I did write a big reply but then an error came up & I didn't copy it
Can't be f***ed typing it all out again
It is very contrived, I agree. The other week when they had to cross the lake to start that days trek - the time stamp showed 11.30am before the helicopter came over with their missing bag of $$$.. The reason they are so late and behind is more the fault of the producers I think, probably making them wait around needlessly whilst they decide on how to throw some drama into that days events.
Even the solo confessionals must take up a bit of time to orchestrate. If they allow every cast member to participate in a confessional, then this could potentially take an hour or so out of their walking - and how many confessionals do they do each day?
The bag of $$$ being left outside was a bit silly. They even stated that they never left it outside before & tonight is the night the 'theft' is scheduled they just happened to leave the bag outside. Their might not be many chances of a stray person walking past to steal money - considering where they are, but just the overnight dew etc would make the bag wet and heavier to carry so of course you would store it inside a tent overnight.
I'm guessing the latest twist where the evicted persons get to choose how the $$$ is split between the ones who get up to the summit is rather annoying. You are asked to put a name forward for someone to leave & that in itself could cost you a lot of prize $$$$..
These reality game shows where they make the rules on the fly are interesting - on one hand they are nasty and unfair & on the other side they come across as entertaining, when you see a schemer get caught out & punished..
I do like this show - but it does have some major annoying flaws, one of which is how scripted it has become. But I find it entertaining as well to watch them all scurry up the hill to what might be a complete waste of time ...
I sort of hope Jans wins now, as he is so scheming and selfish - for me, it sort of fits the narrative of this show - that some self absorbed nobody wins it