A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show suggests that the world can be a dangerous place -- so it’s important to be prepared for the worst. It demonstrates that a little training and planning can help people survive terrible disasters.
Positive Role Models
Host Courtley is the picture of calm in the face of catastrophe. He exudes confidence and is an inspiring leader who gives people the strength to survive natural disasters and violent crimes.
Violence & Scariness
The series features simulated natural disasters and violent crimes, some of which include very realistic hand-to-hand combat sequences, bloody knife attacks, close-ups of serious injuries, and more. It all looks real, which is exactly the point -- it's all part of teaching people how to survive these terrible events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series is designed to teach regular people how to survive natural disasters and violent crimes. The extreme situations range from avalanches to bank robberies to airplane hijackings and, while simulated, are very realistic -- including some very intense fighting sequences and graphic shots of grisly injuries. On the plus side, there's little in the way of sex, drinking, or language to worry about, and the host is a model of strong, capable leadership.
Is It Any Good?
Courtley exudes confidence and competence as he explains what to do in a potentially deadly crisis. His calm demeanor makes viewers believe that, sure, they could fend off a bear or land a plane, if they had to. (Though, happily, the vast majority of viewers will never need to use any of these skills, and most would never want to try.)
But Courtley's bigger point is important -- people should be prepared, and a little bit of training can make a big difference. Viewers may not have much use for his advice about how to help the victim of a knife attack or what to do if they're taken hostage in a bank robbery, but car accidents and muggings happen all the time, and Courtley's basic advice on first aid and survival techniques might prove invaluable. Watching this highly trained warrior is both fun and inspiring; he makes you want to prove yourself.
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