Quite a dramatic episode to get us going for the new season. After the zillion soundbites from our cast about how epic this is going to be, we eventually get down to start the show.
The first challenge is started immediately, and the winner gets flint. The goal was to obtain a bag buried in the sand and get it back to your mat before the other team can, and violence was definitely encouraged. During this challenge we see TWO medical visits as Stephenie’s shoulder is dislocated (and then relocated with a nasty sounding CRUNCH), as well as Rupert breaking his toe in 3 places. Then to top it all off we get a (blurry) topless shot of Sugar when Sandra gets dirty and rips her bra off in the name of winning the challenge. Heroes prevail, despite Coach owning Colby. (Leading to Tyson suggesting that Colby may as well consider himself a woman at this point if Coach kicked his ass.)
If Rupert’s toe turns black and falls off, does he get med-evacted?
The Russell Show starts early, immediately forming his DumbAss Girls Alliance V2.0 with Parvati and Danielle. I wouldn’t qualify Parvati for that class if Russell had done his homework. Instead I’d be targeting the likes of Jerri, who usually hooks up with the first meathead who …
Oh hello Coach! Yes, love is in the air early. Coach and Jerri spend all kinds of time flirting, snuggling, and seem genuinely smitten.
Coach continues to dominate the unintentional comedy when Boston Rob cons him into chasing palm prawns up a tree the height of the Sears Tower. However that would be the last of Rob’s juvenile games, as he seems genuinely grown up to a certain degree. He was FRUSTRATED that nobody even wanted to try to get fire, because the rubbing of sticks together never works. He then proceeded to get fire by DOING JUST THAT, essentially all by himself. I like this new Rob, so long as he stays a little immature and spends the season messing with Coach’s macho side.
Meanwhile, over on the Heroes side, Sugar makes the mistake of trying to get down with Colby, a tactic that failed in Australia (Jerri). Yes, Sugar offered Colby the Suga, and he ran away to the camp fire. You know, of the three Survivors who’ve spent considerable amounts of time flirting with Colby, he’s responded best to Richard Hatch.
The Heroes get blown out on an Uber Puzzle Immunity Challenge. Scrambling happens at camp, as Tom The Bully wants everyone to focus on eliminating The Threats (except himself, because he’s just a good guy and a superhero and not a threat at all, ha ha). He targets Amanda or Cirie, who in turn catch wind of it and want to target Tom. This is good news!
However, Sugar’s crying and overwhelming desire for Colby’s abs were too much for the tribe to take, and she goes down in flames in a 9-1 vote.
The show’s been good to not give too much away, though the early Hero alliances seem to be 100% formed on previous relationships on the show. Amanda and Cirie are clearly together, as are Tom and Stephenie. Colby and Candice have no one from previous seasons, and are relying on each other. The Villains seem to be more of a crapshoot, though that’s probably due to the cut throat game they’re known for. You know, Villains.
I have to say I liked this episode more than most. Maybe it was because they did two hours tonight so you got to see more of the challenges and more time back at the camps. The previous few years its been Opening Segment>Reward Challenge>Show the person who goes to Exile/Show the reward>Immunity Challenge>Scramble to decide who to vote and Tribal Council. It has gotten very formulaic and this was a nice change of pace.
I've never understood the love for Rupert. Stephanie dislocates her shoulder, gets it popped back in and that's the last we hear of it. His toe? Not so much. And I loved seeing him struggle with the flint. JT and Colby come in and are like "We got this."
I don't have a problem with Tom and Cirie going after each other this early. They both know who the stronger players are this early. It could be fun watching them try to outmaneuver each other.
Colby still plays the golden boy well. Aside from blowing off Sugar, he's still bland though. Should have thrown the bag behind him so neither him nor Coach had it.
Aside from that nobody else there made an impression just yet.
Is there anyone on this tribe that will be able to hang with Rob? I wasn't a fan of his in All Stars and definitely not the Amazing Race, but he's got everyone sewn up after getting them fire. Nice play by mentioning they were miserable at the immunity challenge.
Coach kills me. I don't know why, but something about this self absorbed lying idiot makes me laugh at him every time he's on screen. And yes he's mancrushing hard for Rob.
So was Russell, who was playing the same way he did last season. I hated his early game, liked the way he played toward the end. Glad he didn't win though. From what I read, this was filmed before last season's reunion so he doesn't know he hasn't won, correct?
I can't tell if Tyson is really a dick or if he's just mugging for the camera. Probably both.
It's always comforting to enjoy a fresh half hour with the Belchers, even if this season opened outside my comfort zone with an episode taking place entirely outside the restaurant (or the kids' school).