Attn Utopian Fans: Spoilers Ahead
The new Fox TV Show, and Social Experiment Utopia on Fox began on August 31 with a bang. After 7 long days, though this beautiful place has seen much progress, there were many bumps along the way. Considering what they had to work with I think they weathered it pretty well. The concept is unique in that it is a true reality show in every sense of the word. the cameras are only there to be a window into what happens. There are no crews, so everything is as you see it go down.
The potential for these people to create miraculous results is LIMITLESS, which is why I am so interested in following and blogging along the way. I think each person brings unique gifts and talents. I also think we will get an objective view of what we do as a society, and how we can make it better. I truly believe their hearts are in the right place and they want to “create a MIRACLE”,as it says on the wall of the barn in chalk.
15 Utopians embarked on their new journey, with great excitement. and landed on the beautiful ranch grounds to begin socializing. The alcohol was flowing, and chaos ensued by the end of the night between several of the Utopians. Dave and Josh got into a fight during the late evening, which hit Twitter almost immediately. The feeds were cut, so all that we saw was a short gif. Tune in to the premiere of Utopia on Fox on Sunday September 7, and you might see a bit what happened. It was high drama for a few minutes. Hex was involved, getting extremely drunk, and dehydrated the next day. The first hospital trip of Utopia took her to Henry Mayo in Valencia, California where she received fluids and returned to camp.
The other more passive and peaceful Utopians were shaken by the first night, and had enough to deal with having to find cotton bails to make beds, something to eat, and begin putting together a camp the next day. Decisions had to be made about conduct, discipline and appropriate actions in Utopia. Not exactly paradise out the gate.
Everyone chilled and began hanging out by the gorgeous clear waterfall on the hot days. Some were skinny dipping, and others were a little tentative to go all the way “au natural”. Jobs were continued to be divided, like caring for the animals, beginning to figure out food, planting a garden, and building out the empty barn to do what with they will. It will take some time for the power struggles to settle down most definitely.Getting to know each other a little more calmly went forward too.
Several of the ladies clicked quite well, and began dividing up work duties. Most got along quite well, and even met for a Goddess Circle with Nikki the yoga instructor and evening Yoga classes with Aaron, Hex, Bri , Chris and Josh. Romance bloomed between Chris and Bri from night one. Bri’s passions could not be contained, and their sexual desires were unleashed all over the camp, literally! Bella has a sensitive, delicate personality, which has much to contribute, but has also melted down at least 6 times since she got there. Hex is a tough cookie that takes NO SHIT from anyone. She provokes shit at times, which gets her in trouble, but she’s also valuable to the group for hunting, working and her strength. Rob is an all around tough person, a bold personality as well who will work all day. He won’t take shit either. Mike the attorney has been lending critical thinking, planning, decision making and physical labor. Josh got a VERY rocky start. He vowed to stay away from alcohol for 90 days, and brings tremendous value for his general construction skills.
Chris is a glass blower, and chile specialist. He plays the guitar, and can offer entertainment. Bri is a veterinarian student, which has been of huge value for the animals. She is the youngest and has some respect issues in my opinion, but that’s only because she’s 19 years old.
Aaron being a trained chef was doing all the meals and ordered healthy grains and some veggies from a designated grocer, along with a few items people requested. When the process was being done, Red and Dave felt unheard, and started having a fit, destroying cans of perfectly good food in the barn. Mike the attorney threatened to throw some of the food away out of pure anger and frustration which is partly what set them off..
The next day Dave and Red decided to place an order of their own to the grocer, of less health processed foods like chips, soda, hot dogs and the infamous BANANAS. When the others asked to eat some they selectively shared with only those who were “nice” to them (or from what I gathered) The food ordeal carried on into the next two days, creating a victim story by the two of them. Everyone was getting tired of hearing the negativity. By the same token, they felt misunderstood, and it was a big mess.
Meanwhile tons of good progress was made in the garden by Nikki, Bella. Bri and Amanda while Rob, Bri, Red and Dedeker were taking good care of the cows and chickens, and milking the cow. Dedeker became “the cheese lady” creating her own process for cheese.
Everyone was coming up with ideas to make money. The barn was coming along, and necessities like a toilet, refrigerator, stove, plywood, and plumbing were all ordered. Electricity came on night three which was a blessing because they had been operating with little light. The bathroom was headed up by Josh, but Rob, Chris, and Mike helped bang it out fast.
Two new Utopians arrived on day 8. Rhonda, with tons of all around experience, and Kristen an entrepreneur. They integrated very quickly and had a great first day.The only sad note was Dave’s decision to opt out on Day 8 after dinner, over the “Banana Gate” issue, but it really had to do with something much deeper. I don’t think he felt a part of the group, and I don’t think the group could deal with his personality. He was starting to make progress with Rhonda today, but clashed with Hex tonight, and chose to leave for good.
All in all it has been a wonderful first week. Utopia premieres on Fox with a 2 hour show Sunday September 7.