This week, we’re on episode 7 of the Colony, “Tick.” The show opens showing the mysterious guy in the boonie hat who’s been watching the colonists since the first day.
They’re 40 days into the show and they’re all suffering from a lack of calories. In fact, George has lost 34 pounds. It’s affecting their judgement, their mood, and it’s causing them to be myopic about various issues.
There’s really no way to prepare for this by reading about it. To the extent that you can due to medical conditions, you might want to consider occasional fasting just to see how you cope with hunger. If nothing else, it will give you a more realistic expectation of how much you can get done when you’re operating without food.
This week, the colonists decide to turn the boat and airplane engine into an air boat. One of the problems is that the airplane engine is a high compression engine that runs on high octane fuel. They don’t have high octane fuel, so Michael is going to try to make ethanol.
As an interesting note, the narrator says that they’re going to use Michael’s home brewing experience and Michael says that he makes alcohol at home. And that is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard anyone say on a reality TV show. You see, while in most parts of the country, it’s legal to make wine and beer at home, it’s illegal to make distilled beverages.
It’s something that the BATFE is fairly aggressive on. By the end of the show, they have made a low proof “rum” and have “distilled” water, but they haven’t distilled rum. I’m very interested to see whether they commit a felony, have a license, or do something else now that they’ve started down this path.
In a TEOTWAWKI situation, it would be great to be able to have skill at distilling…I just haven’t figured out how to get practice at it legally. And if I was doing it, like Michael claims to be, I sure as heck wouldn’t admit it on national TV.
Pregnant decoy! This was beautiful…a group of outsiders sent a pregnant decoy in to distract the colonists while 4 other outsiders sneak into the camp. I’m not sure whether the lady was really pregnant or if they just gave her some pillows to make her look pregnant, but this strategy has been proven effective for thousands of years.
Some variations are using mothers with infants, small children, prostitutes (think “Yellow Rose of Texas”), or people with disabilities.
Which begs the question, what would you do if you were confronted with one of these situations? What if a “damsel in distress” comes to your door in a post disaster situation?
The colonists decided to start a foraging rotation, which is great…if they would have started this 40 days earlier, they’d still have lots, if not all of their original survival provisions. It’s important to remember with 72 hour kits and long term survival supplies that you should constantly be replacing/rotating your provisions or finding things to eat besides your survival provisions.
Boonie hat guy, “Tick,” showed up again and offered dinner to the colonists. It turns out that he was a Marine sniper and has been living in the compound off of the land for as long as the colonists have been. The meal that he fed the colonists was all stuff that he caught, picked, or killed right where the colonists have been.
There were several interesting aspects to this…it highlighted how much leverage food gives you with a hungry person. It showed just how much the colonists WANTED to trust someone. They put themselves in a shipping container that they could get locked in and they trusted him immediately because he had food…not because he’d proven himself.
They also invited him into their group before really meeting him. He decides to join the group which could be a HUGE benefit to the group…a true force multiplier.
This may very well end up being an example of a case where one person with specialized knowledge combined with a group of willing grunts is a powerful combination.
It will be interesting to see next week whether or not the colonists show Tick EVERYTHING they have or if they have learned to hide their supplies yet.
So, what lessons did you see in this week’s episode? What do you think about eating cockroaches? Any scenarios that you gamed after watching it?
***Here’s another way to look at it. I think most of us can identify more with Tick than with the colonists. I’m not saying that everyone is as well trained or as capable, but our mindset is more in line with Tick’s than with the colonists. So, with that in mind, would you look at the colonists as free labor? As watchdogs on 2 feet? As insulation between you and outside agressors? How much would you teach them, knowing that the might turn on you?***
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