The wait between seasons was a little bit longer than usual, but today has finally arrived: It is the premiere of the 28th season of Survivor, a version called "Survivor: Cagayan," with the theme being "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty." Tonight's two-hour premiere begins on CBS at 8 p.m. This article will get you completely filled in on everything you'll need to know heading into tonight's big episode.
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As Jeff Probst describes it, this season there will be three tribes to begin the game, each representing an important aspect of the game needed to win. The Brawn Tribe is made up of some tough cookies, the Brains Tribe will hopefully be revealed to be game-smart and not just book-smart and then there is the Beauty Tribe, which isn't necessarily a virtue that a Sole Survivor has to possess, unless you think of it more like "charisma" and less like "hots."
This season takes place in Cagayan (pronounced "Cahgee On"), which is in the Philippines as were the past few seasons. Each of the three tribes are made of of six contestants, meaning 18 in total, all of which will compete for the one million dollar prize over the course of the 39 day game. Click here if you need a quick catch-up on this year's cast.
Here's what we know: This season will begin with a two-hour premiere episode and - as revealed by Jeff Probst in the video (to the top/left of this article) - will feature an immediate and shocking twist. Probst goes on to explain that he feels that a three-tribe structure makes numbers at the merge much more difficult than with two tribes and he also confirms that there will be hidden Immunity Idols in play. This season also will not feature Redemption Island, so if a torch is snuffed, you're out of the game.
But not so fast. When it comes to Immunity Idols this season, there will be a new twist. Probst didn't really reveal what that twist would be, but he did mention that a new kind of Idol will appear post-merge and that the idea for the new twist came to him from film guru and comedian, Tyler Perry. He jokes in the video that he if referring to it as the "Tyler Perry Idol," which I hope is a name that doesn't stick. Perhaps it will be a normal Idol but just dressed in drag?
Here is the official CBS synopsis for the premiere episode:
Episode 1 – “Hot Girl With A Grudge” - THREE CASTAWAYS FACE A GAME-CHANGING DECISION MINUTES INTO THE COMPETITION, ON A SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE OF “SURVIVOR,” THEMED “BRAWN vs. BRAINS vs. BEAUTY,” WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26. Three castaways face a game-changing decision minutes after the competition begins. Meanwhile, one tribe pours both blood and sweat into an early challenge and one castaway seeks revenge after discovering that her tribe wants to vote her out, on a special two-hour season premiere of SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. I wonder what could be the initial "game-changing decision" set to rock the season right from the start? We've seen instant vote-offs in the past, which seems cruel and unusual for a cast of newbies and without the safety net of Redemption Island. But clearly if there are three people involved, it is probably one from each of the three tribes who will - as Probst says - have a choice to be selfish or self-less right off the bat.
Pouring both "blood and sweat" into a challenge? That could be code for a medical situation, which would be a shame for someone in the first few days to have to experience. It has happened before though. You remember Kourtney Moon from Survivor: One World? She was the first person eliminated her season and the earliest medical evacuation ever.
And then there seems to be drama right from the start as well, thus the name of the episode one would assume. All of this points to the beginnings of a promising season. But early tribal drama could also point to bad gameplay. Let's hope it's something cool.
So what are your thoughts going into this season? Think it looks promising or do you think it sounds likes a recipe for disaster? Do you like seasons with all new casts, like this one? Post your comments below and let me know your thoughts!
As for me? My early season prediction is that Trish has the make-up to make it very far in the game. Let me know if you think I'm wrong or right!
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