It’s back! It’s back! It’s back! Survivor 27 has finally started, and this season already has some interesting twists. Most people knew about the Blood vs Water variation on the show, but how the producers did it was kind of neat. Then there were the other curve balls they threw at the Castaways at the beginning of the game that got me more intrigued about how this season was going to play out. Oh, they brought back Redemption Island, where voted out Castaways have the chance to compete to win their way back into the game. Another hard part about this season is that you have to be careful of your actions, as they can then be reflected onto your loved one. Two Returning Players, one for strategic reasons, one for payback, had their loved ones affected because of their actions, past and present. What do I mean by this, you ask? Read on and you’ll see!
Survivor took the Castaways and the viewers back to the Philippines for their 27th season of the show. Viewers were introduced to each of the 10 Returning Players vying to win the million-dollar prize, along with their Loved One, and how they were related. They separately spent their first night alone with each other in various locations on an island to get acquainted with the surroundings. Some of the Loved Ones were a bit disappointed with the lack of survival skills their Returning Player partner had when first out there, but they all seemed to make it through the night,
They then met each other on the beach the next morning. Jeff Probst welcomed the group to the Philippines, as well as to the game. It was here that a twist o a twist was revealed to the players. They found out that the Returning Players would be on a different tribe from their Loved One for a part of the show. This shocked some of the Castaways, while it made other pairs even more ready to play the game. Once separated, they were told their tribe names and given their buffs. The Returning Players were called Galang, while the Loved Ones were called Tadhana.
Now that the tribes had been formed, Jeff Probst hit the Castaways with another bombshell. Each tribe would be voting one of its members out of the game right then and there. Whoa! My jaw dropped at this bit of news! I had a prediction about Rupert’s wife, Laura ( I will call her Laura B , as there is another Laura, who I will call Laura M) being voted out first because Rupert is Survivor royalty, and he plays a very emotional game. You know, Readers, to mess with his head. Well, it happened! Tadhana voted her off because of Rupert’s past actions and to weaken his game-play. Galang voted Candice off of their tribe.
After the two votes were taken, Jeff Probst informed the Castaways that these players were not necessary out of the game yet, as they were resurrecting Redemption Island. The twist on this twist was that, at this point in the game, was that the loved one of the Castaways who were just voted out could take their place, possibly giving up their chance to play the game so their loved one could experience more of the game. Without batting an eye, Rupert said he would take his wife’s place on Redemption Island. He did this for two reasons: he said he would protect his wife however he could this season; and Rupert wanted his wife, Laura B, to have a true Survivor experience. Let me tell you, Readers, this is why viewers and players have fallen in love with Rupert! Despite the rough exterior, he’s truly an awesome person. This moment made me an even bigger Rupert fan! Candice and her husband, John, discussed the situation, he decided to let Candice go to Redemption Island because he felt she could beat Rupert and return to the game.
At Galang, the Returning Players got down to business. They had their fire going, their shelter almost built, water boiling, and rice cooking away. Laura B, felt out of place because she was the only one who didn’t know what to do. Se also felt as tough the rest of her new tribe mates thought she would be like Rupert because they were married.
Monica was becoming weary of Colton. She didn’t want to be burned by him like she was during their last meeting on Survivor: One World, where a power-tripped Colton back-stabbed Monica, sending her out of the game. She said that he was mean and vindictive. She was going to keep a close eye on this wily character!
Colton shared with Galang his intentions this time around in the game. He said that he had turned over a new leaf since meeting his partner, Caleb. Colton went on to say he has matured, and will be less insecure about himself, you know, be more like the true Colton he really was. He wanted people to understand him. He then started crying. Monica started to soften her stance on Colton due to this display of waterworks. She said the tribe shouldn’t be too quick to judge him unless they’ve walked in his shoes. Hopefully, she keeps an eye out for Colton. He seems as though he could be a wily one.
For the Loved Ones at Tadhana, things aren’t as optimistic as they are at Galang. They were having trouble building their shelter and making fire. They were all expecting to have their other halves with them to show them what to do. Readers, this is one of my pet peeves about this show. You know you are going to be on Survivor, and the first thing you should do at home, in the woods, somewhere, is to learn how to build a fire! This ability may save your butt in this game! Come on! Especially when all of the Loved Ones have a personal connection to a former player of Survivor. This really annoys me!
Brad started doing what smart players of this game do once they arrive at their tribe: form an alliance. Since there are 5 men and 4 women, Brad thought it was only natural for the men to band together and pick off the women if they had to go to Tribal Council. He went and did a hard sell on all of the guys in his tribe. Some were on board, while others were sitting back on the idea.
At Redemption Island, Rupert and Candice had different ideas about how to get things done around their camp. While Candice toiled around camp, pretty much doing everything to make sure they would get through their night, Rupert lounged and watched Candice wear herself out, living off of the spoils of Candice’s work. Wow! That doesn’t sound like the Rupert we all know and love! Well, Readers, here’s the thing. This was all a part of Rupert’s plan to beat Candice and return to the game. He figured that by Candice tuckering herself out around camp, she wouldn’t have enough energy to beat Rupert in a head-on challenge. He admitted this may have been why he lost so many challenges whenever he went out and played the game. Oh, Rupert, you mastermind! Candice, not catching on to what Rupert was doing was complaining about Rupert’s laziness, as well as the Returning Players who voted her out.
At the Immunity Challenge, the tribes had to send 6 of its members through a obstacle course in the water, untie a boat once all it their members reached their designated platform, and then row their boat back to shore which contained pieces to a ship’s stirring wheel. Once they reached the beach, the remaining 3 members had to work together to put the wheel together, then put it on a crank to let their tribe flag down, signifying they were finished. First tribe to accomplish this would win Immunity, and gain flint to have fire at their tribe.
When Jeff Probst asked the tribes if they had fire yet, Tadhana lied, saying they had fire. Galang just scoffed at them, not believing a word they said. Tadhana didn’t want to seem weak in front of their new enemies. Well, their bluff was blown when Galang came from behind (no thanks to Gervase’s stellar performance in the water, or the poor puzzle-solving work of Ciera, Katie and Rachel), to win the first Immunity Challenge of the season! Gervase, who should have kept his mouth shut because he almost lost the challenge for Galang, was the loudest of the Returning Players to trash-talk their Loved Ones! Really, Gervase, I don’t think that was the smartest thing you should have been doing at that moment. I was surprised he had the nerve to say anything after his lack luster performance!
Back at Tadhana, the tribe was consoling each other over their loss to Galang. Katie was becoming nervous because she barely touched the puzzle when she had earlier boasted she was better at putting puzzles together than her mother, Tina, was, and that she could help them win the challenge. Marissa was also getting worried, as it was her uncle, Gervase who was the loudest trash-talker of Galang. Could his actions affect her safety in the game? That was something that was going through her mind a mile a minute.
Brad and John were talking about Katie and Marissa’s worst fears at that same moment. They said it really didn’t matter which of the ladies on their tribe left, so long as it wasn’t one of the guys. Vytas, wanting to be the nice guy to keep ties with the ladies on the tribe, told them it would be one of them leaving. I’m not sure this gave any of them that much comfort.
At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and Tadhana spoke about the following topics:
- The first Immunity Challenge – what their actions, or those of Galang, could sway people’s ideas of who to vote for. Marissa and Katie both voiced their concerns. Marissa believed she shouldn’t be judged by Gervase’s actions, while Katie believed she shouldn’t be judged by her poor performance at a challenge when it was their first one. John haughtily said the vote wasn’t based purely on a person’s poor performance.
- Redemption Island – John felt guilty about not taking his wife, Candice’s place out there.
- Where the game was going from this point on – how voting someone off will effect the game of the Returning Players.
After their talk, Jeff Probst asked Tadhana to cast their votes. After the votes were counted, Jeff Probst revealed the votes were 8-1 in favour of Marissa to leave the tribe. Marissa was supposedly shocked by this, and gave her tribe an wordless, ugly glare as her torch was snuffed out. So Marissa was also effect by Gervase’s actions in this game. He’s not going to find out it until the next time the tribes meet again. She then surprised Rupert and Candice on Redemption Island, awaiting their challenge to see who would return to the game, and who would go home.
It was an interesting season premiere, Readers! You see how easy it is for a player’s game to be effected by another person’s actions? I think both votes for Laura B and Marissa were unfair. They were both attacks against players in the game, not against anything they did themselves. I’m not sure just how Gervase will take the news of his niece being voted out because of his actions. In the promos for this season’s game, he said he would write her name down if it meant it would get him closer to the ed of the game, but I’m not sure if he even thought she would have been voted out because of him. I want to see his reaction to her leaving in the next episode. Which Castaway will win their way back into the game, who will go home? Has Colton really changed his spots, or will he revert back to the Colton we all…well, know? What other challenges will the islands of the Philippines have in store for these Castaways? Come back to my blog and see what happens next on Survivor: Blood vs Water!
Until my next post, Readers!