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PostPosted: November 19th, 2008, 8:14 pm 
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I met Les and Sue a decade or so ago when he was a starving musician. He's very good, by the way.

He deserves a rest. I wondered about Survivorman at first, but watched a few episodes, and it's not too bad.

I didn't know he was 47; that's not much younger than me. Even if there might have been a bit of embellishment in his shows, you wouldn't catch me trying that.

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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2008, 7:50 pm 
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Not only am I always impressed at his survival skills and abilities, he never seems to lose weight considering the most I've ever seen him eat is a rotten fish out of a seven-day period.

To top it off, he lugs his equipment around, plans and takes all his own shots. How many times did he have to paddle to or from shore just to get us the one scene we see?


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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2008, 8:56 pm 
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I just watched season one (don't have cable) and really enjoyed it. I think he did a great job showing both the challenges of survival, and the opportunities for improvising what we need to survive.

I had one question. He mentions in several of the shows the dangerous wildlife ('gators, sharks, mountain lions, rattlesnakes). My understanding of gators and sharks is that they are similar in many respects to black bears. That is, not particularly dangerous under most conditions, and likely the least of your worries if stranded. Polar bears aside, do you suppose he does this for dramatic effect (hypothermia, while a real killer, doesn't make for exciting TV), or because he feels genuinely vulnerable, or am I underestimating the actual risk?

I'm going to have to check out the rest of the shows. Loved season one!


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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2008, 10:24 pm 
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mr_canoehead18 wrote:
... do you suppose he does this for dramatic effect (hypothermia, while a real killer, doesn't make for exciting TV), or because he feels genuinely vulnerable,...


I suspect a little from column A, a little from column B. A similar thought had occured to me too. I think it's possible that he plays it up just a tad. How about his concerns over the moose in that first episode of season one? That, and his conerns over polar bears seem realistic to me. In season two there is a puma, and his reaction to that threat seemed pretty realistic (he had me convinced).

I'm another non-cable person so am watching season two on DVD (I'm through 5 out of 6 episodes I think).

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PostPosted: November 24th, 2008, 8:12 am 
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jwroe wrote:
I met Les and Sue a decade or so ago when he was a starving musician.


no wonder he can last a week on just snails.

As for overdoing the fear angle- marching around breathless, eyes darting for objects to help him as he walks, AND discussing an animal, it might appear he is more scared than he is. plus, while I don't worry overmuch about bears when away, if I was discussing it for 5 minutes, then just covering the issue would make it seem like a big deal in the show. He is also replicating the viewer's panic in some ways. in the case of the puma and the other jungle animals (and those ants!), well, whose to blame him for having his sleepless eyes wide open? That one I couldn't have managed no matter what. Lost in a jungle - you'll find my carcass up a tree.

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