Season 2 “7 vs. Wild” was filmed on San Jose Island, Panama’s second largest pearl island. One problem: chemical weapons tests were taking place there.Image: screenshot: YouTube
09.11.2022, 08:4309.11.2022, 14:09
Helen Kleinschmidt / watson.de
The much-anticipated second season of video producer Fritz Meinecke’s YouTube survival show “7 vs. Wild” kicked off Saturday. In this reality TV show, seven participants are abandoned in the wild and film themselves living in nature using just a few gadgets to finish.
The first season was filmed in late August 2021 near a lake in Sweden. However, at the beginning of this year, the producers agreed that first there should be new participants and secondly a new location. A YouTube video for Producer David “Dave” Henrichs now shows the hunt for the perfect spot for the new season, which has faced some serious challenges.
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Where was it filmed exactly?
Fritz Minieke actually thought of filming locations like Canada or Alaska for the sequel to 7 vs Wild, because it had to be “windy, rainy and cold”. On the other hand, partner and sponsor Wandermut suggested an island in the tropics: San Jose Island in southern Panama.
This island meets all the criteria: it is isolated, but still relatively close to civilization at a distance of 80 kilometers from the mainland. It is large enough that participants do not accidentally intersect and do not accumulate too large. There are enough basic resources like water and coconut – but not too many, so that it is not too easy for the participants.
However, it was immediately clear to producers that the island had risks. The coast is said to be home to crocodiles and sharks, while the island itself is said to be home to venomous snakes. Sometimes mosquitoes close to water are “unbearable”. Poisonous fruit can also be found on the island.
Serious development right before filming started
Everyone was excited about the island until dangerous information leaked to the producers. The project almost had to be abandoned, at least on this site. Organizer Paddy’s report from Wandermut:
“The island was just perfect […], but we’re still waiting for a nasty surprise. San Jose Island has a very dark past: chemical weapons were tested here in the 1940s. Not all of them always flash in these tests.”
Means: Not up to 3,000 bombs were ignited at that time. This fact raised serious fears and suspicions among officials – One cannot send participants to an area where they could encounter duds.
The goal now was to find out where the six test areas were. An American investigative journalist, after persistent persuasion, agreed to broadcast a report and map showing dangerous areas that were not intended for the public.
It is said that there were up to 3,000 bombs in the red areas that did not explode during the testing phase.Screenshot: youtube
After looking at the map, Buddy was relieved: “The six test areas were indoors.” And although some are eerily close to the coast, the participants’ locations are “unaffected”. Plus, they were going to get water samples later, “They were all fine.” So nothing stood in the way of season two.
Renting the island was very expensive
for the whole island including the hotel complex where the team must be accommodated, The producers had to pay a huge amount that would have been in the six-figure range. But that didn’t deter her either:
“We wanted the island at all costs.”
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