So the new sea­son of “The Colony” starts tonight on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel.  Last sea­son there was a lot of chat­ter about The Colony in the sur­vival­ist cir­cles and in the forums.  Per­son­al­ly, I liked it.  It was inno­v­a­tive, new, and from my per­spec­tive (sub­ur­ban and urban sur­vival) about as accu­rate as you could get with the genre of TV tak­en into con­sid­er­a­tion.

This sea­son the colonists will have expe­ri­enced some sort of NBC dis­as­ter, and are dropped into a town that had been evac­u­at­ed or the peo­ple had died off.  Not sure of the exact sce­nario.

I am look­ing for­ward to this sea­son as I did last.  Last sea­son I learned a few things.  Not nec­es­sar­i­ly about gasi­fiers or elec­tric­i­ty, but about how I might han­dle poten­tial sit­u­a­tions, barter, etc.  This sea­son should be inter­est­ing, and I look for­ward to review­ing episodes on Hulu or on the Dis­cov­ery Web­site if they are avail­able post show.

10 min­utes to go… Got­ta run.

All of the Colonists are vol­un­teers, of course, but once they got to the final appli­ca­tion stage, they were required to sign this con­tract. Would you?

I rep­re­sent and war­rant that I am in excel­lent phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, psy­cho­log­i­cal and men­tal health.

I under­stand that par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Series may involve stren­u­ous phys­i­cal activ­i­ties, shock­ing and fright­en­ing events, and emo­tion­al­ly dif­fi­cult sce­nar­ios, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to some or all of the fol­low­ing activ­i­ties and con­di­tions: swim­ming, heights, motion sick­ness, sleep depri­va­tion / fatigue, hunger, thirst, dark­ness, iso­la­tion and/or impris­on­ment, expo­sure to ele­ments, son­ic effects, poor san­i­ta­tion, tend­ing live­stock, tear gas and/or pep­per spray, cap­ture, slaugh­ter and con­sump­tion of wild ani­mals or insects.

I rep­re­sent and war­rant that I am capa­ble of per­form­ing any activ­i­ties that might be required of a par­tic­i­pant of the Series, even though I do not know now pre­cise­ly what those activ­i­ties may entail.

I under­stand that while con­duct, state­ments or any oth­er occur­rences in or in con­nec­tion with the Series may oth­er­wise con­sti­tute an action­able tort or oth­er claims or caus­es of action, I have freely con­sent­ed to such con­duct and assume the risks there­of…

I shall noti­fy Pro­duc­er pri­or to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Series of any phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, psy­cho­log­i­cal or men­tal con­di­tion that might affect me or any oth­er peo­ple involved in the Series. More­over, I shall noti­fy Pro­duc­er imme­di­ate­ly if, at any time, I have any con­cern about par­tic­i­pat­ing in any Series activ­i­ty.

I under­stand that I am sole­ly respon­si­ble for deter­min­ing whether I am capa­ble of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Series and that, if I am unable to par­tic­i­pate in any such activ­i­ties or sce­nar­ios, I may be removed or oth­er­wise elim­i­nat­ed from the Series.

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