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Naked and Afraid (NR)

Naked and Afraid
~ rated: TV-14, each episode approx. 43 minutes | Adventure, Reality-TV | TV Series (2013– ) * ~

One of my favorite reality shows – Naked and Afraid is an American reality series networked on the Discovery Channel featuring two survivalists (XL features numerous contestants) – usually a man and a woman who have to survive an extreme environment with nothing but their naked bodies, a rough cross-body satchel containing a personal diary, camera, a map, a necklace with a hidden microphone, and one personal survival item. The series began in 2013 and airs weekly for the season’s length. They are set to attempt to last 21 days in this state. The two strangers, one man, one woman, meet for the first time and given a map showing basics of their surroundings and where on day 21 they need to be for extraction if they can last that long. To survive, they must quickly acquaint themselves with their environment and build shelter, find water, food, and craft their necessary clothing if possible. A camera crew follows them but may not interfere unless a severe medical emergency occurs or if they call for a medic. Candidates can “tap out” or quit if they can’t make it. It covers incredible social dynamics, drama, action, and adventure. I’m very impressed with this show.

Rated: 5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Fuel (NR: 2008)

Fuel (NR: 2008)
* Director: Joshua Tickell * Starring: Joshua Tickell … Himself / narrator; Barbara Boxer … Herself – Senator – California;
Richard Branson … Himself – Founder, Virgin Group; George W. Bush … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); Jimmy Carter … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); and many more. *

A well done and informative documentary on America’s addiction to oil and what kind of solutions exist as a viable alternative. Documentarian Josh Tickell takes a 11 year journey around the world to investigate the oil industry, the recession, the auto industry’s collapse, unemployment, national debt, and humanity’s demand of energy. The documentary exposes the fix we’ve put ourselves in and explores the green industry as a means of saving the world. The documentary doesn’ just expose the horror, but rather focuses on an optimistic future with viable alternatives and sustainable solutions. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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