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Kickstarter Project – Sheltered

Interesting Kickstarter in the process of gathering funds. It’s worth checking out and if you think it is interesting enough, help fund it! Looks like they have until July 4th and require another $7,000 at this time.

Base Summary:

Family comes first. Protect your family after the nuclear aftermath in an underground shelter in this strategy survival game.

Sheltered is a strategy game where you’re set the task of keeping your family alive in the cut-throat, desolate expanse that is the post-apocalyptic era.

A father, a mother, a daughter and a son. Given a head-start over the billions lost in the nuclear holocaust, you start in an almost impenetrable underground fortress designed to keep a family alive and well.


HBO’s The Leftovers Series – June 29th

A new tv series, created by the maker of “Lost,” is arriving on HBO at the end of the month. The basic premise is that 2% of the world’s population disappears in a “Rapture like” event and the story of those that remained. behind.

New apocalyptic shows have a large chance of failing as the networks never quite get them right. Usually the fault lies in the casting department and the writing gets awkward and too “out there” to let it connect/resonate with an audience. ( NBC’s Revolution is an excellent example of an epic failure of a show that had great potential)  The other end is that they get cancelled prematurely aka Jericho. You have the random outliers such as “The Walking Dead,” but for the most part, 90% of tv series about “apocalypse” aka “End of the World” themes get cancelled.

So far, the trailers for this series are promising and the casting seems to be better than I would expect, give or take some iffy looking “young adult” casting of unknowns. We won’t fully be able to tell until the series starts in a few weeks.

The series is based off of the book “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta which currently has a 3.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. It ranks a 3.7 out of 5 on Goodreads. Generally, the reviews are so-so and I hope that the show can pull off a 4/5 or a 5/5 review when it debuts.

My only issue, and I have not read the book, is the idea that having 2% of the world’s population disappear would cause the world to go into chaos seems rather extreme. The Spanish Flu in the early 1900′s killed off  roughly 5% of the world population and the world didn’t go insane because everyone vanished. 
leftovers cities

stop wasting breath

These guys….are creepy..though I keep expecting them to lay down on the ground and do a “Truth” commercial. (http://youtu.be/Y_56BQmY_e8)

This is the first trailer they released, which represents the show the best, so far.

The following is a newer promo video using the stages of grief to represent the show.

We will have to wait and see how this tv series does in the long run. Here’s hoping it succeeds where so many have failed.

Related Links for the Show:

HBO’s Official Site
Official Facebook Page

The Rover – Movie Trailer 2014

The Rover is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naive member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent escape.

Impressions from the trailer: I don’t have high hopes for this one, but I’ll wait till a better trailer comes out to make a full judgement on it.

Now Casting for Reality Show Naked and Afraid

All those who are glutten for punishment, (or for fun..depending how you look at it), there is a casting call for the Discovery Channel show “Naked and Afraid” by Metal Flowers Media.

You can fill out the app here.

One man and one woman must survive together – naked and afraid – for 21 days. That’s the very non-helpful description of what the show is about. Apparently there have been a few other seasons for it.

If you would like to read more/see more about it, go here and read all about it.