Survivor Samoa: The Puppet Master (season premiere)
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 18th 2009 1:46AM
(S19E01) CBS just came off the highest-rated season ever of Big Brother. Will they be able to repeat the deed with Survivor: Samoa? You know, it's very possible that they just might do it. That is, if the season premiere is any indication.
Right off the bat, they gave me a reason to watch (other than I write about the show). I want to see Evil Russell knocked down by a woman. He's not to be confused with Good Russell, nor Russell on Big Brother. Nor even my brother, Russ. He's nasty, I tell you!
You'll have to bear with me on the names until I get to know this cast o' plenty. I think they must have a few double tribal councils set for the season, as there are 20 castaways. If memory serves, that's either the most in the cast or perhaps tied with the season in which they brought two back in from a previous season.
Although not incredibly different, I enjoyed the way they started out tonight by picking tribe leaders without really knowing anyone. I don't think it's all that great for the two chosen -- Good Russell and Mick. I guess they'll have to deal with it. At this time in the show, the targets are usually on the weaker players until the merge.
The reward challenge weighed heavy on first impressions, as well. I really don't know why Shambo with the mullet was thrown in with the "smart" group, but you never know. She could be a rocket scientist. Oh no, the rocket scientist is John, the guy who all but passed out after swimming in the challenge.
It's obvious that the focus will be on Evil Russell this season, much as it was on Ben "Coach" Wade last year. As evil, nasty, and downright despicable as Russell is, I think I'd rather watch him than Coach. No, I don't like him, per se. But Coach was just an egomaniacal whacked-out character. Evil Russell is different -- he's going into the season with a plan. He doesn't care about winning. He wants to wreak havoc on the show. Now, that could be a bit intriguing.
What really gets me is that, while some have voiced that they don't trust him, they still did his will at tribal council by voting out Marisa. What's up with that? Are the sheep so easily led to the abbatoir by the hungry wolf? Heck, if they fall for his wily ways, they deserve to be kicked off the island. Alas, Marisa's crime was that she told him she was a bit worried about him. Off with her head! Er, off the island!
So far I'm liking Jaison, Shambo, Betsy, and Jeff Probst. Well, I always like Jeff Probst. A lot of the men are nice eye candy for me. Oh, I'm not talking Evil Russell -- he's built like a shrunken Sumo wrestler. I think we could have some season ahead of us.
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|Ben "Coach" Wade||50 (13.7%)|
|Evil Russell||131 (35.8%)|
|Make them both go away!||185 (50.5%)|