Wrapping Up Siberia
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 21:10
Siberia, for those of you who haven’t been following the NBC series, has brought fake “reality” shows to the next level, going beyond A&E’s scripted Duck Dynasty and HGTV’s House Hunters (I, too, felt betrayed to find out House Hunters was a sham). Anyway, Siberia premiered in early June, and immediately, it was received with much confusion. Sixteen contestants are dropped by helicopter to endure the winter in the Siberian wilderness – sound familiar? It’s like Survivor! “Siberia” even has a similar tribal opening theme song that plays while showing off the contestants in untouched, scenic landscapes. However, the show drastically changes when one contestant and a cameraman are mauled by an unseen creature. Scores of viewers immediately took to the web to find out: “Did someone actually die?”
And the truth: no, although it was frighteningly realistic. All sixteen contestants are actors, and each devastating and dramatic event is staged (i.e. the broken legs, the frostbite, and the severed fingers. The injuries seem real – even if the actors do happen to recover faster than the norm. Otherwise, the scenarios for getting injured are justifiable – for the most part.
After the pilot episode, the show quickly begins to act like The Blair Witch Project. The confusion that Siberia begins with is unceasing. The focus turns to strange and scary sounds in the woods at night and later footprints and symbols of the mysterious monster in the woods. The paranormal twist was certainly unexpected and perhaps takes Siberia too far over the edge to be believable. Currently, there is no word of whether or not there will be a second season.
Overall, Siberia is undoubtedly a very confusing show and may be a little too frightening for the average viewer. With that said, it is thrilling and full of suspense, if you don’t mind the occasional scare from time to time.