Picks and Pans Review: Worst-Case Scenario
If August sees a surge in antiperspirant sales, ascribe it to this new reality series (based on The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook). The July 31 hour points out that armpit odor can incite a bee attack.
Smug host Mike Rowe presents a potpourri of perilous situations in this fourth episode: A stuntwoman demonstrates how to slip out of an auto that plunges into a pond (presumably facetious onscreen tip: "Always try to escape before the car sinks"); a cameraman contributes his footage of a chain-reaction smashup on a Los Angeles-area freeway, followed by safe-driving tips to make the segment seem less exploitative; a woman recalls her pain and horror when an anesthesiologist's error had her paralyzed but awake during surgery. Periodically we check on two guys swimming, kayaking and jet-skiing through an 8½-mile race—like a Survivor challenge without a prize. The busy show tries to alarm one moment and amuse the next. I split the difference and shrugged it off.
Bottom Line: Far from the best case