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The World According to Jeff Goldblum review: Sneakers

The World According to Jeff Goldblum review: Sneakers
The World According to Jeff Goldblum premiere episode still. Pic credit: Sam Jackson/National Geographic

The World According to Jeff Goldblum is one of the first new original Disney+ series to hit the new streaming network. The first episode, Sneakers, hit on the day of launch with the rest of the series hitting every Friday, starting on November 15.

If there is one thing to say about The World According to Jeff Goldblum, it is that this series is “pure unfiltered Jeff Goldblum.”

Honestly, Goldblum is one of the most likable actors in the world, thanks to his humorous and quirky personality, which is on complete display as he learns something each week and shares his discoveries with us.

As Goldblum said in the premiere, “When you explore the ordinary, sometimes you might just discover the extraordinary.”

So, what does Jeff Goldblum discover in the first episode? The multi-million dollar industry of sneakers.

Jeff Goldblum starts off looking at sneakers strung over electrical wires and then takes viewers inside Sneaker Con, where millions of dollars change hands over seven hours just for sneakers.

He speaks to a young child who has paid $1,700 for a pair of sneakers and an old man who paid $15,000 for a collectible pair.

As only Goldblum could do, he takes viewers back millions of years to an era where trees develop protection from bugs. He then jumps to 1844, where chemist Charles Goodyear takes this protected wood and learns how to manufacture rubber — which leads to the future creation of sneakers.

Honestly, the best part about The World According to Jeff Goldblum comes from the charisma of Jeff Goldblum.

Outside of Sneaker Con, he also headed to Oregon and the Adidas headquarters to learn how they design sneakers. He also learns he “bops” and doesn’t actually run.

He plays some pickup basketball and learns that his sneakers need to match his entire outfit and that he has committed a faux pas.

This leads him to Dominic Ciambrone, the famous Shoe Surgeon. This man has made custom sneakers for everyone from Justin Bieber to LeBron James and has been creating these since high school. He agrees to make Goldblum a pair.

Finally, Goldblum heads to Sneaker YouTuber Jacques Slade, who has millions of views for people watching him open boxes of sneakers, explaining that the dopamine levels are highest when opening a gift or a new box.

The episode culminates with Jeff Goldblum opening his custom made sneakers and his response to the new shoes made specifically for him.

By the end, this was a quick and enjoyable 30-minute episode and if they all play out like this, Jeff Goldblum will be can’t miss television on Disney+.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum dropped its first episode on Nov. 12 and will release all subsequent episodes on Fridays.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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