Not Even a Hint of Irony
We’re halfway through another season of Survivor – the “reality” show where contestants are abandoned and forced to make do with nothing but their outsized egos, sense of entitlement, and enough rice and beans to stave off any actual threat of starvation.
More often than not, there isn’t even a decent fire-starter in the whole mix of contestants and if hunger pangs get too dire (because Bubba eats up all the beans), you can count on Jeff Probst tossing in a reward challenge full of Snickers or short ribs.. Am I the only one who wonders how far up the beach they’d have to walk to find the luxury resort where the camera crew resides?
The Good Old Days are Gone
Nowadays, Survivor is all fun and games, with no real threat of not actually surviving. It wasn’t always a beach vacation because in the early years there were contestants that nearly died from the harshness of the challenges and environment. CBS has effectively turned Survivor into Beach Blanket Bingo and any of the drama from the actual survival element of the game is long gone. Nowadays, it’s an odd occurrence if somebody doesn’t voluntarily leave the game due to being butt-hurt that they aren’t as popular in a group setting as they hoped they’d be.
“I’m so bummed out I can’t take it anymore” is reason number one most exit the game on their own accord.
It’s almost like none of them actually need or care about winning a big pile of money. The halcyon days of seeing a dude’s face melt off while trying to maintain the fire are long gone. Being forced to collect water downstream of a pissing rhino? Gone. The sweet taste of toasted rat? Pffft.
‘”Survivor” has morphed into a (sad) metaphor for the molly-coddled upbringing most of the younger contestants bring to the game. If they could actually catch a shark they wouldn’t eat it, they’d jump over it.
I don’t want to be accused of pointing out problems for which I don’t offer a viable solution, so those who are inclined to accuse me of that need only hang around long enough for part two in this mini-series to find an equitable solution to the problem of finding an honest version of Survivor to satiate their reality TV addiction now that the Survivor we all fell in love with has gone soft. Stay tuned for an example of what real-life survival actually entails these days.