Survivor 37.1 “Appearances are Deceiving”

Yay!  It’s time for a new season of Survivor!

So, here’s the one thing that is almost always true about every episode of Survivor.  It’s difficult to really predict anything based on the first two or three episodes.  It takes a while to get to know who everyone in the tribe is.  There’s always a lot of dead weight that gets cut in the days leading up to the merge and, occasionally, a potential power player will get cut as well.  That’s why it always amuses me when Survivors make alliances during their first day on the island.  Survivor is a game that changes quickly.  It’s not a game where you can make a random alliance and then ride it all the way to the end.

Of course, every season of Survivor has a theme.  This season’s theme is David vs. Goliath, which looks like it’s going to just be a replay of the old Brains vs Brawn or Blue Collar vs White Collar themes.  The idea is that the David tribe has had to struggle for everything that they have in life while the Goliath Tribe apparently hasn’t.  I don’t know.  That seems really vague to me.  I know that the whole point is that David may have been smaller than Goliath but, as Nick pointed out last night, David eventually became king of Israel.  Of course, David was miserable for most of his reign, as his family and friends all proceeded to scheme against him and kill each other.  But anyway….

(Plus, what if the Goliath Tribe just totally destroys the David Tribe?  That’s not going to be a very good message!)

Since it’s only the first episode, we really don’t know much about the majority of this season’s survivors.  Here’s a few of my first impressions.

David Tribe

Pat — Pat was Mr. Blue Collar construction guy.  He got on everyone’s nerves while they were making the shelter but he won them over by giving them protection from the rain.  It seemed like Pat could really be a leader on the tribe but, as we’ll discuss shortly, that’s not going to happen.

Carl — Carl’s a truck driver from Houston.  I liked Carl.  If I had to transport something, I’d hire him.  He seems to have a good, no-nonsense attitude.

Christian — Christian was rather rudely referred to as being “Big Bang Theory” by the members of the Goliath Tribe.  I get the feeling that Christian’s going to be around for a while and we’re all either going to hate him or love him.  During last night’s episode, he formed a “nerd alliance” with Gabby.

Bi — Bi seems like she could be a strong player.  She didn’t get to do much last night but she’s an MMA fighter so, in theory, she should be enough of a physical asset to make it to the merge without getting voted out.

Elizabeth — Elizabeth’s from Texas and she wears a cowboy hat.  She and Lyrsa formed an alliance that I’m predicting will fall apart next episode.

Gabby — Gabby wears glasses and talks a lot.  She formed a “nerd alliance” with Christian.

Jessica — Jessica is 19, because Survivor is determined that a teenager will win eventually.  She’s telling everyone that she’s 22.

Davie — I like Davie.  He’s kinda goofy and seems like he’ll be fun.  Of course, being goofy and fun usually works better on The Amazing Race than on Survivor.

Lyrsa — Lyrsa is from Puerto Rico and has purple hair.  She formed an alliance with Elizabeth, based on the fact that they have nothing in common.  That’s an interesting strategy.

Nick — Nick got a lot of screen time last night so I assume he’s going to be around for a while.  I’m going back and forth on Nick.  At first, he seemed like a strong player but then he was lazy at camp but then he told a sad story and his tribe felt badly for him.  I get the feeling that show is setting Nick up to be a villain but it’s still too early to tell.

Goliath Tribe

Natalia — Natalia made no impression on me.  Hopefully, she’ll be voted out soon because her name is way to similar to Natalie’s and that could get confusing.

Natalie — Natalie is the oldest member of the Goliath Tribe and doesn’t seem to be impressed by anyone else on the tribe.  Everyone seems to be scared of her so she’ll probably be voted out soon.

Jeremy — Jeremy is an attorney from New York and …. well, that’s all I jotted down about him.   Maybe he’ll make more of an impression next episode.

John — I kind of liked John.  He’s a professional wrestler and he seemed to have a good sense of humor about himself.  I’ll be interested to see what he does for the rest of the season.

Kara — Kara is this season’s flirtatious blonde.

Angelina — Angelina made no impression on me.  I didn’t even write anything down about her in my notes.  As I said, it’s the first episode and it takes a while for people to make an impression.

Alec — Alec is this season’s hot bartender.

Alison — So far, Alison appears to be the least likable member of the Goliath Tribe.  Her smug story about growing up in a “middle to upper middle class” household was torture to sit through.

Dan — Dan is a SWAT team member and he seems like he could do well in the game.  He’s personable and in good shape.  Plus, he found an immunity idol!  He and Kara appear to have a potential showmance going.

Mike — Poor Mike!  I remember Mike from his two seasons of The Amazing Race.  He never really seemed like a Survivor guy so I’m a little surprised to see him on this season.  Unfortunately, Mike alienated his tribe by being too obvious about searching for an immunity idol.  Plus, they all seem to think he’s rich because he’s a screenwriter.  Speaking as someone who knows a few screenwriters, I have to say that’s hilarious.

As for the episode itself, it was a typical first episode.  Shelters were made.  There were frequent shots of ominous rain clouds.  David won the first reward challenge but then Goliath won the challenge that matters, the immunity challenge.  However, the David Tribe still didn’t have to go to tribal because Pat seriously injured his back during the return journey to camp and he was medically evacuated from the show!

(For the record, this is the first season in which the first episode did not end with a tribal council.)

Pat looked like he was in a lot of pain so I was glad to hear that he made a “full recovery” after being evacuated.  Still, the David Tribe is going to miss him.

Anyway, I’m definitely excited about not only watching this new season of Survivor but also covering it here at the Reality TV Chat Blog!

To quote Kaycee from Big Brother, Let’s Go!

Lisa Marie

16 thoughts on “Survivor 37.1 “Appearances are Deceiving”

  1. Sammi O'Leary

    Good write up Lisa. I’m sure that was difficult but I use your first write up for several weeks until I get everyone straight.

    I feel the same as theycallmelater. Goliath did seem full of themselves. I like Mike, and Dan. I despise Natalie. What a lazy bossy self-entitled woman.

    I love the nerds so far. I didn’t like Pat at first but he definitely grew on me. Sad to see him go.

    I’m sure I will change my mind a few times over but I’m excited Survivor is here and that I’m on this list!!!

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  2. marcellagwin

    I seriously loved Christian. When he explained to Jeff that he’d written puzzle algorithms, I thought I was going to die laughing! He’s quite possibly the best player nerd Survivor has ever found! Time will tell, but he honestly made me LOL several times last night… and yes, I teach physics, so I’m a nerd too… but Christian… #bestnerdever

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  3. sunshine

    Great to see you back Lisa, Let’s Go!

    BB was one of the best yet, let’s hope this season of Survivor is too. So far the players all seem like decent sorts with a couple exceptions. I’ll leave it to you to figure them all out, I don’t get to the recognizing stage until around merge myself.

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  4. tedstrutz

    Yes, Lisa Marie, Let’s Go! Off to a great start with the challenge on the ship and love some of the new camera shots they are getting using drones and go-pro cameras.

    I’m pretty much agreement with your assessments of the castaways. You have to wonder how much of Survivor some of these people have ever watched. From reading their bios, they all did seem to know something when asked which past players they would emulate in their game strategy. But of course some could have been coached. All are not Survivor fanatics like us of course. For instance, wouldn’t Natalie have been better served to be like Cirie and what is up with Nick… being lazy on Day One?? I like them all so far and looking forward to seeing what happens.

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