Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Recap
Episode 1: May the Best Generation Win
By Jim Van Nest, Gen X-er
September 21, 2016
As we come back from break we FINALLY get to a challenge. And it's a big one. It's the typical first challenge obstacle course, but with a twist. On two of the obstacles, the tribes will have a choice to make. They can choose to make the obstacle easier. The price? The challenge ending puzzle will have 10 pieces added to it for each short cut they take. It starts at 50 and will have 70 if they use both shortcuts. Right off the bat, things get tough. Chris blocks the millennials from getting one of the clubs they need until his tribe has all of their clubs. Gen X takes the short cut on the next obstacle. It's the tunnel of ropes and for all the big guys on this tribe; I certainly see why they would take the shortcut here. Once through, they take the shortcut on the balance beam as well, which gives them a 70-piece puzzle. David and Rachel take the lead on the puzzle for Gen X.
The Millennials skip the first shortcut and it slows them down. Once through the ropes, they take the shortcut on the balance beam and they will have a 60-piece puzzle to work. Michelle and Figgy take the puzzle and they make quick work of it. David and Rachel accomplish next to nothing and eventually tag out. But it doesn't matter, the kids get the puzzle completed very quickly and Gen X will be headed to the first Tribal where someone will be the first person voted out of Survivor Season 33. As they head back to camp, Chris tells us that David and Rachel jumped up to do the puzzle and they essentially lost the challenge for them, so they're on the block tonight.
Naturally, we come back from break to the Gen X tribe as they work to decide who to send home first overall. Bret tells us that Rachel volunteered to do the puzzle and that they're her thing. He wants her gone. Jessica, Sunday and Bret all decide that Rachel should be the vote. David, on the other hand, is worried that he's the vote, since no one is talking to him. He goes down to the water to talk to Jessica and company. He tells her that he wants to stay and he will vote for whoever she wants him to. Just say the name and he'll vote that way. And this is what is called effective scrambling. When your ass is on the line, you go to whoever seems to be in charge (and right now, that's Bret, Jessica, Sunday and Chris) and you promise them your loyalty and your vote.
David is playing this the best way he can. I'm not sure if it will work, but it's all he has at this point. Jessica asks him about an idol and he tells her that he doesn't have one - which we all know he doesn't. So, he talks to the rest of the group and tells them that he was looking, but that he never found an idol. He tells them that if they keep him through this vote, they'll have his loyalty. Bret thinks he has an idol, so he is thinking of splitting the vote between Rachel and David. He has six people, just enough to split. Well, unless the misfits of this tribe get together and link all four of their votes...then THEY have the majority. Does no one do the math on this shit? You should never split the vote if the people kept out of the loop outnumber you. Rachel and CeCe are up at camp and they're watching everyone chatter. No one is coming to them, so they know they're out of the loop and the assumption is that Rachel will be getting the vote. As Rachel gets more and more concerned, David is getting more assurances that he is safe. He sure hopes they're telling him the truth. I'm not so sure. With Bret so sure he has an idol, if they make him feel safe, they can blindside him and the idol he doesn't have right out of the game.