I’ve always found myself very interested in the idea of a global catastrophe, something in which the majority of humanity has disappeared and the few people left are stuck struggling to survive with barely even the basic necessities. It’s why I’ve always enjoyed the zombie genre.
Perhaps it’s to do with my social awkwardness in that I feel that if there were fewer people around, I would be more open to engaging with the few folks that actually managed to survive (and not, you know, try to kill me or something). It’s probably even more likely due to the fact that subsistence living seems much more favorable to me than working a 9-5 behind a desk. . . of course, I’m sure I’d say differently were I in the other situation.
Anyways, when I became aware of a show on The Discovery Network that explored that very concept, I was immediately intrigued. Since it’s on Netflix Instant Watch, it became a must-watch for me. . . although, since it’s reality television, I definitely had my hesitations.
The show is called The Colony, and the basic concept is similar to shows like Survivor, in that you put a bunch of people into a barely habitable situation and see how they do. However, as opposed to shows like Survivor, there’s no real gimmicks, this is a show that describes itself as an experiment to see how real people would react in a situation where the world has gone nuts.
I’m nearing completion of the second season as we speak and I have to say that I’ve been enjoying the show so far. Sure, they focus a little more on the personal drama than I would care for, however, lack of food and sleep as well as being on constant guard against external attacks would probably cause quite a bit of interpersonal strife. The thing I’ve been really getting into is how these people (who are described as being an average cross-section of Americans) really pull together some incredibly amazing gadgets and such in order to make their lives slightly more like home.
Watching this show has gotten me thinking more about my own abilities, with regard to how I would fare in a situation such as these. Many of these folks are experienced in a variety of fields, as well as having some incredibly random life experiences that end up lending a hand to their predicament. When I watch these folks creating solar powered tricycles, or windmills, or gassifier engines. . . I can’t help but think I would be severely lacking in the engineering piece of the survival pie.
But practical experience seems to be only a portion of the question. As I watch further, I see people who’s experiences don’t lend well to the tasks they are required to do, doing much more than they thought were possible merely because it is what was required of them to live.
And that’s where the really interesting piece comes in. These people aren’t just surviving, they’re actually, in many ways, bettering themselves. They are adapting to their situation quickly. Sure, in many ways, at least at the beginning, they are simply reacting to the situations at hand, but as time goes on, they actually begin becoming proactive and thinking about their needs for the future, and. . . well, doing some things that they had never tried before to great success (with some added failures as well).
This show has gotten me thinking further about the human condition, as well as giving me some ideas for some future stories. And. . . you know, thinking about the kind of stuff I should start learning in order to be prepared when those zombies do attack.
Anyways, time to do some writing. Have a good one!