Monday, February 08, 2010

Post-apocalyptic tv experiment

Have any of you watched The Colony? It's a reality series about volunteers trying to survive in a warehouse in a post-apocalyptic environment. There are ten volunteers of different backgrounds: three different kinds of engineers, a personal trainer, a handyman, and some other people. We've been watching it and I'm finding myself liking it more every week.

There are a variety of experts who weigh in on different issues that come up during this experiment. Even though there are cameras and whatnot, the participants seem to be taking the experiment quite seriously - as if they really believe they're living in a post-apocalyptic world.

The fact that the participants really believe that they're in a post-apocalyptic world makes this series quite interesting. There are personality conflicts, priority conflicts, and "attacks" from outside that they need to defend against.

It's clear that several of these people are feeling like they don't have something to contribute to the efforts because they're picking a lot of fights and working on what seems to be trivial projects. I'd like to think that if I was there I could calm people down, but I know that I can lose my temper just as easily as those people.

I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and cinema and this show makes the challenges people face in that situation more real. This in turn will make me be better prepared for the zombie apocaplyse, whenever it comes.

1 comment:

sloth003 said...

i'm pretty sure the meathead 'handy guy" would have already slit my throat. i find i cannot work well with his sort of personality. and i find myself yelling at the tv whenever he opens his mouth.