I must make a confession. I secretly, or not so secretly if you know me, love really, really bad tv. I was addicted to Flavor of Love. I watch wedding shows on Sunday. One of my favorites and most embarrassing is anything from the ookie spookie category. Last night I caught a new series on Sci Fi, Estate of Panic. It was sandwiched between some ghost finding shows. I think it maybe a new must try to remember to DVR kind of thing.
The premise of the show is simple…kind of simple. Players wander around a mansion looking for random bits of cash. If you are the last person out of the room or collect the least amount of money you’re out. There are a variety of obstacles such as rapidly flooding basement, snakes in the flooding basement, electrically charged wires around the garden, and a shrinking room. The whole time people are screaming and panicking to hoard the most money.
This reminded me of the end of the movie, The Magic Christian. Peter Sellers and Ringo Star basically try to prove that everyone has a price. In a pivotal scene they fill a pool with feces, blood and money. They announce to the forming crowd “free money.” Suffice to say everyone jumps in the pool. You can see why I bring this up.
As a veteran viewer of countless reality shows, I realized three things:
- People will in fact do almost anything for money no matter how much or how little.
- The person who is the most vocal about how much of a bad ass they are or that they will cream the competition is usually the first to go.
- Finally, good editing can make even the dumbest premise sounds interesting, exciting and possibly dangerous… even if it’s not.