Brian McLane

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July 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

After watching the last episode of Deadliest Catch (I guess I’m hooked on more reality shows than I realize), I figured to give the pilot for their new show The Colony a chance.

I’ve always been a bit of a fatalist (being in the middle of Wall Street during 9/11 and listening to too much Art Bell will do that to you), but have also been intrigued by “Green Living” and “Off Grid” lifestyles. Question is what happens when it’s for real. Discovery’s THE COLONY sort of gives you a glimpse of what it could be like.

Not sure how many people remember back in 2003 the “Power Outage” that affected 1/3 of the United States. What people don’t realize is that at almost the exact same time similar outages occurred in England, Italy and other countries. Sorry but I don’t believe in coincidences. When The Colony happens for real – it won’t be a coincidence.

But back to the “reality” show – The Colony is about surviving. One of the expert commentators go over the five essentials. Do you know what they are? Shelter, Water, Food, Fire, and First Aid supplies. Not the stuff that Les Stroud (who I wish was making more episodes of Survivorman), and Bear Gryls have to work with. Could come in handy to know some of these survival techniques like making a basic water filtration system (sand, charcoal, sand then boil), and how to start a fire with stick or igniting a spark somehow.

There were other shows that went down this road albeit fictionally such as Stephen King’s The Stand and Jeremiah which was on Showtime. Now there’s the colony. This is staged – and the people that are “starring” in it – must know that they have a safety net. But it is better than fiction because they are presented with situations that 99% of people (except maybe the Unibomber), aren’t used to dealing with. There are cuts with experts that give really helpful and insightful tips as to how to make the most of everything you come across. Like did you know that milk neutralizes pepper spray.

Learning to eat bugs, using salt to keep meat fresh, and all those forensic shows will come into play when learning how to recognize intruders. How to deal with and survive looting and stealing. To quote a friend of mine Colton Moffitt, to defend one’s land will ultimately be what it all comes down to.

One thing – if there’s a nuclear blast – hug and kiss your loved ones unless you live out west where there are a couple of lava tubes where you can last for a little while. But even then, last until you come out – to what?

Here is the link – if you can see the episode – The Producers of The Colony adequately represent a cross section of society. In my opinion, at least in this first episode (Star Trek The Next Generation was wretched the entire first season), two of the women (the teacher and the model), are annoying but the Christian, the female auto mechanic who looks a little too good, the 70 year old retiree and “the Hunk” are all the kinds of people you would like to find on your side if this scenario really happens. The presumably gay guy doesn’t do bad and throws down when the residents of The Colony are attacked by a horde. And it was actually quite believable. Someone I remember got a real elbow smash to the top of the head. The insurance on this show must be high. LOL.

And I believe it will.

The Colony on Discovery is worth a second watch

The Colony on Discovery is worth a second watch

THE COLONY is an experiment that simulates a post-apocalyptic world in which volunteers are tasked with surviving and rebuilding everything from scratch, using only raw ingenuity and supplies they scavenge from their environment. Here’s your destination to learn more about these bold experiments into a dark future that holds the promise of hopeful regeneration.

Currently in Beta, syndicates to 150 Viral Video and Social Media Sites as well as mobile content to 70 countries. A little about myself, I head the digital media and emerging technologies division of In addition to being a leading New York media strategist, Brian specializes in social commerce, webcasting, building your own network (BYON), ghostwriting and blogging. iProgram specializes in Live To Phone Technologies, mobile video and marketing strategies from its base in New York City. I am also an expert on webcasting and am frequently called upon to execute webcasts from in studio and remote locations. I am a leading New York Based Streaming Media Encoding Technician.

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