IRT - Deadliest Roads
(3 DISCS, 10 EPISODES + EXTRAS)
Holy #@$! That was and
still is my reaction to this thoroughly entertaining and edge of your
seat reality TV series. IRT (Ice Road Truckers) - Deadliest Roads is a
spin-off from Ice Road Truckers that follows Ricky Yemm, Alex Debogorski,
Dave Redmond and Lisa Kelly as they drive through some of the world's
most dangerous mountain roads, more specifically those linked to India.
To maker matters worse for our adventurous truck drivers, they are
driving their vehicles on some roads that date back to 205 B.C. with
sheer deadly drops, landslides and more particularly bad driving from
the locals which makes their job that much more dangerous. According to
statistics, there is a casualty every 4.5 minutes on some of these roads
which is insane!
This ten part series
begins in Delhi in this dog-eat-dog world of traffic chaos where the
goal is to get from point A to B at the fastest rate possible. Of
course, this doesn't help that the trucks are already carrying too much
and needless to say, the results are quite predictable. Even one of the
drivers from Canada, Alex Debogorski is caught up in several collisions
and almost a lynching that forces him to return home. Debogorski is
replaced by Dave Redmond, a trucker driver from Alabama who definitely
has more gusto than our mild mannered Canadian with his no prisoner type
The truckers are also
joined by spotters. In India, it's law for a spotter to drive wit the
driver who not only assist them navigate through dangerous spots on the
roads but also help them with the language barrier. The goal however for
these truck drivers are to help the locales move supplies throughout the
rural outskirts of India as they drive along some wonderfully named
roads such as "Freefall Freeway" and "Pile of Corpses" near the Tibetan
From single lane roads
going up mountain sides to drivers coming the other way, this is
definitely a nail biting experience for not just the drivers but also
the viewer. With roads falling apart around them and sheer straight
drops to nothingness, watching these drivers attempt to normalise these
conditions is pure adrenaline pumping entertaining. What a ride! I also
failed to mention that unlike trucks in the US, these which have a steel
cage around the cabin, in India, they are made out of wood!
Lisa and her spotter Toshi
Needless to say, it's a
very interesting and addictive watch that had me looking away at some of
the dangerous these drivers face. There is also some humour involved in
the series and some great relationship building between the spotters and
the drivers. There is one memorable scene where Lisa finds a homeless
puppy and she decides to sit him near her gearstick on the truck.
Unfortunately she keeps getting distracted by the dog and her spotter
Toshi puts him on the floor for both their safety. Priceless!
Video, Audio & Special Features
The video quality is a
little lacking in this presentation as is the audio but thankfully the
content more than makes up for this. Add in some cutting room floor
extras and this nicely rounds off a very enjoyable and amazing series.
Wow... what a drive! Recommended!