This review of the Netflix reality competition series The Mole (2022) season 1 contains no spoilers.
Alexander Wagner hosts this intense, extreme and adventurous game, where nothing is ever what it seems. With a jackpot that only one can win, this is a series with plenty of heat, tension and drama. In this series of competitions, we watch twelve contestants embark on an adventure to Down Under, Australia, who work together in challenges to add money to a pot that only one of them will win in the end. Among the players is a person who has been secretly referred to as “the mole” and tasked with sabotaging the group’s efforts to make money. After ten episodes, at the end, one player will survive their competition and expose the mole to win the pot.
This series is the new version of the former ABC series of the same name, which ran for five seasons between 2001 and 2009. Like the original American version, the netflix version is based on the Belgian “De Mol” format created by Bart De Pauw, Michel Vanhove, Michiel Devlieger and Tom Lenaerts and distributed by Primitives. Will this one have the same punch and seduce the public? For me, yes it is and I can’t wait for another series.
For me it’s like Fort Boyard meets I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!meets The circle, and I think it’s a great show. It’s not something I’m going to apply for, but something I can easily watch and enjoy. It’s fun to see strangers having to work in groups, putting all their skills to the test. They are challenged mentally and physically. The mole, above all, has the task of convincing/manipulating people, while trying to play a good game of wanting to win. The first episode opens by asking each contestant if they’re the mole, guess what? I certainly didn’t. It’s a fun aspect of the show, not only are each contestant paranoid and investigating who the mole is, but so are the viewers.
The competitors vary from professional gamers and pilots to chat group moderators, so there is an arrangement of different skill sets to help build a giant money pot. It’s a battle of wits, of ego, of trusting everyone and trusting no one. Their missions are hardcore, they’re on an extreme fantasy adventure here, and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Even the futuristic headquarters intrigued me. There are some great places they’ve filmed here, from the oldest rainforest in the world to an island paradise, it’s not all bad and harsh.
One little thing that I really liked was the Mocking Jay style music when someone is eliminated at the end of each episode. (Doing a quiz, and the person with the fewest correct answers on who the mole is is eliminated) I like quirky little things like this in a series. Completely hooked, I enjoyed watching each contestant grow, develop and fail, and I had no idea who the mole was and was shocked by the ending. I highly recommend watching.
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