Survivor 27, Episode #1: Someone Else’s Actions Could Hurt You

Hey Readers!

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!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Season 25 Premiere – Don’t Try So Hard So Soon!

Hey Readers!

I’m back covering a different reality show!  Since BB 14 has come and gone, it’s time to different reality show.   This time, it’s going to be Survivor: Philippines.  This series is on it’s 25th season this year, and I’m still surprised people are willing to go on this experience.  Some Castaways like to get their bearings in the game, while others like to go all out.  I would advise to hang back a bit, and see what kind of players are in your tribe.

For this season, the show cast two celebrities, Lisa Whelchel (Blair from the show The Facts of Life) and former MLB player, Jeff Kent.  As well, three former Castaways that got injured and had to leave the game early were back for another try at Survivor.  The other members of this cast had no idea these five people would be joining them, and the celebs were mixed in with the new members.  Let’s get to this season’s premiere and see how they approach their situations.

When the cast reach their destination, Survivor host, Jeff Probst, introduced the three returning players that would be joining them this season.  Some Castaways were happy they were there, while others were already plotting against them.  They also learned they would be placed into three tribes this season: Matsing (in blue), Kalabaw (in red), and Tandang (in yellow).  Each one the returning Castaways were put into one of the tribes to even things out.  These Castaways were Russell Swan (Matsing), Jonathan Penner (Kalabaw) and Michael Skupin (Tandang).  Jeff Probst also informed them of the three Immunity Idols hidden at each of the camps.

The Castaways were then instructed to pick a raft and grab as many supplies as they could within sixty seconds and head towards their new homes.  Kalabaw experienced some early set-backs when their raft tipped over, spilling anything they had collected into the ocean.  As well, Jeff Kent’s knee popped while collecting the Kalabaw’s supplies.  Hopefully, this won’t hinder him and his tribe later on down the road.

When the Tribes reached their destinations, some interesting things happened.  On Matsing, returning Castaway, Russell Swan, declared to his tribe mates that there should be no formal leader for their tribe, and that they should work together to make decisions.  Isn’t what he just did something that a leader would do?  Maybe a passive-aggressive one.  The other tribe members caught on to this when they started to put their camp together.  Russell was telling them what to do, and was showing Malcolm how to start a fire.  Russell’s actions were ticking a few people off, putting a target on his back.

Zane took a different approach to getting to know his tribe mates.  He found a topic he could start a conversation with, and tried getting on their good side.  He then proposed that they should form an alliance with each and every person.  Why would you do that?  He even went so far as to tell Russell and Malcolm that he had done so.  They just shook their heads and commented on him trying too hard too early in the game.

Russell wasn’t looking for an Immunity Idol clue, but he found one in their bag of rice.  He tried to carefully conceal it in his pockets until he was away from his tribe mates to read it.  What Russell didn’t know was that Zane saw what Russell did with the clue, destroying any trust he had built with Russell.

On Kalabaw, Jeff’s knee was just the beginning of his troubles.  Dawson recognized who Jeff was, yet she didn’t let anyone else know of this powerful bit of information.  She will let him know what she knew when the time was right for her.

Jonathan was not doing himself any favours by going all out trying to find the Immunity Idol on his own.  The rest of his tribe noticed what he was doing, and were not impressed with his tactics.  They believed they should work more as a unit and less as individuals.  I can relate with both sides in this situation.  Sure, Jonathan had played the game twice before, putting a huge target on his back, and having the security on an an Immunity Idol in his pocket makes sense to me.  I also get that it may not have been the best play for Jonathan to be so brazen about going after the Idol in front of his tribe.  You’re not helping your social game this way, Jonathan!

On Tandang, an alliance was formed quickly between Abi-Maria and RC.  They then pulled in Pete and Michael to have an alliance of four.

Celeb Lisa was trying to fit in with her fellow tribe mates, but was not succeeding as well as she thought she would.  Michael had recognized her, and let her know he knew who she was.  After finding out why she didn’t want the others to know who she was, was he on her side and would not reveal who she was to the rest of the tribe.  She didn’t want her fame to cloud their opinion of who she was today, or for them to think that she was rich.

Michael was also trying to shed his mistakes from his first time on the show.  It wasn’t working at all.  He cut himself a few times while trying too hard to work around camp and be an asset to his tribe.  He even has a huge gash in his foot.  I don’t know, Michael, your stock may be going down in the eyes of your tribe mates!

At the first Immunity/Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst explained what the Castaways had to do.  Each tribe had its members split into three pairs.  One pair had to race and get the oars for a raft that a second pair had to use to row their raft out to a point and retrieve a chest containing puzzle pieces.  The last pair then had to then put the puzzle together in order to win Immunity from Tribal Council and Reward.  The Reward for the wining tribe was a full fishing kit.  The tribe that came in second would also have immunity, as well as flint to start fires easier.  The tribe that came in last would have to go to Tribal Council, loosing one of its members.

Kalabaw came from behind to win the Challenge.  Tandang  was second, leaving Matsing to have to go to Tribal Council.  Russell took a some of the blame for their loss because he took on the leadership role on Matsing, dictating what role each person took on for the Challenge.

Once back at Matsing’s camp, Russell started lecturing the rest of the tribe about the importance of going all out at challenges.  Zane put in his two cents, putting some of the blame for their loss on himself because he knew he didn’t give it his all.  This was part of Zane’s plan to try to gain sympathy with the rest of the tribe so that they wouldn’t send him home.  I’m not sure how this would work in his favour.  When your tribe looses at challenges, people are looking for scapegoats to vote out.  I don’t think it’s a good idea, Zane.  Zane was also telling the rest of the tribe about Russell potentially having an Idol, setting up a blindside if he didn’t.

Russell continued his “non leadership” role by telling people that Zane was the one to go and that they were safe.  That act upset a lot of the tribe members because Russell wanted to steer the ship, yet he didn’t want to be on the ship as it went down.  The rest of the tribe was conflicted over who to sent home at Tribal.

At Tribal Council, Zane made himself look very cocky and like and idiot in front of everyone.  Russell admitted he blew it for his tribe at the Challenge, and that he realized he resorted back to his dictating ways.  Yet after all of these admissions, he said he would be shocked if he was the one going home.  The rest if the tribe let their feelings about Russell’s actions be known, and they were not favorable.

Matsing voted, and they decided that the first person voted out of their tribe, as well as Survivor: Philippines would be Zane.  As much as Russell became a dictator, Zane did too many things to make his tribe mates want to get rid of him.  I’m not sad he’s gone.  He made too many moves too soon in the game, and it caught up with him pretty quickly.  That is what happens when you try too hard too fast in the game of Survivor!

I’m not sure if I’m rooting any tribe or Castaway in particular at this point.  I haven’t really connected with any of them yet.  As for the celebs, my big question is why do they want to be on these shows and think they will not be recognized? They have to realize that someone will figure out who they are, and it could hurt their game for trying to conceal it.  If you want to learn about any of the this season’s Castaways, check out the link I’ve provided for you under Cast Info found lower on this post .   I wonder what will happen in the next episode.  Will those Castaways on the brink of being let go on their tribes gain some stock in the eyes of their tribe mates?  Will other Castaways step their game?  Well, come back to my blog and check out what happens in the next episode!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.