Doomsday Prepper, Season 2
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
I won’t discount catastrophic world/species ending events. Planet Earth has a reputation for folding, bucking, lurching, and God only knows what else. And of course, the Universe is a giant pinball machine capable of wiping out planets by tossing a stone. I tend to think of the serious but short-term events that do tend to consistently pop up. Weather/Nature related and the subsequent periods of shortages and dysfunction. Hurricane Sandy sure put a hurtin’ on me and mine so my current train of thought is definitely on preparedness. In the future, I imagine more of these catastrophic weather events cutting the lights and causing rationing of fuel and maybe other resources and I plan on using lesson learned from the previous disaster to better cope. Living in NJ and among the NYC Metro, I also am fearful of the possibility of flu pandemics and terrorist attacks striking our dense population.
But back to the folks on TV. No idea what this season has in store but I imagine you’ll see crazier crazies, because that’s what keeps a reality-based TV show going. And I’ll admit, they’re entertaining. Hopefully a few of the more logical, realistic, and sensible preppers (ones who aren’t just hoarding food and weapons) that can provide good ideas for disaster preparedness.
What are your thoughts on this show?
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:16 AM
I watch it for little more than entertainment but sometimes after a long day at work and as long as the kids are preoccupied it is nice to unwind and laugh a little.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:03 AM
But for every aspiring Suburban War Lord of Sycamore Street they showcase stockpiling an arsenal of weapons, you get a terrified viewer who’s now expecting it to be all out warfare in their community once the lights go dark. There’s a danger in all the fear the show perpetuates, and that’s one of my biggest complaints.
I can understand things getting a bit sporty in the event of a world-wide catastrophy that destroys the human population, government, and infrastructure. And if you want to play Conan or Mad Max then the world is now your playground to pillage and blow stuff up. I know myself well enough to say that I probably wouldn’t make it too far in that sort of world…regardless of how well I shoot and what I have stored in my garage. That goes for most of us raised in and accustomed to today’s world. At the end of every camping trip, expedition, or tour of duty we all get tired and want to come home for a hot shower a relaxing meal in front of the TV and peaceful rest in our warm beds. At some point, you miss the familiar cozy comforts of a safe and quiet modern life.
Back to my criticism of the content.
I wish the show was a little more “how to” and less “hey, look at this”. Taking a tour through someone’s pantry or gun rack is good eye candy, but we see that all the time…maybe some insight on how you consider what foods to keep in order to maintain proper nutrition? Or show how you are going to purify all that water you plan on using from the creek or river. And instead of showing off your marksman abilities, maybe give a quick first aid lesson for when you accidently shoot the neighbors kid after they kicked a ball into your yard. Sprinkle in some Red Cross and FEMA tips.
So yes, it is entertaining and at times informative. I’m not suggesting they do away with the entire show’s format, but at least add in some more educational and realistic preparedness information. They have a great platform to spread a wealth of good information.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:18 PM
Frankly, I agree with ya assasinationday. It's a bit hokey. I also agree with DStevenson in that is causes people to be scared of what their neighbors might do.
I wish it had a little more substance.
That said I still think those who have an EDC kit, a BOB, or are preppers owe a lot to the show cause it makes it easier for us. It normalizes what we do. The people on that show are so extreme that no one thinks us carrying a fire starter or pocket knife is that big a deal. It's like I said in the tactical clothing discussion, this is good. It's good for me and my fiancee and it's good for others. It may spark them to think about getting some extra canned food or a water bob. Living in NYC and having friends who lost everything because of Sandy many of them are asking me what they can do to better prepare. To me that's the point of it all, a little buffer of self sufficiency. That couple of days of stuff that will allow you to live while waiting for the insurance adjuster, the contractor, FEMA, etc.
In the end I find the show interesting. I've gotten a couple good ideas from it. I'll watch it. But at the end of the day I'm like you, I'm not really worried about the end of days. I'm concerned about bad weather, lack of power, the things we have and are still living through in NYC because of a hurricane. That kinda stuff.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:40 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:14 AM
Some of the food storage is so over the top its amazing, but in a small way I respect that they feel strongly enough to put that much effort into it.
My wife thinks I'm a little bonkers when I make sure I carry my BoB when taking a drive longer than 2 or so hours. Going up to Northern Michigan is NOT the time I want to find out my car lost all of its oil and I'm now forced to trek all night to find civilization in a pretty unforgiving climate.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:20 AM
First guy wasn't very entertaining or interesting. Third guy seemed pretty solid. But the second one, the kid...wow. I wouldn't call him a prepper but a lost child. Pretty shameful that NatGeo exploited him.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:04 PM
First guy. He's gonna die. Has a nice bunker but he was morbidly obese and alone. The whole LMOE thing isn't going to work in his favor at all.
The kid. I actually liked the mom and that she was involved in her kid's life. I did the stuff he did and my mother had no damn clue. At least she did. Heck she even supervised is shooting time. If he was doing this all without her knowing I'd be worried about the kid. I also liked that being a kid he had to make due with what he could scavenge or save for. He's learning valuable life skills. (all said through the eyes of a teacher)
Third guy, yeah I agree seemed like he was pretty with it when compared to the other people they show.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:00 PM
Mainly the second guy. He was really out there. I still don't know what to say about the guy other then he's scary.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:22 PM
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:07 PM
As I've said before for each good bit of advice or information you get a lot of crazy.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:21 AM
I actually don't watch too much television. For me the greed of Hollywood has ruined programming for me. I'd rather learn from books, the Internet or by talking to people who have the skills I want to learn.
Have you seen the new show about the rattlesnakes? Yeah, those dudes are smart! Not. But, it makes the Hollywood cut because a large majority of people for some off reason are entertained by that nonsense.
My "entertainment" comes from only one show, Big Bang Theory. Other than that I don't watch TV besides maybe a good sporting event or those gun shows. Although Gun Nuts is hard to listen to because one of the host is pretty monotone and dry but the information is interesting.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:33 AM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:50 AM
Guy #2, haha...oh man, he was an interesting fellow.
So, when they were up in that enclosed blind and Guy #2 shot his weapon an Guy #1 lost his hearing and started freaking out...that's when it got all sorts of interesting and made-for-tv. I realize Guy #1 was hurting and all, but he really lost his cool and looked like an @ss.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:42 AM
As far as the goat slaughter. The 6 year old should not have been there. Having studied indigenous groups and having a farmer for a grandfather there are some things you don't do. As a rite of passage for a 12 year old go for it. Most indegenous people do. Till then the little ones are just that little ones. You'll be hard pressed to find real survivalist, meaning indegenous and tribal peoples people who actually survive on skill and knowledge rather than relying on gadgets and gear, involving a small child in any animal slaughter.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:41 PM
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