Is Alone Show Fake?

Is Alone Show Fake or Real?

Ever since watching the first episode of Alone, I was convinced this was Real Outdoor Reality TV. But now I’m not sure if some of Alone Show Fake or being staged for the camera. There’s no question Alone’s about as real as it gets (for TV) when contestants film themselves surviving on Vancouver Island. After 2 Seasons and 22 Episode’s I never questioned the authenticity even once, but that all changed after Alone Season 2 Episode 23 Finale.

Why would one of my favorite Outdoors Shows clearly show at least one FAKE scene (IMO) in the last episode after another successful season? The producers did an excellent job keeping it real for two full years and then decide to use footage with what looks like a few Alone Show fake scenes on the fricken Finale. WHY?

Before getting into this much further, I first want to congratulate Dave McIntrye, for winning Alone Season 2 after 66 days surviving on Vancouver Island. Dave was predicted to win Alone after the tenth episode on Outdoor Reality Shows when all the other predictions online went with Larry Roberts or Jose Martinez. Dave was catching his second wind and feasting on fish and crab on a daily basis. He was also the only contestant showing the same positive mental attitude of season 1 winner Alan Kay. How much longer Dave could’ve survived on Vancouver Island remains to be seen, but he had zero signs of giving up after sixty-six days.

The Alone Season 2 winner-up was Larry Robert’s, whom I predicted would come in 3rd in the competition. My prediction was almost spot-on when all signs pointed to Larry tapping out around the 58th day. He burned all his firewood and ate the remainder of his food before activating the emergency phone. Then Larry remembered he’s never given up on anything and almost miraculously transforms into a new positive person. Instead of thinking about what’s wrong with life, (and how bad the immediate situation is) Robert’s starts focusing on his Family and how lucky He is in real life.

There’s nothing fake about the emotions Larry went thru during the Show and then came out a better and more positive person as a result. He found his second wind and immediately got busy finding new ways to survive on Vancouver Island. Larry didn’t win the big prize money, but He gained something priceless and made lots of new Fans as a result (including me).

The third place winner of Alone Season 2 is Jose Martinez, who was a favorite to win the challenge by most early predictions online. I was also in that camp until the 50-day-mark before quiet Dave started slowly moving away. Unfortunately, it was Jose Martinez tapping out after 59 days making me now question how much of Alone Show is fake or staged reality TV? It’s not just one scene in Season 2 Finale, but several not making any sense.

Jose tries re-positioning an already-set gill net during high-tide in a canoe 20 feet offshore. One minute he’s talking about winning the Alone Show and how much the $500,000.00 prize will help his Family. A few seconds later, Jose taps out after 59 days standing in four feet of water. The show mentions how cold the water is a few times, but his first reaction’s calling for help on the emergency phone before going to shore only feet away. Really? Honestly, what would be your first immediate reaction only feet away from land standing in 4 feet of freezing water?

The entire scene of the boat rolling over certainly raised a few red flags how easily Jose gave up in dramatic fashion. But what happened next only confirmed those suspicions. After waiting for Alone Emergency Crew to reach his position, (staying at nearby motels) guess what? Jose’s still standing the freezing northern Pacific Ocean water two feet from shore when they arrive. What? Are we led to believe Jose was wading in 47-degree water the entire time it took the Alone crew to reach his position? Apparently, we are!

The only thing that might make sense (if this wasn’t an Alone Show fake scene) is Martinez was required to have an emergency boat nearby before going out in his homemade canoe. How else could the emergency crew reach land before Jose does when he’s two feet from shore?

Now that History Channel’s released the Jose’s Alone Extended Tap Out Video, it helps confirm parts of his tap out was probably staged for the camera. Dang it, I don’t like saying those words when talking about one of my favorite Outdoor Reality Shows. But the facts (and the videos) speak for themselves.

As the boat approaches, Jose’s still standing in the freezing water completely drenched from the waist down. All his upper clothes, however, look rather dry for just tipping over in a canoe.

At 1:32 on Jose’s extended tap out it clearly shows him going to shore right after his “accident” that was being filmed by his other camera. Notice the canoes still tipped over when he reaches the shoreline. The Alone Season 2 Finale begins with Jose’s canoe and camera still underwater after it capsized. According to those few seconds of the extended video, Martinez was “already” back to shore before tipping the boat back over and activating the emergency phone.

If you also pause the Alone Season 2 Finale at 2:40 of the video (you can watch on the History Channel)  is more footage from the same camera right after the canoe was turned right-side up.

Why did Jose go back in the freezing water before the Alone emergency crew arrived to save him?

 

What do you think? Did Alone Show fake a few scenes on the Finale? Was Jose’s tap out real reality? Or was parts staged for the camera adding extra drama to his departure? Are there other Alone Show fake or staged scenes I may have missed?

19 thoughts on “Is Alone Show Fake?

  • 17/12/2016 at 5:58 pm
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    Thanks for enlightening fans about the faked parts of Alone. You do realize that many people watch and then believe they can use the same skills if ever in a similar situation.

    If faked, it really is a disservice to viewers. Survivor has cameramen on top of the people, so, why not admit there is emergency help close by?

    Has anyone slipped you the contract participants must sign? Or any Alone people made any hints about the faked stuff?

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  • 01/01/2017 at 9:02 am
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    Enjoyed reading your article above because Jose was my favourite before that happened. Another thing that is a mystery to me is that charging wolf on the beach that they showed in the alone intro up until episode 8 or 9. But I have never seen the whole thing, on whose beach was he roaming around? Or did I miss something, I thought I watched Season 2 thorougly. Excuse any mistakes, I am not from the United States or Canada.

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  • 04/01/2017 at 10:41 am
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    Didn’t anybody notice that those crabs the preacher was catching were tied onto his line. Someone helped him. There was no hook in that crab. We watched the scene where he pulls the crab out of the water and shows it and it has been tied to the line. Did the crab tie himself up? I think not. And this tied up crab came came a a point when he was very hungry and wavering on doubt and questioning how long he could last being soooo hungry. Not only do I believe they get help but I also believe they have decided ahead of time who will win if they don’t tap too fast. They also put a woman on the show, which being a woman myself does make me want to bet on the long shot, however I believe her part was faked the most. No one has had better luck than that woman who had a fish nearly everyday she was there. Other ppl had gill nets but yet no one yielded better than her if at all. Some ppl do seem to have the luck but this amount of luck borders on the rediculous. And seeing bears time after time doesn’t bother her at all. She’s either crazy or those bears are being filmed when she’s not really there.

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    • 17/04/2017 at 6:07 pm
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      I assure you there was nobody there when I caught those crabs (and all the other crabs). What you saw was me holding up a crab I had tied to my stringer. I’ve watched that scene a few times now and think they used the audio from a crab catch overlaid onto the visual of me holding up the crab on the stringer. When you film things constantly you might get a good video image in one clip and a relevant audio clip in another. That stuff gets mixed and matched to make it all comprehensible and tell the story.

      I very rarely actually “hooked” any of the crabs. They just held onto the bait as I pulled them from the water. Once they hit the rocks, they let go and I’d tie them up. After a while I didn’t bother tying them and just broke off the claws and shoulders to stuff in my bait bag for the trip home.

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  • 07/01/2017 at 1:02 pm
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    I’m sick of contestants sitting in front of camera crying about being alone. HELLO the name of the program is A L O N E. These are supposed to be trained survivalists. They cant hunt, fish, forage or build. Please go back to the original premise and lets see some real survivalists competing.

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  • 07/01/2017 at 5:56 pm
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    The Part that bothers me is the locations are so different. Nicole in Season 2 was placed right by a salmon stream that gave unlimited fish while no one else had near as good a location. In season 3 half have cliffs or steep inclines while the other half have nice flat locations….. I now believe the show to be mostly fake…

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    • 21/02/2017 at 2:50 pm
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      The sites are given or assigned random through a draw. Similarly to the event of being stranded… part of it is luck and chance. It’s to challenge each of their skills differently. They are all in close enough proximity to find ways to leverage the same resources… some are just more difficult to find.

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  • 22/01/2017 at 12:07 am
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    sadly, i agree. there are MANY things that look very staged, especially with wild animal encounters.

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  • 28/01/2017 at 4:00 pm
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    I am a big fan and have been right from the beginning…I love the outdoors, I don’t spend nearly as much time in the bush or on the lake as I used to… BUT…I believe I could survive the situation as well if not better than most of the contestants, in spite of the fact that I am 70 years of age. I recall your show claiming these people to be trained survivalists……..Hmmmmm…some of them are pretty incompetent….most of them are lousy fisher persons…don’t have a clue where to find fish other than in the water somewhere and as for foraging or hunting they are not going to survive if you were not close by to rescue them….so I think it is largely fake…ratings are probably still pretty good,,,I will still probably continue to watch because I love the outdoors and wildlife ect.

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  • 05/02/2017 at 4:49 pm
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    One phony part I noticed for sure, footage of the guy practicing with his recurve bow. It shows him shooting arrows with multi razor broadheads. They are almost always ruined when shot into an animal, and destroyed when its a hard target like a tree. Most of these people are hardly survivalists…….jus sayin

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  • 14/02/2017 at 2:34 am
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    Alone season 3 terrible .lol pro survivalist lol the guy cull not string his bow .what about wedge the bow between a tree and do it , I was born in Argentina Patagonia is a food store so is the northern Pacific location .have you people notice that no body hunt with their bows . every body goes for fish lol lol lol wild board and deer run everywhere there you just get one of those smoke it and done for the season no you can film fake shit and fish by the site line as much you want to , oh don’t forget to cry about being alone . Lol

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  • 18/06/2017 at 3:58 am
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    I love this show. i am too afraid of bugs/animals to ever venture outdoors but i love to see other people do it. I just like to predict who is going to tap out first. In season one I correctly predicted the pretty boy with the earring???? he must have been high signing up for that show.
    In season 2 i knew it would be the black guy ( mr “oh yes i have done a zillion tours in iraq). There is no black guy on this planet that can last on this show, unless of course they offer him a blonde as a prize instead of half million bucks, lol. dude lasted 5 hours.

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  • 23/06/2017 at 12:02 am
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    Nearly everything you see on TV , the movies and videos is using one face to play multiple roles. Listen closely its everything you see. Compare facial features one at a time from the same angle. Takes a short time to start seeing it. Be sure to start training your eye with at least some still pictures. Moving pictures require some experience but not much. Nothing is as it seems. We live in a world of almost total illusion.

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