Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Colony

Thank you Discovery Channel for a reality show that’s actually intriguing! “The Colony” premiered last Tuesday night on Discovery Channel at 10 pm. I highly recommend the show. It’s a great social statement, as well as being something in the back of everyone’s minds; how would we survive?

In brief, this is how Discovery Channel describes it:

What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? How would you find food? Water? Shelter?

The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society.

With no electricity from the grid, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings.

Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global viral outbreak.

Over the course of the 10-week experiment, the Colonists must work together to build the necessities of survival, such as a water-filtration system, a battery bank that powered their electricity, a solar cooker, a shower system and a greenhouse – and even some niceties (a coffee maker!).


  1. I'll have to catch this one!
    But I doubt the participants will be allowed to kill and eat any of their fellows. That kind of take some of the reality out of it. :D

  2. Hee hee. I was thinking during the first episode that one of them was going to after some intruders with a metal pipe. They have to make hard decisions like whether to let outsiders in. Very interesting. They learned to filter water with charcoal and sand in the first episode which was interesting. I love that stuff. I'm a real Ms. MacGuyver wannabe. I always thought the professor on Gilligan's Island was the man--after all, you stick with him and he'll make a radio out of a coconut.

  3. I'll keep an eye out for that one.

  4. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I wasn't aware of this show.

  5. i can tell right now..without modern conveniences life, to me, wouldnt be worth living...