Originally Posted By AeroEngineer:
Having finished watching the final episode in the 3 part series, I'd give Naked Castaway a B+. Far more entertaining than most of the drek on TV these days, I was entertained and the show itself did a decent job in portraying the experience of surviving on an island. Although the footage seemed edited more for drama than documentation. The focus for virtually two entire episodes was water and food. Obviously extremely important to survival, and I would disagree with tackling the lean-to before resolving the water situation. The series became most interesting once he was starting to move past basic survival and moving forward with "living" on the island. I would have been interested to see more use of the raft for fishing.
One big takeaway was how much better off he would have been with a knife, a firestarter and a machete. Less than $50 worth of equipment would have drastically improved his situation. In my opinion, with two major medical interventions, the premise of the show wasn't proved to be true. Without outside support in a true survival situation I'm skeptical he would have made it.
Also agree with the previous poster who pointed out many of his improvements came via scavenging modern materials. While certainly a good survival tactic, it seemed to subtract from what the series intially promised, namely a man without any modern gear going it alone for 60 days.
Good review imho.
What I found entertaining was that he was trying to signal for rescue, it wasn't a "how-to" as much as it was just a documented ordeal, and he never stopped making efforts to better his situation. I think it would be interesting to drop someone else in right where he left off, and just keeping swapping people out in 2 month shifts.