• 20 Jul - 26 Jul, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly

PJ and Tom have been engaged for four years, but right after they got engaged, Tom, a filmmaker, spent two years traveling the planet making the series Rite of Passage. So, in order to figure out whether they are truly compatible, they are going to travel the world for a year, visiting different indigenous cultures to see how they regard marriage, and the ceremonies and rituals that surround it. While Tim is used to roughing it in extreme conditions and dealing with native communities, PJ, a news anchor, is not. How will the stress of being out of her comfort zone affect their relationship?

During the first 20 minutes of Extreme Engagement‘s first episode, we were completely offended by what we were seeing. It felt like Tim and PJ were invading this tribe and observing their rituals like they’re in some sort of indigenous nature reserve.

When the two of them settled down, however, and just tried to exist within the community, the show got better. But the problem persisted that how the M’bum live was just presented as a backdrop to the relationship issues these annoying Aussies were going through. Actually, Tim was really the annoying one, as PJ finally “got it” by the end of the episode and learned that the tribe’s traditions and customs have value, even if she doesn’t agree with them. Perhaps that was Noonan’s goal, to make himself look like the clueless male boob and his fiancee look like person growing into a more worldly personality. If it was, mission accomplished. But it’s not a formula we want to see for eight episodes.