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Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 1 Recap, Part One

It's Survivor Warfare

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

February 26, 2015

I was in the NFL, you know. Okay, it was only for a month. But that was a great month.

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We come back from break as the No Collars arrive at camp. Hali is thrilled to be on this tribe. They look fun and laid back. Nina gathers the tribe to tell them that she is completely deaf and that she has the cochlear implants. They are very receptive to her, which takes a load off her mind. Then talks turn to shelter and the two that have to go make the decision. As a tribe, they start talking out what the choices may be and they actually make a list of what's most important. Rice, tarp, etc. Very smart, I think for the whole tribe to discuss this before the other two go and make a potentially bad decision.

So we join Will and Jenn as they come up on the decision spot. The choice is a simple one (as is the decision, but I'll get to that in a bit). You can take a big bag of beans back to camp to help feed the tribe for many days to come. Or, you can take a much smaller bag of beans back to camp and get a clue to the hidden immunity idol. They don't even hesitate and they take the big bag. Jenn tells us that you can't start playing an individual game at this point; you have to play the team game. And she's absolutely 100 million percent right. Taking the clue would be insane. for a couple of reasons, really. First is that when you come back to camp with a teeny tiny bag of beans, how do explain to your tribe that it was the best thing for the tribe? Also, we've seen over several seasons now that the producers kind of suck at hiding immunity idols. People find them without clues all the time. Now that they know there's an idol at camp, they can still search for it in all the obvious places.

Now it's time to see what the guys at Blue Collar do with their decision. Mike asks Dan if they want to be good guys or bad guys. Dan says he wants to be a good guy, but villains win this game. He then says, "But it's too early to be a villain." So, as they should, the guys decide on the big bag of rice. The next exchange however, is the producers' dream scenario of what this decision can possibly do at camp. The guys come back to camp with the big bag of rice, feeling like heroes. Lindsey is pumped. Sierra Dawn doesn't buy it. She says the bag is way too small. She asks us in confessional if the small bag held like four beans. Actually, Sierra...it wasn't much more than that. But that's how something like this plays out. Even if you make the absolute right decision, perception is huge in this game and despite acting in everyone's best interest; the guys are now not trusted by Sierra.




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As Mike and Dan talk about it, they agree that they made the right decision and that's all they can worry about. Juggling some coconuts, Dan makes a pretty cool analogy for the game, "The hard part isn't juggling. It's not looking at your hands while you're juggling." And of course, he's not looking at his hands as he says it. But it's very true. You have to be 100% with all of your moves in this game. If you keep looking at your hands to keep your balls in the air (that's right...I said "keep your balls in the air") you're going to miss something else. You have to keep those balls in motion while being on the lookout for other things. On Dan Foley - you chubby bearded sage you!

We're at the White Collar tribe now. And what better way to celebrate arriving at camp than to go right into a roundtable "who I am" discussion. Carolyn tells us she's in training, so introductions are very important. It's like a little board room in the middle of the jungle. It's pretty obnoxious but I have to admit, I kinda like Carolyn. Maybe it's the New York thing. She's got the great accent and I can't wait to see her get pissed about something. I bet she can throw an epic tantrum.

And now it's time for Joaquin and So to go make their decision. They're all so very successful that knowing the right move here should be a piece of cake, right? Um...not so fast. Joaquin immediately says that they have to take the idol clue. So isn't totally on board with him, but I can tell that she wants to be a bad girl. To his credit, Joaquin does an excellent job of convincing her to go with him and to make the game's first alliance. I discounted him in my preview, but if he can sway someone that easily to make an absolutely horrible decision...maybe he has some game in him. On the other hand, now this chucklenut has to go back to camp with like 20 beans and convince his tribe they made the best decision for everyone involved. With these people? Are you kidding me? Ain't happenin', captain! So tells us she's worried about being kind of forced into this alliance so soon, like she's made a deal with the devil.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part Two of the Surivor premiere recap.


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