I keep meaning to tell you guys about this show. It is by leaps and bounds the best show of the summer in my opinion. It may be the best show of the year. It may be the best show ever. I haven’t been able to figure out how to describe it to you and it’s almost over.
Here is how the site describes it:
The human need for companionship under extreme circumstances is tested when 12 diverse individuals are dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive among washed-up luggage, scattered resources and abandoned structures while knowing there are other castaways out there but unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued. The only way to leave the remote islands is to persevere long enough to be rescued or to quit. As dramatic situations unfold, the series flashes back to the real lives of each participant in documentary fashion, demonstrating haunting parallels to the lives they left behind.
I was happy to realize I had two episodes of this show to watch tonight. I just finished the first one and it is very emotional. People tap out sometimes for health reasons, sometimes they just realize they got what they came for. There is no prize. No one is voted off. Some people are on their own island. Some camps welcome new people despite the fact it takes limited food from their mouths. Some people are assholes who eat in front of the starving straggler that joins the camp. It will piss you off. It will make you believe in people again. It will make you want to drown a few people. It will make you wonder at the wisdom of the oldest person on the island. Everyone’s personal demons come out eventually and there are clips of their life before they left that tell compelling stories on their own.
I fear there are only eight or ten episodes in total and I am going to watch episode seven now. I am sure you can catch up on Demand or on an ABC app or whatever it is the kids do these days. Give it an episode or two and see if it is for you. I wish we could keep putting people out in the islands forever, but I feel like the end is near.
The show airs on ABC every Tuesday night at 9 PM and in some places re-airs Saturdays at 7 PM