Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab

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  1. Hi Jonathan,
    I stumbled on this show today and it was a pleasure to read your thoughts as I watched.
    Very interesting points about the shot sizes on the stunt and I agree that the paraglider grabbed my attention. Its presence in the payoff gag (man flies into the sunset) highlighted the fact they’d reused the stunt footage… Children would pick that up surely!

  2. get a life son, you sound like a wannabe tv director to me, very sad

  3. That’s interesting. ‘Jake Cardew’ is the name of the series producer/director of the show (CV via this site). I’ve no way of knowing if the commenter really is Cardew, of course. Indeed, given the knee-jerk response I’m hoping it’s not.
    If it is Cardew himself, then fine – I wrote about the show because I care about the genre and audience, and as regular readers will know, I have some perspective on them from which to write. If the producers of Blast Lab don’t want to listen, that’s their choice.
    However, I would like to set one thing straight: I’ve never wanted to be a TV director. I’ve done it when I’ve had to, but I was always happier as a producer.

  4. After watching it for more than 2 episodes, the formula being repeated to the letter over and over gets extremely boring. My younger brothers and sisters actually change channel when it comes on.

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