SAS Australia Premiered Last Night And the Internet Agrees, It’s the Reality Show We All Deserve
Ahead of last nights premiere of SAS Australia, viewers didn't know what to expect other than the fact that the military-styled show was said to fill the Australian Ninja Warrior-shaped void in their lives. And boy did it deliver.
If you're not familiar, SAS follows the same format as British series, SAS: Who Dares Wins, and sees 17 Aussie celebs take on the selection process for the elite Army Special Forces (the SAS). Ex-Special Forces soldiers, including Chief Instructor Ant Middleton, lead them through an array of physical and psychological challenges, like sleep deprivation and interrogation, and even jumping out of planes, to see if they're up to the challenge.
The SAS Australia recruits include the likes of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, former Bachelor and rugby union player Honey Badger, PR guru Roxy Jacenko and retired ironwoman Candice Warner.
The first episode began with a warning: "This program contains scenes of physical danger and mental stress that some viewers may find confronting." And it absolutely did, from jumping out of helicopters into freezing cold water, to hand-to-hand combat and Roxy's early exit, the show delivered on all fronts.
Overall, there was two main take aways from from last nights premiere: 1) SAS was the kind of reality TV series we needed to turn 2020 around. And 2) Schapelle is quickly becoming a fan favourite.