Does anyone else have a secret TV show vice?
So I was flipping through channels on late-late-night TV (as you do when your sister calls you at 1:30am because she went into labor, and needs someone to stay with the toddler) and stumbled across my new favorite TV show – a reality show (really, Melanie?) with the lovely title of “Dude, You’re Screwed!”
Basically, the premise is you have this group of guys – they are all considered survival experts. You’ve got a Green Beret, a former RAF helicopter pilot (who basically wrote the British military survival manual), a primitive skills expert, and a former Navy SEAL, to name a few. These guys, and a few of their wilderness colleagues, are friends. Friends who kidnap each other and drop the victim blindfolded and left in a random location somewhere with a mix-bag of survival gear (which could be anything from a jacket to a tutu to a puppy. Yes, one guy got a puppy. It was awesome).
The victim then gets 100 hours to make it out of whatever hellhole their friends found and find civilization. Any human will do – they just have to go and make contact. While fending for themselves, finding food and water and not getting killed by whatever animals (crocodiles? jaguars? hyenas?) are locals.
They call it a game. Seriously.
The thing is, I’m not usually much a reality show fan. I mean, I watch the dance shows (So you think you can dance is my favorite, but Dancing with the Stars can be fun), but that’s really about it. But now, I’ve added this.
There’s something about survival shows that is just fascinating (Naked and Afraid is also a new interest, but not anywhere close to the obsession that these guys have become). It’s obvious that these guys care about each other (in a very “bro, we’re totalling messing with you” sort of way), but they are just having so much fun that it’s really easy to get caught up in it. I mean, the kidnappers are practically gleeful!
Dude, You’re Screwed! started a new season this fall on the Discovery Channel. Come, join me in my madness. (They have a bunch of full episodes on youtube – just sayin’)