How does Netflix’s “The Circle” overcome its biggest issue for the finale?


This week, The Circle dropped another set of episodes on Netflix, and surprisingly no one (spoiler alert) the two people who went home in the episode bundle were two who hadn’t been there since the first one. day. Rachel posing as Jackson and newcomer Jacki, who debuted and left as the final candidate in just three episodes.

The Circle continues to be a great reality show with one fundamental problem: It’s extremely biased in favor of the players who have been there from day one. If you can survive the first round of purges, this is extremely unlikely that you will make it to the final, and if you do, it is almost impossible for you to win, given that you are just not likely to be as highly rated as other players who have known each other since. start.

All you have to do is look at the results of the past two seasons to see how true that is.

Season 1:

  • Winner: Joey (arrived in episode 1)
  • 2nd: Shubham (Episode 1)
  • 3rd: Sammie (Episode 1)
  • 4th: Chris (Episode 1)
  • 5th: Seaburn (Episode 1)

Season 2:

  • Winner: DeLeesa, as Trevor (arrived in episode 1)
  • 2nd: Chloe (Episode 1)
  • 3rd: Courtney (Episode 1)
  • 4th: Lee, as River (Episode 1)
  • 5: Jack and Lisa as John (Episode 1 and Episode 3)

So in two seasons, only one person who didn’t make it in Episode 1 made it to the final, and they were playing half a person.

In Season 3, we have at least two people in the finale who weren’t in Episode 1. The Season 3 finalists are:

  • Jacques (episode 6)
  • Sophia as Isabella (Episode 3)
  • Matt as Ashley (Episode 1)
  • Nick (episode 1)
  • Kai (episode 1)

And yet, if you’ve watched the game, it’s easy to see that it’s nearly impossible for the two new players to win, and the only real options seem to be Kai or Nick. Isabella has an alliance with Nick and Ashley, but it seems unlikely that even the two will necessarily vote her No.1. Nick could, but Ashley will probably put Nick # 1.

James was a surprisingly good player at the end of the game, the best late player I have probably seen. But even it seems unlikely that he will overtake third place behind Kai and Nick. And with this batch of episodes this week, what luck did a brand new player like Jacki have when she debuted so late? Late contestants have to deal with alliances that have been in place for the duration of the show, and even if they do manage to make an alliance, they will not be rated. very by most players who at this point have multiple BFFs in The Circle.

My solution for this would be to start with a much larger group. Start with 12 players instead of adding more over time. It would be a bit chaotic at first, but it would also be a level playing field. Because as the series progresses, it becomes a bit too predictable as more and more new players are being sacrificed. Season 3 was better than the last two in this regard, but even still I think there is a zero percent chance that a player who does not belong to Day 1 wins. We’ll find out next week, I guess.

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