One of my favorite shows on TV came back tonight! The Survivor: Blood vs. Water premiere was tonight and the best reality show on TV is back on the air.
I already discussed who was in the cast of this season so I don’t want to recap that. Let’s just get to talking about the show shall we? If you haven’t watched the show yet, don’t head inside, spoilers abound. Ye be warned.
So the show starts off the same way introducing us to the players. If you don’t know, Survivor: Blood vs. Water has 10 returning Survivor players playing on a team against 10 of their loved ones. We meet the 20 players at the start of the show and in the first twist of the season, each “couple” spends one night together out in the jungle before the teams are brought together. This was sold as a twist in the previews sent out by CBS but really, this wasn’t that big of a deal. I don’t see any advantage or disadvantage that was gained or lost by anyone by this “twist.”
When the teams were brought together the first shock of the show was delivered. Each team was going to vote someone out immediately. Laura Boneham (Rupert’s wife) was voted off of the loved ones team, Tadhana and Candice Cody (a returning player from 2 previous Survivor seasons) was the first voted out of the returning team, Galang. For some reason, Rupert took great offense at his wife getting votes despite the fact that voting is required and since no one really knew anything about anyone other than who their loved one was, then yes a vote for his wife was as good as any.
In yet another twist, Jeff offered the loved ones the opportunity to switch places with the loved ones that were voted out. Rupert took the opportunity to send his wife back to the game and he went to redemption island in her place. I don’t know how much of an advantage this was for Laura as she was sent to take Rupert’s place on the returning players team making her an immediate outcast.
Now let me talk about something here for a second that has never ceased to amaze me since the very first season. Fire. WTF are the people who have been selected to be on this show doing? If you don’t know how to make fire without matches, and you are selected for this show, I would spend every single day before I left for the show practicing making fire with various methods. I would not in a million years head on to this show not knowing how to make fire. Not having fire has been shown to be a huge detriment and it can send your team down a losing path right from the start. Not learning how to make fire is really an inexcusable error. By day 3 Tadhana still does not have fire. They deserve to lose.
Let’s take a second to talk about one of the most hated players in Survivor history as well, Colton. When he was on Survivor: One World we had to hear him complain constantly about how hard things were for him and how mean everyone in the south was to him blah blah blah. Now that he’s back on Survivor: Blood vs. Water we have to listen to him complain all over again about the same stuff but this time with the added bonus of tears. I didn’t buy it for a second. I really dislike Colton and can’t wait for him to get voted off, which is inevitable.
The tribal challenge was pretty interesting. It combined swimming, boating, and puzzles. Again I have to say, if you are going to Survivor and you don’t know how to swim, you are an idiot (I’m looking at you Gervaise). I would also spend a huge amount of time working on puzzles. In this challenge, as with so many others, the team in the lead heading in to the puzzles was not the team that won because, the leading team (Tadhana) could not solve any puzzles.
Despite Gervaise’s inability to swim, Galang was able to pull out the victory sending the loved ones to tribal council. Gervaise’s victory celebration lead directly to his niece getting voted out of the show. I was impressed with her scrambling ability though. She could be a dangerous player if she can survive redemption island. This leaves 3 people on redemption island now. What we don’t know is how the challenges will work on redemption island. Do all players battle each other or will there just be battles for each of the teams? Since a Tadhana player got voted out, does she only battle the Tadhana player that is at redemption island? We don’t know yet. I’m sure we will find out next week.
So what do you all think? How was the premiere for you? Who is your favorite to win? I’ll tell you mine, it’s this guy:
John Cody on team Tadhana. I’m not terribly impressed with any of the returning players. That teams seems to be made up of the only previous players that CBS could get to agree to return to the show. There isn’t any real strength over there. Right now, for me, John is my favorite to win. Who’s yours?
Well I’m looking forward to another stellar season with Survivor: Blood vs. Water. The show airs on CBS on Wednesdays at 7:00. Be sure to check back here each week as we will be discussing each episode.