Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Recap
Episode 1: May the Best Generation Win
By Jim Van Nest, Gen X-er
September 21, 2016
Over at Millennial beach, Michaela agrees with Chris that things are not going to be good if Jeff is giving away tarps. With their tarp in hand, they set off to improve their epically bad shelter. As Zeke talks about how it can't get worse - we get a shot of Jeff showing up at camp. He tells them that the storm has been upgraded to a cyclone and is expected to hit their beach tonight. For the first time in Survivor history, they've made the decision to evacuate the camps until the storm passes. They can grab their personal items and their chickens and get out of there.
We join the Gen X tribe as Jeff shows up at their camp. They're all concerned, because Jeff never comes to camp. He tells them to grab their stuff and head out to a safe place to wait out the storm. We see a confessional from Rachel in which the wind is blowing so much she can hardly stand up. As they make their way to the waiting boat, the winds pick up tremendously and the rain seems to be swirling around them. I don't know, I'm not sure that being out on the ocean is a much better place to be with the weather coming in, but I guess they don't have far to go.
After the break, we are treated to some storm footage. This storm is some serious business. We actually see a tree come down and land dead on the Gen X shelter. Had they not been evacuated, it's a safe bet they would have been in that shelter when the tree came down and someone or someone(s) could have been seriously hurt, even killed. This footage, I've learned, was caught because one of the camera guys rigged up a Go-Pro camera to another staffer's extra cell phone battery charger and left the camera running through the storm. It was actually pretty ingenious and really paid off as it caught the tree falling on the shelter.
Day 3 dawns all sunny and beautiful as if nothing ever happened. EVERYone is released back to camp and we come back to Gen X first. They are blown away to see their camp and the shelter. They don't waste a lot of time, though, and get back to the work of building a shelter. In a scene reminiscent of Stephen Fishbach on Second Chance, David has a fight with a stick, but he finally gets it to break, so good for him. He tells us that he's feeling the game slip away from him. He doesn't have anything going for him right now. So, also in Fishbach-ian form, he starts shamelessly searching for the idol. The rest of the tribe openly talks about him searching like this. Jessica tells us that the whole tribe is annoyed and that if they had to vote now, David would be gone.
The Millennials get back to camp and everything is just as destroyed over there. Zeke comes out of nowhere and leads the building of the new shelter. And once that's done, he uses bamboo to start a fire with no flint. For a major fish out of water character, he has stepped up like no one before. A shelter and a fire...are you kidding me? Once that stuff is out of the way, the beautiful people make it really obvious they're a group. Hannah doesn't like it, so she goes to Mari to talk game. They decide to collect the rest of the misfits (or Freaks and Geeks). Which is SO stereotypical of the high school click. The beautiful people think they have this indestructible force, never taking one second to think that their alliance of four is on the short end of a 6-4 Misfit vs. Pretty people split. Come on, man! Strive to be more than a reality TV cliché! Please!