Is "Down to Earth ft. Zac Efron" Down to Earth?
Start writing a post

Is "Down to Earth ft. Zac Efron" Down to Earth?

The show hosts a range of sustainability topics as well as a few different celebrities, but does it stay true to its original purpose?

Is "Down to Earth ft. Zac Efron" Down to Earth?

This is a response to Reviewing "Down To Earth," with Zac Efron.

"Down to Earth ft. Zac Efron" is a Netflix Original, where hosts Zac Efron and Darin Olien hop from country to country throughout the first season and explore the sustainability measures each country takes, along with their food and other parts of the surrounding culture. In the second season, they stay in Australia due to COVID and adventure into the many different regions and lifestyles that exist throughout the country.

Why Zac Efron?

There are a few reasons why I think Zac Efron does a phenomenal job in this role for the show. First of all, Zac is fully himself. From showing genuine enthusiasm, confusion when he is just confused, and saying "oh man!" when the situation calls for it, he lets the viewers feel like they're right there with him, an Ordinary Joe experiencing these amazing things for the first time. This can be seen even in the first episode, when Zac and co-host Darin are served their meals at an Icelandic restaurant. Darin remains respectful and observes his dish with a blank expression, while Zac, clearly mystified by what is sitting on the plate in front of him, politely shows his hesitancy to eat the food. While it might not be the normal dish for people from the United States, Zac eats the food - because why wouldn't you when in Iceland - and enjoys it with authentic praise for the chef.

Another great reason - Zac is a Hollywood actor. At first, it may not seem like he's the right fit for that very reason. But in reality, if there's anyone who needs to hear the stuff they're talking about in the show - it's the consumers in the United States who keep up with Hollywood and extravagant, heavily-consumer based society. Zac is conversely very light and chatty throughout the show, keeping the mood educational but in the right way so that viewers can acknowledge there is real substance there.

Why sustainability?

I wondered many times throughout the show how viewers would understand the sustainability concepts and, if they did, if they cared. We live in a world where some people are passionate about this stuff, and others just simply are not. But then again, these issues are time-sensitive and very real problems in our world. Not just in one corner here and there, but everywhere. The mix of culture, food tastings, and carefree adventure, allows for environmental solutions to easily slide in there and show how all of these things are actually connected. Our resources, the same ones we rely on for food and water, are affected by our environmental standards. It shows the inextricable connection between everyday lifestyle and sustainability, no matter where you are in the world. This really lets it hit home that we have to start caring - and acting - towards a more sustainable future.

So is "Down to Earth ft. Zac Efron" down to Earth? I sure think so. Even taking a few big-name celebrities and talking about big topics, the show sets the tone for better and more accessible Earth conversations for all.

Report this Content
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments