Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment
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PLOT: 9 volunteers are dropped off into the Alaskan wilderness, and are to travel a 60-mile journey back to civilization. Along the way, there are waypoints that consist of some sort of campsite. The campsites may or may not be fully functional, as well as stocked with a few supplies. IF at anytime a group member decides that he/she cannot continue on, they can activate their personal GPS rescue transponder, which calls in a rescue helicopter to remove them from the journey. This is not a tv contest, so THERE IS NO PRIZE! These folks are just trying to see how far they can push themselves to complete the quest.
A LITTLE MORE DETAIL: From the beginning of the journey, the group is presented with several items that they can opt to take with them, including one small caliber hunting rifle. Cameo: Mykel Hawke, from the show 'Man, Woman, Wild' is part of the helicopter rescue team (only seen a couple times), and I believe he is the narrator to the series. There IS a camera crew that follws them along (just like with 'Man Versus Wild' and 'Dual Survival'). The participants did receive survival training prior to beginning the journey, but none of them is a "professional" or experienced survivalist, so there are no ex-military or such on the team. There is a lot of realistic human drama, but that would happen to most any one of us!
The DVD set contains 8 episodes (around 50 minutes each). I absolutely despise dramatic reality tv shows that over-state the human condition, however this series did not do that. There was a little initial conflict in the first episode (people had to get used to a very difficult situation and location), but none of the episodes ever play-up the drama, and they all focus on the survival. Not everything works out, just like in a real life survival situation. I give the show 5 stars.
I found it interesting that nobody in the group was really a leader-type. To make it work, they each had to take more initiative than they wanted to. Most of them had a pretty difficult time at one point or another, and there was a little tension in the group during some episodes. A hardcore wilderness survival enthusiast might not have much patience with this this show because of the painfully obvious inexperience of the group members. But their struggle made it all the more impactful when they achieved something, and every one of their triumphs was exciting. And like others have said, the photography and the editing style made it very easy to feel like you were experiencing the journey along with them.
I want more!
In fact, how do I sign up??
I found myself thinking it was a metaphor for life. The members who quit did so for vastly different reasons and in most cases, I would not have anticipated it from my initial take. Some had character or emotional issues they were unable to surmount. Some had medical issues they could not overcome. But the thing that struck me was given enough time, I believe every one of them would have ended up having to quit. They were just deteriorating at different rates. Just like life. Sooner or later, we are all forced to quit in the end. The nice thing about the show was it was contrived so we got a happy ending.
over all i would highly recommend this item.
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Love this show, wish I could get the Out of the Wild: Venezuela that is really good to. Would order from again.Published 2 days ago by Ernesto A.
My family loves this show. we watch it again every year. we wish that Venezuela edition was on DVD.Published 3 months ago by Nyaht
DVD of the reality show. Very, very interesting and entertaining with terrific scenery. Completion of the trek is more of a self-challenge for the participants than a competition... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary H.
I loved this show. First of all it goes to show you you can't make judgments based on face value. The lady who quit on, I think, the 2nd day, the older one who said of Kim (the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Smith