Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Season Preview
Part 2 - The Beauty Tribe
By Jim Van Nest
February 17, 2016
Hello, good people! We are back with Part 2 of our three-part series previewing Survivor's 32nd season, Kaoh Rong - Brains vs Beauty vs Brawn. We've already previewed the Brains tribe and today we're here to talk about Beauty. Before we get to that, I want to mention the timing of the filming of this season. This season was actually filmed before Second Chance, but due to the fan vote and the immediate sequester, Second Chance was aired first. This means that these poor folks have been sitting on this for over a year now. Can you imagine thinking that you won the game and then having to wait this long to find out? Or being the first one voted out with all your friends talking to you about how excited they are for over a year?
This season was filmed in the same location as Second Chance. In fact, some Second Chancers mentioned seeing remnants of the Kaoh Rong cast out on the island - trees where they tallied the number of days in the game...stuff like that. Also, it should be mentioned that these people did not see Second Chance and may not have seen the end of Worlds Apart by the time they filmed, so they may know nothing about Vote Doublers and Vote Stealers advantages. So, keep that in mind when the players see things that we’re used to by now. This is their first time seeing it.
All right, are you ready to meet the Beauty tribe? They will be called Gondol. They'll be donning yellow buffs this time around and here they are:
Anna Khait - Poker players haven't traditionally done well on Survivor. Of course, the three poker players to play the game were all guys and all thought they were WAY smarter than everyone else. Anna could have fallen into the same trap, if put on the Brains tribe, I think. However, they put her on Beauty. With that label, she won't have to be the smartest person in the room. Also in her favor is that on this tribe, she probably will be the smartest. And she knows how to read people; you have to in order to make a living playing poker. In watching her video, what I liked about her is that she doesn't have the typical Survivor player bravado. Everyone's a champion in the pregame. She is very realistic about her chances, figuring that if she doesn't win, she'll at least learn something about herself and have something to work on. I agree with Jeff Probst and think going in with the realistic attitude that you likely won't win the game can help release you to actually play the game. And I think Anna will personify that attitude - the attitude that views Survivor as a really hard game to win, rather than your game to lose. I like Anna's chances and I see a long run for her out there.
Caleb Reynolds - Next up is former Big Brother contestant, Caleb. For those who watch BB, he had the nickname "Beast Mode Cowboy." Read that again if you want, because it's the last time I plan to use it. I don't have a problem with the cowboy part; he lives on a farm and lives that life. Awesome. The other part is a stupid nickname and it's someone ELSE'S stupid nickname. So, right off the bat I don't care for this guy. I don't watch BB, so I have no idea what he's about, but he certainly doesn't strike me as a Hayden Moss kinda guy.
He has an interesting plan for the game and that's to be funny. To be some sort of comic relief for his Tribe. He's a veteran, so he gets mad respect from me for that. I'm just not sure he's the personality I'm going to care for on a season of Survivor. I also think that I'm gonna have to put up with him for a while. He has the makings of the guy I want to see voted out that never gets frickin' voted out. He'll definitely make the merge, but I don't think he has what it takes to win.
Julia Sokolowski - We've already met one of the oldest to ever play Survivor, now it's time to meet one of the youngest. Julia is 18-years-old and at the time of filming was just a couple months removed from high school. I'll say this; she seems like a super sweet girl. She's very pretty, has a lot going for her and she will probably do well in life. But to quote Kimmi Kappenberg, "No, Pumpkin, no." Survivor is not going to be for her. She spent some time in Tanzania and did a lot of outdoorsy stuff, but I can't imagine in a million years that it will be anything like what she's getting ready to put herself through to play Survivor. She's a sorority girl who's been working on networking for life after college and that's amazing, especially for a freshman. But if she thinks, for one second, that that experience will in any way compare to Survivor, she's in for a major surprise. These people don't care, they won't care and they'll cut your throat at any second. I could be wrong here, but I think this game will swallow her up and she'll be a very early boot on the Beauty tribe. I would also put her in the pool for a med-evac.