Zombie Survival by the Numbers
Season 2, Ep. 09 – ‘Could You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?’ | Aired June 9, 2014
by TS Alan
The National Geographic Channel for the passed few years has been producing a lot of program content about doomsday scenarios or other catastrophic events that could cripple parts or all of the United States for a prolonged period of time. Some of their higher rated programs like, American Blackout, Doomsday Preppers, the 4-part series Ultimate Disaster and The Truth Behind Zombies are meticulously researched and use a lot of archive footage, computer animation and expert interviews to make these dramas extremely realistic.
As well produced and realistic as those shows are, most are not always the best learning tool when it comes to actually teaching you how to prepare for or what to do if a disasters occurs. With the exception to Doomsday Preppers, I barely remember anything useful from the aforementioned programs that would help me survive, mainly because they inundate you with facts, figures, probabilities, and do this but don’t to that, that it can be overwhelming and disorienting. Sure it makes for great entertainment, but shouldn’t you learn something when watching these types of shows? Sometimes learning needs to be kept simple and fun in order to retain information that can help you, and that is what NatGeo has done in their series The Numbers Game with the episode Could You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?
The television show, which is now in its second season, is hosted by geekster and data scientist Jake Porway, who tackles life’s most daunting topics revealing the surprising science behind them. In this episode he not only uses numbers to improve your life, but uses numbers to save it. Through a series of trivia questions, fun facts and participant challenges, he shows you how to survive on your own in an urban environment, how to survive in the woods and how to team up to survive any disaster that may come your way.
It may be a little goofy at moments, but the tips and demonstrations that are giving in the episode are shown in simple, practical and a fun way that by the end of the episode you’ll actually retain what was presented and learn some basic survival skills. It’s also a show the youngsters can watch because the zombies in the episode are not scary.