Friday, October 2, 2009

Rescue Inc.: A little rough around the edges but never a dull moment

I have to say that I missed the first episode of this new National Geographic offering for the fall; however, I won't be missing it tonight! If you've already seen it, I hope you find something new in this blog post of mine. If you haven't seen it, this might be just the ticket for popping some corn, sitting down and trying out something new.

'Rescue Ink' is an offbeat keeper for NatGeo

BY David Hinckley

If you're hitting one of those TV-overload stretches where you feel like you're just not seeing anything new, National Geographic's "Rescue Ink" should restore your faith in the unusual.

Like the part where five large men with tattoos chase chickens through the bushes and backyards of Queens.

"Rescue Ink" may not be the best TV series of the year. But it's easily the most unexpected, and in its own way, it's got a lot of charm.

Rescue Ink is a city organization that tends to animals that are either in distress or distressing someone else.

National Geographic follows its eight soldiers on a half-dozen calls, illustrating the scope of what they do and the patience with which they do it.

When a disabled veteran in a Bronx housing project has been beaten by drug dealers and will have to spend some time in the hospital, he worries that his three dogs have no one to feed them.

He calls Rescue Ink, which goes to his apartment and coaxes out three hungry pit bulls, one by one, ensuring that they are fed and cared for until the man is released.

Some of the stories have that kind of feel-good aura, though not all. When Rescue Ink suspects a man is shooting feral cats in his backyard, they can't prove it and the police tell them they can't investigate without further evidence.

A lot of their missions are relatively routine in the pet-rescue business - extricating animals from abusive situations, finding placements, relocating dangerous exotic pets to better places. But the more routine the job, in a way, the more interesting the idea that these particular guys are doing it - because, not to put too fine a point on it, this is a crowd you'd expect to see on "Sons of Anarchy," not saving puppies.

They're big, they're gruff, they have enough tattoos to cover Bensonhurst. They have nicknames like "Batso" and "Big Ant."

They don't talk much about why they do this, so in most cases the viewer is left to just assume their hearts are in the right places. We don't need any further explanation, though it's probably a safe bet that some of their stories are unusual and perhaps will emerge in future weeks.

We do know they have a sense of humor, or else we wouldn't see them chasing those chickens around Queens.


Sam said...

I've been hearing a lot about this show lately. Thanks for the summary.

JackDaddy said...

I heard about this, but I thought it was just another tattoo show. Thanks for letting us know about it!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

well--no one can argue about the tough looking men part...

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

I was going to watch it but I guess I missed the first episode! Better make sure I watch it tonight!

Martha Basset said...

You always have such interesting posts.
We have always thought that big tough men are just soft as putty inside - then again could it be us dogs who bring out the best in humans!
Martha & Bailey xxx

The OP Pack said...

We have seen this show advertised too. We will be out tonight but may just have to tape it. Thanks for the reminder.

Woos, the OP Pack

Mango said...

We just got their book from the library so we'll be reading it this weekend.


Shawnee the Shepherd said...

We don't get that channel but I know of those guys and they are my heros!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We keep hearing about them but we've not had the opp to khatch 'em yet!


KB said...

I'll have to check that show out!

Alex93andme said...

I haven't even heard of the show..many thanks for telling me about it. I hope I can watch it next week. I also wish I had those guys in my city to take care of our wonderful animals. I love your blog!!!

Teddy Bear said...

Sounds like a great show. I'm bummed we can't watch it since we don't get that channel.:(

Teddy Bear

Benny and Lily said...

We saw this show advertised but we keep missing it. Momma said we will try to catch it...whatever that means
Benny & Lily

The Bumpass Hounds said...

We've seen a few ads but haven't seen the program. With mom back in school and doing lots of studying and dad favors listening to old time radio shows we don't watch a lot of TV; very little in fact.

Tracey and Huffle said...

This isn't showing in Australia yet but I'll look out for it!

Huffle Mawson

Tanuki Maxx said...

It isnt showing in our place too, but definitely we'll check it out. Mommy's all excited already...!
Thanks for the info!


Bijou said...

We watched this tellyvision show last week but missed it last night. I hope mom remembers next week!

Wags & wiggles,

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to watch this show, but my cable company decided to take national geographic of the lineup. Im going to see if I can find it online. I've heard great things about this show!