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Survivor: One World Premiere Delivers!

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The Survivor: One World premiere came in with multiple bangs, but ended with barely a whimper.

Return of Jeff Probst

For starters, the concept of having both tribes live together in "one world" is fantastic. In the first 60 mintes of the show ,we've already been treated to several fun moments that would not exist if the tribes were separate.

The other twist that goes with the one world idea and makes it better is having an all-male tribe compete against an all-female tribe. That led to tonight's fire interaction, which is sure to be the first of many gender-fueled incidents that will continue to entertain us.

Two changes from recent seasons that I believe will improve the show is the removal of Redemption Island and not having former players return to the game.  e can all agree that we loved Boston Rob vs. Russell, but Coach vs. Ozzy was stretching the concept a bit. Those four overshadowed the remaining contestants and the season became entirely about them.

Without previous players dominating, we've already had some great personalities emerge. Love her or hate her, Alicia is sure to play a factor this season. Same with Colton, who's already been given an immunity idol (fun twist there, with finding the opposing tribes' idol). Personally I'm excited for Jonas the sushi chef and Chelsea who both seem interesting, but in different ways.

Eliminating Redemption Island will not have as big of an impact as not bringing back returning players, but I like the return to Survivor's roots. Simply, I'm glad that when you're voted out, you're done. Brings the sense of urgency back to what it was meant to be.

From a viewing perspective, I never found Redemption Island all that interesting. Two players went two-for-two in terms of dominating the challenges and getting back in to the game, removing any intrigue. Not that there was much intrigue to begin with because none of those up for being redeemed realistically had a shot at winning anyway.

Back to this week's episode: I loved everything about the first 30-plus minutes, before the immunity challenge. The opening scene was phenomenal, with Jeff revealing the all-male, all-female tribes and having them scramble and ultimately steal from each other without knowing they'd be living on the same beach. Their looks of surprise and concern upon realizing what "one world" really meant was great.

Unfortunately, the immunity challenge was lame and had an even more pathetic ending. After Jeff described the challenge, did anyone else ask "wait, that's the entire challenge?" I was very surprised at the simplicity and shortness of it. I'm officially concerned that the early challenges are going to be lame in an attempt to neutralize the physical advantages the men possess.

Things got worse when Kourtney (and many of the women) couldn't listen to instructions about how to execute the jump and broke her wrist.  Annoyingly, but not surprisingly, the men declined the option to continue the challenge despite the advantage given to the women without Kourtney present. They probably would have won anyway, but I don't blame them based on the corollary that the women would have done the same thing.

When Kourtney did not return to the game before tribal council it became obvious that she wasn't coming back and no one would be voted off. Thus, any manufactured animosity between Alicia and Christina wasn't going to amount to anything this week. 

Overall impressions of the start of Survivor: One World are very positive. The two new twists are sure to make the season more interesting that what we've seen the past two seasons. I'm excited for next week!

More from this episode:

  • Really, Kat didn't know what animosity was? Wow.
  • Colton did not even make an effort to bond with the men. How did he think he was going to do in the game even if it wasn't men vs. women?
  • Chelsea's profile says she hates slow drives and people who stand too close to her in the check out line. Hey, me too!
  • Totally fair for the women to keep both chickens. Chelsea caught both, afterall, but more than anything the men played dirty to start the game and the women returned the favor. Fair is fair!
  • The biggest mystery so far? What happened to Nina's face.

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Stuie: Totally agree with you. Hahaha it WAS like the Bachelor wasn't it? More like Bachelor Pad. Where are the Rob Cesterinos?! I miss classic Survivor. I wish there was no immunity idol + there was a separate reward challenge/immunity challenge. How good were the challenges on Cook Islands/Pearl Islands/Palau? The challenge in the premiere pretty much sucked. Early favourites: Kat, Jonas the chef (actually all the non-model guys are very likeable, except Colton)
Least favourites: UGH COLTON (he's ostracized himself, can't blame anyone but himself),

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Nik: My point simply was that in years past they had it closer to 50% Strategists and 50% Emotional contestants. Now at best they have 25% Strategists and 75% Emotional contestants. I just noticed a steep decline in contestants this year. The first episode was more like an episode of the Bachelor or a Real Housewives reunion show then a game that requires people to outwit, and outplay each other.

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LOVED IT!! Cattiness at Tribal was classic Woman style, Chelsea catching the two chickens and not just rolling over and handing one to the boys, LOVE. Great Ep, excited for the season!!

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The WORD the dim-wit girl (don't know all their names yet)didn't know what "AMBIANCE" meant. WTF? SHE SHOULD BE VOTED OFF FOR BEING I G N O R A N T. THIS SEASON IS GOING TO BE GOOOOOD!

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Thought the whole thing was horrible. Where did they ever get such a bunch of nasty people. This is an island full of Russells & one was bad enough. Just watching that thieving lawyer was enough for me. Tribal Counsel was appalling.

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Oh Survivor... how I missed you! I am kind of bummed over the way the tribes were split, men against women - boring. I really like the idea of the two tribes living in the same place... already drama!!! The boys set the tone on how these two tribes were going to play together, when they started stealing their stuff - too soon in the game to be that cut throat. And then they were pissed they kept the chickens... screw you... you stole the girls stuff. The woman's tribe already looks like it's crumbling even before they get started. I hope they abandon the concept of boys against girls quick and reshuffle the tribes... and seriously... a broken wrist already... oh the rollercoaster ride is starting already! lol

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Chelsea did catch both Chickens, BUT....
She distinctly made a deal with the guys to work together and "we get one and you get one"
Then she keeps both of the chickens....
and wonders why the guys won't give them fire.
All I have to say is she's lucky she looks like that, cause the brain isn't there!

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I am very disappointed in this season of Survivor. I think they made a mistake with pitting the men against the women. Also I know everyone wants to win, but the men are acting like children. Stealing from the women and not going ahead through with the challenge did not show that they were true men.
Katz, as for Nila's face she landed on it during the challenge and busted her lip.

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Nina did a face plant into the net cause just like most of the women didn't listen to instructions on how to jump. Live and learn......

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Daniel, are you watching Survivor for the first time? The losing tribe that visits tribal council first always gets flint from Probst. And if there is an injury, they *almost* ALWAYS give that tribe a reprieve from voting. As for the 'coincidence' with Colton asking Sabrina for an idol, that's just reality TV editing. He must've asked all of them for the idol, but the editors chose to show the part where he's asking Sabrina.
I don't get why everyone's dogging on the men for not being chivalrous. It's a game damnit! The rules are: there are no rules!
Stuie: OBVIOUSLY the producers are picking people who will illicit an immediate 'love them' or 'hate them' reaction! It's reality TV! They don't care if there is any strategy.
All in all, it was way better than the last 2 seasons' premieres. The last good season was Heroes vs Villains.

Survivor Season 24 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm the girl in the guys tribe.

Colt

"How bad ass can a sushi chef be?"

Jonas