I wrote about Survivor before when it was conducting a Blood vs Water season (family members against family members), and I admitted that it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. That said, I really like season 30’s theme. To me, it’s really interesting seeing how people from really different lifestyles interact with one another.
The white collar tribe immediately had the planning aspect of everything together. They saw a task and knew logically how to complete it. I was sort of expecting tension considering all of these people are used to leadership roles, but there wasn’t nearly as much fighting as there was in other tribes. It was almost like their professionalism carried over to the game. There was some conflict when the tribe leaders chose to take a small bag of beans and a clue to a hidden idol instead of a larger bag that would feed the tribe for longer, though, and that choice may have sealed the tribe’s fate for the week.
The blue collar tribe was a bit more confrontational, and though I’ve been thinking about it a lot, I’m not completely sure why. There were a lot of unexpected egos, not to mention a forty-something in a Speedo. They struggled to set up a shelter, and they were already fighting within a few moments of being on an island together.
The Immunity Challenge was based on three types of puzzles. One had five pieces, another had ten, and the last had fifty. Each required a different type of skill to complete, so it was crucial to pick the correct puzzle and person to solve it. The no-collars chose the more visual puzzle, white-collars chose the straight-forward option, and the blue-collars also opted for the visual choice. The no-collars surprisingly came in first when a white-collar member choked on her ego, letting both other teams ahead of them. Unfortunately, the white-collars left the challenge with nothing but a Tribal Council sentence.
At Tribal Council, the egos and craziness exploded for the white-collar tribe in what one player called “a wicked downpour and a lot of drama.” I think the greatest thing to realize from this show is that every lifestyle has its strengths and weaknesses. Sure, I think that white-collars have some great skills, but constantly being in charge can inflate one’s head. Right away, I assumed that the no-collars weren’t going to accomplish anything, but they won the first challenge of the season!
From the first episode, I can already tell that this will be the best season of Survivor yet. I find this theme to be a true social experiment, and I’m excited to see which lifestyle ends up prevailing and taking home the million dollars. Happy kommenting :)