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Clearly this is a metaphor for something.
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The US is famous for its Preppers - people who have readied
themselves for nuclear war, zombie apocalypse or whatever
the world has to throw at them apart from actual real life.
"Prept" is a TV game show for and about these people. One
show runs across multiple episodes. The first episode
reverse bidding war - ten prepper families must bid amongst
each other to find the *lowest* prize they are prepared to
compete for - starting at $1M and moving downwards. The
four families prepared to compete for the smallest prize
money are "in" and will play for the prize, and the other six go
home empty handed.
Once the four families have thus been chosen, they all return
to their little prepper caverns, which have been helpfully
fitted out with cameras and microphones. Once in place, they
are told the nature of the apocalypse (nuclear war; zombie
attack; airborne ebola...).
The remaining episodes follow each of the four families as
they attempt to survive the stated apocalypse. Survival
experts in the studio, having examined the prepper dens, can
decide if and when family members die ("Pattersons, your air
filtration system is only removing 80% of the fallout; the
youngest two family members are now dead"). The four
competing families continue in their dens (potentially for
months), until they either decide to quit or until all family
members are hypothetically dead. The last surviving family
wins the prize.
||If I had a TV, I would likely watch this, at least once, so I could answer the Trivial Pursuit questions.
||Most preppies get eaten by the alligator.
||What if a real nuclear Armageddon/zombie apocalypse/supervolcano eruption happens while the series is being filmed? I assume you wouldn't tell the contestants?
||In half seriousness, there was a TV series like this, except that preppers were simply analyzed and graded by "experts". The catastrophes such experts may have been envisaging may have factored into the grading system, but agreed that putting preppers through their actual paces would have made for better television, if anyone wanted to insure the production.
||the one episode I watched, somebody managed to shoot their thumb off.
||I googled. Ho. Lee. Shit.
||The preppers could make a small EMP, disabling the camera crew, then pull their own camera gear out of a faraday cage (box) and film their own show
||You may have the bun from my last MRE.