Jeff Probst promised us (warned us?) before that Survivor would get stuck on this retread theme of bringing back past castaways to overshadow new castaways. Yah! (No, not Yah!) Sure enough, they’re doing it again and this time it’s the Blood Vs Water theme all over.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Jeff confirmed that this season’s theme of pitting loved ones against each other would get a redo with some tweaks and fixes to improve the game play. No specifics on just what those changes would be, but share your thoughts on what could make it better. For me I just want a straight up season of Survivor. Call me crazy.
The return of Blood Vs Water won’t happen next season (S28) since that’s already filmed and will air in the spring, but Jeff says to anticipate it returning for S29 or S30 which will film next year.
Sigh. Is there any chance they could do a BvW without including returning players? I’d be surprised especially considering their recent streak of vets in the mix.
Maybe I’m in the minority. Do you like the recycling of players or would you prefer an all new cast?
This week on Survivor 2013 the Jury starts to fill up as the first castaway from Kasama and Redemption Island is eliminated from the game. That means Laura B and John were the final castaways to be cut from the season without making it to Jury.
Three castaways currently find themselves at Redemption Island: Aras, Vytas, and Tina. One of them will be cut and take the first seat in preparation to decide which player gets the half-million dollar prize.
According to the CBS blurb for this week’s Survivor there will be an “emotional loss” which could mean a lot of things, but would Tina really get emotional? I’m guessing it means Aras and Vytas will be split up with a loss. That sounds like more potential of emotion. Then again…
Of course which ever two of them stay in the arena after the duel will continue on for their chance to avoid the Jury and make it back in to the game. We’ll have to wait and see which one it is!
There aren’t any eliminated castaways this week for the Survivor After Show so instead Pavarti Shallow returns with guest Kimberly Nordyke from The Hollywood Reporter. Next week we should be right back on track for more eliminated castaway guests.
In this week’s segment Pavarti and Kimberly run down the current state of the game and how each of the players are doing. It’s pretty interesting to hear the discussion and see what both of them think for who is making good moves and who needs to start improving things quickly.
Of course you have to wonder how much of the Survivor spoilers they’ve been reading this year and whether or not they let that guide their expectations. From what I heard I don’t think they’re letting it completely control the discussion. Maybe not all of those spoilers are true though!
Watch this week’s installment of the Survivor After Show and share your thoughts.
Survivor After Show: Blood Vs Water – Episode 8
This week on Survivor 2013 castaways Vytas and Tina were unsurprisingly voted out of the Kasama tribe. Most of us saw this coming especially when CBS started running promos with Tina going after Monica. Then Vytas got the same treatment as he threatened vengeance against the other tribemates. Gee, I wonder how they’ll take that!
In these segments we’ve got Vytas explaining how he regrets not working hard to manipulate the other castaways. He thinks he did a better job of that early on, but when things got to the tribe merge he coasted for too long. I’m not sure it would have made a difference for him as he was Aras’s brother and sending them both to Redemption Island meant they’d finally be done with at least one of them.
Then for Tina she describes her return from Tribal Council that night where she went after Tyson for his betrayal. Not realizing how deep that betrayal ran she waded right in to some dark waters and never returned. She might have lasted a little longer without that event, but again as part of a pair it wasn’t surprising.
It was a busy night on Survivor Blood Vs Water with a double round of challenges and Tribal Councils as the show worked quickly to restock the arena. With just one castaway waiting at Redemption Island without any challengers we jumped straight ahead to the first Immunity Challenge of the night.
Survivor 2013 – Episode 9 – Immunity Challenge #1:
It’s the food challenge and every bit as disgusting as you’d imagine. After the mealworms round only Tyson, Monica, Vytas, Hayden, Gervase, and Caleb move on to eat pig intestines. Sure, mealworms are gross but watching Caleb chew at the intestines was enough to get me groaning.
Only Monica and Gervase survive the piggy bits and face off in the final round: a pair of grubs. This is of course the item that Gervase couldn’t finish in the first season of Survivor. He won’t repeat that mistake this time though and immediately throws both in his mouth. Nasty blood or juices are running down his face as he eats away at them.
Monica is slow and steady to win the race just barely ahead of Gervase. She secures her immunity at the next Tribal Council.
Survivor 2013 – Episode 9 – Tribal Council #1:
Vytas knows he’s in the danger zone and he comes in to the Tribal Council swinging. He’s calling out everyone he can for their move last week of voting out Aras, but it doesn’t work. He gets five votes and is sent to meet his brother at Redemption Island.
Survivor 2013 – Episode 9 – Immunity Challenge #2:
Now here’s a nice challenge that doesn’t require eating nasty food. Castaways have to balance coins on a sword handle as it rests on a shield. Drop a coin or lose your stack and it’s over.