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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by heySkippy, Jun 24, 2013.
The guy went from 6.9 to 7.2. The girl went from 8.0 to 8.4.
It didn't look like there was much, if any, usable cover on the small island. Still, it seems like almost anything would have been better than swimming a mile in the midday sun.
The amount of trash she found was truly disgusting.
She should have knit him a sweater out of fronds. I missed the first 10 minutes though so I didn't catch the transition from small to large island.
He did have some palm fronds over his back in one or two shots. I'm surprised they didn't build a filter for that water. They had plenty of bottles. Put a large bottle on the bottom, put a few sand and charcoal bottles above it and walla fresh water.
Did anyone notice when they were looking at the map in the beginning they hadn't blurred out part of her bush?
Also, did anyone notice that the "swim" between the two islands looks like a pretty shallow sand berm? It was obvious in one shot of the two islands at the start of the show, but in other shots, they made it look really deep (with sharks!). Somehow I really do not think a TV production staff would allow two naked people to swim a mile in shark infested waters. Unless they were also trying to get some great footage fro Shark Week.
Lol! I did notice that and had to do a double take. Oopsie! I wonder if those two actually kept in touch once the show was over. She seemed too much of a free spirit for him.
So, I have decided last week's pot was one of the best items brought along for survival (had it been bigger, it would've been perfect). As far as another item goes, I am torn. Fire can be made with the right tools as well as a spear/knife. What else would you bring with you? (Too bad sunscreen wasn't an option. )
The couple that went into hyena-land went thru hell, this weeks peeps were amateurs.
That girl was like the professor from Gilligan's Island. Amazing.
She was awesome.
Throwing a dude into that situation when you KNOW he is a ginger? Not cool. I am part native american (Chippewa), and never burn in N Wisconsin. But at the equator? Even this red blood will burn down there.
I didn't like this episode.
Yeah, if you notice the local people in the Equatorial zone hang out in forests and live in huts. African Americans can get sun burns.
Wow, the guy this week (Panama) was a wuss. Once again, the female half of the team carries her load and then some. I can't believe he brought those goggles, built the spear (which looked pretty good) and then wimped out in the water.
The guy made me think what it would be like if Kenny Powers/Danny McBride were to appear on this show. All talk and no action. And bringing the goggles (!) cracked me up. Hey, I'm a big tough survivalist. Listen up, little lady, because you can learn a lot from me. But I'm afraid of snakes...and bats...and alligators...and sharks...and water!
This week another doofus paired with a competent female partner. Instead of a firestarter tool he chooses goggles and then scaredy-pants out of the water when he has a chance to use them.
So, what have we learned from this show?
Here are some things I think I would do in their place:
1) First priority is to sit down for perhaps an hour to think and plan. This includes some form of conflict resolution method since everyone gets cranky when they are thirsty/hungry/cold. Maybe give each person one or two vetoes per day, and alternate days with each person in charge. Create a day-by-day travel plan to the extraction point. Divide up the critical jobs for the first couple days: water, fire, food, shelter, weapons.
2) Before setting out, highest priority is protecting your body. In most places, this means immediately fabricating some crude shoes -- even if it just means tying some thick leaves or some bark onto the soles of your feet. It may also include fashioning a crude hat and/or poncho to prevent sunburn.
3) Work your butt off the first few days -- since you presumably ate and drank well during the period before the contest -- your energy level will be down after the first few days unless you find a lot of food. If it is dry your first day, collect a lot of wood and get it under cover in case it rains later.
4) I cannot imagine a situation where it would be smart to choose a personal item other than a blade (hunting knife, axe, or machete), fire-starter, or a metal pot. The blade is the most critical. The choice between a fire-starter or a metal pot depends on whether you need to boil your drinking water and whether you can find or make something to boil the water in or to start a fire.
I've noticed that they never had both of the partners choosing a blade. Is there some system that keeps them from choosing the same thing? (I usually fast forward through most of the preliminary stuff)
The goggles were stupid. I wasn't sure what to make of his retreat from the water. Did he actually see a shark, or did he just imagine it?
While he did seem cowardly, the woman seemed a bit too gung-ho sometimes, particularly when she was thinking about attacking the adult alligator thing (I cannot remember what they called the actual species). Attacking the adult alligator is nuts. At least she decided not to do it.
I was thinking they could have fashioned a kind of heavy spear with the machete on the end of a pole. If they could have chopped the head off that big snake, that would have provided a fair bit of meat. Or not, I don't know how hard it is to kill a boa (was it in fact a boa?).
The goggles were definitely stupid. Especially for such a survivalist "diva" who seemed to fear everything, including water. He was the worst contestant out there that I've seen so far. If I were his partner I think I would've accidentally stabbed him with his spear after hearing him whine about the lack of protein for the 386,622nd time. :-/
Pretty sure there is some type of communication before hand so the contestants wont each bring a knife.
Goggles were a good idea if he was 100% sure he could start a fire in a wet environment with bamboo. Would have been better if he researched spear fishing etc. Great trap built by the female.
There was tons of food around them each night, insects etc. Could have researched building traps. I'm guessing most of the people (men) figure they can go 21 days without food and slim down from being overweight.
After watching these contestants, I am turning in my man card. May go transgendered. Depressing how wimpy the last male contestant was. The girl is typical of our New Hampshire outdoor women. Pretty tough. Great sense of humor.
These two were quite fortunate compared to the other episodes. Relatively plenty to eat, not a lot of rain, no debilitating sunburns, no life-threatening infections, etc.
Not mention fresh clean water running right out of the hillside. How nice was that?
I wonder why the girl didn't build more lobster traps, especially after the first one paid off.