Wednesday night brought the two-hour premiere of Survivor‘s fortieth “season.” This time around they’ve brought together twenty winners to battle it out for twice the normal prize. And those first two hours didn’t disappoint. A few interesting things:
- It’s always interesting to see early players learn first-hand how the game has changed. From alliances to voting blocks to every day-something different, the tempo of this has changed. I’m not a big fan of the tempo change, but that’s kind of how it’s worked out. It’s also sobering to be reminded that there was a time where hidden immunity idols weren’t in play. The addition of “fire coins” will definitely make this season a little more interesting. Anything, I think, is better than Exile Island.
- It’s amazing to think that life outside of the game has at least a strong initial influence on voting. That some of the players have played together multiple times, that some have played poker together on television . . . that’s the kind of “meta” thing that I wasn’t quite expecting. And it will be interesting to see how that plays out over the next few weeks.
- We saw two contestants voted out in the first evening. One completely makes sense. The other, not so much. It’s amazing to watch older players still play such a great social game. Any time Sandra talks you just assume that she’s turning the game her way. Same with Boston Rob.
Here’s a quick interview done with contestants about who each thought should get voted out first. Interesting to see how some things happened and some things didn’t line up at all.