Siberia Finale Recap: Nyet Worth

Siberia Finale RecapLet’s be honest: For those of us who stuck with Siberia — NBC’s scripted series about a Survivor-esque competition gone horribly wrong — to the 11th and final episode, expectations were barely perceptible.

I mean, the show’s scripts seemed like they’d been written on damp cocktail napkins. Various cast members (the Evenki translator in particular) seemed like they’d been selected based on their ability to work for nothing more than a bagel and a cup of coffee. And heading into the final hour, we still didn’t have any real answers about whether the weird roaring noises, flashing green lights and numerous contestant injuries/deaths were caused by inbred mountain freaks, aliens, nuclear bears, angry woodland spirits or, perhaps, a hoax on the part of the game-show producers.

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Even so, the Season 1 series finale was a jarring disappointment, with too many loose ends, not enough genuine thrills, and a final scene that should be streaming in perpetuity at So with that in mind, I’m going to keep this final Siberia recap to a lean, mean 10 bullet points, then turn it over to you to continue with the ranting and the asking of burning questions. Without further ado…

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* Just as the Evenki “prisoners” arrive at the Russian science lab to reuinite with Johnny, Joyce, Daniel and Sam, danger-prone Irene is all, “Um, guys, I think I stepped on a land mine.” And Daniel — ignoring the opinion of Israeli army vet Sabina — is all, “I’m pretty sure it’s a dud, so step off, girl! I promise you’ll be fine!” And Irene steps off and there’s no explosion. UGH. Way to miss an opportunity for some nifty gore, producers!

* Sam tells the reunited gang about his near-death experience, and how he dreamed he saw Natalie at the fishing river. Everyone is all, “Natalie died, yo!” and Annie runs into the other room with a case of the sads. And even though Annie only had a one-week crush on Natalie, Sam compares her loss to his experience of losing his wife.

* An army truck of military types arrives, and while the contestants greet them as rescuers, it soon becomes clear these ominous Russian dudes are here to execute them. (My favorite moment of randomness: Esther arriving late on the scene because she’d been in the loo.) Joyce gets brave and gets tied to a truck for her troubles; the land mines begin to spontaneously explode; and in the confusion, Johnny and Daniel (who’d been out back working) free Joyce, team up with the others, and drive away in the truck. Except for Annie, who gets shot when — taking a page from the audience — everyone temporarily forgets she exists.

* Annie crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

* The truck gets stuck in a snowbank, and everyone pushes while Esther hits the gas pedal. And then, in the only moment of genuine intentional hilarity from Siberia‘s limited life, Esther keeps on driving, while her comrades react with a mixture of shock, rage, confusion and disbelief. Miljan reveals that somehow, Esther had been concealing a giant sack containing $500,000 for the last several days. “The game might be over, but she won it anyway.”

* The remaining contestants — Johnny, Joyce, Sam, Daniel, Sabina (my personal fave), Neeko, Miljan, and Irene — walk to a clearly deserted town and ask questions like, “Why are all the lights off?” and “Where is everyone?” Sam finds Esther’s truck (sans Esther and sans money), and then everyone decides to camp out in the one apartment in town that has its lights on, its fridge stocked, but no one at home.

* Johnny cooks dinner and makes goo-goo eyes at Joyce. Neeko takes a nap. Sabina strings together some beads. Miljan steals a gun from the closet.

* “It’s like nothing’s real,” says Irene. “The way I feel about you is real,” replies Daniel. And then they kiss. [Insert nausea emoticon here.]

* Joyce locates a video from the day she and Johnny went missing. The group plays back the footage, and we see a glimpse of a werewolf-looking ghoulie descending on Johnny and Jocye and Joyce’s exposed midriff, and then a flash of the green lights in the sky (which have a decidedly alien appearance).

* The soldier types show up at the apartment, and as the contestants brace for impact, the game-show host from the pilot pops his head inside: “You’re not supposed to be here,” he cries.

The end.

Yep, that’s the end. I cahhhhhn’t. And since I cahhhhn’t, I’ll turn it over to you. What did you think of the Siberia finale? What do you think was the cause of all the foolery and danger? (My theory is nuclear aliens.) If there was a Season 2, would you be insane enough to watch it? Take our poll below, then expand on your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Shawn says:

    If they would have given me a Ural and the promise of money at the end. I would have done it. So do we have an answer as to whether it will come back on or if another television channel has picked it up?

  2. Amisythe Rhea says:

    Honestly, it seemed real until the end of the first episode. Then I just watched it to see how horrible it would be. I only got three episodes in.

  3. Linda Herman says:

    I enjoyed this show. Never missed one episode and the ending left me hanging. Hope they will show a season2 very soon. T Y.

  4. Lotta cynical groupthink around this show. My expectations were admittedly low going in, but I was absolutely delighted with just about every aspect of the production. And I don’t know what these other guys were watching, but the finale was awesome.

  5. Keara says:

    U guys need to keep the show goin I almost cried cause my mom said they probably are gonna cancel the show

  6. Jade says:

    I like the show and want to watch a season 2. NBC please renew the contract.

  7. Shauna says:

    I can’t believe Siberia is it going to come on anymore. What am I gonna do the rest of the year without watching Siberia.I am very sad that I didn’t come on anymore. Why did they have to do this. Can’t they just making the shows. This just makes me sad because they’re turning Siberia off.

  8. John Blacker says:

    This whole show was a major letdown for me. I couldn’t determine whether the show was a complete fake or whether a show would actually let things like that happen to it’s “contestants” and at this point I really don’t care. The show should have been terminated after the first few episodes. Pure JUNK!

  9. Kim says:

    Yes, I watched every episode, I kept waiting to figure out what part of it was fake and what was reality I was never sure what was really happening. In that perspective I guess the writers were good at keeping you interested with uncertainty I’d still like to have a answer to what really happened.

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  11. Magdel says:

    I seriously did not intend watching the show, but I got hooked. I would choose it over the bachelor any day. Even though its fake reality. Whats real reality anyway. PRETTY PLEASE BRING A SEASON 2. Enough of the scifi mistery shows gets cancelled. I don’t understand how a show like Psych keeps going and shows like this and Terra Nova gets cancelled. COme on Scifi buffs band together.

  12. Kim says:

    I think it was all staged to make for a good “fake reality” show. I think some of the contestants were planted and the deaths were fake. I think the contestants had no idea it wasnt real

  13. Joanne says:

    Please tell me this show is not over and will be returning. I loved this series and want more. Awesome. Sat on the edge if my seat every week!!!!!

  14. RUDIE SOULMAN says:

    you could of at least ended the series properly as i was hooked and loved the show from the first episode!!

  15. schica says:

    I love the show. I just really wish it was a season 2; I want to now what happened?

  16. April says:

    I enjoyed this show, I like Sci-Fi and supernatural. I realize that I may be in the minority but the networks need to please Every type of viewer. I do not like all the so called reality shows ie Dancing, Singing, Survivor, etc, I don’t find any of them “Entertaining” Please consider what I like to watch not just the majority.

  17. Tracy Samuel says:

    Well, I loved it. Gripped from episode 1. But the it got a bit silly, but I was committed at this point. I presume they left the ending like that in case they want to do another series. I’d watch it. . Loads of questions, like why the whole game show cover???? I want another series just to see that Esther get a slap

  18. JoseyWales007 says:

    Yep. I was searching up and down the net for eposide 13 only to find later there was none. What a wak series.

  19. kyle says:

    What the hell iv not seen final but do they mostly die?

  20. kyle says:

    Do they really die?

  21. Michael P-D says:

    The worst acting ever! Where did you find these people? No real story line. Could have been quite good apart from being made to look real. C’mon, our ITV and BBC could do a lot better.

    Complete and utter Rubbish.

  22. Nick says:

    I’d like to think there would be a season two only to get closure, otherwise it makes it sound like the writers of “Lost” got given a second chance – and failed yet again!!!

  23. jordon knight says:

    Need a second series with an ending like this,you want another series to find out why the producer is there and the others shouldn’t be.Also where has Esther disappeared with the money? all the answers to these questions will be revealed if they made a second series.

  24. Kyle says:

    I know it’s fake because the series was filmed in Manitoba, Canada, not actual Siberia, but some of the plot really grabbed my attention, like all the strange noises and that werewolf-alien thing that is in the camera video on the season finale, some people want to know what it is, it’s like one of those stupid shows that you don’t like, but you have to see the end because you kinda want to know what happens to the rest of the contestants.

  25. Dennis says:

    Wasted 11 hours of my life. Feel like a sucker the last few episodes. Possibly the worst TV show of all time.

  26. alex says:

    they never really ended the seriese i feel i think they could have kept going i have no doubt that there was suppose to be another episode but never finished and just canceled due to its unpopularity as some can see by the votes.