When Bill asked me if I would write about Survivor this season, there was no way that I was going to turn him down. I can still remember watching the first season of Survivor back when I was 14 years old and having the biggest crush on Greg Buis. Though I’ll always have a place in my heart for the Amazing Race (mostly because I think my sister Erin and I could so totally win that one if we ever got on the show), Survivor is my favorite reality show.
Last Wednesday, the latest season of Big Brother ended and the newest season of Survivor began! Since Blood vs. Water was such a success the first time around, Survivor is doing it a second time. 18 castaways must survive in the jungles of Nicaragua, first as members of two separate tribes and then, finally, as members of one merged tribe.
Just as before, each castaway came to the island with a loved one. As the show opened, Jeff Probst was seen flying in a helicopter while below him, 9 different couples tried to learn how to make fire. The next morning, everyone gathered at one of those patended Survivor arenas and they were divided into two separate tribes.
Again, just like two seasons ago. In fact, there’s really only 2 differences between the two version of Blood Vs. Water. In this current version, there are no returning players. Everyone is a newbie and I’m all for that. All-star seasons can be fun but I’m actually looking forward to getting to meet a whole new group of people.
The other difference is that Exile Island is back. Exile Island is where one member of a tribe that loses a competition must spend his or her time until it’s time for the next immunity comp. The good thing is that they get clues to help them look for an immunity idol. The bad thing is that they don’t get to bond with the rest of their tribe. I’ve never been a big fan of Exile Island, to be honest. Survivor always tends to make Exile Island sound like a big deal but I can never think of a season where it’s actually been a huge factor as far as determining who wins the game.
Anyway, here are our two tribes:
Wearing oarnge buffs we have the Coyopa Tribe.
1) Baylor, who did not make much of an impression, beyond saying that she’s never heard of anyone using glasses to start a fire. Obviously, Baylor has never read Lord of the Flies.
2) Val, a police woman from Boston. Val had to go to Exile and got a clue for a hidden immunity idol. Val made a good first impression. She seems to be one of the smarter people on the island.
3) John Rocker, who is a former baseball player. I had to look this guy up on Wikipedia and I discovered that he apparently had a bit of a reputation for being a jerk while he was playing baseball. And he pretty much lived up to that reputation on this episode, talking down to people and thinking that he might have to vote out Wes after Wes recongnized him. The main thing I noticed about John Rocker is that he is huge! Not surprisingly, his wikipedia page says that he’s been open about using steroids. I imagine John will be around for a while because he’s a physical force but his personality is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.
4) Wes, an aspiring firefighter from Louisiana. Wes is goofy and likable.
5) Nadiya, one of the infamous twinnies from The Amazing Race. It’ll be interesting to see if the twins are just as annoying when they’re separated as when they’re together. Nadiya quickly annoyed a lot of people at camp.
6) Dale, the oldest member of the tribe. Dale is a farmer and he admits that he’s not used to dealing with people. That said, Dale also sacrificed his glasss so his tribe could have fire. I like Dale. Hopefully, his lack of social skills won’t get him voted off the island.
7) Josh, who took offense to Nadiya constantly calling him “one of the girls” just because he happens to be gay.
8) Alec, who is kinda hot. But that’s pretty much the only impression that Alec made on me.
9) Jaclyn, who, at this point, mostly just seems to be eye candy for the boys.
As for the other tribe, they were blue buffs and they are called Hunahpu. They are:
1) Missy, who is Baylor’s mother and is recently divorced.
2) Jeremy, Val’s husband. Jeremy is a
police officer fireman. Since he beat his wife in their first competition and then sent her to Exile Island, he was the focus of much of last night’s episode. Jeremy seems like a nice guy. He’ll probably be a power player for the first few weeks and then he’ll end up getting voted out right after the merge. That’s what usually seems to happen to nice guys.
3) Julie, John Rocker’s girlfriend. Julie is worried that the other players will underestimate her because of, as she puts it, “the hair and the boobs.”
4) Keith, Wes’s father. Keith is also a firefighter. He’s kind of a country guy and seems nice, though he was awfully hard on his son while they were trying to make fire.
5) Natalie, Nadiya’s sister. She is the slightly less obnoxious twinnie.
6) Kelley, Wes’s daughter. She did not get much of a chance to make much of an impression.
7) Reed, Josh’s boyfriend. Again, Reed really didn’t get much screentime so it’s hard to say anything about him.
8) Drew, Alec’s brother. Drew is a former model who built the tribe’s shelter and then wouldn’t stop bragging about it. Drew is going to be in some trouble, I’m predicting. He’s too much of a blowhard for his own good,
9) Jon, Jaclyn’s boyfriend. Jon played college football. He’s athletic but not quite as scary as John Rocker.
Anyway, as far as the immunity challenge was concerned, it was another one of those Survivor challenges where the tribes had to climb to the top of something and then solve a puzzle. With the help of John Rocker, Coyopa dominated the first part of the challenge (the physical part) but then fell apart when it came time to solve the puzzle. Hunahpu came from behind to win immunity.
At the first tribal council, the Survivor editors tried to make it look as if all of the girls were going to band together to vote out Dale while all of the guys voted for Nadiya but instead, the vote really wasn’t that close. Dale got 3 votes, Baylor got one (from Josh, for some unknown reason), and Nadiya got 5. I’m going to guess that, based on what I saw of her on the Amazing Race, Nadiya probably just got on everyone’s nerves.
So, one twinnie down!
What did y’all think of the first episode? Any early favorites out there? Are you happy that Blood Vs. Water is back?
As for me, I’m just happy to see that Survivor has returned! And I look forward to writing about it each week!