So I watched the first episode and my main question is this. Is this REALLY a "Reality" show? I was struck by the fact that it looked to me like all the "characters" were actors. It reminded me a lot of Average Joe. My husband and I wondered if the participants were actually given "characters" to play and certain basic storylines, and then allowed to improv.
Before you pooh pooh the idea, consider the fact that this movie is not really billed as a "reality show" in the traditional sense! And actually, they haven't really promoted it as a "reality competition show." In fact, the description of the show on the official website is as follows:
A dynamic hybrid of unscripted drama and competition
From the producers of “The Biggest Loser” and “Beauty and the Geek”
A "dynamic hybrid" of "unscripted drama" and "competition?"? Hmmm, I have yet to hear one of the reality competition shows described in this way. Also, don't you usually see a set of rules (required by law since Quiz Show times, I thought?) about how to get the prize, if this is a competition show? I didn't notice anything like that at the end of the show.
And weren't the characters just a little too stereotypical and a little too into describing their "motivations" like on Average Joe? It didn't come off as totally genuine to me.
Anyway, my theory about this show is that they are going to pull a sort of Average Joe on all the viewers by tricking us into believing it is a reality show. Then, as the contestants get trapped in the bunker and get all stressed out, some crazy (and not REAL) stuff is gonna go down.
Did anyone have the same thought? Feel free to disagree, and I could be totally wrong, but it's just a theory and my husband had the same reaction so I wanted to throw it out there and see if anyone responded the same way we did.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what develops!