Lurie and veteran actor Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy) board an unregistered prop plane and fly deep into the jungle to fish for snook and tarpon on the muddy, alligator-infested waters of the Rio Colorado. Following the advice of a native mystic, the two perform a ritual dance to attract fish. Lurie and Dafoe (Platoon) brave sub-zero temperatures to go ice fishing for brown trout. After setting up camp in a plywood shack, they pull a few under-limit specimens from the frozen lake, which they dutifully release, But their luck ends there. The days pass; their meager rations of cheese crackers run out, and the two become delirious with hunger and cold. These are real men doing real things.
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Jazzman, sometimes actor, and hipster city-boy John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, which makes him the most unlikely host for a fishing show. But that hasn't stopped him from traveling around the world with his buddies to seek out a slice of paradise with pole in hand and camera crew in tow. In volume 2 of this strange and surreal series, Matt Dillon risks his life in a rickety flight to Costa Rica with John for a trip up the Rio Colorado, but not before a ritualistic dance under the supervision of their guide, Tacho. "No white man has ever been this far before," intones narrator Roy Webb with mock sincerity. "I think this is John's best show," he helpfully adds. Willem Dafoe takes charge for ice fishing in Maine, where the two construct their own plywood shelter against the winter ice and John wanders around bewildered on the snowy plain. As the days stretch on without a catch and the crackers and cheese run out, their survival is put on the line, or so insists narrator Webb. Lurie, who writes and produces the series, strikes a balance between the abstract and the absurd--you'll never learn a single tip about fishing, but in this company, that seems beside the point. --Sean Axmaker
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