Yep, and the irony is definitely not lost on me, who started last week off with a deer accident, that "Alone" would pick this week of all weeks to start in with the bigger game killings. I was driving along a pretty busy road in the middle of the day just a half a mile before Home Depot, Target and Wally World when an obviously spooked deer came out of nowhere at 90 mph. headlong into my driver's side front corner. I had no time to react, it was that fast, plus I was doing the speed limit, which at that point was 50. When it hit my SUV it went "pow" then bounced off onto the side of a box truck going in the opposite direction. The poor thing lost a hoof in the process, probably caught in the wheel well or run over. I was in shock standing on the side of the road with the good Samaritans and the box truck driver watching the deer die until the police came. I was a MESS. I really didn't know how an up close experience like that would feel, but I now know that I don't have it in me to be a hunter. I'm still getting over it, but I am better now.
That said, it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would to watch this episode. The fact that it was on TV and not in real life helped. I've seen Tony Bourdain's shows in which he witnessed livestock being killed and butchered. Plus when I was a kid my Italian grandma used to get freshly killed rabbits from the live market and butcher them herself so I've seen them in pretty much every state. I'm a decent home cook and have done enough cutting up of carcasses to be able to compartmentalize that. And I suppose I don't have as much of a problem with animals dying when it's not in real life and when I'm not the cause. The deer accident was truly a tragedy. I think killing to survive is another thing altogether. Plus I am for more hunting to control our out-of-control deer population right now. I only wish that would happen because these accidents are on the rise in my area.
Anyway, I actually do think it was a great episode in spite of all that, LOL.