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Wow.  Well, the first episode of Survivor: Micronesia proves why the show is in its 16th season and still going strong.  You just never know what to expect.  Read on at your own risk, but beware of spoilers, because I am going to dish out all the dirt on the first days of Fans vs. Favorites.

The show begins with Jeff Probst, Survivor’s only constant cast member, on the beach in the pouring rain, wearing his usual khaki pants and wrinkle-free button up.  The ten fans arrive and pile onto their orange mat when Jeff delivers the news that their competitors are none other than 10 of the favorite past Survivors to have played the game.  He then brings out the ten favorites one at a time:  Cirie (Exile Island), Ozzy (Cook Islands), Ami (Vanuatu), Jonathan (Cook Islands), James (China), Eliza (Vanuatu), Parvati (Cook Islands), Yau-man (Fiji), Amanda (China) and the infamous Jonny Fairplay.  Oh, and FYI, Yau-man got the biggest round of applause from the fans by far.

The Favs get the Purple buffs and are labeled the “Malakal” tribe, while the Fans get Orange and are called the “Airai” tribe.  In true Survivor fashion, the first episode has to include a swim, and Probst tells the castaways that across the water at the next island they will find boats and maps to their camps.  Ah, and also, an immunity idol for each tribe.  Finders keepers, and it is only good for the first tribal council.  Eliza makes a break for it and everyone follows, with Erik from the Fans side making it across first.  Somehow, though, he walks right by the idol that is tied to the boat and breaks into the woods looking for it.  Jonny Fairplay casually strolls up and grabs the idol, but then realizes he has the other teams’ idol.  In the first really exciting moment of the season, Yau-man understands what is going on and dives towards the right idol, knocking Fairplay to the ground.  Oh, what sweet forwarning.  So, Yau-man is safe from the first tribal council, and Fan Kathy walks up and grabs the other idol for her team.

 Back at their camp, the Favs are quick to get to work, knowing all too well what hell camp can be without shelter or food.  Before dark, they already have a strong shelter built and plenty of food in their bellies.  And that’s not all!  Alliances are already being made and people are quick to settle back into ther old scheming ways.  Parvati goes to work on James fast, which he apparently loves, calling her a “sex kitten”, while Amanda and Ozzy are quick to pair up.  Jonny Fairplay reveals that this time around, he is playing a different game because his girlfriend back home is 7 months pregnant.  I, of course, push this to the back of my mind because, hey, I don’t believe a word he says anyway!  Meanwhile, seeing the others pair off, Ami, Yau-man, Eliza and Jonathan put their hands together and shake on the first official alliance of the season.  They quickly decide that Parvati is the biggest threat and she should go first, while the other four-some decides that Eliza will go first based on the cunning game she played in Vanuatu.  Fiarplay is in his comfortable role of lying to both sides, but where the hell is Cirie during all this?  She is strangely absent from most of the talks at camp.  Oh, and did I mention that there hasn’t even been a challenge yet?

 The Fans, starvation virgins that they are, are not as quick to get their shelter up.  They end up spending the night hungry and wet, in true Survivor fashion.  And who is the first one to crack under the pressure of one hard day in the wild?  Kathy!   After a day at camp where she already called Chet out for being gay and made an inappropriate comment about Tracy’s fake boobs, Kathy ends up crying her eyes out in the rain on the very first night.  Good thing she got the immunity idol, I thought… or she’d be the first to go. 

The first challenge of the season is a battle for both fire and immunity.  The Favs come into the challenge with BIG ego’s, trying to psych out the Airai tribe by bragging about their shelter and food back at camp.  The enthused Fans are not even phased by it, though, and you can tell that they are ready to prove that they can outplay the Favorites.  Here is a quick run-down of the challenge:

  • Untie puzzle parts and assemble 4 wheels.
  • Get the wheels on a cart and roll it through some obstacles
  • Fish some wooden planks out of the sand and build a bridge
  • Roll your cart over the bridge to the platform
  • Take the wheels apart and put the puzzle together
  • Turn the big puzzle around, releasing fire and raising your flag for the win!

To make a pretty short story even shorter:  Fans Win!  Piece of cake.  The only really notable things about the challenge are that 1) The favorites crash into a tree and Eliza gets hurt (she had a mark on her head later that looked pretty nasty),but I never heard her complain.  Kudos girl!  and 2)Erik was quick to throw sand all over the Favs to distract them.  I think he has some spunk that we have only just begun to see, so watch out for him in the future!  When it was all over, the Favorites looked so defeated.  And they should, because one of them is going home already.

Here is where the episode gets really interesting.  Back at camp, Jonny Fairplay starts crying about his daughter who will be born in 7 months.  He tells Parvati that he isn’t sure he should be out here playing the game and she, very nonchalantly, agrees with him.  I think maybe she was thinking at first that if he lies and says “Send me home”, they can fool the other group and vote out Eliza easily as planned.  I kept expecting some crazy plan to emerge at tribal, where the infamous liar Fairplay shows how he’s got everyone eating out of the palm of his hand.  In the end, though, it is Fairplay that gets voted out, almost unanimously.  Honestly, it’s kind of a letdown that he’s gone so fast, especially after all the hype of him coming back and being ready to lie big to win it all.  He plays it off like he just wants to be with his daughter, but does he even really get to go home right away?  I thought they all had to hang out in some resort so the press doesn’t get wind of the voting order?  I get the feeling he was trying to figure out a bigger and better lie than the Grandma lie and just came up short. 

Overall, it was a good first episode, and this season promises to be full of interesting personalities and possible sexual escapades.  In the previews for next week, it looked like Ozzy and Amanda were getting it on in the moonlight.  What are your early predictions about who will win?  As for me, I think that Kathy will win it all.  🙂  Just kidding! 

My real prediction:  Cirie plays her game under the radar and wins it all.