Remember the Fox Network show Utopia that was on a few years ago?
Yea, no one does. Because it went off the air relatively quickly — nobody watched it. Well, not nobody. I will cop to having watched two or three episodes, and I can attest to the fact that it was awful.
I mean, these are not the people that should be building a brand new utopian society, right?
But at least those people were TOLD that they were going off the air, and they went back to their regular lives, fading into obscurity.
The same cannot be said for the Scottish equivalent show, Eden. Based on the same idea as Utopia, Eden was a reality show where the “contestants” (and I use that word loosely – there were no winners and technically no losers, though I sort of think everyone lost on this one) were dropped in to the Scottish wilderness and tasked with inventing a brand new society.
After just four episodes, Channel 4 pulled the plug on the show.
But they neglected to tell the people who were roughing it out in the wild.
According to the New York Times:
The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness — fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue — only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting after four episodes, the last of them in August.
They say “remaining contestants” because all but 10 of the original 23 had already quit by the time the 12 months was up.
The Press and Journal reported last September that the show’s medical professionals had already left (people were chosen partly based on the skills they could bring to the new society), along with citing issues with bullying and what sounds like a Lord of the Flies-type atmosphere.
Of course, by the time that article came out, the show was already off the air … but no one had told the people who were still stranded out there with just their conch shell and a dream.
Watch the Eden inhabitants as they first arrive and decide that the first order of business is to build a toilet (because of course it is):
Featured image via Channel 4