Surviving Paradise joins Netflix’s long line of reality TV shows. While usually, they give me the general feeling of rolling of eyes because of the concept (I’m looking at you, Too Hot to Handle) there’s something about this new series that gave me the ick after watching the official trailer.
Long story short, Surviving Paradise is a reality TV show about a bunch of young people who think they’re having a luxurious vacation but have to end up fighting to keep even the most basic of amenities. And reading it honestly doesn’t sound that bad. But then you watch the trailer and you get a sense of ick for the fact (and I know this might be too deep for some people) it feels like a microcosm of our world.
It’s not cute to have a show where you show the clear divide between communities. It’s not funny to have people fight to get the bare amenities while one-half are living the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous. It’s seriously giving “a rich person wrote this because it’d be funny ha ha to watch people struggle like poor people do.” This show lacks self-awareness to the 100th degree. And it’s not funny.
Surviving Paradise is not entertaining.
And it shows that Netflix is really pulling out all the reality show stops, instead of paying writers and getting Hollywood back on track, and we’re left with this ignorance that focuses on the ha ha of not having a warm bed to sleep in, a roof over your head, or basic food to nourish yourself with. It’s going to be a no for us.
Read the synopsis below:
Twelve contestants think they are going to have the summer of their lives, living the life of luxury in a clifftop, oceanside villa. What they don’t know is that they’ll have to start with nothing, living in the woods without any lavish amenities. Through friendships and alliances, they’ll team up to fight their way into the villa for a chance at the $100,000 grand prize.
Watch the trailer for Surviving Paradise below: