Remember when I told you guys to watch Siberia tonight on NBC at 10pm? Well, I sure hope you did because IT WAS FANTASTIC. I am not going to recap this show because I cannot take my eyes off the screen for a minute when it is on. SIBERIA kept me on the edge of my seat with my eyes riveted to the TV the entire hour. Commercials were hell. It’s Survivor on Steroids. Sixteen people compete to survive a winter in Siberia with nothing but the clothes on their back and a very minimalistic camp. In the first episode, the group is cut to 14. The last two to arrive at the camp town are taken home. After that the only rule is once you cross the line exiting Siberia to push the button seek help and/or give up, you are out. Whoever survives the winter and makes it the full 90 days divide the $500,000 prize. No rules. No voting off. No help. No food supplied. Just 14 people in a social experiment to survive in the wilderness.
Obviously it is a scripted show, and we know a lot about editing these days. But the editing is somehow still surprising. Mesmerizing even. They leave a lot of things hanging. There characters are many of the Survivor/Big Brother casting types. The asshole, the model, the older man are all there. But this is a global game so there is the Icelandic blond girl in pony tails. The guy from Montenegro.
How did the one girl arrive first? What was the deal with Johnny and the berries? Why did they eat them? How did the punk-haired younger girl who seems terrified even get on the show? What is in the shed? What the hell is really going on here? And next week’s episode teaser? Um wow! SET YOUR DVRs and we can meet here to talk about it after each episode. I LOVE THIS SHOW and plan to watch this episode again.
P.S. Kyle Richards is going to be green with envy over Joyce’s hair. It’s fabulous.