I didn’t understand plate actonics until Zac Efron explained them to me.
Sure, I’m a 24-year-old woman who lives in the capital of the earthquake in the United States, and, unlike many of my peers, actually paid attention in seventh grade science class. And yes, I may have completed several environmental and geology courses to meet my bachelor’s degree requirements in college. But somehow, it wasn’t until Efron’s semi-informed, dulcetones left his inexplicably shining lips in his latest Netflix project that I came to understand the concept.
A trip worth taking if you love Zac or think you have the ability to love Zac.
“It might not seem like much,” said the beef professor about the gap between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, a gap that widens about two and a half inches each year (or so the perfectly tanned academic tells me). “But over a million years? You get the picture. ”
You’re right, Zac. I do get the picture – thank you. What should I do with that information? I have no idea and I’m pretty sure you don’t either!
I have no idea what Netflix is Down to earth with Zac Efron tried to achieve. The eight-part limited documents, which cover all sections today, were probably not intended to educate the elderly High School Musical fans about the earth’s changing lithosphere. But it does and a laundry list of other vaguely linked things quite well in the first two sections provided for Mashable for review.
Described as a travel show, Earthy combines Bill Nye style reviews with Parts unknown-like cinematography at the same time as Efron and self-proclaimed wellness guru Darin Olien’s journey to find healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices around the world.
Their exploration takes them to Iceland, France, and briefly a West Hollywood water bar with Anna Kendrick during the first two episodes. While it is there, the duo’s activities, as well as their nicely defined thesis, flip over the entire map. We see them visit Miraculous Healing Waters of Lourdes, make chocolate at an Omnom location in Reykjavík, tour several sustainable energy rooms (that’s where the whole tectonic plate’s explanation came into play) and get hot and cold stone massages on what I’m pretty sure was a Hilton hotel.
Along the way, Efron and Olien talk about how we can take care of ourselves and our planet, eat very really expensive vegan food, make a worrying number of Gollum and Yoda impressions and get into a hot argument with a French doctor it’s never quite explained but is completely uncomfortable. It is a fun enough, stupid enough, educational enough trip worth taking if you love Zac or think you have the ability to love Zac. But you have to love Zac to love Earthy.
It is never quite clear what we as viewers should take away from this excursion except for some fun facts Efron reads from a script and Olien’s deep granola vibes. The only review in this series I could find was that Zac Efron is in everything, everyone around him knows how famous he is, and he says things about sustainability in a way that is vaguely convincing. It’s not resonance, it’s not revealing, it’s just a professional him going on a vacation that Netflix pays for. And frankly, I’m not angry about it! He had fun, I had fun, wild cats in the house, etc.
TL; DR If you want to watch Zac Efron do things, this is the show for you. If you don’t want to see Zac Efron do things, it might not be.
Down to earth Zac Efron is streaming now on Netflix.
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