This was the first time I started a season of Survivor “cold” meaning I didn’t review the contestants prior to watching. Maybe this way is better since I don’t have any preconceived opinions. However, I did like Russell Swan prior to this episode having met him at Reality Rally 2011, but I’m not so sure now!
This season we have three tribes with six members each instead of two larger tribes. I’m thinking that can’t last for too long since the numbers on each tribe are so low. Most of this episode gives us the opportunity to meet the tribe members and for them to get to know each other.
The first tribe is Matsing. Members are Angie, Denise, Malcom, Russell, Zane and Roxy.
Russell starts off by saying he doesn’t want to be the leader and that they should all work as a team. He then starts bossing everybody around and annoying the crap out of the younger tribe members. During the competition, he takes it upon himself to decide who should do what and ultimately gets blamed for the team losing. I found him to be very arrogant and a PIA, but he’s also strong and good in competitions.
Zane has tattoos all over his body which gives the impression of him being a “tough” guy, but NOT. First of all, he goes to every member of his tribe to form an alliance. Then he reports back to Malcolm that he’s done this. His pathetic performance in the first challenge along with his poor social play leads to his demise.
Next we have the Kalabaw tribe consisting of Carter, Dawson, Dana, Jeff, Katie and Jonathan.
CBS has been playing up the fact that Jeff Kent is a former baseball player. He doesn’t reveal this fact to the members of his tribe. What he does do is hurt his knee in the first few minutes of the game. I’m not feeling too confident for his Survival.
The third tribe is Tandang consisting of Lisa, Abi-Marie, Pete, Michael, RC and Artis.
Lisa also is being spotlighted by CBS because she was a teen star on the show “The Facts of Life”. The realization that very few of the tribe members know who she is because they have never seen the TV show makes me think I’m OLD! Michael who is also old recognizes Lisa and hints to her that maybe she should tell the other tribe members to gain support. Lisa is oblivious to the hint. She thinks that it will hurt her more than help her. Sadly on Survivor older women usually get voted off early
Speaking of Michael, he played Survivor before. He had to be taken out of the game because he passed out and fell hands first into the fire. It was one of the most horrible moments in Survivor history. He seems very likeable and in good shape (for an old guy!). A big deal is made of his klutzy side. He seems to hurt himself every few minutes. Hopefully, he doesn’t get any of his cuts infected or he’ll be having déjà vu as they life-flight him out once again.
Abi-Maria and RC were quick to become gal-pals. They formed an alliance from the beginning adding Michael and Pete for good measure. This puts Michael in the middle because I think he really likes Lisa due to her past fame.
So there you have it! There seems to be a good mix of contestants on this season. Let the game begin! Bloggergal