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Monday, September 28, 2020

TV Review: Shipping Wars

“Shipping Wars.” I figured the title itself explained the show thoroughly enough to the point where I felt like I’ve already seen the show. To my surprise, I ended up watching a lot more than just one episode like I anticipated because I wanted to see what was needing to be shipped next.

The show starts off explaining the main characters: Roy, “the Handyman,” Mark, “the Big Rig,” Jarrett, “the Rookie,” Jennifer, “the Cowgirl,” and Scott and Susie, “the Veterans.” Although he may be a sarcastic prude at times, Roy is my favorite to watch. He gets the job done without taking advice from anyone.

I have no idea what is about to be shipped next, but for some reason, I find myself really wanting to know what’s next, and how the shipper is going to handle loading the often expensive merchandise onto their trailers. They ship all sorts of items from a gigantic steel sculpture of a bronco in commemoration of the Denver Bronco’s Super Bowl victory, to motorcycles with side carts.

Five minutes in and the tires get rolling. Each trucker has their laptop out and each places a bid on an extravagantly large item that a next customer needs shipped which is too large for USPS or UPS.

Actually, funny story about the motorcycle with the side cart. Jarrett, the rookie, placed the winning bid to ship the motorcycle with the side cart. After spending about a half of a day trying to get the side cart detached from the motorcycle, he gave up and ended up bailing out on the shipment. He received negative feedback of 0/5 stars.

Basically, if you want to see how exceptionally large items are shipped, watch this show. You’ll be able to stream Shipping Wars through Netflix, although the pilot episode is available on A&E’s website.

I’ll give the show a rating of 89/100. Over 60 points means I’ll watch again. Rating is based on four categories: reality, plot, originality and acting; each with a 25 point maximum. The reality category is rating in terms of genre, so in an action show, action would replace reality. I’m going to classify “Shipping Wars” as a reality.

Reality: 23/25

Plot: 21/25

Originality: 20/25

Acting: 25/25

Total: 89/100





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