Quote of the Week: "I’m a villain?" – Boston Rob when asked if he was proud to be one of the top ten worst villains of all time, setting the stage for an epic season of Survivor.
39 days, 20 people…1 survivor. From the very beginning you can tell that this season of veteran competitors will be different from normal seasons. First, there was no dirty tricks by Probst, like making the survivors jump into the water with suits on or giving everyone 30 seconds to grab as many sticks and chickens as they can. These people knew what to expect from the very beginning and they have probably been strategizing for a few weeks. Probst tweeted earlier this week that you will be hooked after the first 20 minutes. I was hooked anyway, but the game got off to a fast start. I did feel like I was watching an old Rambo movie when the villains’ helicopters landed to ominous music – very dramatic. (Side bar: Who was the last villain in after Richard Hatch couldn’t get out of parole to go on the show? My guess is Tyson or Randy.)
The first challenge was the right way to start off the all-star season – watching people kick the crap out of each other. Like I said in my preview, I think the heroes have a decided physical advantage and this challenge was their first chance to show off their beach muscles. Their was definitely some peacocking going on here. (I’m pretty sure that means showing off.) Colby was “frog hopped” by Coach all the way to the end, which gave Coach a chance to feed his ego later in the episode. I like seeing the boys meat it up against each other, but the highlight was Sandra getting frisky with Sugar. I mean, c’mon Sandra, at least buy her dinner first. Sugar was briefly disoriented, as she thought she was on a second date with an actor/waiter. (Or is that waiter/actor.) I couldn’t tell what the guys on the heroes team were cheering for as Sugar galloped to the finished line, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t too worried about winning the flint at that point. What in the world was going through Sandra’s head? ”Hmm…I can’t hold on to her. Maybe I should undo her bra and when she gets up to run she will get smacked in the face and fall down.” I give it an A for creativity, a C (cup) for the outcome.
You knew this would happen – the posturing and alliance making began the instant people started to “gather sticks and leaves.” The Russell tried his old trick of making an alliance with all the girls, brunettes this time. Coach buddied up to the guy he thinks can be the Robin to his Batman (no homo). JT and James sweetened up to each other as I predicted, although apparently I whiffed on Colby – maybe he’ll come around. Tom and Stephenie exchanged on awkward hug as Tom reminisced about he and Stephenie “worked well” together. If by “work well” you mean you beat the crap out of her tribe and then vote her out, then yeah, great chemistry.
Okay, so maybe I over stated the advantage the heroes would have in the challenges. What kind of puzzle was that anyway? Looked easy to me. Maybe having Rupert’s scratchy beard tickling their ears distracted Amanda and Cirie. I still think the heroes will be okay in the long run. They beat the villains by a ridiculous amount in the first part of the challenge. This challenge will be the outlier in the game. Or maybe not. The outlier would be complete domination by the villains. I hope the heroes get it back together because all my picks are on the heroes side. I think Probst is rooting for the villains. He loves Jerri.
Sugar had to go. I knew all the editing that made it look like Cirie was a ploy. Sugar was annoying as hell. Crying, spooning, following Colby around like a puppy. Speaking of Sugar dating, what does a second date with her look like if the guy’s not into it. Is she at his place the next night peeping through the window. Maybe showing up at his work. Creepy. Colby was screaming at the top of his lungs with his body language. No way was he gong to spend another night with Sugar trying to get into his wheelhouse. I am a little worried about my Cirie pick because she is not great at challenges and at least perceived to be a strategic wizard. Colby needs to get on the Micronesia train with JT.
Who do you think is in position to go far after seeing the first episode? We’ll see soon….’til next week.
Survivors Remaining: 19
Reward Challenge Winner: Heroes
Immunity Challenge Winner: Villains
Survivor Voted Off: Sugar
My Picks Remaining: JT, James, Colby, Cirie, Amanda (I'll eliminate one before next week)