Survival TV has a new subgenre

Glenn Villeneuve was one of the stars of life below zero, a National Geographic Channel show about the difficult life above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, which premiered in 2013 and is still running. They’re a different breed of people – the kind that will eat a wolf they’ve killed in the wild. His favorite preparation for this beast is to boil it for a long time, to kill trichinosis. Villeneuve fed his children wolf meat a few times when no other food was available. During the winter months, when he has no vegetables, he has been able to obtain vegetables from the stomachs of the caribou he hunts. Life in the remote areas he inhabits is not for picky eaters, but he goes to extremes, even by local standards. Villeneuve hunts caribou with an ancient Aboriginal technique. He screams loudly so his voice echoes off a mountain or other structure, confusing the animals by turning around and charging directly at him so he can shoot them.

Les Stroud is a Canadian survival expert who starred in Survivor, a show that aired on the Discovery Channel for eight years in which Stroud spent up to 10 days in harsh wilderness conditions (e.g. Amazon jungle, African plains, Labrador in winter, tropical island) that he enters with little or no food, water, or any other survival essentials, not even a tarp or sleeping bag. He always brings a harmonica and a video camera, since he is alone and films the show by himself, which adds an additional physical burden. Stroud is not a man who lets fear deter him from accomplishing his seemingly impossible goals. He was chased by a jaguar, nearly died from heatstroke and spent a sleepless night among lions on the African plains, which he says was the most frightening experience he had ever been to. confronted. Survivor.

Martin Colvill, who is preparing for post-apocalypse life brought on by a global economic meltdown, is featured in an early episode of Preparers of the apocalypsean American reality television series that aired on the National Geographic Channel from 2011 to 2014. He is joined by a diverse cast of characters, each fearing their own version of Armageddon, and all determined not to end up as the Man With No Name and her son in Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The road, suffering from cold, exposure and frequent starvation as they wander in search of food in abandoned buildings after an apocalyptic event leaves everything dead and burned, and the sun blotted out with ash. There’s James Patrick Douglas, showing off the many farming techniques he perfected due to his fear of overcrowding. Colorado computer programmer Preston White has collected over 11,200 types of seeds as part of planning for life in the biosphere for a bright future. Bruce Beach, a lifelong prepper, focuses on nuclear wars and rescuing children in his 42 underground buses. If nothing else, these people are, while a bit wacky, fully engaged and hardworking.

I divide these survival shows into three main subcategories. Those dealing with permanent living under extreme conditions (eg. life below zero), those that depict fabricated temporary survival situations in which food and water are often unavailable for long periods of time (Survivor), and the Prepper shows those who are mostly living in normal conditions now, but spending many hours a week and a lot of money ensuring they will be self-sufficient when all that most people hold out for acquired collapses.

Now, Netflix has introduced a fourth subgenre. snowflake mountain, of questionable but unavoidable value, is a reality show that features a crew of twenty – the “snowflakes”, all slackers – with no interest in ensuring their own survival. They are taken to the middle of nowhere, where they are forced to do unthinkable things like digging latrines and using outhouses.

And what a cast they are. Devon is “partying 24/7” in New York. Rae doesn’t “take life seriously, at all”. Liam says, “When it comes to cleaning, not for me, honey.” Deandra got fired from her first three jobs. “King Solomon”, as he calls himself, is a self-proclaimed “superstar” with no visible means of support. “I pamper myself,” he says. “I love getting weekly facials, staying in bed and watching Real Housewives.” Sunny, who describes herself as a “naturally lazy person”, sleeps in until noon every day. All of these precious parasites have one thing in common: they still live with their parents, who are desperate to get them out on their own. So they handed over their carefree offspring to the producers of snowflake mountainwho hired two survival experts, Matt and Joel, to give them a taste of the real world, a place where there is no party or sleep.

Supposedly, the sneaky parents tricked these kids into thinking they are going to a luxury resort on top of a mountain, so when they climb up that mountain and find out the truth, their minds seem to be crushed, or at least that’s the way they act. But the $50,000 hung in front of them when they got to the top of the mountain because the prize of outliving their fellow snowflakes in a series of outdoor challenges Matt and Joel designed for them keeps them hanging there. .

snowflake mountain has a sense of drama, and there are no likable characters in the cast, although some are far less unpleasant than others. They all flaunt their warts on camera shamelessly to gain more social media followers, which is their only path to some sort of self-sufficiency. So it’s not a bad strategy, all things considered.

Glenn Villeneuve sometimes wakes up in the wild with a temperature of -37°F. The Strouds ate rats and maggots to survive. Each preparer on Preparer of the apocalypse work hard to depend on no one when the devastation occurs. And then you have Randy, a 23-year-old snowflake from Florida who, when asked to walk to the top of a hill, said, “Are you kidding me? I hate walking. J try to avoid it at all costs. I don’t know if I’ve ever climbed a hill before.”

Take your pick from these survival shows. You’ll learn a lot about survivalism and the real priorities of life with the legit, but one thing this bastardized version of the genre will give you are some cheap laughs. Urban spoiled brats trying to fend for themselves for the first time in any setting can be fun, at least for a few episodes.

Comments are closed.