Original Name: North
Czech Name: Sever
Written By: Jeff King
Directed By: Richard J. Lewis
Original Air Date: November 9, 1995 (Canada); January 5, 1996 (USA); December 24, 1996 (Luxembourg); December 12, 1998 (The Netherlands)
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A vacation in the Canadian north woods becomes a desperate lesson in survival after Fraser and Ray's plane is hijacked by an escaped murderer.
Posing as a pilot, a convict finds his freedom by jumping from a small plane leaving Fraser and Ray to crash deep in the wilderness. Blinded on impact, Fraser must rely on his remaining senses and Ray, his greenhorn partner, as they track the escaped prisoner and find their way back to civilization.
Struggling through the forest the two realize they have gone in circles but an elusive trail suggests that their killer is lurking close by.
Meanwhile night draws near and, to Ray's consternation, Fraser's condition deteriorates. Fraser's head wound has escalated into a serious concussion -- resulting in a high fever, dehydration, and an odd compulsion to call his partner "Steve." As usual in these situations, the ghosts of Ray and Fraser's dead fathers appear to add to their troubles. Each advises his son to save himself and ditch his partner for their own good. But then what are fathers for?
As time and water run out, it soon becomes clear that the hunters may be the hunted, and ultimately survival is left to the fittest. The escaped convict catches up with his injured prey and accosts them with gunfire. Ray, without aid of his normal arsenal of modern weapons, is forced to defend himself and Fraser with only a makeshift Intuit weapon -- a bola -- which, beginners luck, misses it's mark but creates a rockslide that leaves their convict fixtured permanently in the permafrost.
Ray, having saved his partner's life despite fear and self-doubt, now considers himself a conqueror of the wilderness. He rafts himself, Fraser and Diefenbaker downriver and home-free. Now if they can just make it over that waterfall...
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