We Are the Champions is a documentary series / gameshow directed by Brian Davis, Nick Frew and Martin Desmond Roe, written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach and narrated by Rainn Wilson.
Running after cheese down a horrifying hill, eating a host of the world’s spiciest chillis or taking part in a frog competition – one sounds more ludicrous than the previous, right? Well, I never thought I’d watch people running down a hill behind a cheese or dogs dancing, but there’s always a first time.
We Are the Champions shows a variety of such odd competitions from various parts of the world. Some are new inception in the world, while others have been a tradition for centuries – however, the passion that the competitors have to be the best in each of these games is absolutely mind-blowing, well, maybe not more than the competition itself. It’s an interesting array of things that would make you scratch your head and wonder how this was okayed for people to take part it. Although not all of them will result in imminent death, some surely will and it’s wonderous to see people competing with each other with so much passion.
Docuseries We Are the Champions has six episodes, each around 20-30 minutes long, and all of them will make you wonder what it is that you’re witnessing.
The first episode is called Cheese Rolling which is… an interesting and horrifying concept in itself. In this centuries-old tradition, men and women run down an insanely steep hill after a block of cheese and whoever reaches the bottom first wins.
The second episode, titled Chili Eating, has six “chili masters” from around the world who take part in a new chili eating competition to take home the prize and prove something to the world.
The third episode, titled Fantasy Hairstyling, consists of the who’s who of the makeup and hair industry to converge and take part in the most extra hairstyling competition ever.
The fourth episode, titled Yo-Yo, has various yo-yo players bringing their blood, sweat and tears (and sometimes concussions) to the championship to win the title.
The fifth episode, titled Dog Dancing, is the cutest episode where you’ll see people dancing with their canine best friends. However, the competition isn’t just cute and sparkles!
The last episode, titled Frog Jumping, is just what it sounds like. Trust me, you’d want to get into this without any preconceived notions.
The six episodes have the funniest and weirdest competitions that anyone could think of. Narrator Rainn Wilson does an excellent job at keeping it serious and flirty, with a lot of puns that were funny yet cringy. The title graphics cards, too, are quite beautiful, along with the background scores. We Are the Champions is shot brilliantly and almost artistically, with interviews with the various competitors. The show follows a set pattern, with the sport being introduced first, then the competitors, and then we move to the actual competition.
There’s a lot to learn here, not just about these competitions, but also about the passion that people have towards a particular sport. All of these people are shining examples of going after something that you love. There’s not a moment of boredom, just wonder and amusement, as people do the weirdest and craziest things to win. We Are the Champions celebrates the crazy, the free and the wild. It’s a celebration of sports that make a big impact in different countries. It’s a reminder that no goal is too small or big, and that, at the end of the day, all it takes to rise to the top is some determination, courage and a lot of heart.
Summing up: We Are the Champions
We Are the Champions, with its six episodes, consists of some of the most interesting sports that one can come across. I’d just say that this one deserves a watch – it’s good-looking and well-made and does a wonderful job at keeping you amused.
We Are the Champions is streaming on Netflix.
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