Winston Churchill once quipped that Russia is “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma.” At times, to Western eyes, the Russian East seems like a place of great wonder and even greater malevolence.
As evidence, look no further than the fact a Russian television show will soon bring the plot of The Hunger Games to life. Aired exclusively online, Game2: Winter will see a cast of thirty male and female contestants dropped off in the frigid wilderness of Siberia. The prize? The winner gets $1.65 million.
The show, which is scheduled to run from July 2017 until April 1, 2018, contains some extremely cruel rules. Essentially, there are no rules.
Besides having to fend for themselves against attacks from Siberia’s plentiful bear population, the contestants must also deal with the prospect of being raped or murdered, both of which are allowed according to the show’s rules.
Much like Suzanne Collins’ participants in her YA book series, Game2: Winter contestants can request items from online viewers, thus bringing home the reality that the people involved in the show are facing great danger.
Although the show’s allusions to The Hunger Games are quite obvious, Game2: Winter also contains more than a passing whiff of Richard Connell’s short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.” In that 1924 adventure story, a mad Russian general named Zaroff takes pleasure in hunting down humans as if they are wild game.
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