ellinor (ellinor) wrote,
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Jsut another reason to love Monster Garage

It's soapbox time. Anyone who says that reality TV can't be uplifting or meaningful just hasn't been watching the right reality TV. I won't stand up for the quality of the non-cable challenge- or romance-fare (I must admit to being pessimistic on that front), but just watched the episode of Monster Garage where they transformed a brand-new Mercedes SUV into a Nitrous-powered wheelchair-adaptive hand-controlled rad-mobile. The build team was a mix of wheelchair-bound and non, and at the end of the ordeal (which they achieved handily), they gave the vehicle to this young gearhead who had been paralyzed in a car accident a few years ago. The kid was trying to be nonchalant about it, but it was obvious that he was really really touched when, after he had taken a spin in it, they told him he could keep it.

I found the whole episode, from the attitudes of Jesse and the build team, their total success, and the show's generosity, to be tremendously powerful - because of their near-total *lack* of melodrama. It was just another episode of Monster Garage, which happened to be about building a machine that brought speed, style, and ease to an adaptive vehicle. This probably wasn't anywhere near the first time this type of high-powered, stylish, and convenient adaptive vehicle was made - and may not have been the most perfectly executed - but it was certainly the most public. I can imagine a "very special" episode of just about any drama that wouldn't accomplish half as much toward promoting inclusiveness.

Just my two cents. Your mileage may vary. Anyway, the show will be re-aired (as all Monster Garage episodes are) Saturday night at 9.
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