Originally Posted by MassGT
How hard a job does this guy have. He rides around the counrty and he stops places to eat. What a novel idea. I do that every time I go on a trip. He also rides with a posse of three other bikers that you never get to meet. How much money is this TOOL making.
Sounds line envy to me.
Isn't it great how people talk trash about other people they really know nothing about?
Anyway, from what little I know about Alton Brown, he's supposed to be a pretty decent guy. He's been into BMW motorcycles in the same manner as many of us well before this show came to be.
I believe this is simply his attempt at doing what many wish they could do. Combining your passions (in this case two of his passions, motorcycling and food), share your enthusiasm and get paid for it.
Being a BMW fan and loving motorcycling, traveling, food, etc. you'd think this should be a great show. Well, like many of you, I've watched several episodes of "Feasting on Asphalt" and I have to admit, I have yet to be inspired.
While I think his primary show "Good Eats" is a fantastic series, for some reason this show misses the mark for me.
Maybe it's because the idea of sampling food across the country for TV has been done several times before in one form or another. Maybe it's because, there's no waypoints to the places he actually does visit. Maybe it's because he never says "this place sucks." Maybe it's because there's not enough about the motorcycling aspect of it (i.e. what it's like to be on the open road in all kinds of weather, navigation, group riding, road hazards, close calls, packing light, maintenance, other experiences you just can't get in a car, etc...). What ever it is, for me it comes down to the fact that IMO, almost every aspect of the show could have been done allot better.
Oh, and although I could care less wether or not the roundel shows up on screen, I think it's stupid that it has to be blacked out for TV. What ever the reason (licensing agreements, who's not getting paid for the advertising, whatever...), it's no excuse. It's just dumb and every time I see a scene of him riding the RT with the roundel blacked out it distracts my attention from the point of the show and all I can think of is how once again, someone's corporate greed is putting a sour taste on things.
It's all too bad because I think this could have been a very good show. Never the less, although I won't go out of my way to see it, I'll still watch it if it happens to be on when I'm flipping channels and I'll always hoping it will get better but knowing it probably wont.
Still, on this subject, Alton's ok in my book, at least "Good Eats" is still a good show, and maybe if Giada De Laurentiis would ride pillion, Feasting on Asphalt would be a little more interesting.