The premise is that something fell on that area in 1908, a comet or meteorite (hence they had to remake the cabins), anyone else thinking aliens?
I was a bit suspicious with the weird animal sound and then the frog.
I'm guessing radiation-mutated creatures (or even people) of some sort? Maybe they'll go all cheesy, mutant bear Prophecy (the 1979 B movie) on us. Eww and I'd be a little intrigued.
I thought we'd be looking at things from the character's POV with no acknowledgement of cameras (or moreso that we'd see the cameras from their perspective only),
I think I'm okay with it not being that way. With this many people - as would be expected for a "reality" show - POV camera angles could get confusing. Also, depending on how the POVs are done, that type of filming sometimes leaves me queasy anyway. Blair Witch for example made me nauseous with all the camera jumping around angles when I saw it.
Judging from the American helicopter with a covered registration number, very anglo-typical clapboard cabins and a Canadian padlock they're clearly not in Siberia. Presumably this is just poor attention to detail but maybe I am underestimating the show and they're actually deliberate mistakes meant to tell us that the contestants are being fooled.
I missed the very beginning so may have missed some details, but...
I'll just tell myself that it's an American or Canadian show, and they got permission to drop things off with American helicopters and that they built the cabins there for the contestants and so used their style and supplies. I could imagine the Russians saying "You guys want to do a reality show where? O-ookay as long as we don't get held responsible, go ahead..." then under their breath... "Stupid Americans." All the while knowing full well something very wrong, creepy and/or to be avoided is going on there.
I haven't watched Survivor in many years, but from what I remember, I thought this first episode reproduced the reality vibe pretty well.