I. Loved. This. Show.
I’m not entirely sure why. It certainly wasn’t the most exciting survival reality show. Maybe it’s because it’s decidedly unscripted. Unlike most reality television with their huge set of crew members filming everything, arranging everything, etc., this show stands out because there is no film crew or anything else–it’s literally just a bunch of guys in the wilderness, setting up their own camera shots, talking to the camera (not being interviewed). It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.
Deadline.com has a good summary:
The series, produced by Leftfield Pictures, pits 10 hardcore survivalists isolated in the wilderness – no camera crew, no teams, no producers – on a single mission to stay alive. Self-documenting their experiences and carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, the survivalists are separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelters and fend off predators.
Mostly I think what I like about it is this… I’m just fascinated by people “reconnecting” with themselves out in nature. Away from phones, laptops, tablets, office buildings, televisions, etc. It changes a person after they have been out there for awhile. Watch season one of this show–you will most definitely see that. What kind of changes would happen to me? I’m dying to know. Unfortunately, the demands of life are inescapable. I’ll probably never know.
There are some other interesting tidbits in this article aside from the fact that the show was renewed. Apparently (surprisingly) it is popular. It was the #3 new non-fiction series in 2015.
“‘Alone’ is a groundbreaking series that has truly connected with audiences,” said Cabana. “In today’s crowded landscape, it is incredibly rewarding to see a new series break through the clutter and grow week after week.”
I’m excited to see season 2 of this show. The second season often has many improvements, more funding, etc.. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.