Let’s See Jeff Probst Try This Shit
Les Stroud is a badass mofo. He’s the star of “Survivorman,” a show we’ve just unearthed that runs on both the Science Channel and on the Discovery Channel that totally blew our minds.
The plot is simple: Drop a dude off in a remote location and force him to survive for a week sans water or food. Stroud begins each episode with a film crew, who quickly grab a couple of pretty landscape shots before buggering off to leave him fending for himself. From that point on, Stroud films the remainder of his adventure entirely on his own. He also narrates the show via frequent voiceovers, and if that wasn’t enough, he also performs the show’s theme song. This is a true one-man show.
Occasionally, the producers are kind and give Stroud a single match with which to start a fire, or a broken down motorcycle with which to scavenge materials. But more often then not, Stroud must survive with only the clothes on his back and his knowledge of the wilderness.
The results make for riveting television. Seeing Stroud weave himself a blanket with nothing but plants or make a fire using a couple of sticks and his shoelace is both educational and entertaining. What else can you ask for in a show? It is a sort of a companion piece to “Going Tribal,” which also airs on Discovery, in which an equally brave fellow hangs with ancient tribes and does as the tribesmen do. It also feels a bit like the Werner Herzog documentary “Grizzly Man,” with its single-person camera crew and running narration.
Stroud is tough, both physically and mentally, and he makes those weenies on “Survivor” look like DJ Qualls with their Doritos rewards, tiki torches and constant bickering. This is “Survivor” gone punk rock, raw, personal and completely DIY. Do yourself a favor and strand yourself in your living room with only a remote control, a comfy seat, and an hour to kill. We’re pretty sure you’ll survive, but it you don’t, at least you’ll have perished for the sake of science.