The start of a new player season always brings great anticipation. The hype leading up to this season of Survivor has centre around the pandemonium of the medevac. Watching as a small insect made its way in and out of Jennifer’s ear, only highlights the start of what I’m anticipating to be an absolutely brutal season.
The three tribe format, starting a season was back and proved once again why it is a brilliant way to start the game. While the concept of Brawn, Beauty and Brains might seem too soon after the immense success of Cagayan, the way the producers were able to give air time and a small insight into every character after the debut episode should be acknowledged.
My biggest gripe with going with the BBB format again, were the decisions to place people on tribes they clearly do not belong on. It devalues the whole concept. On Brawn, Darnell our first boot, hardly had the physique of an athlete, and in no part of his backstory alluded to being an athlete of any kind, and Blondie aka Alecia was the skinniest girl on the island.
Over on Beauty, Tai is an amazing character and well worth a place on this season. But he is hardly a beauty. They do say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and his inner beauty is the only thing “tying” him to the concept of the tribe.
Over on Brains, while I and many expected a repeat of Luzon, this tribe of Brains is both different in style and personality. Liz has made the greatest impression on me this season within her tribe and like all super fans we try and read into the edit. I thought her confessionals in meaning and placement were telling.
My player of the the week was a 50/50 decision between Kyle…wait Jason, and Caleb. Jason demonstrated excellent ability to control his tribe and lead a group of alpha personalities. I however question whether the blatant disregard for Alecia will fly with other more competitive female contestants once a tribe swap or merge arises. My player of the week was Caleb! Having never watched Big Brother and only seeing clips on YouTube, my expectations were incredibly low for him this season. What a surprise he was, being open about his BB experience and forming relationships with just about everyone in his tribe. His interactions with Tie were excellent and i’m excited to see how he progresses in the game.
Overall an very solid opening to a post All-Star season. Bring on week 2!