That’s the big question here for all of us: nature versus nurture? Can we change a person’s circumstances and by doing so change a person? That’s the mind-bending question that opens the deliberately Fyre Festival-esque teaser for Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi adventure The I-Land, and it’s especially jarring when it’s paired with smiling and sun-kissed people on tropical beaches and partying it up on a “so exclusive” island. But, just like the Fyre Festival, expectations are far from reality, and the people on the island can’t be sure what they’ll come up against next.
The ten I-Landers are Natalie Martinez (Death Race), Kate Bosworth (Before I Wake), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Ronald Peet (Blindspot), Kyle Schmid (Being Human), Kota Eberhardt (Dark Phoenix), Sibylla Deen (Desolate), Anthony Lee Medina (The First Purge), Gilles Geary (The Path), and Michele Veintimilla (Gotham). The series is created by Neil Labute, the man behind Van Helsing (the TV series), and the Nicholas Cage adaptation of The Wicker Man.
Here’s the official description from Netflix:
When ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home. They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the I-Land’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves — or die as their worst ones.
There’s been a bit of speculation so far as to what vibes The I-Land gives off: is it like LOST meets The Hunger Games? Is it Fyre Festival meets Cabin in the Woods? The nature versus nurture line made me think instantly of Orphan Black, but it’s hard to reconcile that image with the reality television-type imagery from the teaser.
What sort of vibe do you get from The I-Land? You can immerse yourself in all seven episodes of The I-Land September 12th on Netflix. Let us know your thoughts on The I-Land by joining the conversation over on Twitter, Reddit, and in our Facebook Group – to steal a tagline from the series: Once You Arrive…You’ll Never Be Able to Leave.