Yes indeed, last night the new season of “Survivor” began, nine pairs of loved ones competing against each to be the sole survivor at the end of 39 days. And they are girlfriend and boyfriend Jaclyn & Jon; girlfriend and boyfriend John & Julie, -he is John Rucker ex-professional baseball player-; mother and daughter Missy & Baylor; brothers Alec & Drew; father and daughter Dale & Kelley; dating Josh & Reed: husband and wife Jeremy & Val, incidentally –Jeremy is a firefighter and Val is a police officer for the City of Boston-, major rivalry despite being in love with each other; sisters Nadiya & Natalie alumni from The Amazing Race twice, outspoken and abrasive; father and son Keith & Wes. They all were given flint so they could share one night together before being divided into teams, and some were able to light a fire, others not to successful and Keith & Wes went as far as losing their striker and eventually breaking their flint.
In the morning they met Jeff Probst who asked them to get their buffs, orange, or Team Coyopa and blue or Team Hunahpu. The first order of business was reward and the first competition was between Jeremy and Val, the winner would get flint and a bag of beans for their tribe while the loved one would be sent to Exile Island. Jeremy got the win and with tears in his eyes sent his wife to fend for herself, however, was told that he would need to pick a member of his own tribe to go with her and he chose Keith.
Hunahpu camp was ecstatic due to winning the very first challenge and Jeremy at least for the time being was the hero since he won, and had to send his loved one to Exile Island and the talk about alliances began; however, Jeremy started to believe himself as being the one everybody wants to align themselves with and all that talk this early in the game is dangerous. On Coyapa’s camp Dale who is a farmer and 45 years old felt himself as being out of the loop but once they tried to make fire, he went as far as breaking his glasses so that two lenses together would make a more intense reflection and thus fire was acquired and he was the hero, whereas before he felt alienated.
Then it was time for the Immunity Challenge and those in Exile Island were brought back. And Coyopa got to an early lead and it seemed as though they would take the win, but Hunahpu not skipping a bit and being as intense as possible and with great teamwork, not only caught up with the other team but would up beating them and thus sending them to their first tribal council where someone would be eliminated from the competition. But having their loved ones on the losing team, makes victories bittersweet, either the losing loved one will go without a reward, or worse be voted out.
The talk among tribe members as to who should be the first one eliminated ensued and Dale pointed out, Nadiya backstabbing ways on The Amazing Race and many agreed that she should be going home, then at Tribal Council there was talk about friendship and how the tribe seemed to be adjusting, and after the votes were tallied; Nadiya was the first person eliminated from “Survivor” and that was a good thing because she does not have a filter and apparently speaks without giving a second thought. Recaps, episodes, and information can be found at www.cbs.com/survivor
“Survivor” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.