Alone Endgame

If you haven’t seen the past few episodes of Alone, there will be spoilers, and there will be speculation about the outcome.

So, we had our second third medical pull in episode 10. I just hope those starting to accumulate won’t mean an ending like season 3. It’ll forever feel like Zachary Fowler has an asterisk next to his win, amazing as he is, because the second place contestant, Carleigh Fairchild (why can I remember their full names but have trouble remembering first names from this season?), was pulled before she could die of the effects of weight loss. Michelle being pulled previously made me cry. This one made me sad. Both were, on seeing what they looked like under their clothes, absolutely necessary.

I just looked at Wikipedia to get the names and I am confused. It says Nikki was there for 52 days and was medically evacuated after Michelle day 48 and Barry day 69. I do not remember seeing that. I remember being surprised that we were down to just Woniya among the women. Maybe one of those times I dozed off when watching Alone was for longer than I thought.

With an episode left – I was right that there’d be 11 – we have Jordan, Woniyah, and Nathan.

My money is on Jordan. It seems somehow wrong that the guy who bagged a moose shouldn’t win, even if he is having trouble getting enough fat and protecting his stash from critters. His net was impressive.

If he doesn’t win, I’m rooting for Woniyah and would be surprised if it’s not her if something happens to him. The women have rocked and it’d be cool for one to win. Not if it’s contrived, but based on skill and the inevitable degree of luck involved.

I’m impressed that Nathan has done so well without a ferro rod. Perhaps others will try it in the future, seeing how well it can work if they are skilled. His reliance on the gill net is going to bite him, and I’m not sure he has the mental edge of the other two. It’d be perfectly cool for him to win and show that it can be done with a departure from the norms. He has already proved a lot. Anyone who is there for 70 plus days is the cream of the crop. There have only been seven contestants or teams that have been there longer in one season or another than he has, out of all the ones there have been. Other seasons were 47 total, so that’s 40 from other seasons and at least 7 from this season he will have outlasted.

These guys who remain will all be 70 days or longer. The record for anyone is 87 days. They are getting close. While it’s gotten harder, it strikes me that food has been easier this season than some. We’ve seen our first trapping of land animals that were larger than mice, our first successful hunt, and reasonable fishing results. We’ve seen evidence of a great deal of berries, up until it got too wintry.

If Jordan can get fish and not lose all his remaining moose meat, he has a solid shot. Woniyah is doing well with traps. Well enough? Maybe. Nathan is in the most danger food-wise, and it may come down to who gets to a low BMI first. Or who has an accident or loses hope.

Update:
It was surprisingly hard to figure out what I’d missed or was forgetting. It was Michelle who tapped “voluntarily” for medical reasons. It was Nikki who was involuntarily evacuated due to weight loss. I’d mixed them up and thus thought I’d forgotten Nikki’s departure. It was Michelle’s I’d forgotten, yet I did see it the week it happened. The only way I was able to figure this out was by playing the recap by the only YouTuber I know of who is doing recap/commentary about Alone now. I was unable to flip through the episode. When I tried going to late in the episode, it let me opt for the interactive ad, which I’d never picked before. I wanted to get the ad over and be able to flip through, back and forth, without it barfing. When I realized I needed to go back in the episode, it gave me standard ads because I’d been bad and skipped around. Apparently it cannot, in fact, keep track of the fact you’ve done an interactive ad.

Casting Again

This has implicit spoilers, if you have never read The Wheel of Time series.

The casting has grown on me, especially Rand and Mat after seeing more of the actors. Rand looks a lot like the Michael Whelan depiction, rather than the bizarre DKS depictions on most of the covers. The big thing is he looks slightly out of place in The Two Rivers due to his reddish hair, grey-ish eyes and extreme height. As long as the Aiel are cast to look within the range of why Rand resembles an Aiel, it works. He is also able to look a bit younger than the initial picture made him look, so he can age beyond the two years the story takes.

Mat looks like Mat, especially in some of the other material beyond the initial picture I saw. He looks of The Two Rivers.

Perrin… I can live with, but the build isn’t as broad or muscular. I can see a somewhat Middle Eastern appearance being in the realm for the area.

Egwene is still the one I look at and say “that’s not Egwene.”

She and Nynaeve have deep local genes. Ignoring that because TV, they look beautiful and strong-willed. It would be worse if they’d been cast as blonde or ginger, since they most definitely aren’t.

Lan’s casting will be interesting to see, since he actually looks Asian. They could cast someone of Japanese or mixed heritage easily, or of heritage that includes Korean or Mongolian.

Anyway, you’re catering to an audience that hasn’t read the books several times, or at all, and won’t care if the casting is accurate in appearance or ethnicity (which of course is all shook up this far in our future after thousands of years and the Breaking). It would still be weird if they didn’t cast a dark black beauty as Tuon, or an older one of the same as Semirhage. It would be weird if they didn’t cast Elayne, Morgase, or, if they ever get shown, Tigraine and Ilyena, as blondes or reddish blondes. It would be weird if they didn’t cast Avienda as some shade of redhead.

All of this makes me wonder about Loial. Will he even look like an Ogier? Ogier are aliens, so there’s no need to make them look human except to save on makeup or special effects. Perhaps they’ll take some guy and slap bushy eyebrows and Spock ears on him as if he’s the token elf.

I haven’t seen what anyone else has to say about this, besides a family member who was upset that people were critical of the casting. This suggests to me that my reaction must be mild compared to some. I’m not sure Peter Dinklage is a good comparison to bad casting being good, though. To make the Imp look as he did in ASOIAF would probably have required CGI or other hoop jumping that would detract from the dragon budget. That show, is, however, a good example of how far you can diverge and still be entertaining. Characters removed. Characters that don’t exist. Characters completely different ages. My understanding is that Logain will have a much bigger/different role on the WoT show, so there’s an example already if that is accurate. Maybe they’ll remove Faile! Heh. No, she’s critical to Perrin’s arc, but a lot of that can be trimmed. Kind of like a book or so per season, so maybe 8 seasons for 14-15 books (depending whether they show us anything from New Spring as backstory), with books 8-10 being squeezed to bare essentials to play a big part in condensing it that much.

WoT Casting

I didn’t go look up the details, but I saw a little bit about some additional casting for the Wheel of Time series.

Not sure how I feel about it. I know you don’t have to follow the books exactly, but…

I’ll still watch it to see how badly they fuck it up story-wise, but I’m not holding my breath.