Cast: Joyce Giraud, Johnny Wactor, Neeko Skervin, Natalie Scheetz, Sam Dobbins, Esther Anderson, Anne-Marie Mueschke, Jonathon Buckley, Victoria Emilie Hill
Writer: Matthew Arnold
Director: Matthew Arnold
Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m.
Original Telecast: July 8, 2013

The cast of SIBERIA | (c) 2013 NBC

The cast of SIBERIA | (c) 2013 NBC

SIBERIA continued to play the faux reality show game quite well in the second episode although it is clear in “A Question of Reality,” which is obviously a pun here, that this is a scripted series in case there were still doubters (which, I doubt – my own pun).

The focus of the second episode was the fallout over the death of Tommy (Tommy Mountain) that was deemed an accident of something “falling” on him. Of course, we know better because at the end of the “Pilot” episode the footage from the hurt cameraman showed someone or something attacking him.

The thing that made it clear that this was not a reality and a script show was the poisoning of one of the cast members by Esther (Esther Anderson) when she gave her uncooked mushrooms that created some sort of hallucinogenic effect causing her not only to get deathly ill but also somehow gave her powers to see the future. Obviously, all of these aspects are completely silly and would never happen in a real reality show. The person would be taken for medical attention for one. For two would someone really poison another? Third, seeing the future? Oh yeah, that’s something that always happens on a reality show.

Anyway, as I said before, if you weren’t aware that this show was indeed a fake reality show and a scripted series, this bit of plot should have sealed the deal.

The rest of the episode dealt with the cast members opening the shack they had found, which contained all sorts of food items. Daniel (Daniel Sutton) also got lost in the woods only to find the mysterious Sabina (Sabina Akmedova) wondering alone who helps him get back to the camp but not before hearing more weird noises in the woods and finding some very interesting rock writing but before Daniel has a chance to look at it in-depth, they have to get out away from whatever is hunting them.

This wasn’t a bad episode but not as compelling as the “Pilot” but hopefully as the conditions and dangers get more intense this show will pick up.


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