Last week, I was on an airplane to London while Naked and Afraid XL, Episode 2 was airing in the U.S.. By the time I had arrived at my hotel, the comments made it clear that this episode was a whole new level of insanity. Everyone was buzzing about Honora’s trip to coo-coo-town. So when I got home from London yesterday, I shrugged off my jet-lag and sat down to catch up on the crazy.
I have asked Discovery Channel for advanced access to the episodes of Naked and Afraid XL, but because of the heavy amounts of blurring and pixilation that each episode requires, the often don’t get completed until shortly before air. So I’m watching the episodes as they air and am trying to get caught up. Someday I will catch up.
On to the show! In the Naked and Afraid XL premiere, we saw Hakim fall to dehydration. Based on the harsh Columbian location, I’m sure he won’t be the last.
A week ago, 12 survivalists were given the challenge of surviving 40 days in the Colombian badlands. They’ve been divided into four groups in the area’s four distinct topographies.
Jeff, Hakim and EJ begin their journeys in the hot and volcanic Roca Diablo (Devil Rocks), but Hakim tapped out on day 4.
Laura and Eva are in the scrubby desert of Rio Negro (Black River), but Dani, the third member of their groups, has yet to find them.
In the swampy jungle of Cano Verde (Green Canyon), Luke, Chris and Honora and are in an uneasy holding pattern.
In El Bosque (The Forest), Alana and Danielle worry that their partner Shane may be mentally unstable.
Chris, Luke and Honora look for fruit. Honora is a rock climber and thinks she can climb 20 feet to the fruit, but Luke and Chris are worried about her safety and dissuade her. Honora thinks her teammates aren’t giving her the respect she deserves. This may come back to haunt them.
Alana finds a tortoise and brings her pet back to camp. Shane is stunned that she doesn’t want to eat it; he is sooo hungry and is sad to see dinner crawl away. But he’s trying to play nice and is more in control than I would have expected.
Dani is still solo and her week of solitude is messing with her psyche. She sets off in search of others and finally finds Eva and Laura. They are so pumped to see her!
Suddenly, with the three friends laughing together, this experience doesn’t seem so terrible!
Honora isn’t deterred in her fruit hunt, but she is able to climb to a piece of fruit, but the men pooh-pooh her efforts. Meanwhile, they haven’t brought anything to the potluck.
Jeff and EJ are hot and bothered in their camp; they are desperate for water.
The super girls use Dani’s net to catch minnows. Yummers.
That night, everyone is collectively eaten by bugs.
Luke, Chris and Honora take a long swim and haven’t found anything to eat. Honora is dizzy and blacking out. She passes out in the sun, just like when she passed out in Brazil.
Shane goes hunting for a big rat with his homemade bow. I thought that he brought it, but it appears that he made it — which is awesome — and his survival item is a metal water bottle.
Laura catches and kills a lizard, but when she beheads it, he’s filled with worms. The women must decide if they want to risk getting infected with a dangerous pathogen or going hungry. Food wins.
EJ and Jeff finally find water after hacking thorny, black palm trees for several hours.
Honora and her teammates are running on empty. Honor’s request for rest turns into a tirade. It culminates to with Chis yelling at her (calls her “Sour Sally”) and telling her to tap out. Clearly, Chris is not Team Honora. Honora throws her bow drill kit into the fire, grabs Luke’s knife, her machete and throws them into the river. Luke shows what a fantastically calm person he is by not murdering Honora. Chris is furious at the sabotage.
EJ and Jeff are thiiiiiis close to catching a snake and are frustrated that they haven’t caught anything. So Jeff takes out his fishhook and through the magic of TV, they instantly catch a whopper of a meal! And EJ and Jeff — being EJ and Jeff — scream triumphantly at their food. These two are such visceral hoots.
Over on the crazy train, Honora grabs Luke’s’ water bottle and tosses it into the water. She’s glad that she has put Chris at a disadvantage. And Luke pretty much loses his s!@# at her. He may have the patience of a saint, but he’s not a doormat.
Does anyone else think that Honora and Shane may be perfect for each other? How long will Horrible Honora stay around to torture her teammates? Will Naked and Afraid have its first fist-fight?
The season-long XLR is the survival rating of the team, which fluctuates as the teams find success and failure. In the second episode, the team’s scores are as follows:
With the loss of Hakim, EJ and Jeff’s PSR has fallen from 7.9 to 7.1 out of 10.0
Eva, Laura and Dani’s PSR rises from 8.2 to 8.6 out of 10.0
Danielle, Alana and Shane’s PSR dips from 7.6 to 7.3 out of 10.0
Luke, Chris and Honora’s PSR plummets from 7.8 to 6.6 out of 10.0
Hakim: Magic ninja blade
EJ: Unknown (Maybe a pot?)
Laura: Bow Drill kit
Dani: Mosquito net
Luke: Water Bottle (Lost)
Chris: fishing kit (Lost)
Honora: Bow Drill kit
Shane: Metal Canteen