'Siberia' finale: 'It's like nothing's real ...'
As Irene put it so succinctly, "It's like nothing's real."
Still, it might still be worth it to try to make sense of the death, twists and surreality of the end of "Siberia." We may never get another season to explain it any other way.
Despite Victoria's early-season prediction that everyone else was going to die, most of the "Siberia" cast have remained stubbornly alive. The only actual death we've seen since then was Natalie's -- and that occurred off-screen.
Thus we were due for some death. After the group reunites at the science station, death obligingly arrives to take out Annie. The heartbroken young woman is in the bathroom or something when the others make a truck escape. As a result, the evil soldiers shoot her in the back as she runs.
Help? Not so much
Oh, and speaking of those soldiers, what's up with that?
Having radioed for help, the contestants figure that rescue was coming. The arrival of a military truck only confirms this hope. But of course nothing goes well on "Siberia." Instead of saviors, the truck is full of mean mercenary types who are looking for a weapon (a weapon?????) and planning to execute everyone at the science station.
It is therefore fortunate that the Valley People (or whoever) decide to invade via the mine field at about this point. While the soldiers are off shooting at something or other, the contestants steal their truck and drive off to supposed safety.
"It's her nature ..."
Television likes to regularly remind us of the fable of "The Scorpion and the Frog." This is probably because villainous types are always acting like, well, villains. And the heroes never seem to realize this before doing things like giving the steering wheel to someone WHO HAS REPEATEDLY STABBED EVERYONE IN THE BACK.
Shockingly, Esther does this again. She drives off with a bag full of money -- which was apparently inside the big, magic box all along -- and leaves everyone else stranded.
Fortunately, the town shown on the station's maps is only a few miles further. The contestants wander in with happy expressions that change to confusion and anger when they realize that no one is there. A handy flyer indicates that the whole population was evacuated recently.
Esther has obviously been in the area too. The truck is found abandoned, and Miljan later finds what appears to be the duplicitous lady's coat in an apartment.
But we don't get to learn what happened to Esther.
Instead, we see the rest of the team hanging out in an apartment. They bond for a bit (Irene and Daniel kiss!) and then decide to watch the video of that time when Joyce and Johnny disappeared and returned with no memories (remember that?). It seems that the two of them found one of those hemisphere structures and then investigated a creepy cave.
The end of the footage shows them running for their lives from ... something.
Before either the contestants or the audience at home can think much about this, people arrive outside. They look an awful lot like the nasty, genocidal commandos, so everyone goes on alert.
When the door opens ... It's Jonathon Buckley, the host of "Siberia"? Huh? The contestants are confused by this as well. Even stranger is the fact that Jonathon seems confused too. "You're not supposed to be here" are the host's ominous and cryptic words as the first season of "Siberia" comes to an inconclusive end.
So ... What?
What was going on in "Siberia"?
It's hard to say. There was definitely something afoot with the Valley People. They might have been aliens or something. Or maybe not. The science station indicated that tests were occurring as well, maybe in conjunction with the reality show, maybe not.
No one has made it to safety. Few have died. There is no explanation for Jonathon Buckley's role in any of this.
Fans of "Siberia" had just better hope for a Season 2. If that never comes, the mysteries of that icy reality-show hell will remain unknown.