A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though it's meant to highlight the importance of being self-reliant adults who are willing to work hard to achieve goals, most of this is lost in the antics of the cast.
Positive Role Models
The contestants appear superficial, privileged, lazy, selfish, and immature. The guides seem to take pleasure from watching them struggle, and often make fun of them. Moms are sometimes blamed by the dads for their adult kids' issues.
The contestants are male and female, and from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. The two survivalist hosts are White American men with military backgrounds who belittle the "snowflakes," many of whom are people of color and/or larger bodied.
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Violence & Scariness
One episode features a giant, pre-planned explosion. There's lots of arguing and catty behavior, too. Folks scream, yell, and complain during challenges. One contestant is injured in a later episode.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
People refer to themselves as being good looking. People sometimes refer to their genitals.
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Strong language ranges from words like "bitch" and "hell" to curses like "s--t" and "f--k." Crude language like "p---y" are used to describe female genitalia.
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Products & Purchases
Logos like Nike, Burberry, and Balenciaga are visible, while references are made to brands like Gucci, Mac, etc. are made.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snowflake Mountain is a reality competition featuring self-entitled 20-somethings from the U.S. and U.K. trying to make it through wilderness camp exercises for a cash prize. There's lots of cursing, crude references, and catty arguing. On one occasion there's a fiery explosion. High-end luxury brands (Gucci, Burberry, etc.,) are referenced and their logos are sometimes visible. Back stories allude to some challenging personal issues, and the importance of self-reliance is discussed, but most of this is overshadowed by over-the-top behavior.
Is It Any Good?
Part reality competition and part train wreck, this is a formulaic series produced to make its cast look pathetic. The Snowflake Mountain contestants, who were told they were going to a 5-star resort, show off their big (albeit contrived) personalities that underscore their sense of entitlement. As a result, much of the show's entertainment value comes from watching them meltdown in spectacular fashion and live up to the "snowflake" stereotype. The guides, two White American men, seem pleased by the fact that they'll be pushing their charges -- largely people of color -- to the brink, and take a lot of pleasure in their discomfort. But Snowflake Mountain's biggest problem is that the members of the overall cast, despite each person's backstory, aren't as interesting as they think they are. This makes it hard to ignore the fact that it's just an unoriginal fish-out-of-water contest that most reality fans have seen before. Folks who like voyeuristic viewing experiences may be inclined to check it out, but there's not much here to get excited about.
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