Survivor: South Pacific

I Need Redemption

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

September 19, 2011

Yeah, I got voted off but Ozzy thought I was hot. That's how Amanda Kimmel got (somewhat) famous.

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Jeff asks Dawn who else might be worried and she suggests Cochran. He jumps in and says that yeah, he might be weaker, but he did well in the rope portion of the challenge. Papa Bear does admit that Cochran has a rough time on the wall and also that he needs a lot of direction. Semhar admits that she does feel a little relief knowing that some people want Cochran out instead of her. Cochran decides to go on the offensive. Sorta. He suggests that she doesn't do much around camp and that he's working a lot harder. He says that he is a good learner and despite not knowing anything, he only has to be taught once. He also says that it's heartbreaking to think that he could be the first person voted out. He promises that beginning tomorrow he will be a new Cochran. He'll do whatever they want him to do and that he'll be a work animal around camp.

Jeff points out the obvious, that it's Semhar or Cochran going home. And with that, it's time to vote. We only see two votes. Semhar voting for Cochran and Cochran voting for Semhar. First vote, Cochran. Second vote, Semhar. In what could be a bit of a shock, Ozzy actually thinks with his big head and joins the rest and they make Semhar the first resident of Redemption Island in a unanimous. As she heads out, he says, "I should have taught her to make a fire." I guess now we have to see whether or not Cochran can improve like he said he would.


Overall, a very nice first episode of Survivor. I can't overstate how nice it is to have that extra half hour to get to know these people. I feel like I have a nice handle on the dynamics of each tribe as well as a nice foundation on the personalities in this game. Sure, I don't know all the names yet, but I feel like I know about the people. That extra 30 minutes of camp life will be huge in "getting into" this season, I think.

Next time on Survivor: Cochran seems to be the focal point. And Brandon's secret is weighing on him and that awakens the Dragon Slayer. Oooh...Episode 2 and we get the Dragon Slayer already?? I can't wait. Til then, take care.

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