"The Hunger Games" came to reality TV -- or at least the closest approximation that would be legally allowed, with the CW premiere of "Capture." The series features 12 teams of two who are all in competition with one another. Each week, one pair becomes the hunter and must work to capture the other teams.
They have two days to hunt and must capture a team each day to avoid elimination. As soon as a team is captured, or when time runs out, the hunt is over for the day. The two teams captured are then up for elimination. If only one team is captured, the hunters are the second team up for elimination. If no teams are captured, the hunters are automatically eliminated that week.
At the end of the competition, one team will stand triumphant and win $250,000 for playing the world's most extreme form of tag.
Linda Stassi of The New York Post called it a "dopey" ripoff, joking that it should have stayed truer to the source material. "Call me strict, but when they take the death penalty for losers off the table," she wrote. "These reality shows just lose that real edge.”
Host Luke Tipple -- an Australian outdoorsman -- promised Zap2It that it only gets wilder from here. With poor conditions and little food, think "Lord of the Flies." "[The teams] quickly turned very ruthless," he said. "These people became hunters. That's what we were really taken aback by, just looking at them going, 'Whoa, these people are turning ruthless. They're animals.'"
The hunt continues on "Capture," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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