Reworded: “Forget about The Traitors – The Trust: A Game of Greed is the perfect evil reality TV to kick off your year!”
In January, many people focus on their health. This may involve adding parsley to smoothies, exercising more, eating lean proteins and complex grains, drinking plenty of water, and feeling a glow from within. It’s also important to take a break and watch something like a reality show in a condensed period of time, as it can be just as beneficial as remembering to take vitamins.
Last week, The Traitors returned with a bang. It’s intriguing how quickly and aggressively the show became a staple of British television – it only took about 20 minutes into the first episode of its debut season for it to solidify (thanks in part to a pink-haired magician who disrupted a breakfast by declaring their significant other as not being a traitor). And now, we’re all engrossed once again as the drama unfolds in a castle in Scotland, with contestants wearing masks and capes, and Claudia Winkleman’s contract with Head & Shoulders. It’s a riveting mix of murder mystery, clumsy attempts at deception, and a diverse group of contestants. There’s nothing quite like it to kick off the new year.
While I have your attention, may I bring up The Trust: A Game of Greed, a TV show with a cumbersome title that premiered in 2024 and serves as Netflix’s response to The Traitors? It combines elements from various familiar shows, but with such high production value that it goes unnoticed: the setting is a luxurious mansion on a paradise island, reminiscent of both Love Island and Glass Onion, where 11 strangers compete in a game involving mysterious cards and scenes in a vault. These individuals are promised a quarter-million dollar trust, but are warned not to vote each other out by former CNN host Brooke Baldwin. As expected, this does not go according to plan. Spanning 12 episodes released in three separate “events” over the course of three weeks, we witness the trustworthiness of 11 strangers who are all vying for their moment in the spotlight. The outcome may not be shocking, but it is certainly entertaining.
American reality TV contestants are unique in their own way, with some of them being quite despicable. Out of the 11 contestants, I only have a favorable opinion of about two or three of them. This plays a crucial role in how The Trust operates: a part of me enjoys watching these individuals interact in the house, sipping champagne and pretending to have formed lifelong friendships within 24 hours, only to eventually turn on each other, using the show’s manipulative tactics as weapons. I won’t mention any names, as each one of these contestants will have a large following on Instagram who will come after me if I do. However, there are several individuals whom I would love to see fail and shed tears. But anyone can fill a house with horrible people; what keeps me hooked until the end is whether they are given interesting tasks or not. The Trust provides ample opportunities for them to showcase their evil side, making it hard for me to stop watching and catch my breath.
Similar to other reality shows, this one also has daily ceremonies, often taking place on a cliff with dramatic winds. It seems that this reality TV format has become a dark obsession for us. These ceremonies are like a ritualistic sacrifice that we need to kickstart our year. We crave to see a police officer, pretending to be bold and intimidating, lying about their job; we enjoy watching fake smiles and insincere confessions about not making friends; we love the fake shock of those who secretly cast a deciding vote; we even find satisfaction in watching a man dressed as a cowboy storm out of a lavish dining room. Despite my efforts to improve my lifestyle with healthy choices, let me keep the little piece of my old self that enjoys these guilty pleasure reality shows in peace.
The Netflix release date for The Trust: A Game of Greed is January 10th.