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Castaway? Wish I Had Life This Easy!!
Member Name: rob_writer
Date: 03/12/00, updated on 03/12/00 (64 review reads)
Advantages: I do watch it
Disadvantages: They have a too cosy life
Castaway 2000 started around a year ago in a blaze of publicity and controversy. Some people were excited at the idea, some complained at the cost to the liscense payer, but overall it seemed like a good idea. But here we are, a year later, things have changed and after the roaring success of Big Brother how does Castaway compare?
Unfortunately, for the BBC, I'm afraid it hasn't lived up to expectations. There a number of reasons for this, some the fault of the BBC and others limitations of the design. First and foremost this show was supposed to about survival, a group of people literally cast away on an island. For the first few episodes this seemed to be the situation, as potential castaways were put through a number of grueling tasks in order to qualify. The truth is, however, that this was the biggest waste of time I have ever seen. The castaways live such a cosy life; people live every day in this country in worse conditions than they do. Forgive me if I was wrong, but I thought these people would have to build a community, grow or hunt all their food and basically be cut off from the outside world. Instead they each get cosy little bungalows built for them, hot water supplied from a wind generator and food shipped in every week for them. And then what happened, some people refused to live on the Island because their accomodation wasn't up to scratch, excuse me; but didn't you sign up to Castaway 2000? What do you expect, it wasn't called 'Go and live on a cosy Island and get fed for a year', if the worst thing thats going to happen is you have to share accomdation for a week or two then I would think you've got an easy life. Any problems, what you going to do? Sort them out between yourselves, no of course not; lets use the radio provided to call for help. Animals sick? Why just call the vet; its a well known fact all real life castaways are stranded close to a vets surgery.
Castaway has become nothing more than Big Brother set on Island,
albeit a much worse version. Rather than the fight for survival being first and foremost in the castaways minds, they simply squabble with one another. This proves to be by far the most interesting part of the show, the makers must be congratulated for getting a good mix of religons, kids, young adults, old men, homo and heterosexuals, drunkards and of course the odd weirdo. Don't blame me for stereotyping, the show speaks for itself. An overweight old bearded man complaining at the youngsters for drinking too much and not doing enough work, an overprotective doctor and the gay man being discriminated against. The definition of sterotype should become Castaway 2000.
The second major problem with Castaway is its TV air time, or lack of it. Big Brother succeeded because it was on everyday, you got to know the characters. Every time I watch Castaway I see a new face, and yes it has been on a year. The shows have been concentrated in to around four periods throughout the year, yes it is nice to see alot of shows all in one go but you can't help but feel that a show even once a week would have sufficed. The BBC may have thought that there wouldn't have been enough happening to have a once a week show, but as Big Brother proved, the day to day life of people in these situation is enough to keep us coming back for more. Recently Castaway Diaries hotour screens, but with the project almost over its simply a case of too little too late.
The show was an experiment, and has proved to be a slight success. However, when the cost of the project is taken in to consideration, the amount of prime time TC gained from it seems small. Pre Big Brother it was exciting, but post Big Brother it seemed very dated. Despit my somewhat negative attitude to the show I do still watch it, and intend to do so till the end.