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Old 07-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Siberia Season 1

Did anyone even see this? I heard nothing about it until the day before it aired. I recorded it to see if I would be at all interested.

Really slow, and pretty boring. It's a drama, disguised as a reality survival show. In the first episode, something goes horribly wrong and the show producers have to decide if the winter long "survival experiment" will continue.

Pretty much a train wreak I doubt I will be in for the whole season
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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I watched it too. I had NO idea what it was before watching, but figured out pretty quick that it was scripted. The "loner" guy's actions cued me in, but then the "model" telling the other girls that she wasn't sleeping on the floor sealed it for me.

Not much else on right now - I'll give it another episode before deciding.

ETA: For it to be a scripted show, the acting is really bad.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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I caught the preview. I had not heard of this before, and originally thought it was a reality show, but figured out pretty quickly that it was a drama pretending to be a reality show. With this frame of mind, I can overlook the awkward acting/improv bits by the various stereotypical characters and am willing to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy this concept.

I felt a Blairwitch vibe when they initially introduced the idea of the missing campers/settlers from years earlier.

I intend to explore the Dyatlov Pass incident from 1959. Eerie stuff ... hoax or reality ... to get in the mood for "Siberia" ...
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #4
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Went into it blind... thought it was a legit survivalist reality show. However, as soon as they had the shot of the viking chick taking a different route in the woods and that guy following her it really broke the suspension of disbelief.

At camp, I was getting a Dharma Initiative vibe. I'll stick around for a couple more episodes to see if it gets better.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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Too much "reality," not enough drama. I'll give it another week, but I get the feeling you have to like "reality" shows to like this.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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Not sure if I will even watch the 2nd ep.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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I don't know, I kind of liked it. It combines the "found footage" gimmick with Survivor, with a little LOST mixed in, all things I like. It also comes off as sort of a parody of reality shows, though I'm not sure if that was intentional. For me, I think when things go haywire and the show gets all LOST-like, it's going to be more of a comedy than something truly creepy, though again I'm not sure if that will be intentional.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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This is the worst-acted show I've ever seen. Clearly scripted.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:25 PM   #9
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I thought this was a bona fide reality show so I set it to record.
Thankfully I don't care about spoilers and opened this thread.
Now I know I don't have to waste my time with it.

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Old 07-06-2013, 03:03 AM   #10
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I just saw a couple of snippets while in the hospital and thought it was a drama.

When I got home and watched the pilot, I was thinking "Bunch of city kids, in Siberia?, no food, no clue, this could turn into another Donner party."

Then I noticed, no one seemed concerned about not having facilities, or toilet paper, etc.

But, the "fatality" was a dead give away. If that had happened, this show would never have seen the light of day.

I'll watch a few eps to see where it goes.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #11
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:51 AM   #12
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I had no idea what it was and they did sucker me in for a while. I thought some of the people there were "ringers" (like the woman who showed up at the cabins before almost anyone else, after we didn't see her at all during the hike) placed by the producers to make better TV, while others were real contestants. I was also thinking "it's weird there are so many beautiful women on this show". When the sounds happened I was sure it was the producers messing with the contestants and I thought it was weird the way they reacted (if it'd been me in a reality show I know I would have thought the noises were fake). Once they found the 3-legged frog I knew it was all fake.

I kind of thought it was interesting as a reality show (although unrealistic: "no rules"? Not going to happen) but I was much less into it as a drama.

Plus, I don't understand why but all the networks are putting all the shows I want to watch this summer on Sunday and Monday. The rest of my week is a TV wasteland and there's like 6 shows on Monday! This one is at the bottom of the list so, it won't get recorded (only two tuners).
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I thought this was a bona fide reality show so I set it to record.
Thankfully I don't care about spoilers and opened this thread.
Now I know I don't have to waste my time with it.

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Old 07-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #14
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Even after reading this thread I watched the pilot. I'll give it at least a couple more episodes. I think it may have some promise.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:19 PM   #15
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Even after reading this thread I watched the pilot. I'll give it at least a couple more episodes. I think it may have some promise.
For me, they'll have to make it less of a reality show...as a non-aficionado, there wasn't much air between this and the real thing. The drama elements had better emerge much more strongly soon, or it will just feel too much like watching a reality show. I saw it pitched as "Survivor meets Lost"; so far it's 98% Survivor and 2% Lost. They'll probably have to get around 50-50 to keep my interest for more than another week or two.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:50 PM   #16
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How did the dark haired lady beat the 2 guys that ran like hell ?
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:50 PM   #17
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I watched the pilot knowing it was a fake reality show, and also having read a description containing the keyword "supernatural", so I didn't hate it. I get a little bit of Cabin in the Woods from it too, along with Survivor.

To say that it's "scripted" might be stretch depending on your definition of scripted. It appears to me to be more improvised around an outline.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:51 PM   #18
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How did the dark haired lady beat the 2 guys that ran like hell ?
I think that's going to end up being a plot-point later on.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #19
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Went into this cold and 15 minutes in realized it wasn't a true reality show around the time dude helped the other guy that messed his ankle. Will not watch again.
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Still watching.

I like it, but I'm probably kinda weird.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:48 AM   #21
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The second episode was harder to watch. I think the acting got worse. None of them, the Rugby player specifically, seem capable of sustaining the fake drama. I think at this point I will just keep watching when it's convenient and wondering what it would have been like with good actors.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:10 AM   #22
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The second episode was harder to watch. I think the acting got worse. None of them, the Rugby player specifically, seem capable of sustaining the fake drama. I think at this point I will just keep watching when it's convenient and wondering what it would have been like with good actors.
I think the bad actors are there so it feels more like a 'real' reality series. They could use a bit more polish. Dark haired Russian lady definitely knows a lot more about what is going on.

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:35 AM   #23
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It was pretty horrible. Granted I got pulled in knowing nothing about it, missing the first few minutes, and then suckered for a few minutes thinking it was a survivor style reality show. It became appearent in less then 10 minutes of watching that it was clearly scripted, done badly, and yes I kept watching for another good 20 minutes. It only got worse, problem with a show like that is I start to wonder how bad it could really get so I keep watching. Girl on mushrooms - "The sky is on fire" ... click goes the tv remote lol.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #24
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I'm still on the fence, I was thinking of bailing last night when I watched it but my Wife seemed to be enjoying it so we'll see.
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I was thinking when geek-boy found the etchings that they'll be meeting the same aliens from Independence Day (or, if you prefer, ID4).
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The second episode wasn't as good as the first. It seemed more fake. I'm kind of reminded of The Joe Schmo Show, though unfortunately all of these people are in on it. I think they need to start moving things along more quickly in order to keep it interesting, and please, don't put in stupid stuff like a woman having visions of the future on a bad "poisonous" mushroom trip.
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I found out about it via checking listings, then had seen an online article during the day about it not being a real reality show.

The credits clearly state it's written.. But I think it's wrong that it has a 'reality' genre.

I will still watch at least the 2nd ep, probably the rest. At 1.5x (on my other recorder), it's vaguely interesting.

BTW, other things have already one things like this. There was a fake Real World movie where IIRC they were getting murdered one by one.
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In my TiVo description it's marked just "Drama". No "Reality".

Since I have just two tuners and I already have two shows I want to watch on Mondays at 10pm, I'm missing the rest of this one. Not terribly broken up about it, but I'd have recorded it if I had the tuners.
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In my TiVo description it's marked just "Drama". No "Reality".
Ironically, to me it's the opposite. There's just no space between this and a "real" "reality" show. Canceled.
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Sounds like I shouldn't expect to see the end of this show. At least not the end the writers/producers had planned.
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