Netflix Outlast Review

We have a brand new Netflix reality series in Outlast that follows a group of 16 survivalists competing for a chance to win a cash prize. The one twist is the lone wolves must be part of a team to win. Below, I share my review of the series and let you know if it’s worth checking out.

Series Premiere Date: March 10, 2023

Synopsis: A raw survival competition series where 16 lone wolves must outlast each other in the Alaskan wilderness in an attempt to win 1 million dollars. There is only one rule in this cut throat game: they must be a part of a team to win.
The Contestants: Amber Asay, Andrea Hilderbrand, Angie Esparza, Brian Kahrs, Corey Johnson, Dawn Nelson, Javier Colon, Jill Ashock, Joel Hungate, Jordan Williams, Justin Court, Lee Ettinger, Nick Radner, Paul Preece, Seth Lueker, and Timothy Spears

So, the series starts with us meeting each of these people and them starting to realize they have to form groups to succeed and win this competition. From that point, you begin to see people gravitate towards people who they think might be helpful in the day-to-day operations of trying to survive in the forest. When you watch something like this unfold, you are witnessing some people make a decision that can help them win the game, and if you make the wrong choice, there go your chances.

To be honest, as we got further and further into the game, I loved the games that were played in recruiting team members. Of course, you have teams that lose players, and other teams start to try and pick apart other teams and take players from them. But, when you have a million dollars on the line, you are more than willing to do whatever it takes to win.

I don’t like competition, it brings out the worst in people.

It’s always shocking to me when people are fighting for a share of the money, and you have a random player complain when someone moves to further themselves along. Midway through the show, a player ditched his team for a stronger team, and it was a brilliant and tactical move that paid off for him. But, honestly, could he have handled it a little better? Sure, but at the same time, I don’t know if he loved confrontation and didn’t want to be talked out of it, possibly, so I respect him.

One thing I didn’t see coming was seeing other teams start to loot other people’s camps. I am all about gameplay, but my goodness, I was floored seeing people attempt to steal their way to victory. Of course, people will complain about the team that did it, but I loved it.

Overall, Outlast is a quality cutthroat reality show worth checking out. The battle is interesting, with some intense conditions factored in with some strategic gameplay that goes all the way down to the wire to see who wins it all. I would love to see another season of the show.

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