gunsandrockets wrote:I'm not going to trash talk the current contestants. Especially based on what little we get to see that gets past the editing process. And from watching the "a deeper cut" reruns, I think much of the trash talk is not sustainable.
I note that Legs Justin is still there, despite some people who thought HE was weak, who thought Justin would be next to tap out.
I think Jose will probably win, but man will I laugh if it turns out to be Justin!
I don't think I am "trash talking" the contestants. I would admit to trash talking the producers however. Personally I give every single contestant props, even Desmond who dropped out in a matter of hours. He got off the couch and went and tried this. MK, got an injury doing an axe technique that many mistakenly use. I have seen many other contestants doing the exact same technique on the show and have heard many folks online admitting seeing MK hurt herself has motivated them to stop using that technique. I don't fault MK for having the bad luck of being the poster child for axe safety, it really sucks she got knocked out for it. Tracy I really wish had stuck around longer, I think we could have all gotten a lot of great stuff from her and I don't disparage her leaving. I think she likely had emotional baggage that got brought out, and feel bad that she wasn't able to work through it but don't fault her tapping because of it. I have no problems with any one of these folks doing the show. My issue is the selection process and production, even placement of contestants. Larry got shafted with his location, when just a little ways away there was a much more suitable location. Why drop him in the crap spot when others got so much better stating positions?
As for Justin, I think I said
Justin who built a gym and is working out I suspect wont last much longer. While I liked when he built the swing and talked about fun helping keep spirits up, I was in full agreement. But when he started talking about working out and building a gym, he lost me. Calories wasted on working out for no reward other than to work out is just not a wise strategy. While he might not immediately feel the issue, I suspect he will end up having problems due to neglecting core survival over trying to just vacation.
I don't think I called him WEAK at any point. Rather I said it might not be an immediate issue but that wasting calories in survival is not a wise move. Eventually you will regret those lost calories. There is a reason Allen won 1st season, if he didn't have to waste energy he didn't. Allen literally laid in his shelter for days conserving energy. I little moral boast swinging, sure I was supportive of that. But when it was building a gym and working out that just seemed a huge waste.
Now I do have to admit, I underestimated Justin's motivation. He seemed to be acting like it was a vacation. It is obvious to me now he is doing the show to bring awareness to the very big veteran issues of suicide and adjusting to civilian life. He had mentioned it previously, but he really got into it when discussing the hike up the mountain. It really made me realize how dedicated he is to this issue, and how that issue drives Justin powerfully. I suspect he would do about anything if it meant saving just one or two vets who were suffering adjustment issues and were suicidal.