New Season of Alone

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by stabman, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    The winner was awesome. :thumbsup:

    The editing of this season, however, was horrid. :thumbsdown:
    The first seasons were shown in such a way that more of the things done by contestants were shown, which made for more interest.

    The contestants from this season, if you check various social media sites, mention that they shot far more footage of interesting things being done than was shown.

    But whatever...that's television.
     
  2. bore

    bore

    524
    May 20, 2015
    Despite the poor editing. I liked moose mans cache. Well built. And some good unplanned experiences that threw a wrench in the plans. But he dealt with it. Not just eating flat mice. This was a good season. I think they went pretty far time wise. Also lots of success w fishing. A couple nice shots w the bow. Best man did win
     
  3. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    It's probably because they had to do their best to obfuscate the fact that the moment Jordan brought down that moose, he was going to be the clear winner of this season. If anyone thought anyone else had a chance after that happened, I'm not sure how you could have missed it. Jordan already had the positive attitude from day one, and then suddenly, he had like 900 lbs of food drop in his lap. You don't lose a starvation game when you have an overwhelming food source, and everyone else is struggling to trap mice/rabbits, or outwit foxes who keep stealing your squirrels out of your snares. Everyone else had constant issues with securing food, and he was sitting on hundreds of lbs of it. Interestingly, in his AMA on the Alone Reddit sub, he mentions that there were a ton of other animals he took that were never shown. Hell, he said he was sitting on something like 60 lbs of fish when they showed up to pull him. The way they edited this season was perhaps the worst one we've seen, and I've seen all the seasons.

    I get that they had challenges, but this show has long since stopped being about actual survival, instead focusing on watching the emotional breakdown of otherwise normal, rational people and their impending starvation. However, I'm really starting to lose interest and from the sounds of things over on the sub, so are a lot of other people. As is, Sam was the last contestant that anyone wants to watch just laying around and letting his fat reserves carry him to the finish line. I candidly can't watch another season of that.
     
  4. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    God, the Sam season. He seems like a decent enough guy, but he was the worst. His shelter sucked, his survival skills were trash, and watching him lay around in his tent while it rained was boring. I also blame him for showing that the "show up at check-in as far overweight as you can get and then just conserve energy by laying around in your sleeping bag and let your fat reserves carry you as you fall into ketosis and try to outlast everyone else" strategy works.
     
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  5. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Ha! See, I love Sam for pretty much exactly that reason. I don't think he's the smartest guy around, but he figured out that, with most of the seasons, you could win just by doing less and being willing to suffer more. Far from the most skilled, but he recognized the game for what it was, recognized what he needed to do and did it. Personally, I think that's a vastly more useful skill than learning to start a fire with your teeth.
     
  6. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Well, that's my point. He decided to game the system instead of actually following the spirit of the show. As someone interested in survival and survival shows, it was a disappointment. Reading some of the comments on the sub after he won were hilarious, ESPECIALLY since Sam's a participant in the section.

    Anyway, I think Alone has "evolved" into something that wasn't the original intent of its creators.
     
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  7. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I hear you, and I like the survival aspects and such, but I find them to largely be people playing games in the woods. Guys like Lucas, Randy, Joe Robinett, etc are undeniably skilled, but they're also much more about doing cool stuff and developing interesting skills than surviving. If I'm in a nasty situation far out in the wilderness, a passable shelter and conserving energy are gonna do me better than building a log cabin 99% of the time.
     
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  8. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Glad to see Jordan won. I knew he would win after the first episode when they described his experience and how he lived in Siberia fur trapping and then traveled and lived with nomadic reindeer herders. The guys was living this show before he even applied for it. He seems to basically cruise through his time on the show. Something went wrong? Oh well, guess I'll have to fix it. Out of meat with fat? Guess, I'll need to hunt and fish for more fatty animals. Then went out and did it. By far the best contestant yet.
     
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  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Jordan certainly had his priorities on target. Not everyone could be fortunate to kill a moose or even be successful fishing. I was pretty sure he would win after getting the moose unless an accident befell him like cutting himself badly or falling from a height. I honestly had little interest in watching this season's shows and likely will feel the same way if they have another season. There is a certain life expectancy with TV shows..... take Goldrush..... I don't know if there will be another season. It has gotten a bit ho hum.
     
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  10. bore

    bore

    524
    May 20, 2015
    Probably the best part of the show was Jordan pegging the Wolverine w an arrow then rushing in w an ax to finish it. That exceeds expectations. I remember a previous season where one of the contestants saw bear poop and quit.
     
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  11. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I remember that! :D
    He was on the island for about 8 hours, or something like that.

    That was when I realized I definitely have what it takes to be on the show...not to win it, but to be on it.
    I could certainly manage to not be the first person to leave. :thumbsup:
    I might end up being the second to leave, but I can live with that. ;)
     

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