Originally Posted by 5Stars
I watched a few episodes, but, it's just as fake as a wresslen match.
I mean, who is recording all that experience? There are probably at least 5 other people involved with that production, so it's not really survival at all...just a show.
But, in some cases, it is interesting.
They fully admit most of it is staged. That's no secret. But it's definitely survival. On one of the different shows they had to call in to be evacuated out because one of the hosts had became ill from being exposed to the sun for too long. I mean no one expects them to put their lives on the line every time. They do as much as humanly possible though. The show is mostly for educational purposes. Cody Lundin is legit and constantly states that he does things on the show to teach people things and won't to things that people shouldn't do in a survival situation. The two personalities are what make it interesting.
This is a letter he wrote to fans...(I know I sound like a nerd right now)
Survival on TV
By Cody Lundin
I thought long and hard before writing the contents of this page as I knew it would piss some people off. In the end, my obligation as a survival instructor is to tell it as I see it, consequences be damned.
Another reason I chose to put this in writing is the onslaught of people asking me what I think about the survival shows on television. Instead of spouting out another one liner, or taking time, (again) to explain the details of the situation, I’m putting my opinion down here for all to read and accept or reject as they see fit.
Here are some important points to consider, as it’s in them that I’ve based my opinion. First, realize that I don’t watch TV. I consider the lion’s share of programming to be a waste of time. Second, I have participated in a lot of television over the years both on and off camera. I know what producers want and how the game works. Third, I am intimately acquainted with the realities of survival skills based upon years of “doing it” in the field with and without students. Thus, due to my level of experience, it’s not difficult for me to figure out if “something survival” is faked or embellished on TV – and I myself have done the faking on more than one occasion.*