The Survivor off-season is over. The 33rd season of Survivor is back but this time the theme is Gen X vs Millennials. Millennials tribe consist of people aged 18 to 31 and Gen X consists of people aged 32 to 52. When both tribes arrived on the beach, the competition for the best generation was immediately on. The Gen X tribe made statements like “we actually had to walk to the store to get milk” and “we are the hardest working people here.” I’m a millennial myself and that kind of stuff is a little farfetched. After all, the Millennials end up winning the immunity challenge. Take that.
A lot of interesting stuff happened in last night’s episode. For starters, Survivor had their 1st evacuation due to a Cyclone that was passing by. Probst did give a tarp for protection to both camps, which is pretty serious because tribes usually compete in challenges to win a tarp. However, the Cyclone was really serious and the tribes were taken to a safe place until the storm blew over, even the camera crew and everybody else was taken off. I’ve seen every episode of survivor and when I saw glimpses of how bad the storm was, I’m glad everyone was pulled and taken to safety. I can’t imagine someone going through that if they weren’t taken to safety.
You can see the differences between the tribes in this episode. Gen X tribe are definitely vocal, determined and focused. Millennials tribe…well…it was like watching a stereotypical mini high school class. You got the cool kids, geeks, and the outsiders. Poor Zeke, he works in management and doesn’t feel like he belongs with the tribe. However, kudos to him for starting fire. Jay, Figgy, and Taylor are part of the cool kids tribe. It was definitely there between Taylor and Jay being surf bros and bringing in Figgy as the hot chick. We’ll see how long this will last. The Millennials do have their own thing going. None of them, besides Zeke, has a normal, mundane job at home. You have a missionary recruiter, snowboard instructor, and an Asian stay at home video gamer. Should be interesting to see how each of them will factor out in the game. Like I said before, the Gen X tribe definitely lives up to their name. They’re hard working and ready to go and play this game. Jessica managed to get an advantage for herself in the game. She got this advantage back on the 1st day when both tribes had 2 minutes to gather any supplies in the field consisting of wood, pots and pans, fishing gear and other survival essentials. Jessica spotted an envelope and kept it for herself. This is the legacy advantage. Another first in Survivor. If she happens to stick around on day 36, she will receive an advantage in the game. However, if she’s voted out, she must give that note to another player. By day 36, there will only be a few people left. It should be a HUGE advantage, whatever it might be.
At the challenge, the Millennials played very smart unlike the Gen X tribe. In the challenge, the tribe came across 2 obstacles. They can choose to take the easier route to the puzzle making. However, if a tribe picked both easy routes, they would have to complete the hardest puzzle with the most pieces. That’s what the Gen X tribe did. They got to the puzzle making challenge first but couldn’t complete the 80 piece puzzle. The Millennials only picked 1 of the 2 cheats and only had to complete the 70 piece puzzle. It was a very bad strategy on Gen X’s part. The puzzle making in survivor challenges is always the hardest. Rachel and Dave claimed they are good at puzzles but it didn’t show when they couldn’t complete it. I knew 1 of the 2 was going home. Dave is probably the most interesting player from last night. In his interview, he said he doesn’t like loud noises, the beach, sand, water and elements. He just loves the aspect of the game. He was so bothered by the loud machete noises and very paranoid about immunity idols. Day 1 and he’s already paranoid about everything. I have to admit, it was entertaining to see this guy fall apart on day 1. He even tried looking for the idol in broad day light where everyone could see him. Not very smart. He immediately put a target on his back and I thought he would be the first one out. However, poor Rachel got the honor and was voted out. Rachel showed a bit of her paranoia and was definitely vocal about some things.
My assessment on the cast this year is still in the works. It takes me a few episodes to get a feel for each person and see how their likability, game making and worth shows in the game. For first impressions I really think Dave instantly labeled himself as “TAREGT.” He definitely wants to play but is not being subtle about it. His tribemates know it too. If they happen to lose the next round, he could possibly go home. I think the millennials will be fun to watch this year. Can’t wait to see if the cool kids will triumph over the loners/nerds. Long live the nerds! I’m really excited to see how Zeke and Will play throughout the game. Zeke was the one that built the fire and felt isolated from his tribe. Day 1 he proved as an asset and it could work in his favor as long as he’s making the right relationships and playing his own game. Will, the youngest contestant this year, is the guy I’ll be rooting for all the way. Simply because he’s a high school student. The 18 year old left high school just so he can play the game! That is just simply awesome! This kid wasn’t even born was survivor was on tv. He kind of reminds me of Erik from Micronesia. The super fan and just ready to play. However, Will can’t be trustworthy or blind from his surroundings. He has to be confident, determined and he could go far. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds!