By: Taylor Herring
One of MTV’s most recent releases, The Buried Life, is a mild yet inspiring window into the lives of four young men. The series has been described as The Bucket List meets My Name is Earl with an MTV original twist. The guys, Duncan, Ben, Dave, and Jonnie travel the country relying upon crazy willpower and ambition in an attempt to cross 100 items off of their personal bucket lists. Asking, “What do you want to do before you die,” each time the group is able to cross a goal off their own list, they help a person in the community cross something off theirs. Their sentimental attitudes throughout the series make The Buried Life an anticipated television show for many.
A few of the difficult accomplishments to cross off the list include participating in a sketch with Will Ferrell, getting on the cover of Rolling Stone, and playing basketball with President Obama. In the crew’s third episode, they decide to try and cross off number 59 on their list: to ask out the girl of their dreams. Asking out Megan Fox, Ben’s dream girl, would be no easy task. The crew crashes a red carpet affair, and manages to sneak around security to finally approach Megan Fox. Meanwhile, the guys help a young girl overcome her extreme fear of heights. In the fourth episode, they arrive in Memphis to help Dave cross off one of his personal goals, number 74: to help deliver a baby. While he feels overwhelmed to say the least, Dave stays in the delivery room throughout the entire birth and is overjoyed by the end. After accomplishing their feat, the crew helps a woman whose mother was killed during Hurricane Katrina travel to Denver to visit the gravesite for the first time.
The crew’s sheer excitement about scratching things off their list is apparent throughout the series, not to mention their honest love for charitable acts of kindness toward others. This truly inspirational take on documenting four Canadians’ lives is a refreshing change from MTV’s usual The Real World, or even worse, Jersey Shore. The Buried Life has turned out to be much more than a not-so-real scripted reality show; the ambitious weekly show has won the approval of thousands of American and Canadian households and critics.
In respect for what the crew has done nationally, The Warrior Beat staff has decided to make a list of our own, containing things we want to do before we graduate. As a staff, anytime we are able to cross an item off our own list, we hope to help somebody else accomplish one of their own goals. Stay tuned to see what the staff is able to accomplish.