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Naked and Afraid" 2013 season thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by heySkippy, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Jul 19, 2013 #81 of 142
    justen_m

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    Most of the men (all?) have military training -- they had boots and clothes for that. Depending on their training, maybe knives, compasses, detailed top maps, ponchos, canteens (and the metal cups), fire starting equipment, etc.

    Military survival training isn't like surviving naked. The mental aspect, sure, but not necessarily the practical. The men went in overconfident.

    The men have mostly been... not as good as the women.

    The sunburned guy in Panama. Really? How dumb are you? When I was in Panama, I slathered my tanned native American skin with spf 30 and I still burned when out in the sun all day. Sun burn can be crippling and even fatal in a tropical environment if the blisters pop and get infected.
     
  2. Jul 19, 2013 #82 of 142
    LlamaLarry

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    This. I have also felt like the men have been pretty much the lame ones on the show, but that is really because (except for 'fraidy cat dude) they are heavily dependent on equipment to survive.

    I also think that the places they visit are not terribly isolated as they appear to be forced along specific routes to their initial camps. They always take what look like horrible/dangerous ways with steep hills/cliffs. Are they directed to get to their initial camp within a certain timeframe thus forcing a straight line route instead of a less perilous, but more time consuming route?
     
  3. Jul 19, 2013 #83 of 142
    Hank

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    This is "reality" TV, so I would not be at all surprised if they are getting A LOT of off-screen direction to make better TV.

    Would it be cheating to remove the batteries from the little video cameras to generate a spark to create a fire? I know they probably don't have enough current to create a spark, but they might create enough heat if shorted out with a filament to ignite some tinder. At least I'd like to see someone try it.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2013 #84 of 142
    Ment

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    Sure production didn't want them to mess with the equipment. The handhelds are used at night, when the weather is bad and the crew isn't there. Perhaps if a light bulb washed up on shore. I'd like them to assign tools for next season. Perhaps a fire piston to have them figure out how to use it.
     
  5. Jul 19, 2013 #85 of 142
    Hank

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    I wonder if they do "cavity checks" before dropping them off.

    "Hey, look what I just found on the beach! A box of waterproof matches!"

    If they are truly left alone at night and started a fire while the crew was away, they wouldn't know anything.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2013 #86 of 142
    heySkippy

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    Wow, this week was unexpectedly tough. They got off to a pretty good start but it all went to hell. They were a good team. I think they could have coasted if he'd not gotten sick.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2013 #87 of 142
    Jayjoans

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    she was a large woman. They should have saved her for the episode in the Amazon. It was funny to see her spooning him. :)
     
  8. Jul 22, 2013 #88 of 142
    john4200

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    I disagree. I thought they got off to a bad start when they did not even manage to get a fire built the first day. They seemed to give up early, too. If necessary, I would have stayed up most of the night trying to get a fire going (following the rule I mentioned before, work your butt off the first couple days).

    Also, they did not seem to communicate very well for dividing up the work. Letting the fire go out was stupid, and they did not seem to have someone explicitly in charge of keeping the fire going.

    I wish the editors added a continuous time / date clock in the corner of the screen. I was trying to figure out how much time they spent the first day traveling to their camp. Did they spend too much time traveling, or were they just let off in a spot that was miles away from any reasonable choice for a camp?
     
  9. Jul 23, 2013 #89 of 142
    john4200

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    Had the big girl been lucky enough to catch a fish for a meal, I think she woulda hung in for the 21.
     
  11. Jul 23, 2013 #91 of 142
    heySkippy

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    ^^ Agreed. Those little earthworms she found early on would have been dandy fish bait. I thought it was interesting that she said she'd done nothing but prepare for the 6 weeks leading up to this and it was mostly all useless.

    I got a big laugh out of the voice-over at the end. When Puma was getting out of the hospital it was announced that the virus he'd contracted had been determined to be "non-lethal". Well duh! :)
     
  12. Jul 23, 2013 #92 of 142
    philw1776

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    I've noticed that a lot of these fit, outdorsey participants look a bit hefty for typical outdoor adventurers when first starting out. I'd wager that they deliberately put on weight in anticipation of starvation or near starvation for 3 weeks. I would carb up in preparation.
     
  13. Jul 23, 2013 #93 of 142
    getreal

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    Wow! Ky looks awesome ... can't wait for her episode.

    The amazon woman with the little hippy dude was a bit of a letdown, but it shows how difficult it can be, psychologically, to continue without your partner to keep each other motivated. So in that way it was still a good episode.

    I am really liking this show, partly because of the ever-changing cast of characters and various locations.

    "Survivor" used to switch up the locations, but over the last many seasons it seems that the location is basically the same. Change the name, but they all look the same.
     
  14. Jul 23, 2013 #94 of 142
    john4200

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    I would not take the opposing side of that wager! :D

    It will be interesting to see how Ky looks at the beginning of her test.
     
  15. Jul 24, 2013 #95 of 142
    danielhart

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    so i am watching the borneo episode - curious as to why they would be paranoid about drinking water that is briskly and rapidly running over rocks?
     
  16. Jul 24, 2013 #96 of 142
    john4200

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    Because that is no guarantee that the water is free of pathogens, especially where they were.
     
  17. Jul 24, 2013 #97 of 142
    zordude

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    I don't think they have much choice where they camp. It seems they ar given the map and told where to camp.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2013 #98 of 142
    Hank

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    I wonder why they don't mention what virus puma had?
     
  19. Jul 24, 2013 #99 of 142
    heySkippy

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    Probably insufficiently deadly-sounding.

    Speaking of that, aren't there inoculations against typhus, malaria, and the like? Surely these people have been immunized prior to leaving for their adventure.
     
  20. danielhart

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    so he drinks from that little moss covered stream when there was a large area of fast running water (almost to the level of rapids) filtering over rocks?

    agitation is a pretty effective way of ridding water of pathogens imo. not a guarantee, but if i was dehydrated, that's the water i would drink.
     

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