Originally posted by Digital_Reality
Who came first Man vs Wild or Survivorman?
Survivorman is the original show. Came out pretty recently. I was surprised to see that they started this man vs. wild thing with surivorman out
I guess its like having 'american hotrod' come out after American Chopper.
I think that hte big difference is that Grills is military trained, from the french foreign legion, whereas Stroude is more of a survivalist on its
And I'm pretty sure Les is doing another season of Survivorman in Feb 07.
According to him though, though random testing it only works 50% of the time
Wow, thats surprising. Though I guess with that percentage, chances are it will work as you are trying to survive and get out.
though I suspect he can summon help if he really gets in trouble (breaks a leg, gets attacked by a bear, etc.).
I get the impression that if it came to that, it'd be part of the show, and he'd show what to do to keep himself safe and alive while he waits for
the rescue crew, how to let them know where he is better, etc.
These TV shows are for the novice outdoorsman and campers
Lets keep in mind though, thats the audience that they are expecting to have. Theres only a tiny number of people that even know what survivalism is,
before these shows came along. So they're preparing things for that average, very uniformed veiwer. Of the two, Survivorman seems like it'd prep you
better. He talks alot about the mentality, to keep calm, not over exert yourself, (how many times has he said 'i can't break a sweat or i will
freeze to death, even overnight in this desert' ) and just think
about what you have in front of you and how to use it.
Surviovman: real stuff done, maybe camera crew
There's no camera crew on survivorman. He actually takes the time and effort and energy to go to a spot, set up the camera, walk back, and then walk
to the camera, pick it up, set the next one, walk to it, etc. THen its edited together. He even jokes about it sometimes in the show.
It makes it more impressive, really, to think that he's lugging that extra equipment around, and expending all the extra effort to use it, and still
As far as MvW being nutso, lets also remember, he's from the french foreign legion. They'e be expected to be able to rush up a ravine, kill any food
they can find and eat it, then storm back down the ravine during war time. So he's going to be doing stuff that'd just be a bad idea if you were
trying to get out of the wilderness and back to civilization. Its a different concept than survivorman, in a way.
ever been in the woods were thier has been logging you would know that there is skidder trails all over, All this while he was still looking
for a way out
WEll, lets keep in mind, all TV is fake, one way or another. Stroude doesn't seem to have no idea where to go when he gets droped off. Infact, I
don' tthink that any of these shows have ever said "Ok boys and girls, today we're going to learn how to navigate with a compass and a map'.
I mean, most people can't even do that. But it'd be a boring show. So its not so much about whether the hosts of the tv show are tacking their way
through the woods, in the end, its still a presentation. Hopefully its a good presentation that we can learn a little from.
I don' tthink that anyone's going to find themselves lost in the wilderness and think back to specifics from these shows, like what kind of plants
they can eat, or how to build a snare to catch a rabbit. BUt at least from surivorman they'll remember to stop, stay calm, not panic, and think their
way through it. And fro MvW, maybe they'll realize that they can do whatever they end up needing to do, even if it seems daunting or disgusting.
[edit on 15-12-2006 by Nygdan]