Survivor Samoa – Episode 1 – The Two Tribes
There are two things you can guarantee about Survivor, that some contestants normally girls turn up inappropriately dressed, and there will be one team who decide to swim, lie in the sun and not build the shelter. Don’t they realise that in just about every series it rains on the first night. It is like the producers get people to stand above the camps with fire hoses.
Also this is season 19 and you know by now you are stuck with the clothes you arrive in so why would you wear heels or an itsy bitsy dress?
In tonight’s episode the teams had already been decided Galu, and Foa Foa or purple and yellow ( see a list of the cast in this previous blog post), and the first challenge was for each team to pick their leader. The catch they were not able to speak to their team mates so had to vote on what they thought the person looked like.
Mick a doctor was voted chief for the yellow team, and Russel S an attorney was chief for the other team.
Their first role as chiefs were to pick a team on who they thought was the fastest swimmer, the strongest, the most agile, and the most intelligent.
I thought it was interesting that Mick picked the tall black guy, as in previous season’s they have not been the strongest swimmers. Does anyone remember from a previous season the gym junkie from New York that was all brawn but had to be rescued from the ocean because he thought he was drowning?
Anyway it ended up being a very good choice as he played water polo in college and gave them a good lead, and they won fire.
Then for most of the rest of the episode it was all about the other Russell the oil company owner with the crazy eyes. He made alliances with all the “dumb” girls, and also the female cop. So then Russell who at this stage of the game appears to have misogynist tendencies thinks he is “controlling the tribe”. Very much looking foward to his come uppance. Though he would be the one I would want to take into the final two with me.
Anyway the yellow team ended up losing the immunity challenge, and the vote was between Ashley (for being weak) and Marissa (because she insulted Russell), Marissa looked shocked when she realised she was the one to be voted out.
Here is an indepth interview with Marisa from Reality Bites Back she talks about stuff that was not shown on this episode, that must have been shown over in the US, which is a pity.
And another interview with Marisa on Fan Cast which gives some interesting insight on how you get on the show.