Crash course

Wrecked em­braces an­ar­chy, id­iocy and the can­ni­bal­ism of life with­out Wi-Fi.

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Wrecked Sea­son 1 Fri­days (from 17 March) M-Net Edge (*102) 18:50

Each episode sum­mary for Wrecked (2016- cur­rent) in­cludes the phrase “the is­land makes a dis­cov­ery that could change ev­ery­thing” – a wicked lit­tle throw­back to one of Wrecked’s ma­jor in­flu­ences, the au­di­ence-bait­ing sci-fi drama Lost (2004-2010). Wrecked is like a dark com­edy ver­sion of Lost but with the char­ac­ters from The Of­fice (2005-2015). It’s about a team of opin­ion­ated id­iots mak­ing ter­ri­ble de­ci­sions and get­ting stuck with con­se­quences that don’t go away – much like the corpses of pas­sen­gers who didn’t sur­vive the plane crash that strands ev­ery­one on the is­land at the start of the show.

THIS GANG OF ID­IOTS

The se­ries’ creators, broth­ers Justin and Jor­dan Ship­ley, couldn’t help but won­der what would hap­pen if the group of peo­ple who were forced to sur­vive to­gether was made up of just

the reg­u­lar sort of peo­ple who an­noy us in su­per­mar­ket queues. “Lost was about 40 peo­ple on an is­land, but we only saw about 12 peo­ple each week,” ex­plains Justin. “And those 12 were the most hand­some and the most ca­pa­ble. But we al­ways won­dered about the 30 peo­ple in the back, the ones who would say, ‘What’s hap­pen­ing up there? We can’t hear you’.” Jor­dan adds that “we know that if we’d been in that sit­u­a­tion, we would have been the first to die. In­stead of deal­ing with the most ca­pa­ble, we wanted to take a plane full of lov­able id­iots and see how they would deal on an is­land”.

IS­LAND LIFE

Like Lost, Wrecked was shot on a real trop­i­cal is­land in Puerto Rico. And as ab­surd as the show is, the creators went all out to “mine the com­edy in what would be the ac­tual dis­ap­point­ments” of be­ing sur­vivors of a crash in a trop­i­cal par­adise – like not hav­ing in­ter­net ac­cess, get­ting to the stage where only the gross chip flavours are left and, above all, hav­ing to de­cide ev­ery­thing by com­mit­tee vote. It’s no sur­prise that it soon breaks down into re­venge, power grabs, pol­i­tics – and, yes, can­ni­bal­ism.

The char­ac­ters (from left): on­line ex­ec­u­tive Karen (Brooke Dill­man), hip­pie-type Florence (Jes­sica Lowe), her doc­tor best friend Emma (Gin­ger Gon­zaga), sports agent Pack (Asif Ali), flight at­ten­dant Owen (Zach Crag­gier), bum­bling id­iot and fake cop Danny (Brian Sacca), bick­er­ing girl­friend Jess (Ally Maki), bick­er­ing boyfriend and huge jerk Todd (Will Greenberg), and sweet, ac­ci­dent-prone New Zealan­der Steve (Rhys Darby).

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