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Doomsday Preppers is a reality TV series that takes a look at different doomsday scenarios that preppers/survivalists fear. There were a few that I had never heard of but it seems that the likelihood of them happening is very rare. Some of the scenarios people prep for in this series are: nuclear war, pandemics, EMPs (electro magnetic pulses), polar shifts, Chinese financial takeovers/economic collapse, electrical grid failures and more.

If you suffer from anxiety or have intrusive thoughts then this is one TV show you should NEVER watch. Although the show freaked me out and played on some anxieties (viruses, bleuggh!), I didn’t run out to the shops and start prepping… I did however start a first aid kit and buy another smoke alarm as those items are more likely to be of use to me. If there really is any chance of ANY of these nightmarish things happening I really don’t want to be living Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome every single day so maybe I should look into cyanide pills.

Each episode has two sets of preppers and they’re rated on how ready/self sufficient they are to deal with a catastrophic event. From banking seeds, making Faraday cages, hoarding food and guns it’s quite impressive the stockpiles these guys have but it’s scary when they’re told that they need to make improvements, if these guys aren’t prepared enough then the rest of really are screwed.

Watching the show I couldn’t help imagine how hard it must be to live in fear of something that may never happen. It’s great these guys are thinking ahead but I do wonder what strain hoarding, worrying and obsessing about something that hasn’t happened has on these people and their families. It’s really sad when you see kids doing survival drills, wielding guns and canning food instead of playing in their back yards.

An interesting series that will leave you questioning how you’d cope if such an event were to occur. There’s been some comments on the show being exploitative, but isn’t any documentary? especially if you are watching something that is completely foreign to you, then of course people are going to come off a little bit kooky and extreme.

Worth checking out if you’re a fan National Geographic releases and reality TV.

DIRECTOR(S): Alan Madison | COUNTRY: USA | YEAR 2012 | DISTRIBUTOR(S): Madman | RUNNING TIME: 150 minutes | ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 | REGION: 4 / PAL | DISCS: 3

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