I was compelled to write a post about this new series purely because of how much of a guilty pleasure it became for me. A friend posted a clip of it online and urged people to give it a try and after watching the clip, I was hooked and sped through all the episodes that had already aired in the US. This past week the show ended and I wait with bated breath to see if it may get a second season. Oh, did I mention this show is a reality game show?
Capture’s concept is a little like Hunger Games except of course no one dies in it; there are 12 teams of 2, and each week one team is selected to be the ‘hunt team’ while the rest of them are left to be the prey. They are released into a large area called the hunting ground, and the hunt team basically has to catch two teams. The hunt is spread across a two day period, and if the hunt team do not catch two teams before the time runs out then they are in danger of getting eliminated themselves. The teams are forced to live outside, in cold conditions and with basic rations.
Each week the show throws in twists and turns, offers tasty treats and presents the chance for teams to sabotage each other in the hope that they will be eliminated. I say this show was like my guilty pleasure just because that’s exactly what it is – reality game show at its best. Contestants are quite the characters, and several teams I became to love particularly a team of British twins and two gay neighbours. Others became your typical bad guys such as two college buddies which resulted in a witch hunt to see who could get them out first.
The series unfortunately has suffered in the ratings in the US, so I’m not sure if this show will ever be seen again. However, please go give it a try – it’s been my guilty pleasure of the summer and now that all 10 episodes have aired, it can be yours too. Here is the trailer for the show to give you a taste of it.