Just in case you were thinking that you had seen all the survival shows that National Geographic had to offer, the network recently aired its second season of Port Protection. Produced by the same team who made the popular Life Below Zero, the reality show doesn’t actually feature the protection of a port as the title would have you believe, but rather focuses on a group of five brave survivalists who have chosen to exist in the harsh conditions of town #PP, which is located on the isolated Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, where temperatures regularly drop below zero. The show originally premiered back in July 19th 2015, and aired its final episode of the second season on June 26th 2016.
The five survivalists featured on the show have made the ultimate trade-off in their new lives – they get to witness the absolute majesty and beauty of the natural world that most people will never see, and are freed of the modern pressures of a capitalist society, but in turn are forced to deal with a merciless environment of freezing temperatures and rough seas, which cares not a single iota if they thrive or perish. Each of the ten, hour-long episodes in the two seasons follow the stars of the show as they are forced to trap, forage, hunt and fish for their food, as well as build shelters, and fend of wild wolves. They are not alone however, as individual survival in hostile environments like #PP revolves around community support, and the community relies on the individual – one simply can not survive without the other.
So we know that PP was popular enough in its first run to be commissioned for its second this year. But if you’re keen for a third glimpse into the lives of the 5 survivalists on their remote island, how likely is it that National Geographic will grant your wish? Not too unlikely it seems. Admittedly the network haven’t officially confirmed on the status of the show either way. However, PP – which shares themes with many others on the same channel and could have fallen victim to audience fatigue – had a surprisingly respectable viewership number of approximately 700,000 with a 0.2 rating on the 18-49 demographic during its first season. In addition, the show has bucked the trend of similar shows by getting some truly brilliant review feedback. It is currently sitting on an excellent score of 8.3 on IMDB and 5 stars out of 5 on web-streaming service Amazon Instant Video for both season 1 and season 2. With everything combined together, it puts the show in a brilliant position for renewal.
There are currently no Blu-ray versions of #PortProtection available to buy in stores or online, but you can pick up a DVD copy on Amazon for $26.99 per season. If you would prefer to watch the show online, you can access it for $2.99 per episode on Amazon Instant Video, or $24.99 for all ten episodes of each season – although you will need to have an Amazon account. You may also be able to catch reruns of the show on National Geographic itself, which is Sky: 526, Virgin: 266, BT: 317, or TalkTalk: 317.
Are you itching to get back over to the town of #PortProtection to witness more harsh living, or do you want to see a new show in a new location? Do you have any favourite episodes of the show that stood out among the others? Have you had any experience of survivalist living, or know anyone who has?
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