Index – Culture – This reality show is a ready-made scam
Reality shows are not usually watched by streaming providers, but on TV. The reality genre seems to have TV as its medium, so it’s unusual for Netflix to debut in Spanish at the end of October (also available with Hungarian subtitles), insiders A realistic presentation created for an online platform.
The insiders Netflix’s attempt to create its own reality franchise along the lines of Big Brother, where competitors live under one roof rather than in separate apartments, like Circle Netflix reality show contestants. It’s unusual not only because Netflix featured it on the show, but because we’re talking about a series of facts in which there is really nothing and nobody is what they look like and who they look like.
The essence of the series seems simple at first glance. The twelve participants thought they would compare their proficiency with others in the final round of the reality show picker, but in reality they were all on the show when they entered the final selection. Unaware that they are being filmed from the very first moment, the crew will be filming the raw and unarmed reactions of the contestants. At least everyone thinks so.
Yes, but the reality is much more complicated than that. To make sure the crew is really bitten by the bait, they manipulate them with different tools and people. Over time, more and more contestants realize that they have been the victim of a scam: some feel that something is limp, while others are slammed by producers in screeching.
It’s all here: drama, heartache, friendship, hate, jealousy, betrayal and love. The mood – and of course the tension – is heightened by the big-mouthed Krakan riders who don’t hold back even in front of 250 hidden microphones and 70 hidden cameras. The show’s contestants, Estefania, Laura, Barbara, Nicole, Alia, Cynthia, Fran, Hugo, Peter, Fama, Evan Molina and Evan Megues, all describe themselves as positive characters. However, the “sharp” shots make it clear who’s the perfect rider, who’s playing himself, and who’s honest from the start.
The host of the series is just one of Spain’s favorite Netflix actresses, Great Money laundering (The Paper House) in prison (Vis a Vis) star, Najwa Al-Nimri, whose face and name attract potential viewers like a magnet. (Perhaps much more than any of the twelve unknown riders.)
We see a lot more from Nimri than any previous reality show host. The actress acts just as if she was the narrator of a fairy tale, and not the host of a reality show. The woman appears every five minutes with a bit of exaggeration to explain the series’ next development. Meanwhile, the contestants are getting more and more confident… Al-Nimri appears against a black and shiny neon background, very futuristic, almost utopian (dystopia?), but he doesn’t face the contestants head-on to give them the tasks.
After several episodes, the question arises in the viewer’s mind: why the hell are these people playing? Do they just want to gain popularity, or are they really fighting for the €100,000 prize? If the whole show was so unexpected, would they really get that much, and would the winner really get the prize? The producers spend a lot of time implementing the helix format, but it seems that they forgot to explain the essence of the game, the purpose of the competition…