posted on Sep, 25 2009 @ 10:00 AM
I watched most of the episodes and while it was interesting, it did seem like it was pretty controlled and scripted.
First, they kept saying the marauders were under instruction to hot harm the colonists, but the colonists did not know this. C'mon now. They knew
they were on TV and perfectly safe, so all the phony panic and scrambling when they heard motorcycles got tiresome.
They could have made it interesting. Just some quick thoughts, probably could be thought through some more but....
Don't give them freebies everywhere. I mean really. Power tools, solar panels, a battery bank, etc... They should have made the show like this...
*You are accepted to be on the show, you will be instructed what week you are to leave but not the day or time. You will be called 15 minutes before
it's time to go. You are allowed to take what you can carry in a predetermined bag of our choosing (give them something like a regular knapsack that
kids use for school). You will be given your destination at that time.....
I think something like this would simulate a real disaster and the situation most people would be in. No warning, quick bugout, limited supplies...
There would have to be some rules as to what they could grab because it's tv, and because they are trying to simulate the 'average' person. So, no
firearms or weapons beyond a simple, small folding knife. No 'survivalist' gear. *(Does the average big city resident have pack stoves and trioxane
bars, paracord and magnesium fire starters?) Also, they must not know what the others will bring, so if they all show up and they have 15 flashlights
but no batteries, too bad.
Give the marauders paintball guns. If you get shot, you're off the show. Let the colonists find one or two with limited paintballs ... say 10.
Make the marauders behave like real people would in a disaster, not mad max outcasts. Let them try to sneak in at night and steal their crap rather
than announce their presence.
Give no instructions from 'off camera' assistants. If you can't figure out how to survive, you fail and are removed from the show. If you attempt
to do something stupid that will get you or the others harmed, you fail and are removed.
Let them 'find' some supplies for the first week only. After that you must consider, in a real disaster most things would be used/pillaged after a
week or so. Beyond that they would only 'find' things others would overlook or not think to grab right away. Things like dog food, broken things,
The shows premise was to see if they could survive and rebuild after a disaster, but it seemed that they were given too much assistance from the
outside with not many real threats and hardships that would occur had a real disaster struck. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's only entertainment...