Thursday, September 18, 2008

Man vs Wild - Recap & Review - Bear's Essentials

Man Vs. Wild
“Bear’s Essentials”

Original Air Date: September 17, 2008

Jeff P. – Two Cents Staff Writer
jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

Tonight we’re going in a different direction for Bear Grylls.. a Survival Guide for us at home. Before I watched, I had to finish my ice cream. It was the guilt I think.

We start tonight’s episode with a medley of the many times Bear was launched into different terrains and countries. He will be going through what he considers essential to surviving in a hostile environment.

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  1. Man Vs. Wild
    “Bear’s Essentials”

    Original Air Date: September 17, 2008

    Jeff P. – Two Cents Staff Writer
    jeffp@thetwocentscorp.com

    Tonight we’re going in a different direction for Bear Grylls.. a Survival Guide for us at home. Before I watched, I had to finish my ice cream. It was the guilt I think.

    We start tonight’s episode with a medley of the many times Bear was launched into different terrains and countries. He will be going through what he considers essential to surviving in a hostile environment.

    1. Get Your Bearings

    First he shows us the many ways that he’s figured out where he is and which way he needs to go. Sometimes there are ways to know which way is north without a compass, you just have to use your head.

    2. Get Moving

    Bear advises to start on your journey to safety as soon as you can, if rescue isn’t an option. He recommends using rivers, which he calls the highway of the forests, to help you get out of disorientating brush and trees. Then he shows us the many ways he’s had to negotiate mountains, and how to use traction in snowy environments. He also shows us how to get through the night.

    3. Find Water

    No matter what environment you find yourself in, water is the most necessary ingredient to survival. He reminded us of the times he had to drink his own urine, and when he extracted water from elephant dung. And here I was trying to forget about those episodes.

    4. Find Food

    Even though water is more important to survival, food gives you energy and keeps you going. He shows us the many ways that he’s been able to trap animals, and which animals are edible even if they’re dead. I don’t know how he does it.

    5. Create Shelter

    When you know that it will be dark soon, or if you’re in a desert climate during the day, you’ll need shelter. We cycle through the many shelters that Bear has built, or natural shelters that he’s shown us how to use.

    6. Build a Fire

    Another key part of survival after finding your shelter is to build a fire. It will cook your food, and keep away predators. Not to mention keep you warm in colder environments or at night. He shows us the many ways he’s found different materials to use as tinder.

    7. Avoid Dangerous Animals

    An obvious way to survive long enough to be rescued is to keep away from deadly animals, considering you are in their home. I forgot how many scary run-ins he’s had with certain animals. He’s particularly has seen a lot of snakes.

    Bear ends the episode with two more medleys.

    The first is a series of what he considers his toughest situations in the show, and where he felt the most vulnerable. His scariest moment was in the Everglades when he had to swim under water in an alligator infested river.

    The second medley he shared his enjoyment of nature and the beauty and fun it can offer if you allow it to.

    He finishes up by telling us what he always does: Hope is the best tool for survival. You need to keep your morale up if you want to make it through a traumatic experience, and to stay alive.

    This was a nice retrospective and collection of Man v Wild. I’ve seen every episode and there were some moments and situations I’d forgot about. It was like enjoying a greatest hits album. What do you think? Did you enjoy this format, or would you prefer another locale for Bear to tackle? Enquiring Two Cents minds want to know.

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