Don’t get eaten by a tiger

When I was a kid, long before the breakthrough of reality TV, I remember seeing something quite intriguing on TV. People were running around an old fortress, doing strange tasks, hiding from tigers and collecting coins. I did not understand what was going on, nor did I understand the language they spoke. The only thing I was able to figure out was that people were competing against one another.

Recently I realized that the concept of a very old TV series had been introduced in Finland. They have made a Finnish version of Fort Boyard. I believe it was filmed during summer of 2011, with some Finnish celebrities competing in teams.

I’m confused. What to think of all this?

One could say that a successful TV concept has been milked for more than twenty years and it’s still going strong. On the other hand, one could say that the ideas of reality TV have now officially been exhausted, as a 20-year old concept has been brought back. Is Fort Boyard the mother of all adventure reality shows? Almost thirty countries have produced their own versions of the show, so it seems quite popular.

The good thing is, the programme is very innocent to my eye. Not counting on putting others down, definitely not social porn.

But where have all the good TV dramas gone? Are they available only on DVD’s?

And what happened between the Fort Boyard of the early 1990’s and these sad present day reality TV concepts of please-can-I-stab-you-in-the-back-or-behave-badly-in-public?

♠ In the meantime: The second round of presidential elections is taking place next Sunday. Based on what I’ve heard and read, the country is about to explode. People are taking such strong stands politically – I don’t think it has ever happened in Finland before. Social media has played a major role in making all this possible.

♣ Song of the day: Lana del Ray, Video Games

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