RE: "Extreme Trains"
So I caught last nights episode..
"this one has potential" I thought..taking a refrigerated produce train all the way across the country!
from Washington State to Schenectady, NY...practically coast-to-coast.
and hey, it will run right through my backyard! I live 2 minutes away from the New York Central mainline (now CSX) in Rochester, NY.
this train will run through "my territory"..maybe they will show some scenes of Chicago, Ohio, Buffalo..maybe near Rochester, maybe rolling along the Erie Canal
in central NY, very scenic.."lots of interesting possibilities with this episode!" I naively thought..I should know better by now!
So the show runs one hour..10pm to 11pm.
10:05 PM - Here we are loading up the train in Washington state.
10:10 PM - now we are in Oregon.
10:15 PM - Now we are in Idaho.
Quick detour to Steamtown in Scranton, PA..
I can only assume the planning/writing meetings for the show went something like this:
"Ok, we sent our host guy and the camera crew all the way to Scranton, what should we film?
We have a 2-second clip of an operating steam engine to open the segment..what else should we film while we are here?"
"How about a panoramic shot of the beautifully restored Roundhouse and turntable?"
"How about the Big Boy? Largest steam locomotive in the world!"
"no..thats not very interesting"
"How about more shots of operating steam engines? there sure are a lot of them here"
"no..not that...Since we are here at one of the largest Railroad museums in the WORLD,
we need to find the most boring and monotonous thing here, and film that...
hey I know! lets put our guy inside a firebox, and show him handing out some bricks from it?"
"great idea boss! you are a genious! What should we have him say while he is in there?"
"Have him say something about how steam engines work..maybe have him say "Here is how steam locomotives work, you have some fire, then steam"..
thats good enough..he doesnt have to mention anything about the boiler actually being filled with WATER! thats too much detail..
dont mention cylinders, pistons, expanding steam, main rods, driving wheels..thats all too complicated..just have him say "fire and steam"..
oh..and while he is inside the firebox, he doesnt need to talk about the FUEL that goes in there, right where he is sitting..
dont mention wood or coal..no need to talk about the Fireman and his shovel..just focus on the BRICKS!
those bricks are really interesting...when people see a TV show about steam engines, they want to know all about BRICKS in the firebox!
yeah..thats good stuff!"
10:25PM - here we are back on the train..still in Idaho.
10:35PM - here we are rolling through Idaho..
Now we need a short segmant that is "rad" and "awesome" and "extreme!"
something the 12-year old kids will think is "cool" and "neat-o"..
Lets show a boxcar being scrapped..
10:40PM - back at the train..check it out..we are in Idaho.
10:50PM - Very interesting shots of the train rolling through Idaho..
At this point, im actually thinking "wow..is this going to a 2-part episode? are they going to continue the journey next week?"
10:55PM - The train is now in Idaho..We love Idaho! its very interesting here.
10:59PM - Here we are inside the warehouse in Schenectady, NY, end of the line. We had a great trip through Idaho..see you next time!
Man..this show just can not suck enough.. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/sad.gif