Worst-Case Scenario premiered on Discovery Channel Wednesday night. Two back to back half-hour episodes were shown to viewers. The program is hosted by Bear Grylls, who has been the front man for Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel. Worst-Case Scenario tells viewers that it employs created scenarios and stunts for the dramatizations for Bear Grylls, et al, and advises viewers to not try these. But nonetheless, one can get insights into increasing the chances of surviving or helping others to survive when things go terribly wrong.
The Premiere Episode of Worst-Case Scenario on Discovery Channel Had Bear Grylls Escaping a Burning Vehicle and Rescuing Potential Drowning Victims
The series opener was made up of two dangerous dramatized situations that anyone can come across in real life. The first set of tips came on how to survive a burning vehicle, which Bear Grylls found himself in, and he had to use his wits to get out as quickly as possible. Once he managed to do that, he rescued the driver of the other vehicle that exploded just after he performed his heroic tasks. The next sets of tips had to with rescuing potential drowning victims after a water vehicle accident, where the host played hero rescuing both victims before they drowned and/or succumbed to hypothermia.
During his dilemmas, Bear Grylls voiceovers the tips. After the people are out of danger, he once again reminds Worst-Case Scenario viewers what to keep in mind. Between dramas, the host tells viewers how to get out of less dangerous situations with a “Trivia” vignette, where the first tip showed the audience how to un-stick one’s fingers from industrial glue (via nail polish with acetone). At the end of the program, Worst-Case Scenario viewers get to see behind the scenes glimpses into the stunts used on the show.
Episode 2 of Worst-Case Scenario on Discovery Channel had Bear Grylls Showing How to Best Deal with a Potential Dog Attack
I watched Episode 2 of this program with much interest, because as an avid runner, I have dealt with dogs trying to attack me. It’s something I have be on the lookout every day for. The program showed a dramatization of a man being attacked by dogs when he tried to run from them, which is a “no-no.” Bear Grylls used street smarts to show people how to make it less likely that one would succumb to being actually injured/killed, including acting as a calm as possible and seeking higher ground like an automobile (the host used daring acrobatic-like moves – a bit unrealistic for the general populace to use, but still made a point), plus giving verbal commands. The latter works because when I’ve come across an aggressive dog, I’ve been able to yell “Get Back” for effect.
The first set of tips from Episode 2 of Worst-Case Scenario involved surviving if your car has a downed power line on it. How many people would try to get out when, according to host Bear Grylls, the grounding charge of the line has a range of 30 feet, so stepping out is potentially deadly. The host showed viewers how to rescue someone from this situation as well. And Bear Grylls’ “Trivia” vignette lightened the mood, for he told viewers how to get gum off shoes (via ice or car lubricants).
Worst-Case Scenario Doesn’t Guarantee Everything Will Be Fine, but Helps Make It More Likely
This fast moving and engaging program on Discovery Channel that’s hosted by Bear Grylls isn’t guaranteeing that you or someone will automatically have the chance to come out unscathed or even alive in the event of catastrophe. But via informative tips that are planted in your head, they increase the likelihood that viewers have more options at their disposal to aid in surviving or being less injured.
“Burning Vehicle; Boating Accident”, Worst-Case Scenario, May 5, 2010, Discovery Channel
“Downed Power Line; Dog Attack”, Worst-Case Scenario, May 5, 2010, Discovery Channel