Ice Cold Gold

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Sorry to dis­ap­point but Ice Cold Gold is def­i­nitely not about beer. And when the ad­ven­ture se­ries be­gins with a tale of how rocks in Green­land that have been cov­ered in ice for mil­lions of years are fi­nally be­ing ex­posed to ex­plor­ers due to global warm­ing, you could be for­given for think­ing the pro­gram might have an eco­log­i­cal bent. Wrong again. Ice Cold Gold is about a bunch of Amer­i­cans de­ter­mined to get ‘‘ their share’’ of Green­land’s newly ex­posed trea­sure. By what in­sane sense of en­ti­tle­ment do Amer­i­can gold­min­ers see the newly ex­posed ter­ri­to­ries of Green­land as theirs to plun­der? The eight men here be­lieve Green­land is a fron­tier, a new wild west lit­tered with gold, di­a­monds and ru­bies, theirs for the tak­ing. They face the dangers of sur­vival in a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment with equip­ment fail­ures, and fight among them­selves. Sadly, the stun­ning beauty of the place they have come to pil­lage goes, for the most part, un­re­marked.

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