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My neighbour is STILL one of the Survivors!!!
Member Name: kenigma
Date: 24/05/01, updated on 25/05/01 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Addictive, Socialogically intriguing
Disadvantages: Not live
For those of you who have been asking - it's James.
No updates - away for two weeks.
This I found out yesterday after my gran phoned me to say a reporter had been around to ask about him. It's weird to think that he may have already won £1 million.
Anyway - survivor. At the moment it has had some pretty dire reviews and so on, but I'm predicting within a week or "Survivor" will be the word on everyone's lips much as Big Brother took off.
The idea is quite similar to Big Brother and that castaway program (if that's what it was called - I don't really watch them much). Basically, 16 people get sent to an island and split up into two separate tribes - 'Helang' and 'Ular'. Every 3 Island days the tribes compete with each other in an "Immunity Challenge" in which the losing team must go to the Tribal council and vote a member of their tribe off the island.
There is a lot of backstabbing and plotting to be found on the island. Voting alliances are formed and betrayed, and once it gets down to the final 10, it gets even more hairy as the tribes are merged and they individually compete for immunity from being voted off the island.
Couple all this with the fact they are having to fend for themselves on the island - they're given 40 days' supply of rice, one tin of meat and one tin of fruit. The rest they have to either win in reward challenges or find on the island.
The game takes a very interesting twist when you reach the final two people left on the island. The last two don't have to pit their wits against each other, but instead have to face a jury of the 7 previous people voted off in order to determine the winner of the million pounds. So up comes just deserts for the plotters, and the "innocent" one will win? Maybe not - it's all a very interesting excercise of human behaviour.
America, the winner was a middle aged man called Richard Hatch who also happened to be gay. He had formed an alliance with a 72-year old, rather homophobic ex navy seal, who despite his sexual closed-mindedness kept to his word and helped Richard on his way to win the million dollars.
What more can one ask from a television program these days? It has reality, intrigue, lots of prize money, and you might even know one of them like my neighbour. Interestingly enough, the first person to be voted off was a self-professed "survivor" - the following is a direct quote from his biography which you should find quite amusing:
"Nick is built for survival. He's worked in the Royal Navy and travelled around the world, including Antartica (he's a trained arctic diver). He even cites doing survival training as a favoured hobby and keeps himself in shape diving, hill walking, and cycling. Every evening he fits in a six-mile run after work. Nick is a self-styled bold, ambitious and determined competitor and fellow survivors should beware. His grandfather's First World War medal is his prized possession, now he hopes to take home the Survivor title to join it."
Oh well! He survived a whole 3 days *chuckle*
While it may not have the 24-hour a day feel that Big Brother did as this is all pre-recorded, and it doesn't have audience participation as a result, it takes voyeur programming to a whole new level. You get to look into the souls of these people as they plot to get other people voted off while still trying to cultivate friendship with everyone so if they do get to the final two they won't be the last person voted off.
You'll find out which of the contestants can make "Nasty Nick" look like Bob the Builder, you'll find out who can stand the pressure and last it out.
Watch it - you may see things in the contestants you see in yourself but just hide very well.