Bear Grylls in You Vs. Wild
Photo by Netflix

Did you like those Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were a kid? You remember those, right? You read a few pages and at the bottom, you have a decision to make. Go through the rusty door the laboratory (turn to Page 12) or turn around and head for the balcony (turn to Page 99). After a while, you knew that the bigger the jump in pages, the likelihood you’ll meet an untimely death. And that’s the difference between the Choose Your Own Adventure books and Bear Grylls’ new interactive game on Netflix: You can’t kill Grylls. He’s immortal. But you can make him eat poop.

You vs. Wild

Netflix’s new interactive experience is premiered last week. The eight-episode You Vs. Wild places famed (and sometimes panned) survivalist Bear Grylls into the wild yet again.

This time, however, thanks to creative advances in streaming technology, it’s not Grylls’ wits and knowledge keeping him alive. It’s you, the viewer. With your remote, you’re given the opportunity to direct the action by making decisions for Grylls.

Working with Bear Grylls

“I’ve spent my life showing you how to survive in some of the world’s toughest terrains,” says Grylls in the trailer. “Together, you and I are going to find our way back to civilization.”

Some of the timed choices presented in the trailer are simple ones:  “Climb Up!” or “Jump Down!” and “Walk!” or “Crawl!” On the other hand, you get to choose whether or not Grylls eats bear poop to stay alive. Yep. You heard that right. Bear poop.

Whether or not Grylls moves onto the next stage of this adventure or plummets to his untimely death at the base of a cliff is up to you. How many times will we have to watch Bear Grylls die?! The answer is none. Since it appears the series is geared toward a younger audience, nothing you can do will cause his death… unlike Choose Your Own Adventure.

On Netflix

Check out the series for a wholesome good time. Deliver some medicine to a remote village. Rescue a St. Bernard in the Alps. There’s no genuine peril. If you are a fan of this website as well as the publication Survivor’s Edge, you’ll find that you’ll learn nothing about survival, but your kids will have a fun time watching him eat bear poop.

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