THE PLOT THUS FAR
We’ve followed Shelby Stanga’s logging exploits in the swamps and lakes of southern Louisiana on HISTORY®’s Ax Men, but now Shelby is celebrating HIS independence with his own new show. On the spinoff series, The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man, Shelby must leave the swamp and enter the contemporary world of unfamiliar experiences that push him well past his comfort level. Nothing is ever too dangerous or bizarre to try, so watch as he tackles modern day tasks his own way for the first time. This is Shelby’s world, with Shelby’s rules.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Legend of Shelby” is a far more earnest take on the same situations that led to the rise of “Duck Dynasty”. However, I buy Stanga’s sense of skill far more and I’m far more interested in what Shelby Stanga manages to pull off. The forced narrative is there, but I want to know what happens to Shelby. All he wants to do is get a houseboat that he call his own. Honestly, it was better than most of NBC’s line-up in 2013.
Reality television has always been one of my sore points, but aspects of it are getting better. While they’re getting over the lying about staging events parts, many reality shows are carving out narratives that feel natural. Not everything has to be man on the scene, but we need to be able to take away something from the material as an audience. Shelby Stanga is a respectable man and I look forward to seeing what he does next. If anything, this is the most excited I’ve been for a History Channel show in ages.
The DVD comes with webisodes and two extra specials as the special features. That’s over 80 minutes of bonus footage in the special features. The A/V Quality boasts a strong enough standard definition transfer. Plus, the Dolby 2.0 audio track works for a basic presentation. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
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