Watching Survivor an endurance event
Kiwi contestants far more humble than brasher Americans.
want to lather myself in the blood of my enemies.’’ That’s not what you want to hear from someone you’re about to spend six weeks with on a remote island. But that was the opening line from one contestant in
(weekdays, don’t want it too easy I guess.
In the first episode of Survivor NZ, where the prize is $100,000, competitors had to grab useful items from a rowing boat pulled up on the beach and put them on their tribe’s mat about 3 metres away.
So, yes, the Americans have done it bigger and brasher. Better? Well, it depends on your criteria. The trouble with the series – aside from the horrible idea of rewarding people for behaving appallingly – is that it’s pretty boring. There’s endless wandering around in the bushes talking about who is going to vote for who. But nearly everyone lies and changes their mind, so nothing they say really matters.
And even the challenges don’t really add to the interest. A recent New Zealand one involved contestants standing. Sure it was on footholds on walls. But still, it was people standing. For 45 minutes.
There are so many better things to watch.
Survivor NZ host Matt Chisholm is dealing with 16 modest Kiwis doing fairly mundane ‘‘challenges’’.