Anybody who even vaguely knows me knows that I’m the biggest fan of NBC’s Siberia; a low-viewed yet amazing show who’s Season 2 fate is currently hanging in the balance while we await news of renewal or cancellation.
Siberia is a science-fiction series presented as a unique play on the found footage genre – it’s about a so-called “reality” show in Tunguska, Siberia, that goes horribly wrong when the contestants are abandoned by their production. Further developments show the existence of the Evenki tribe and their enemies, the rarely-seen Valleymen. And the weird dome that causes the sky to turn green, and the fact that the “reality show” seems to be more of a horrible human experiment.
Without further ado, here are my opinions on what should happen in Siberia’s (hopeful!) second season.
More episodes written by Matthew Arnold.
Series creator Matt Arnold wrote a few episodes and alone directed the first 6 episodes of the season. The best episodes are the ones that Arnold was involved in writing – and typically the scariest. Hopefully Arnold will write more of season two and we’ll get more scary moments.
More promotion, less preemption.
NBC promoted the show before it started – I remember seeing quite a few ads for it. However, when the show debuted in Under The Dome’s highly-rated shadow, NBC cut out all promotion of it. Then the royal baby was born, and they preempted episode 4, which caused them to have to cut together episodes 11 and 12; not to mention completely dumping episode 13; which means we lost about two hours of footage. Who knows what we lost – we won’t know until the initial episodes are released later this year.
NBC better step it up next season with heavy promotion and no more episode-cutting. After all, many websites and critics have reviewed it as better than Under the Dome.
As for the promotion, NBC should stop trying to hold up the reality-show illusion that chased so many casual viewers away. I might even go so far as to hope for a marathon of all 13 of Season 1’s episodes before Season 2 starts.
Move it to a better timeslot.
Siberia was great in it’s Monday-night time, except it was directly competing with the summer’s biggest show, Under the Dome. Even if they just moved it back an hour, it would be an improvement for viewership.
In-Show’s Universe Ideas
I don’t doubt anything about Siberia’s plot, but I have some theories (as a fan) that the second season could take.
I would so much love to see Annie wake up in a cell being held by the Russian military-like folks that gunned her down. And in the adjacent cells? The other contestants that tried to leave. (Berglind, Harpreet, Victoria, George.) After a daring escape, George would be killed and Victoria horribly injured. On their way to find the others, they’d discover Esther’s dead, Valleymen-eaten body clutching her bag of money she stole from the Revealer.
I have no doubt that clones will work their way into the plot (Sabina did find her own skeleton!) but I have this specific idea in my mind of how it will show up. They group found Natalie’s body after taking her for dead for a few episodes. Now imagine next season, right at the beginning, Natalie follows Buckley in to his apartment, right after his famous “You aren’t supposed to be here” statement. She’ll be excited to see the group, who in turn will be shocked to see her.
I’m not sure how the Buckley plot will play out, but Natalie will have left the show, ready to fly home, only to find out that she couldn’t leave yet and would be forced to stay with Buckley while they can make arrangements to get her home. Except Buckley wouldn’t be planning that, he’d be planning… well, something horrible.
Of course the other body would’ve been of Natalie’s clone, similar to how Sabina found her own skeleton.
Both of these could happen in unison, but to be honest, I hope they don’t happen. I want to be surprised, and besides, they aren’t as good as Siberia’s real plots.
I HIGHLY recommend watching Siberia, even if you know the spoilers for it. It’s available at thedarewall.com/tv/siberia. Fingers crossed for a season two!