The Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" is exactly what it sounds like: Two strangers, a man and a woman - naked. And they are scared.
They have the right to be scared though, because, as a contest, they are dropped into a remote location and left to fend for themselves with nothing - no clothes, no food.
Throughout their 21-day journey, you see ups and downs, the dangers of dehydration and the difficulty of being naked and afraid in untamed land.
Check out “Naked and Afraid” on the Discovery Channel at 10 p.m. Sundays. You can also find some full past episodes on the website, dsc.dis covery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid.
They are able to choose one weapon each, but other than that, they live off the land.
Each contestant was chosen because of their background in survival skills. But I have a feeling nothing could prepare them for what it really is like out in the wild to fend for themselves, naked.
"Naked and Afraid" has brought contestants all over the world, including Tanzania, Panama and Borneo. Each show has a disclaimer that the camera crews have strict instructions not to interfere or interact with the contestants.
The episode, entitled, "Breaking Borneo," which aired July 21, put contestants Julie Wright and Puma Cabra together in the jungles of Borneo.
The meeting of the contestants always is a different meeting. They are dropped off with no clothes, and that's obviously the first thing you are thinking of when you meet someone for the first time. Naked.
As a viewer, I think we all become jaded to the fact that there are naked human beings with blurred lines on their body.
And the contestants don't make a huge deal of the fact that they are both unclothed, after they get used to it.
So, you get used to it as a viewer as well. Except for their butts. No matter how many times I see the contestants on screen, the butt is not blurred out, and it still shocks me and I'm like, "Woah! Butts!"
So we have Julie and Puma, who both think they are pretty good at this whole surviving-in-the-wild thing.
Puma, a Nevada tattoo artist, took up survival skills when he was a professional snowboarder, claiming to "disappear for multiple days with nothing but his knife and his knowledge." Among his skills are shelter building, trapping and hunting.
Julie is a wilderness instructor, who had originally wanted to be a professor, but decided against it, enrolling in Tom Brown's Tracker School. Her skills include tracking, plant identification and "staying hidden."
The tension between the two is a little obvious. Puma has doubts of Julie's ability. The two build a decent shelter their first night, claiming they will build a fire and find food and water the next day.
Their night is full of excitement with a visit from huge bugs that look prehistoric and the noise of a wild boar, which are very aggressive and dangerous.
The next day though, their plans are shattered when Puma, after hours and hours of trying, cannot start a fire, despite his best efforts. They both are beginning to show signs of dehydration, and out of disparity, Puma sneaks away and finds a stream.
The stream looks clean, is refreshing and Puma decides against telling Julie about his findings. The two are able to make a fire, but somehow it goes out on Puma's watch. Julie is less than thrilled.
Cut to a rainstorm that floods and dampens everything and kills all dreams of them making another fire. The two are close to hypothermia, on top of dehydration and starvation because they cannot find any food or water. Puma becomes sick in the night, having a fever that rises eventually to 105 degrees. I bet Puma is kicking himself in his naked butt for drinking from that cute little stream he found days earlier.
Medical staff step in and evaluate that Puma needs to go to the hospital. Well, duh! I would imagine that the show would not let the audience think they really aren't going to help this guy in a situation where he should have been in the hospital probably hours, possibly days, before.
Julie is left to fend for herself, and she does OK. She is able to build another fire, but it goes out after she doesn't have the strength to tend to it. Julie says her body is telling her what she is doing isn't good and she decides to quit. She said depression of being alone without Puma and anxiety got to her.
"The jungle is a hard teacher," Julie said, as she tapped out after 18 days in the jungle of Borneo, losing 30 pounds throughout the whole ordeal. Puma lost 15 pounds at the end of his journey.
I have a bit of skepticism towards the whole ordeal. The severity of Puma's fever should have been addressed earlier than it was. And some of the dialogue between the two seemed a bit staged to me.
But it was interesting to see the two strangers interact. They became dependent on each other almost like a married couple would; they bickered, yet rejoiced together when their plans worked out.
This show is intriguing though, testing human limits and just how much people think they know about surviving in the wild with absolutely nothing. You see them break down from the absence of the comforts we are so used to having.
Check out "Naked and Afraid" on the Discovery Channel Sundays at 10 p.m. You also can find some full past episodes on the website, dsc.discov ery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid.