I will admit that I’ve only watched a few episodes of the show. You can see it on the National Geographic channel, which in itself is a bit strange. But why not? If we can have shows about ghosts on SyFy and aliens on the History channel, why not Doomsday on NG? TV doesn’t really make sense to me anyway, and hasn’t for quite some time.
Each week the show chronicles the efforts of three or four groups, usually families, and reviews their doomsday preparations. They are given scores based on the thoroughness of their preparations across a range of categories, food, water, shelter, etc., to indicate the likelihood that a particular family’s strategy will cause them to survive the zombie attacks, the electromagnetic pulse, rising sea levels, or just about any event that could conceivably cause the breakdown of society.
Am I then only one that sees: If you are separating yourself and squirreling away guns, ammo, food, water, and medicine, you’ve already left society. You’ve given up before the “event” even happens.
Like commando versions of the little red hen, these folks are industriously saving every conceivable necessity of life, and furthermore expect the rest of us to turn into ravening hordes hell-bent on obtaining the stale canned goods they are stashing in their bunkers. It seems the only way to deal with the possibility of hard times is to teach weapon skills to eight-year-olds.
I’m a little uncomfortable with the notion that something like 30 million Americans have already given up. Is it just a US phenomenon? I can’t tell, but I suspect that it may be. We have a long affinity with “end-times,” having learned it as children in Sunday school. Having passed through a childhood filled with nuclear holocaust can’t have helped my generation, and so we must infect the next. Reality TV sure brings out our best.
Here’s the deal. If zombies are attacking and you have no food? I’ll be happy to let you have some of mine. Grab a canteen and some ammo, I’ll watch your back.