“For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society. With no electricity from the grid, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings.”
That might make an interesting precursor to public awareness about the next logical step from creating a livable society in isolation: the Seastead.
I’ve seen commercials for this on Discovery…looks neat. I hope they aren’t going to do some stupid Survivor thing like vote one member out each episode. Hopefully it will be more like their Alaska show where people could quit whenever they wanted but the point was for as many people to make it to the end as possible.
This will be a nice experiment in self-sufficiency.
I was actually surprised at how interesting this was. I wish they had spent more time in the beginning with their trip to sanctuary…it kinda blew past all the stuff about scavanging for supplies and fighting off raiders.
I LOVED the idea of starting with one group of “survivors” and then bringing in a second group after the first group was already set up. The mistrust, the nervousness, the “us-versus-them” mentality, it was all very cool.
I also loved how the women ended up doing laundry and cooking while the men built stuff with tools. It wasn’t even something they thought about…it just happened naturally. I bet lots of anthropologists are watching and taking lots of notes!!
It was very interesting to hear the psycologist observer comment on how people in these situations can really immerse themselves and come to see the fantasy as reality. I used to LARP a lot in my youth, and there were many times when I almost “became” my character. It seems like Discovery is making the environment so real that the “survivors” are really getting into it and really thinking they are in a survival situation.
I only wish Discovery had gone the Big Brother route and used hidden cameras rather than camerapeople wandering around the place. The presence of the camera and crew has got to yank the colonists out of their immersion.
Can’t wait for next week…want to see one of the colonists lose it and smash one of the “raiders” over the head with a pipe!
That show’s pretty funny. They are right outside of Los Angeles, and while they’re supposed to act like it’s real (and they know it’s not) they still go crazy. The actually carry deadly weapons and would go as far as attacking some of the actors.