Survivor Micronesia: You Guys are Dumber Than You Look (season premiere)
Survivors ready? It's not just any old fans ... it's SUPERfans going up against returning castaways in the latest incarnation of Survivor. Just how super are they? After all, they're calling the returning players "all-time favorites" and we're talking Jonny Fairplay and some more obscure players. But the concept itself is different and it's sure to be fresh this year with a new dynamic.
That said, tonight was a smidgen predictable and a lot odd.
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As you might have been able to predict, I'm going to get into the predictable first. Okay, you've got ten hyped-up superfans determined to take down their faves. Yeah, they were all enamored and in awe when Jeff brought out the returning players. Yau-Man got a huge round of applause (well, as huge as ten people can do) and Fairplay got the stunned "what the heck is he doing with normal human beings" look.But that didn't last long. The wheels were turning in their minds. They know the gameplay of the returning players, yet their own strategies, strengths, and weaknesses are an unknown element. Plus, the fact that they're playing against returning players has upped their determination to win as a team right now before the merge so much more than an ordinary splitting of tribes with all new players.
Also predictable was the fact that the returning players definitely had it made with making a shelter on short order, gathering food, and even making fire without a flint. The latter was thanks to Yau-Man Chan, his eyeglasses, a drop of water, and some brush. While the new players struggled with shelter, the faves were spending the night dry and as comfortable as you can be given the materials available.
I'd even go out on a limb and say that the cockiness of the returning players could have been predicted, too. Hey, they've done it all before, right? Getting cocky can come right back around to bite you in the butt, though.
Then there's the odd.
Jonny Fairplay. I know, I know. We all know he's an odd snake. But I think his fight with Danny Bonaduce must have knocked his brains more ajar than they already were or something. What is with that guy? First off, tiny Yau-Man and Fairplay see the immunity idol at the same time and race for it. Big bad wrestler Fairplay hit his hand on the boat and Yau-Man got the idol. Fairplay whined and fussed about how evil Yau-Man is. Say what? By whom?
And, what exactly was going on with his strategy? Was he trying to pull a Dr. Will (Big Brother) vote me out campaign knowing that they won't vote him out because they think he's not going to play the game 100%? Was he on the level? How could he think that all of his tribe were eating out of his hand? True, they were trying to get him in on alliances, but only to use him as none of them can trust him. I recall recently reading that his baby was born, so there is a baby. But I get the feeling that he felt he was going to be shown as the snake once again and knew he wouldn't win at the end. I'd call it a quit unless he seriously thought they wouldn't vote him out. If he really thinks people love him, he's dead wrong. They scorn him. I'm glad he's gone.
Strange bedfellows. James and Parvati? Ozzy and Amanda? Gameplay, guys! Gameplay! You know better! This is definitely odd, especially with seasoned players and the fact that both guys are extremely physically strong players and both women are known schemers.
Krazy Kathy. Oh, my. "Are you a homosexual? Do you want to be called 'gay' or 'homosexual'? I've never known a homosexual before. Will you be my friend? I'd like a homosexual friend!" That was to Chet. He should have told her he wanted to be called "Chet." Then she spotted large (fake, I presume) boobs on a female tribe member. "Are those real? I've never seen ones like that before!" She makes inappropriate comments and she cries, too. I can't see her lasting long, but she'll give me reason to smile and shake my head as long as she's on the show.
There was no reward challenge tonight, also a bit odd. The two idols attached to the boats and the fact they must be played at the first tribal council attended is, if not outright odd, quirky. I understand that there have been issues with the idols not coming into play at all, but it seems like these are going to be played yet wasted.
Some random notes or observations of mine:
- The one fan Joel reminds me of The Beast from comics. No, he's not blue. But he looks like The Beast anyway.
- The word "waif" still comes to mine when I see Eliza. That was some whack to the eye she took during the immunity challenge.
- I'm reluctant to admit it, but I liked Jonny Fairplay's "I'll lie 4 food" cap.
- The immunity challenge had some similar elements to puzzles of the past, but was a bit different and certainly challenging. I want my own wok of fire.
- I find it interesting that the faves were already scheming against Parvati and Eliza, but ignoring Jonathon Penner, a schemer at heart.
- The fans only talked about removing Krazy Kathy because um ... well ... she's crazy!
- If I don't ever see Jonny Fairplay get all teary and talk about being a father again, life will be good. If I don't ever see his face again, I'm fine with that too.
- They voted him out unanimously. Heh.
|Same old||78 (18.8%)|
|I'm just glad Fairplay's outta there.||141 (34.1%)|