The second season of “7 vs. Wild” was filmed on Isla San José, the second largest pearl island in Panama. One problem: there used to be chemical weapons tests there.Image: Screenshot: YouTube
09/11/2022, 08:4309/11/2022, 14:09
Helen Kleinschmidt / watson.de
The long-awaited second season of the YouTube survival show “7 vs. Wild” from video producer Fritz Meinecke started on Saturday. In this reality TV show, seven contestants are abandoned in the wilderness and filmed surviving in nature with only a few tools until the finale.
The first season, filmed in late August 2021, took place at a lake in Sweden. At the beginning of this year, however, the producers agreed that, firstly, there must be new participants and secondly, a new location. A YouTube video from producer David “Dave” Henrichs now shows the search for the perfect location for the new season faced some dangerous challenges.
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Where exactly was it filmed?
Fritz Meinecke was actually thinking of filming locations like Canada or Alaska for the sequel 7 vs. Wild because it had to be “windy, rainy and cold”. Partner and sponsor Wandermut, on the other hand, designed an island in the tropics: Isla San José in southern Panama.
This island meets all the criteria: it is isolated, yet relatively close to civilization at a distance of 80 kilometers from the mainland. It is large enough so that participants do not accidentally cross each other and is not heavily built up. Necessary resources such as water and coconuts are plentiful – but not too much to make it too easy for the participants.
Nevertheless, it was immediately clear to the producers that the island harbored danger. The coast is said to be home to crocodiles and sharks, while the island itself is said to be home to poisonous snakes. Sometimes mosquitoes are “unbearable” near water. Poisonous fruits can also be found on the island.
A dangerous twist just before the start of filming
Everyone was excited about the island until dangerous information leaked to the producers. The project had to be almost abandoned, at least at this point. Organizer Paddy from Wandermut reports:
“The island was absolutely perfect […], but we were still in for an unpleasant surprise. Isla San José has a very dark past: chemical weapons were tested here in the 1940s. Not all of them always ignite in these tests.’
Resources: Up to 3,000 bombs were not ignited at the time. This fact raised serious concerns and doubts among those responsible – cannot send participants to an area where they might encounter fools.
The goal was now to find out where the six test zones were located. An American investigative journalist, after persistent persuasion from Paddy, agreed to broadcast a report and a map showing the danger zones, which were not intended for the public.
There are said to be up to 3,000 bombs in the red zones that did not explode during the testing phase.screenshot: youtube
After looking at the map, Paddy was relieved, “The six test zones were inland” and although some are frighteningly close to the coast, the patches of participants are “unaffected”. Plus they would get the water samples later, “everyone was fine.” Nothing stood in the way of the second season.
Renting the island was so expensive
For the entire island including the hotel complex where the team should be accommodated, the producers had to pay a huge sum that would be in the six-figure range. But even that didn’t deter her:
“We wanted the island no matter what it took.
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