and they try to do their own unique thing, blend in with the locals, and ultimately have fun where they are. However, another part of this show is that you see how they travel and their thoughts about the details you can only see when you go there. Most travel shows just skip this step and just jump to the part of the show they focus on. However, in Departures, they make you feel like you are traveling the world with these guys and almost make you feel like you have a friendship with these guys. At the end of season one, I felt what they felt when their year log travel event ended. You just didn’t want it to end and it was coming to a close. Thankfully they have two more seasons after the first to see more and travel with them, but you truly felt depressed once it was over.
Another part of the show is them dealing with leaving their loved ones behind to go on this world tour. Justin in season one, is dumped by his girlfriend of 6 years, 6 months into it. You feel the pain he’s going through and you truly get to see how the guys interact with this. Later in the season, you see Justin and a Brazilian girl that they met in Jordan, meet up again and essentially fall for each other. I honestly hope the two of them get together some how, because they were perfect for each other!
Even though it is a travel show, you feel like you are traveling without actually leaving you chair. Since discovering this show, I’ve been trying to get my family to watch it because you have a lot of fun watching the show! It’s so unique from other shows and definitely differentiates itself from others. So if you want to travel the world, or make a list of places you ant to travel to, I highly recommend this show. And please, tell your friends to watch! If the show gets more views on Netflix, maybe they will post season 3.
Show Rating: A+
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