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“Too early to be a villain” : Survivor Worlds Apart 2/25/2015 Premiere Recap

26 Feb

“Blue Collar vs. White Collar vs. No Collar”  is our theme for the season, and as usual we get preliminary profiles of a few players as we see them take a jeep ride to the beach. Now, the “collar” designations are probably a bit loose. Take Sierra, a “barrel racer” — is being in the rodeo a blue collar profession?

When the tribes assemble on the beach, they are already more or less wearing the colors that are going to be their tribe colors, and oddly, the no-collar tribe is already wearing their buffs with tribe name! That’s very odd indeed.

Jeff Probst tells each tribe they have to pick one person to make an important decision. When these have been chosen, these leaders each have to pick an additional person to join them.

The white collar tribe picks Joaquin, who seems eager to position himself as the designated douchebag of the group. He in turn picks So, a retail buyer who has already boasted that she has made everyone who has ever worked for her cry at some point.

The no-collar tribe picks Will, who is described as a “Youtube sensation” who hit it big with a video of himself and his wife singing at a gas station. And the tribe chooses Will for the role because … he promises to make them sandwiches. Jeff Probst can’t believe his ears, and asks how Will proposes to do this. He doesn’t have much of an answer. Will in turn picks Jenn … because she’s good-looking? She certainly is that, though we later find out that her personality is a bit prickly.

The blue-collar tribe picks a loudmouth mailman named Dan, and a fellow named Mike volunteers to be #2.

When the tribes get to their camps, the respective duos go off by themselves to find they have a choice between “Deceive” and “Honest”. The former is a small bag of beans for the tribe plus an immunity idol clue, while the latter is a larger bag and no idol clue.

Now, you’d think anyone who saw the Beauty vs. Brawn vs. Brains season would know that “Honest” is the only choice, simply because after any kind of merge the various tribes would compare notes, and expose anyone who is deceitful (as happened to Morgan on that season).

On the blue-collar tribe, Dan says that villains get further in the game, but “it’s too early to be a villain,” so he and Mike go with Honest. The no-collar tribe, as you might expect, also chooses Honest. Not so with Joaquin of the white collars, who thinks Deceive is the only choice. His tribemate So points out that choosing Deceive would automatically put the two of them into an alliance.

When Dan and Mike get back to their tribe they explain everything that happened, but since the “big” bag of beans is not all that big, Sierra erroneously thinks they lied and got an idol for themselves. In Joaquin and So’s case, they decide to not only lie but come up with a complicated lie, namely that there was also a “neutral” option which they chose because the other options seemed fraught with so many perils. I guess they had to say something since Probst had announced that there was a decision to be made. But none of the other white collars are buying this story.

Speaking of stories, we soon see Rodney, a Bostonian on the blue-collar tribe, tell Lindsey (a hairdresser who has hideous hair) about the day he found his sister murdered in cold blood. She is sympathetic, and Rodney soon tells the camera that his story is bound to get all of the women on his side. Does that mean the story is made-up? We’ve already found out that despite calling himself a furniture mover he is actually more prosperous and a contractor, so I tend to believe this is a fib as well.

In other blue-collar news, Mike finds a scorpion and promptly cuts off its tail and eats the rest! Which he vomits up soon thereafter.

By this time in the show we have heard almost every player say some variation of “when I want something I go get it,” and no-collar Vince the coconut peddler is no different. And what he wants right now is an alliance with Jenn. However Vince soon butts heads with his tribemate Joe over how to build a shelter. Dan has similar arguments with some women on the blue-collar tribe, and quickly realizes he doesn’t have an ally in the game other than Mike. It’s got to be depressing to realize your only ally is a guy who tries to eat scorpions.

Most of the no-collar tribe quickly proves to be anything but the happy-go-lucky types they’re characterized as. Vince sees his ally Jenn share a few friendly moments with Joe, and immediately gets very jealous, asking Jenn at the first opportunity whether she has feelings for Joe!

On the white-collar tribe, So slips away the first chance she gets and starts searching all over a certain area, which to tribemate Carolyn is a dead giveaway that an idol is being sought. Carolyn then starts checking the same area and she finds it. This puts her in a great position since everyone will think So and Joaquin are the only ones who might have an idol.

The challenge is interesting and fresh, because the tribes are given choices at a couple of different junctures. The latter juncture is the final puzzle, where they can choose one of three types. The white collar tribe picks a puzzle that, while straightforward, has a lot of pieces, and Shirin, an executive at Yahoo, takes so long to complete it that her tribe loses a big lead and has to go to tribal council.

At tribal council, So and Joaquin again repeat their lie about the decision they had to make. Max, a hipster professor type, says he might have made the same decision in their case but would have done a better job of lying about it. Then So says words to the effect of, “OK that was a lie, but the four of us are really strong.” Both Probst and Carolyn want to know who these four are, and So says the other two are Max and Tyler (the latter being a somewhat Clark Griswold-like talent agent).

When it’s time to vote, Carolyn surprisingly does not play her idol. So is voted out, and it appears everyone but Joaquin voted for her.

Kudos to the show for already establishing almost every one of the 18 characters in this first 90-minute show! It seems like a good cast, too.

Early favorites to win: Max, Joe, Tyler.