'Castaways': Five reasons why you should check out the revolutionary reality show

ABC's 'Castaways' finds 12 participants on a quest to survive and find companionship on the scenic islets of Indonesia


                            'Castaways': Five reasons why you should check out the revolutionary reality show

'Castaways' is a revolutionary new series which puts to test the basic human drive to survive and the need of companionship. The show takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster as they witness the riveting journey of 12 participants on a quest to survive and find companionship.

The individuals come from diverse walks of life and are dropped alone on the various islets of Indonesia which are scenic and beautiful but hauntingly isolated. The challenge is to survive among washed-up luggage, extremely scattered and rare resources, and abandoned structures. The only two ways to leave the isolated islands are to persevere long enough to be rescued or to quit.  


 

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The 12 cast members for season 1 have recently been revealed. The participants are Angel Alvarenga (20), Terry Allen (62), Eric Brown (31), Sawyer Brown (30), Tim Burke (50), Robbie Gibbons (42), Reshanna Hearvy (24), Matt Jaskol (32), Krichelle Kerbow (25), Richard Rogers (35), Kenzi Whittington (24), Tracee Wnetrzak (41). 

Here are five reasons you should absolutely watch this revolutionary show. 

1. Emotional and personal

The locations on 'Castaways' are beautiful and extremely isolated (Source: Tenspeed TV)
The locations on 'Castaways' are beautiful and extremely isolated (Source: Tenspeed TV)

'Castaways' shows you a different side of life and what it means to give up all the usual day-to-day comforts and really rough it out. The participants take you on an emotional journey while they are dealing with adverse and difficult conditions out in the wild. The show also makes one more aware of what it means to have a companion and the importance of having people around you.

At the end of the day, the one thing that everyone on the show will agree on is that you need people to survive. Whether it is finding food, water, and other resources, the show will take you on an emotional roller-coaster as you find yourself in the shoes of the participants who are tested to their absolute limit. 

2. Unpredictable 

The show is very exciting and the fear of the unknown will keep all the viewers on edge. The participants, along with the viewers, never know what is coming next. Survival on the show is far from being predictable and participants find themselves in situations that they did not see coming and have to deal with in the best way they can. The participants are challenged both physically and mentally on the show. They will have to do everything in their ability to survive and this makes some of the best reality TV out there. 

3. Eerie beauty

The participants are challenged both physically and mentally on the show 'Castaways' (Source: YouTube)
The participants are challenged both physically and mentally on the show 'Castaways' (Source: YouTube)

Being alone on a remote island cut off from people and basic necessities is certainly a lot scarier than what comes across on the screen and the location only adds to its eerieness. Loneliness can cause a lot of emotional stress and this becomes very clear in the show. However, when participants to come into contact with each other, not knowing the other person makes it difficult to trust them. This adds an element of uncertainty and doubt that is just delicious to watch. 

4. Engaging 

The show is very engaging and you find yourself invested in each participant's individual journey. The participants can be seen going through a whole diverse range of emotions which will instantly play on the viewer's emotions and thoughts as well. It is quite easy to believe that we ourselves are going through the experience. 

5. Flashbacks and parallels

When participants to come into contact with each other, not knowing the other person makes it difficult to trust them (Source: Tenspeed TV)
When participants to come into contact with each other, not knowing the other person makes it difficult to trust them (Source: Tenspeed TV)

As the show follows the various participants on their individual and collective quest for survival, viewers will get to see the participants' lives prior to the show as a way to get to know them and understand their contexts. These continuous flashbacks and parallel storylines are a great way to get to know the participants and give the viewers an insight into who they are and what they have left behind. The parallel stories also introduce the viewers to what it means for these participants to make it through and survive against the many odds.