TV Survival Tips We Didn’t Know We Needed
Somewhere along the way between “Lost”, “The Walking Dead” and “Naked and Afraid”, generations of internet users and moviegoers have acquired common ideas about what it takes to survive. Much of it is useful information, starting with: Get your bearings. Create or seek a safe haven. Get fresh water, make a fire.
As anyone new to HBO Max’s “Station Eleven” and Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” will see, the two shows also follow these steps, although their situations differ significantly. The “yellow vests” block a football team of high school girls in the desert for 19 months after the plane taking them to a national championship crashes. Their ordeal, while heartbreaking, is temporary.
In “Station Eleven”, a pandemic collapses civilization and the remaining human survivors must find ways and reasons to continue living. There is no turning back.
Unintentionally, both present similar survival scenarios that most of us probably haven’t prepared for. Your bug out bag may be better stocked than anyone you know, and your wilderness training may be top notch. But ask yourself, have you thought about who you would team up with? Are you convincing enough to calm a crowd? Do you know how to mix and match fabrics and patterns?
Whether you find yourself temporarily abandoned in the wild or looking for food after an apocalypse, here are five situations seen in both shows that you might want to prepare for.
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Never count the goalkeeper
A vital commonality between these two shows is the demonstrated resilience of the goalkeepers, starting with the survivors left behind at Severn City Airport in “Station Eleven.”
When a charismatic peddler lures a group of people with the unfounded assurance that he knows a safe haven in Florida, he claims to have selected only the best and brightest of the Severn mob, including the pilot and all the members of the women’s football team who are among them – with the exception of the goalkeeper.
Those left behind are as crestfallen and discouraged as she is, until Clark (David Wilmot), a corporate crisis manager in his former life, binds the strangers together with an electrifying speech that specifically validates the desperate young athlete.
“You know, everybody s**ts on the goalkeeper,” he says. “No, they like the strikers, the flash. But the goalkeeper? That’s how you win things! We’re in the same boat and we’re a family now.”
Yellowjackets goaltender Van (Liv Hewson) proves it beyond doubt. Left scorched to death when another teammate can’t help her unbuckle the seat belt holding her down, she somehow escapes.
Later, she is attacked and torn apart by wolves, but survives to stand triumphantly at Lottie’s (Courtney Eaton) side as she presides over a bloody sacrificial offering. Which is great for Lottie, but probably not the best news for everyone.
You have to admit that, in a situation that might require a fight for your life, there aren’t many better people to have on your side than someone who is used to putting their body between a target and a object moving at high speed. So when it’s time to leave your house and make new friends, gather your Guardians where and when you can!
Take a toastmaster course
Going back to Clark’s speech, this is when he, along with his nemesis Elizabeth (Caitlin FitzGerald), a famous actor, and Miles (Milton Barnes), an airport maintenance man, assumes leadership of the passengers stranded at Severn City Airport and organizes them into a self-contained community. Later in “Station Eleven”, Miles credits Clark’s ability to pull catchy speech out of his hat as the reason they were able to build their fiefdom from scratch.
And if Lottie transforms from a weird visionary into a cult leader on “Yellowjackets,” won’t it be due to her deranged persuasiveness and silver tongue? The one person on the team who is better at rallying the troops with uplifting, spontaneous prose is the team’s captain, Jackie (Ella Purnell). But her oratorical triumphs are behind her, like the rest of the living world.
Take wolves very seriously
This is probably nothing new to outdoor enthusiasts, most of whom aren’t likely to come across packs of wolves on standard hikes. Several states have laws allowing hunts to be reduced in number, in fact. Beyond the reach of civilization, however, wolf packs would likely make a healthier and quicker comeback than humans.
In post-apocalyptic Michigan, we’re basically walking on ham hocks. Jeevan (Himesh Patel) discovers this the hard way on a night hike when he is ambushed and nearly maims him to death.
The world doesn’t have to end for the wolves to test our resolve, as the Yellowjackets discover and for which Van pays a heavy price. Luckily for her, as we’ve previously pointed out, she’s a goalkeeper – and her injury only makes her more imposing.
Amateur amputation: get rid of that dead weight!
The average prepper has a few antibiotics, bandages, and suture kits in their stores, as well as a field medicine manual. Generally speaking, we avoid thinking about how to deal with an injury serious enough to require the separation of a limb, and rightly so. This is a job for medical professionals.
But as the crazy-capable Misty (Samantha Hanratty) teaches us in “Yellow Vests,” sometimes all you have is an equipment handler who’s read about emergency medicine and has a pathological need for help. be assessed. When their assistant trainer Ben Scott’s leg is mutilated beyond repair in the plane crash, Misty moves quickly, applies a tourniquet, and cuts off the jagged limb. Coach Scott is alive, although he sometimes wishes the accident had taken him away.
On “Station Eleven”, Jeevan has better luck when half of his mutilated foot has to be removed, in that a real doctor, albeit one who has lost his license, performs the operation. The thing is, you can’t always rely on the real deal or a skilled hobbyist. You may have to do the work yourself. Learn the basics. (Editor’s note: Seriously, remember these are TV fantasies. Please don’t try this at home.)
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Dress for survival success. . . and excess
Survivors take care to plan their outfits, though very few of them pack formal wear. But what’s the point of surviving if you have nothing to dress up for? Fashion plays a central role in “Station Eleven” thanks to Shakespeare’s performances of The Traveling Symphony and their fondness for vibrant objects.
The “yellow vests” don’t pay much attention to girls’ clothes until the crash survivors are on the verge of starvation. At this point, the costume becomes one of the last indulgences they turn to, gathering remains found in the wreckage, leaves, feathers and other natural objects in a homecoming-style costume parade. . It’s one of the best scenes of the season. . . until everything goes wrong.
Regardless of that, consider the most important point: never leave home without a solid sewing kit. You might need it to fix a hole in your sweater, to sew formal wear, or to close the skin where a leg used to be. You never know what life is planning to throw at you, so it’s always best to be prepared.
All episodes of “Station Eleven” can be streamed on HBO Max. All episodes of “Yellowjackets” are available to stream on the Showtime app or with an upgraded Paramount+ subscription.
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