I'm not a big TV watcher. I prefer doing things on the Computer or reading a book. I feel like both the Computer and TV have pulled us away from the joys of reading. But anyhow, I don't want to get started on that rant. What I wanted to ask is how many of you have seen this show called "The Alaska Experiment"? If there is one thing that can suck me to a TV it's a show about Alaska.
The Alaska Experiment is a Discovery Channel show about a group of volunteers who are dropped off at various places in the Southern part of Alaska. I guess the whole synopsis of the show is to see if they can survive 3 months in the Alaskan wilderness.
Okay, let's get real on this reality show. Most of the contestants are some type of outdoor adventure seekers. It's not like they snatched Bob up from next door and plopped his big behind on the banks of the Yukon.
The show also goes out of its way to tell you that there are Wilderness experts off camera in case something goes wrong. So these people really do have a safety net, even though they like to pretend there isn't one.
From what I understand, the crew and wilderness guides stayed in tents about 100 yards from the volunteers. "Screaming" distance they said!
I guess I've been spoiled by the show "Deadliest Catch" on Discovery. But I really don't feel like this show "The Alaska Experiment" is really all that good considering help is just a shout away.
It also seems the "drama" is really being played up by Discovery. Hardly 5 minutes will go by without the Narrarator saying something about being careful because they could be attacked by Bears or Wolves any minute. Doesn't matter what the Volunteers are doing or where they're at, you'd think there's a Bear behind every bush just waiting to smack down on an unsuspecting Volunteer and turn them into Bear turds.
Yeah, I get it that there's Bears in Alaska that can attack you. Not sure about the Wolves, but hey, it sounds dramatic. The thing is, I don't need to be reminded every 5 minutes.
One of my favorite scenes, and I honestly don't know why, is when they had that poor Tim guy shoot the 338 Win. Mag. When I saw how he was sitting, I knew what was going to happen. I told my Wife, "Hey, watch this". Sure enough, a good case of scope eye.
They also showed the same bunch hunting rabbits with the Guide and using a Ruger 10/22.
Apparently when they left, the left these people with a single shot .22 that looked like one of those Chipmunk rifles. Man, take away the 10/22 and leave a Chipmunk .22. That's wrong man!
One of the most disturbing scenes also included this bunch of people. It showed them out hunting with their .22 rifle when they came upon a Buffalo. I could have sworn they took a shot at that Buffalo with the .22. Where was the Wilderness experts then? The Narrator did say that the .22 wouldn't bring down the Buffalo.
Later on, the group found a partially eaten Buffalo carcass. Hmmm...was this the one the guy took a pot shot at? I mean, what's the chances of finding a Buffalo carcass in the same area you took a pot shot at one?
I've always liked the Discovery Channel shows, but they seem to have missed the mark with this one.
On another note, the older Man with the 2 daughters...is it just me or does his Daughters seem a little disrespectful? I'd have a real problem if my Daughter talked to me like his does to him. He seems like a nice enough guy but get those Daughters in check!
So if you haven't watched The Alaska Experiment, tune into Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights. If you have, leave a comment and let me know what you think about the show.