I was a huge fan of the first season of Survivor. The show billed itself as a test of outdoor survival skills. Not only would contestants have to best each other in tribal gamesmanship, they would also have to survive a dangerous environment without assistance.
Well… maybe it wasn’t ever that dangerous. The contestants were never adequately prepared. We were led to believe that a truck driver and beauty pageant winner could survive in the wild. And now the show is clearly just about secrete alliances and backstabbing.
It could have been so much better. Other shows like Man vs. Wild and Survivorman joined the cable lineup to show how to really make it in the wild. Unfortunately, these shows lack the group dynamic. And since the key to survival in these shows is to rejoin civilization as soon as possible, they lack that element of settlement building – the purpose of civil engineers.
I always wondered how Survivor would have turned out if they had selected practical engineers and builders. Would they have engineered a system to bring running water to the campsite? How long before a tribe built their own Swiss Family Robinson style tree house. That’s the show I’d want to watch!
So why the soliloquy on Survivor in 2011? I recently received a casting request from the Discovery Channel. They are seeking engineers and builders with the skills to build shelter, start a fire, purify water, create energy make weapons, etc. Could this be the show we’ve been waiting for. If you feel that you fit the casting call email Survivalistshow@gmail.com and include your Name, age, occupation, location, phone, email, a recent photos, and a description of how you’d be a real asset in a survivalist scenario.