I can’s believe I am going to admit to not only watching this show, but loving it. The show is on MTV and it’s a game show of sorts. The took 10 young people of varying intelligence and social ability and put them on a remote island. It really seems in this case like they are alone on the island as the cameras are fixed at each of the ten camp sites and for the rest they use drones to film, which is pretty cool. The premise is simple, survive for 40 days and you and whoever else makes it will receive whatever is left of the potential million dollar prize. They arrive with no survival tools.
Each week they have to move everyone to a new campsite in a specific amount of time, for a total of ten sites. If the make it in the alloted time, the add $100,000 to the kitty. Also at each site they have the opportunity to spend money on things that might help them, like a tent or a tarp or a machete. There are also things on the list like soap or a sandwich or a slice of pizza. A slice or a sandwich is around $5,000. A two person tent is $30,ooo.
Majority rules when it comes to purchases. We quickly lost four players and are down to six. Alex, Alonzo, Eilish, and Gina have formed an alliance against Cody and Makani. The core four order food, tents, and whatever the hell they want and they literally leave Cody and Makani out in the cold. Because they are “the good people.” As we learned from Big Brother and other similar shows, and well life in general, whenever a group proclaims themselves to be “the good people” they might as well just say, “we’re the cunts.” Eilish and Gina in particular are horrible. They have only made it this far off the back of Alex who needs the numbers.
Cody has been a cocky asshole since day one. As the show goes on, he does back up his arrogance with survival skills. Makani is perhaps the best survivalist on the island. Makani is getting tired of building shelters and starving while the good people feast and sleep well in the tent. The good people spend money like crazy. Each week there is a temptation where one person chooses a friend and is tempted to spend either $5K or $15k on luxuries. Everyone has taken the greatest temptation except Alonzo.
This week, Makani took the tent and just sat in it for 24 hours while the good people got to experience a night of survival. It was glorious. I was wishing death and cancer on the good people. Clearly, I have not honed that talent as well as my reputation professes. I continue to attempt to work on my focus in that regard. Perhaps it will work next week. Also this week Makani got the temptation and took Cody. While they’d rather not spend the money, they need to eat to be competitive with the good people who are eating every day.
Anyway, a couple of people have asked me if I am watching so I thought I’d make a short post. It’s like a modern day Lord of the Flies and I am intrigued by the psychology of it all. It reminds me of the first few seasons of The Real World when it was a pure show.
Anyone else want to admit to watching?