We’re kicking things off tonight with the Survivor 2012 premiere of the Philippines season. Eighteen castaways. Three tribes. Let’s see how it this works out tonight with the first episode.
Confirming what we’ve already known for a long while the new castaways are introduced to their team leaders, the three returning castaways. Next Jeff confirms there will be hidden immunity idols again this season, but of course no details on where those are located.
Jeff instructs the new tribes to gather everything they can and jump off the boat. Along the way we might have our first injury of the season with Jeff Kent who pops his knee in the process but tries to hide it from the team.
We’re getting lots of time with each tribe and learning how the groups are aligning. I’d say 90 mins is way too long for an episode of Survivor!
Time for some immunity idol hunting. Jonathan Prenner over on the Kalabaw tribe finds the first clue in the rice bucket. The theme continues on the Matsing tribe when Russell Swan finds the idol clue in their rice supply as well.
Finally! Time for the first immunity challenge. Jeff reveals there are two immunity idols, but only the first tribe to finish gets the fire-making kit while the second tribe gets a piece of flint. The castaways have to paddle out, release a submerged chest, bring it back, and assemble a puzzle from its contents.
After trailing in second place Kalabaw comes back to just barely, barely beat out Tandang to get first place with immunity and the fire-making kit. Tandang gets the piece of flint and immunity as well. That means Matsing is heading to Tribal. Will they turn on Russell so soon?
Heading in to tribal council we see Zane trying to play some Jedi mind tricks while working behind Russell’s back to get him evicted. Zane also tries to convince the rest of the tribe that Russell has the immunity idol already. This guy is going full blast right from the start.
It’s time for the voting to begin. We get to see Russell cast his vote for Zane. No surprise. Zane returns the favor. All the rest are hidden until Jeff tallies the votes. Well, I think Zane’s whole bizarro game play has officially backfired. He’s voted out of Survivor Philippines by a 5-1 vote.
Did the Matsing tribe make the right choice?
There’s going to be a former child star, a baseball great, three returning players and a whole cast of newbies. Are you ready for the new season of Survivor to start? We are. We’ll be here every week and every day with results, recaps, updates and news. So stay with us all season.
I don’t know about you, but I’m interested in seeing how long it takes the castaways to recognize Blair from “The Facts of Life. She’s apparently not going to just offer up the information. Surely someone’s going to pick up on it right away, right?
Be sure to check back later for a full recap of the premiere of Survivor Philippines.
Survivor Philippines kicks off Wednesday at 8 pm on CBS so it’s time to take a closer look at each of this seasons’s contestants. We’ve divided them up into their tribes and the last person in each tribe is a returning castaway.
Kalabaw (Water Buffalo) Tribe
Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Maryland, insurance salesperson
Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Delaware, 2011 Miss Delaware
Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, former Major League Baseball All Star
Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, cosmetologist
Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kansas, coach
Jonathan Prenner, 50, Los Angeles, writer (previous seasons — Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia)
This Wednesday, Survivor 2012 Philippines premieres just ahead of the Big Brother 14 finale.
As most of you know, the season will include several familiar names, including an athlete, a former child actress and three former contestants who were taken out of the game for medical reasons.
If you want to get ahead of the game and get to know the new castaways, CBS, of course has up videos from all the contestants. One of the contestants I’m most interested in is Lisa Welchel, from TV’s The Facts of Life. In her video, which I’ve shared below, she talks about her life after the sitcom and tells us that she was not recruited to be on Survivor. She said she had a friend make a video of her on her iPhone and then she sent it out into the Twitterverse as a campaign to get her on the show. And it worked.
Next week will bring us the premiere of Survivor Philippines and with it the return of three former fallen players: Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan. These returning castaways will join 15 new players to form three separate tribes. You can read about the Philippines tribes and how they’re split.
Here’s a refresher video with Jeff Probst detailing how and why each of the returning players had to leave the game. I can’t decide who had the worst reason to be evacuated. Well, probably Jonathan considering that infection could have spread and cost him his life. What do you think is the worst reason to be removed?