Thursday, September 11, 2014
Utopia II - I am Dying Here
So the reports this show got on it's second episode were anything but favorable. Looks like it captured less than 20 Million viewers and is already looking like it will suffer a quick run to the chopping block. Really that's too bad because there are some very interesting things to be learned from the interactions here.
As I stated in the first post the sad part is they are not in a separate land and they know it. The crazy chicken tractor lady knows if there was no daddy state protection she would be put down faster than a sick cow and she has been playing the victim to the big White Boy hoping to keep him around as her protection.
In this second episode some of the Women did step up a bit and start doing something at least although not much beyond standing around. Of course I didn't see the Men doing much either except arguing with each other.
There was a big argument about the food situation and the ex-con Black guy allied up with the toothless Hillbilly and although they didn't even have an IQ score high enough to open a safe they knew the combination to when their combined intellect was focused on it, they did have a very good point. The yuppy types had no clue how to live frugally and were wasting the groups money on low calorie rabbit food.
Finally Hillbilly Boy managed to concentrate so hard it looked like he was in the outhouse but he did manage to get the safe opened and the two allied compatriots took out their share of the cash. They then put in their own food order and kinda went to the other extreme of the spectrum and got in a bunch of junk food.
I will say that when they shared the junk and grilled the burgers it seemed like many of the group who had written them off as crazy did begin to come around a bit.
Apparently there are going to be some new arrivals and departures each month. Not sure how they are going to manage that one but I guess the overall average is still suppose to be 15 people for a year. They cannot leave the compound but they can have stuff delivered and they can attempt to sell items or make money in some way. Not sure what they can do since they can't leave though.
Now what they should have done in my humble opinion is to immediately order a year's supply of beans and rice for 15 people, along with the storage pails. I didn't do the math but I am guessing they could easily manage that with 5 grand to spend. Once the food needs we taken care of then they could build from there and if they started getting sick of just beans and rice well more incentive to try and do something to make some money.
I am assuming forming their own "Chicken" ranch is out of the question although a couple of them (both Male and Female) seem like they would take a few for the team. If they found someone to deliver more live chickens they could possibly even try and form their own organic egg market and have locals come by and pick em up. Perhaps even adding in veggies down the line.
Anyway this dysfunctional group is never going to be able to work together and since they know they are well protected there is no fear of reality going to force them to either. It's going to come down to how fast they spend their money and then individuals will begin bailing left and right. I am guessing 3 months tops. Perhaps we will see a very few die hard individuals stick it out but I doubt the ratings keep the show going that long.
I will say the final scene did show the crazy Chicken tractor lady eating Dandelions so perhaps she might be able to rough it enough until the end since no one is going to murder her in her sleep like they want to.
I tell ya I was laughing so hard I about keeled over a few times though.
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