Bear Grylls Running Wild series hosts him going to the wild with a notable celebrity. Last week, we covered the time he was in Alaska with ex US President Barack Obama. This week we will cover his adventure in the Welsh Highlands with actor Michael B Jordan. Michael N Jordan is well known for playing the villain, Killmonger, in 2018's Black Panther.
This episode premiered on August 31st, 2015, way before Jordan was handed the Black Panther role. Grylls stated that still Jordan was having a meteoric rise in his industry as he landed the role as one of the Fantastic Four in the renewal of the franchise. This episode is part of the Season 2 lineup of Running Wild and the show is going to be entering its fourth season on May 30th, 2018.
Grylls gives a briefing of what will happen in the next 48 hours with Jordan. They will climb up a massive seacliff in the Welsh highlands, then go through an abandoned slate mine that is infamous for being like a maze and then camp for the night. The next day, they will traverse upon a mountain until they reach their journey's end. Jordan waits for Grylls in a grassy field in Wales and soon Grylls joins him and from a helicopter and they board it.
They have to disembark the helicopter shortly with a rope. The waters are choppy and dangerous so the helicopter cannot go down and also the salt water sprays can damage the vehicle. Jordan and Grylls descend down with a rope and into the surf and against the waters when they are then on the shore safely.
After reaching the shore Jordan is thrilled, he feels adrenalin pumping and is excited. He had mentioned his father is a marine and that even Grylls wants to see what he is made of. The Welsh Highlands are to Grylls one of the places to test out one's survival skills.
Additionally, he is impressed that Jordan was so calm and collected even though the surf of the water can be dangerous. Soon they must climb the sea face. Grylls mentions their dangers and that he had laid only a rope from one side high that they climb it.
He suggests that this is when you don't have specific climbing tools and he does a particular knot to help harness Jordan to safety. He says he will climb behind Jordan as to ensure safety. When they reach to the top Jordan comments how intense the climb was an that he is used to indoor rock climbing but that has foot-holes and other grips so this was nothing compared to that.
Soon, Jordan and Grylls talk about their actor career. Jordan talks about how a receptionist commented when he was a child to his mother that he should get into modelling. At the time, the thought didn't strike him as he didn't think he was the type. Acting grew from that and he is happy that he grew into something unpredicted and not really planned as much but grew to love.
They continue their journey and now Jordan is told to help Grylls tie a rope on a good rock as best as possible and then Jordan throws a flare into a cavern, which serves as an intersection into the abandoned mines. Grylls also stated that he threw in the flare as a way to gauge depth of the opening. If it is bottomless he will pull Jordan back up with the rope.
They do traverse down and Jordan is asked if he is claustrophobic. Jordan relates the story that when he was younger his sister used to trick him in the dryer machine but not turn it on. They both agreed it is a mean trick and Jordan says that he is okay in tight spaces as he is not really alone.
They need to then rope themselves again to traverse a section of the mines as it is precarious and a drop can kill them. Grylls hopes this trajectory will lead them where they wish to go. Then they come to a barred door and Grylls has to positioned explosives onto the padlock though he is a bit nervous doing so. Jordan lights the explosives and they get to safe distance and he says "Hey Ma, I love you." And the grilled door gives way. They are not out in the open once more.
As Grylls stated, the terrain is somewhat barren and has no trees and only has slates and spoils from the previous quarry. It also doesn't house many predators but the elements can be truly against you. They are now looking for a place to camp and Grylls is happy to say there are sheep and where there is sheep there are good enough sheep pens that have some wind resistance.
They find a good encampment of a pen and then Bear and Jordan dine on worms after lighting a fire with their last flare. Jordan talks about his life in New Jersey and how tough it can be with poverty, drug abuse and crime around but he felt his family kept him safe and supported him with getting his into extracurricular activities.
They catch a sheep to put between them as an insulation for the cold night as it can get severely cold. In the morning, the sheep is released. Soon, they start their mountain journey and Jordan keeps us reminding us that this isn't indoor rock climbing as there are not coverings for hands and feet. He must use the rope and move on forward and grasp at anything that gives him supporting climbing and it at times feels like grasping on straws.
After they have climbed and are rather to be extracted Grylls gives Jordan advice that stays with the three "Fs" and stay away from the three "Gs." When asked to elaborate he said that "Family, Faith and Follow your dreams" are important things while "Gold, Glory and Girls" are things to be apprehensive about without the balance.
Grylls is impressed by Jordan's persistence and his thirst for doing adventurous things. Jordan in the behind the scenes stated that he has always been a fan of Man Vs. Wild and wanted to be involved in something like this if he had the opportunity. He also confessed his biggest fear was anything involving water so viewers can commend him for facing his fear. He also didn't like to eat spaghetti as it reminded him of worms but he still ate the worms. So, the episode was enjoyable and showed that people with persistence can go a long way.
The writer is working in The Asian Age