Can someone wise in the ways of woodcraft explain to me why no one bothers to build platforms? I mean, they have small logs and saplings galore at most of these locations -- and also sloping ground and rising groundwater -- so I'm confused as to why they don't get themselves the heck off the ground at least a couple feet.
Loved last season, but this season I am mainly amused with how many mystical-sounding ways various contestants can express their boredom with Vancouver Island and their justification for tapping out. "I did what I came here to do..." "The land isn't teaching me anything..." "What am I here for?" At least David is honest: he's there for the money...
Jose is cool but I also share the confusion over why we don't get to see anything. Larry's attitude is annoying, but he also makes me nostalgic for my dad and the rainy, fucked-up, profanity-laced camping trips of my youth. I am rooting for Nicole to avoid the bears, because she strikes me as this year's Sam. Now that Justin has actually faced some real misfortune, I am hoping he sticks around as well.
But they... aren't...really... picking random people, of course. I'd be willing to bet that some of the people on Season 2 know some of the people who were on Season 1. As someone else said uptopic, the diehard survivalist community is not that large. At least, not the community of people who actually know what they're doing (unlike the woman who sliced her hand open, who just seemed in way over her head).
I do think that if this show is to thrive after this season, they're going to have to look into finding different locales, as logistically tough as that may be. Turns out that Vancouver Island where no one can eat shellfish on the beach because of red tide is... well, a little more boring than Vancouver Island normally.
Also: the predators. Chiefly the bears. It is really no fun seeing contestants who wind up in bear-infested locations, because there really is nothing they can do; it is a huge handicap to deal with, a battle they will never win. No amount of ingenuity will win out against a pack of animals who actually DO own the place. While Desmond's speedy exit was ironic, I did feel for the guy, and I certainly felt for Tracy. And it isn't great television either. One chance encounter with a predator is exciting; but every week of "OMG, the bears are back and their poop is right outside my tent" honestly makes me want to change the channel out of stress. It's a fine line for the show to walk, I suppose.
I'd honestly really like them to try a new location without all those effing bears.