Anyone else watching The Colony on Discover Channel? 10 strangers from different professions and backgrounds are put together in a survival (urban) environment for 10 weeks. It's of the dreaded "reality show" ilk but passes itself off as more of an experiment, with some engineered problems introduced for the colonists. The scenario is vaguely one where a biological disaster has occurred at apocalyptical levels. Setting is Los Angeles. For a reality show based idea, it's pretty thought provoking. I notice there are not any "survivalist" types in the colony. More memorable characters are: Handyman. A high-strung type, he's really one of the most useful members but everyone would be better off if he was a little more cool-headed. Contractor. An ex-con and workaholic, he's a tough workhorse. Doctor. Actually not just a doctor but the one person who pushes the hardest for security measures against the "Marauders" who periodically show up. Trauma Nurse. Unless someone gets hurt she'll be useless except as eye candy. I have a hard time believing she's really a trauma nurse. Most I've met are more mentally tough. Martial arts instructor. I'm disappointed. I've been a martial artist for 28 years, the producers have found a poor example. Computer Engineer. Smart older fellow, he knows a LOT of science which is more useful by far than his profession would lead one to believe. Builds a solenoid-activated flamethrower for defense even though he's really non-violent. Rocket Scientist. She hasn't done much so far. Machinist. He's doing his part quietly thus far. Can't recall the others so far. Maybe I misremember and there are not 10 people. Anyhow, I like watching and laughing at some of the priorities they come up with. For example, one argument is that electricity is more important than toilet paper. Um, disagree! I can live without power but I WILL have TP! Anyone thinking otherwise can be my bum-cleaner. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!