Season 4, Episode 8 - Hot Air Balloon and Hang Glider

What You Need To Know:

SOMBODY’S GOTTA DO IT soars to new heights in “Hot Air Balloon and Hang Glider” as Mike Rowe learns all about hot air balloon flying and takes a spontaneous hang-gliding lesson. The episode follows When Pigs Fly, a company run by Doug Gantt based in DeLand, Fla. What was just a hobby turned into an obsession and then a full-blown company for Gantt, who’s now been in the business for 30 years. Mike learns the history of the hot air balloon as he and Gantt fly hundreds of feet above the ground.

This episode has a lot of quality, including its content and cinematography. A couple gets engaged on one of the balloons and somehow the cameramen caught it on film. The best part is the scenery and the lengths that the cameramen go to get their shots. As far as worldview and acceptability go, there are many mentions of being “close to God” and the majesty of God’s creation in “Hot Air Balloon and Hang Glider,” which also celebrates biblical, pro-capitalist values. There are a couple light exclamatory profanities and a joke about being scared and urinating.

We often forget that we are but a small part of the big world that God has created. He created this earth for us and created us in his image. Though we are small compared to the views that Rowe gets in the hot air balloon, we still have a God who cares for us and loves us. 


(CCC, BBB, CapCapCap, L, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Very strong Christian, moral, pro-capitalist worldview with many mentions of being “close to God” and the majesty of God’s creation;

Foul Language:
  No obscenities but two light exclamatory profanities such as OMG, plus a “Holy Smokes” and a reference to urination when one person jokingly says while riding a hang glider, “I think I just peed a little”;

  No violence;

  No sex but brief kissing between an engaged couple in a hot air balloon;

  No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
  One scene containing a celebratory consumption of champagne;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Brief joke about divorce (“I bought a balloon and got a divorce”).


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