Arctic Explorer Rates 9 Polar Survival Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

Explorer Dwayne Fields looks at nine polar-exploration scenes from popular TV shows and movies and rates them based on realism.
He looks at “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004), “Eight Below” (2006), “The Midnight Sky” (2020), “Arctic” (2018), “The Terror” (2018), “The Thing” (1982), “Whiteout” (2009), “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Shackleton” (2002).

Fields was born in Jamaica and came to the UK when he was 6. In 2010, he became the first Black Briton to walk over 400 miles to the magnetic North Pole. Fields has completed numerous adventures in and around the Arctic Circle, and he will guide the #WeTwo mission of young people to Antarctica in 2022. He is a Scout ambassador and has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London medal by the lord mayor.

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Polar Explorer Rates 9 Polar Survival Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?


  1. Honestly didn’t really have such high expectation, as the Arctic is not really an area of interest to me. But my god is this guy a master of his craft, down to every small detail! So engaging as well! 10/10 Insider!

  2. These Insider videos are the most pleasing and informative piece of media I’ve ever come across. Not to mention life-saving. It’s a pleasure to listen to these experts. Just one small thing: the reason the crew from The Thing couldn’t leave is that they weren’t sure which one of them had it on him. They would be putting the people of the nearest populated area also at risk. Also, how did they not include The Revenant? He literally mentioned people sheltering inside of animal carcasses!

  3. To be fair to the clip from The Thing. It's not that they don't think they could survive the Antarctic for a time. It's that there is a memetic death monster that can look like any living creature and has the sum total knowledge of everything it's absorbed. They're not saying they can't leave. They're saying they shouldn't leave because it would wipe out the globe.

  4. 11:56

    That's a rather large example of a 19th Century boathook. A general multipurpose tool for doing everything from pulling dinghies to the sides of ships or pulling people or flotsam out of the water.

  5. The best trained dogs in the World can open your fridge and bring you something. Thats not true what he said

  6. I love how matter-of-fact he's like, "I don't think it's ever a good idea to blow up a hole in the middle of your camp." 😂

  7. If folks haven’t read about Shackleton it’s an amazing (true) story. I don’t want to spoil anything, check it out!

  8. If a polar bear attacks you you're fucked. You know the saying "bears is black fight back, bear is brown lay down, bear is white…night night."

  9. As someone who lives up north. It always bugs me when i see the cg being waay off about people outdoors in the cold. 1. You dont see them exhale/puffs of warm breath hitting the freezing air. 2. The coloring is wrong. 3. Not miserable enough physically for the situation 4. Not shaking even tho theyre "freezing"5. No frost on them. Especially the face. Ive had my eyelashes /brows have thick frost when i shovel for a bit. The warm breath travels up to my eyes. Ive had my hat have frost from the heat of my head. I can easily tell if a scene was shot in a studio versus outdoors. People even MOVE different. Ps. 15:23 HAn just found luke who was missing : who was going into hypothermia. Being exposed to the cold so frigid in the beginning of the scene they told han his animal and him would die from exposure if he went out looking for luke. His first act was to gut the animal and cover luke up. Then you see him set up camp.

  10. The crooked course basically enter because pantyhose apically skip into a guiltless sheep. weak, coherent cowbell

  11. Re The Thing. They were trapped, Blair destroyed all the vehicles, and if you were face to face with it, you'd throw a bunch of tnt too. 🙂✌️

  12. He seems to know a lot about the arctic, but he doesn't get The Thing. Doing whatever is necessary, including forfeitting your own survisal, in order to stop The Thing from reaching civilisation is all that matters. He says that "you are capable to escape, you have all the tools and means to escape … if something happens and you're isolated – you leave". That definately makes him sound like he's the thing. Kill it now!

  13. OK, just for some context on the Star Wars scene, it not like they were both out together and were trying to travel in a storm.

    Luke had recently escaped a predators den and was stumbling, lost in a storm and dying of hypothermia. Han had just found him and the animal he was riding, a large two legged creature called a tauntaun, just died from exposure. Now he has to try and save the unconscious Luke. He used the tauntaun, that still had some body heat, to keep Luke warm while he erected the emergency shelter.

    To me, it makes sense to protect the injured person you just found while you create a shelter to protect you both.

  14. that stuff about the dog in eight below is bullshit actually, dogs can be taught some pretty complicated commands

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