New Adam and Eve struggle to survive | Inquirer Entertainment

New Adam and Eve struggle to survive

/ 10:41 PM February 07, 2014

“NAKED AND AFRAID.” Its main protagonists try to survive in the wild—and in the buff!

We were idly switching channels recently when a Discovery Channel show, “Naked and Afraid,” grabbed our attention in a big way, for the simple reason that its two main protagonists, a man and a woman, were shown trying to survive in the wild just by their wits—and, in the buff! What was going on?

It was briskly explained that the two naked adventurers weren’t romantically involved but were simply focused on the task of surviving in the forsaken wild with no aids at all except a knife and other really basic stuff for finding or catching their own food, building a simple lean-to in order to shelter under it in bad weather, etc.


Like our first parents, Adam and Eve, they were naked for the most part, not for prurient effect (their privates were blurred and hidden from gawkers’ view).


Reality show

We continued to watch the reality show and saw that the only TV people recording the “uncoupled couple’s” activities were a cameraman and a soundman—both of whom were clothed, and in fact had too many clothes on for the reality program’s tropical locale! Maybe they were afraid of being consumed by gnats and nits?

In any case, the very skeletal TV crew made only a brief on-cam appearance, then the two “naked and afraid” adventurers were left to their own devices for the rest of the telecast.

They soon became hungry and desperately searched for any and all available sources of protein, including worms and fat larvae in decaying tree trunks.

Just when it looked like the survivors would have to go to sleep with rumbling and grumbling bellies, a snake was spotted and speared, a fire was built, and our forlorn and hungry protagonists at least had something substantial to eat before drifting off into troubled sleep!

Other sequences showed them crafting a fishing rod and trying to snag an unwary fish or two, but their long-term prospects of survival appeared to be rather slim.

Another section of the program showed the female survivor fashioning a bra and miniskirt out of some leaves. Had modesty suddenly and belatedly gotten hold of her? Nope, other shots still showed her nude (but again, it is to be firmly stressed, not pruriently so), so perhaps she was just—feeling cold?


As for her male counterpart, he had no such “partly clothed” moments at all, and was quite content to let it all casually hang out.

Anyway, there was always that defocused orb to discreetly mask his crown jewels, even if he was running and leaping all over the jungle!

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