Last night on History Channel, Season Two of “Alone” came to a surprising end. With three men left on Vancouver Island, it all came down to Jose, Larry and David. Updated: Season 3 premiere preview includes info on viewer contest!
Jose finished at the #3 spot, after turning over his kayak and dumping himself in the water. We could not help but feel bad for him, he was so obviously depressed over his failure to win. But, let’s face it: Jose’s performance, overall, was lackluster. After all, take a look at his bio:
Jose Martinez Amoedo
Hometown: Mayo, Yukon Territory, CA
Although presently residing in a native village in the Yukon Territory, Canada, Jose is originally from Galicia, the Celtic Northwestern part of Spain. He first became interested in wilderness survival, after reading Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild,” and fostered his skills when he joined the Special Forces of the Spanish Foreign Legion, where he increased his outdoors skills. He began learning bushcraft and primitive technology, from the best mentors he could find, as well as practicing with Native American elders from the Arctic to the Tropics. In 1996, he was formally adopted by the Lakota Nation, which is one of the proudest moments in his life. He has travelled extensively, testing and acquiring new skills in many different environments, honing the skills to live on the land, in a balanced, harmonious and sustainable way.
We just did not see any great, advanced skills, as far as living off the land goes. What we saw was something similar to Nicole: Without the gill net, Jose’s toolbox of ideas for getting food was empty. Sure, the kayak he built was cool, but perhaps being more persistent in just trying to fish would have been a better investment of time? It’s just hard to believe that there were no fish to be caught in his area, other than with the gill net.
So, Jose tapped out, leaving just Larry and David, possibly the two most unlikely finalists from the original group of 10 that could have been predicted.
Larry was having some real difficulties, well, all along. His biggest issue may well have just been his negativity. He has not had a positive moment–well, very few, anyway–from the beginning. Towards the end, after getting on his knees in a desperate moment of prayer, he did seem to realize that he needed to be more “half-full” than “half-empty.” But, that moment of revelation seemed to pass pretty quickly, leaving him once again looking at tapping out.
Again, Larry was not having any luck finding food. And, a man can only survive so long on a few periwinkles a day. Here is his bio:
Hometown: Rush City, MN
For as long as he can remember, Larry has enjoyed the outdoors and the solitude it provides. Growing up, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, backpacking, and anything else that would allow him to spend time in the woods. After marrying his high school sweetheart at the age of 18, Larry soon switched his focus to starting a family and raising his two kids. Now that his son and daughter have left home, he has refocused his life to the outdoors. Over the last few years, Larry has taken and taught several classes, written articles for a self-reliance magazine, made and uploaded over a hundred videos, and has a bi-monthly interactive streaming show, that he has used to share his knowledge of survival, as well as to learn from others.
And, of course, there was David.
On Day 61, once again, it was looking like David was on the way out; he fell on the rocks, hurting his knee. But, again, he pushed through, holding on to that mustard seed and going forward in an effort to help his children with the win. David’s biggest issue, it seems, has been his continuous sabotaging of himself; every time he would get going, he would do something to screw it up. But, finally, he started finding food, via fishing. And, not starving like the others, he was better able to keep his spirits up. Here is his bio:
Hometown: Kentwood, MI
David McIntyre is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer who was born in rural Pennsylvania. He developed a keen interest in wilderness survival and primitive skills as a teenager and spent many of his early years hunting, fishing, trapping and hiking the Appalachian Mountains. As an adult, he took this passion and traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he founded the Per Ardua Wilderness Ministry and the Bushmaster Wilderness Survival School. David has practiced wilderness survival in the Appalachian forests, Alaska, Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest, and in tropical Alpine ecosystems, just to name a few. In fact, he says he never feels comfortable living in a new location until he has survived in the area’s wilderness. David now lives in Michigan with his three children (14, 17, and 24).
Not that he was not as ready to go home as the others, and suffering from the effects of simply being, well, alone for so long. But, ultimately, he was able to hold on, against all odds–and today, David is the Season Two winner of $500,000!
Yes, on Day 64, Larry tapped and, as annoying as he was at times, he may have gotten the best personal win of all of the participants. And, he said what we’ve been feeling about some of these contestants all along:
“You can’t tap until you leave everything out there, man. If you tap before you leave everything out there, what the hell did you sign up for?”
We agree, Larry, and we believe you left it all out there–and gained a lot because of it. You may have ended up at #2, but you made an impressive run. Congratulations; unlike some of the others, we do believe you gave it all you had. Job well done.
David just would not give up. He is a great example of what courage, positivity and faith in God can do, even against all obvious odds. And, on Day 66, the rescue team, along with David’s daughter, Erin, came to let David know he had done it; he had outlasted everyone–and got to leave in the winner’s helicopter. “My philosophy on suffering,” he explained, as he left “Desolation Cove,” getting a new, beautiful view from up above, “is that God’s trying to teach me something. And, I know that in the end, I get to keep those lessons, and the pain goes away.” We were super-surprised to see him win, but we were also super-happy to see him come out at #1.
“Alone” airs on History Channel; read more about what to expect for Season Three of “Alone,” right here on TVRuckus!
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