You are standing on the platform, waiting for the train to come — little do you know that the game has already begun. In these precious few moments you shouldn’t be standing around, twiddling your thumbs and hoping that a window seat will still be available. No! You should be preparing yourself for the worst possible outcome. What if the train suddenly speeds off the tracks, barreling along at hundreds of miles per hour until finally crashing on an overgrown tropical island? You’re going to be glad you listened to this advice, is what. And if you didn’t, then you’ll wish you had.
What you need to be doing at this crucial juncture is sizing up your potential car-mates for a survival situation. There are a few key things you should look out for when deciding where to stand. After all, the people you position yourself next to on the platform may very well possibly be the potential people you probably won’t end up stranded together with for six seasons. So here, in no particular order (except for the order I am putting them in):
1. Gender ratio.
Try to stand near a roughly equal number of males and females. Love triangles are dangerous, and ensuring that there’s roughly a one-to-one mapping means less annoyance in the long run. One jealous boyfriend can be the difference between twenty healthy survivors, and fifteen healthy survivors with one dead, one missing and three wounded. There’s really just no point in taking such needless risks.
2. That one guy wearing scrubs with a first aid kit and a stethoscope.
Seriously, if you see this guy, make sure you get on the train with him. When you’re lying on the beach, dying of blood-loss, you’ll be grateful that he’s nearby, valiantly dashing to your side to rescue you. If you’re really lucky, he won’t molest you while he’s stitching you up.
3. Fat people.
They are going to eat all of the food, and then they are going to eat you. Totally not worth it. Avoid at all costs. If you want to keep one around for comic relief, go ahead, but keep an eye on your Twinkie stash, because it will “go missing” if you aren’t careful.
4. Wise old men.
Try and get one or two of them. They probably know how to fish, start a fire, build a shelter, and a million other nifty tricks. Bonus points if you find one that has a beard and hiking boots. That guy will probably wrestle a grizzly bear at some point and win.
5. Drug dealers.
Try to isolate one of them, and keep a close eye on him. When you crash, you’re going to want to take advantage of the chaos to disarm him, because he is definitely carrying a gun. He might have some ammunition in his pocket, but don’t get yourself killed trying to fetch it. Once the gun is yours, blow his brains out, executioner-style. Don’t feel bad about killing him; before the crash, he was a drug dealer, remember? Now you have the most important survival tool imaginable in your possession, and you’ve made a statement to the other survivors. You are the king of this island, and if they want to survive, they’re going to have to do things your way.