So, how many of you watched Discovery’s Eaten Alive two-hour special on Sunday night? As I am sure it was only a handful, I will give you a brief recap. This nature documentary had a special focused on an expedition by wildlife author and conservationist Paul Rosolie in a remote location of the Amazon rainforest to locate a green anaconda named “Chumama”, which is believed to be the world’s biggest. The special was also to feature Rosolie “entering the body”, hence the name of the show: EATEN ALIVE, of an anaconda by intentionally feeding himself to it—protected with a custom-designed suit.
You might be able to tell through my distressed attitude that Rosolie in fact, was not ingested. Now, I am not saying he didn’t try, it was pretty evident from the footage that he tried, but with a name like Eaten Alive I want to see some action. Myself along with, dare I say it, thousands of people lost total faith in Discovery.
Sorry for the spoiler alert, but there was not eating going on during this series. Rosolie made sure the viewers were invested in the Amazon, his team and the anaconda but I think he forgot about himself. Rosolie took the bullet and didn’t think about his career and what this was going to mean for him once the show aired.
Let me leave you with this quote Rosolie said in an interview with NJ Advance Media, “I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by (an) anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there’s a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers [to the Amazon], and I’ll do that.” Now knowing that, at the end of the day do you respect Rosolie more for taking this opportunity? Do you have less respect for Discovery for leading us on?