Survivor Fiji: Something Cruel Is About to Happen...Real Soon
They did a good job of building tension at the start of the episode, dropping off the whole team without any information. They are given things to build a shelter and food which makes them nervous because they know that the Survivor powers that be are from benevolent. This is sort of fun to watch although it makes me a bit sad for them because they have the sword of Damocles perched above their collective heads and they know it.
Sylvia, the architect gets saddled with the choice of dividing the group into two tribes after the shelter has been built. It has to have been a tough call since she doesn't know which tribe, if any, she'll get hooked up with. Poor thing, she gets sent to snake-filled Exile Island until a tribe loses a member. This is a last minute idea, I think, because as Probst has said in interviews, the 20th member of this season's cast got cold feet and bailed out due to panic attacks (you can find an interview with her here).
Meanwhile the tribes compete for immunity and the chance to stay in the posh shelter they have created. Unfair? Pretty much. The Moto tribe wins and gets luxury and ease, Ravu gets a map and a machete. The funny thing about watching Moto frolic at their location is how they take it for granted as their reward for winning. I'm telling you, that couch is going to be a liability in the long run. The other tribe tries to make the best of things but instead of planning shelter and survival they roam around in tiny cliques trying to figure out who goes home. Jessica, a fashion stylist, finally gets the axe but it's not exactly a strong majority.
There are already a bunch of breakout characters, many with goofball nicknames. Boston is back in the form of "Rocky" the Stallone look-a-like who even has a Rocky-like hat and makes Stallone faces at every opportunity. People from my beloved hometown are always good for a bit of instigation on Survivor and Rocky is already getting his fair share of confessional clips. Plus he gets in a scuffle with Dreamz, the "cheerleading coach" who grew up homeless. These two are on opposite tribes now but if they both stick around I predict lingering tension. Also look for trouble from Erica, the Macy Gray lookalike who was the first person to hustle herself into an alliance. And Anthony has one of the most interesting jobs listed I have ever seen. "Expert witness locator?" Sounds cool but than the endless parade of bartenders and models.
The person who is probably the most likable so far is Yau-man, the tiny sage-like man who grew up on Borneo and he hopes that even though he is old he will stay since he can help with the coconut gathering and native vegetation identification. He's also a computer engineer so he is smart about things like opening boxes when the manly men get all aggro and start smashing rocks around. He's like Cao-Boi but without the far-out mysticism, Bruce but hopefully with the rock garden and gut pain. Maybe he is trying too hard but he's like MacGyver out there. Love him.