And that's the end of this week's episode.
Anyway, I've noticed that almost every week the comments section deteriorates into an argument over who is more of a badass: Bear Grylls or Les Stroud. I figure it's about time for me to weigh in, so here goes.Bear is a bonafide badass. He eats live animals, rappels down waterfalls, and gives off an aura of immortality. Not to mention he's totally dreamy. Bear has a camera crew, and the absence of equipment weighing him down allows him to perform much more awesome feats of manliness.Les Stroud is more practical and down-to-earth. He doesn't go over the top in his quest to get rescued, instead taking things one day at a time and playing his (gay) harmonica to keep his spirits high. He's a big-time naturalist, and tries to leave nature the way he found it, which means not grabbing a tree snake and biting it in half, or bludgeoning a trout to death with a piece of driftwood, or killing a rabbit by breaking its neck with his bare hands. This makes him decidedly less badass in the food department, in my opinion.Bear receives help from his camera crew when they are afraid he might die, which is often. For example, they forced him to wear a lifejacket when floating down Amazonian rapids clutching a giant log, despite Bear's whining and pleading to do it without a vest. Les never receives help from his camera crew, because he carries all of his equipment himself. However, he completely neutralizes this advantage over Bear by constantly whining about how heavy it is, and pitying himself. Bear never pities himself, he pities nature for being so inferior to him. I'm slightly biased and admit to watching Man vs. Wild more often than Survivorman, but in terms of badassery, Bear wins hands-down. In terms of having a show that teaches the layperson how to survive in the middle of nowhere, Les wins, hands-down. But Man vs. Wild is a much more entertaining show, and Bear is a much more entertaining host. That's my two cents.According to my sources, next week is a special entitled "Bear Eats." In that spirit, here's a picture of Bear biting through the spine of a live salmon, killing it instantly.