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Down to Earth with Zac Efron Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Zac Efron, Darin Olien, Carmen Yulín Cruz
Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a new Netflix docu-series that drops the Hollywood hunk in beautiful locales across the globe where he seeks out sustainable practices that could combat climate change and save the planet. Also, he gets to see the beautiful sights and try some truly exotic dishes!
Opening Shot: We get an aerial view of a volcanic—yet ice-cold—landscape as a narrator (Zac Efron doing his best David Attenborough impression) monologues about the Earthly energy rumbling underneath our feet. It gives the start of the series a very sci-fi feel, but the location isn’t out of this world. It’s Iceland!
The Gist: The High School Musical star is all grown up and eager to see the world. But this isn’t the same Zac Efron that danced his way into your heart as a singing basketball player or singing circus playwright. This is a bearded, lumberjack Zac that’s ready to rough it and also eat some dishes that might raise a few eyebrows.
By his side is Darin Olien, a guy that Efron calls a “guru of healthy living and superfoods”—and he has the background to back up that intro. Olien wrote SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome and he earned the nickname “the Indiana Jones of superfoods” because of his many quests to hunt down healthy dishes all across the globe.
In the first episode, Efron and Olien team up to take on the surprisingly fiery Iceland. They eat some bread that was baked in the volcanic dirt, visit some scorching hot springs, see some of Earth’s most epic waterfalls, and get an up close look at Iceland’s truly impressive and expansive clean energy infrastructure. And when it’s time to relax, they eat some reindeer and dung-smoked lamb.
Our Take: To be clear, “Zac Efron travel show” are four words that made zero sense together before this week—but now they make perfect sense. Efron brings his natural affability to the sometimes self-serious sub-genre, taking in the sights and smells and tastes of Iceland with an inquisitive joy that will make you feel just a little like you haven’t been trapped in your home for the past few months. The show’s smartly built around Efron’s sense of humor; it knows that Efron’s not an Attenborough (the aforementioned opening VO gets that point across) and the editing and narration works in a few lighthearted gags. Yeah, this is a serious nature documentary that might also make you LOL (oh, that poor waterfall guide).
The show also pops on the nature doc front; the show looks gorgeous and can stand side-by-side with the other nature docs on Netflix. The lessons it teaches are also worth learning. It’s actually not hard to imagine Down to Earth becoming part of a very hip, very millennial high school teacher’s curriculum when school starts back up in the fall. And come on, all lessons are worth learning when they’re paired with Zac Efron 2.0, an upgraded version of ex-teen heartthrob who apparently took a lot of Wolverine workout tips from Hugh Jackman while working on The Greatest Showman.