Survivor: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers - Episode 1 Recap

I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident

By Jim Van Nest

September 28, 2017

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Hello good people and welcome to the very first recap of the 35th season of Survivor!! Hard to believe that we're beginning the 18th year and 35th season of Survivor, isn't it? At this point in a show like Survivor, and when the location isn't changing every season - we're spending our 3rd season in a row in Fiji - we have to start playing with the format and theme. Thus, Season 35 is being called Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. The groups are determined by the trait that others see in them. Heroes are people like sports stars, firefighters and Olympic athletes. The Healers are doctors, nurse practitioners and therapists. And the Hustlers are those that work their butts off in whatever it is they do. Personal assistant, bellhop and fisherwoman are some of the professions of the Hustler tribe.

I have to say that I do enjoy a 3 tribe season and the cast seems pretty great - so I'm expecting a great season of Survivor. And after last season's Game Changers, the reality juggernaut could really use a pick-me-up. There don't seem to be too many rule changes for this season, other than Jeff Probst and Co have bailed on the "no re-votes after a tie at Tribal Council" rule. Other than that, we've been promised some new twists and some changes in how Idols will be clued and hidden. Ultimately, there has been a lot put out there about the players this season, I feel like I know them all quite well going into the season. But I've seen very little about the game and season itself - which I think is pretty awesome.


All that being said, I'm not sure there's anything else to do to setup the first recap of the season. Unlike the last few seasons, tonight is 1 hour, 1 Tribal Council vote and only 1 boot, so that will make my job easier. Now, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I just heard the conch shell. So, sit back, buckle up, grab a slice of pizza and get ready to dig into the 35th season of Survivor.

The show starts with Jeff Probst narrating over some fantastic aerial shots as well as many shots that look as though they're part of the opening credits that we no longer get to see. It's a quick opening this time and before you know it, Jeff is stranded on top of a mountain talking about 39 days, 18 people, 1 Survivor!

We're taken directly to the boat carrying the 18 new Americans setting out on an adventure of a lifetime. Jeff welcomes them and they applaud. At this point, he tells them how they've been divided up. He starts with the Blue tribe and when he tells them they're the "Heroes", they all get a little swole up. He talks to the dude with the big beard and bigger cowboy hat. He tells us his name is Ben and that he's a family man and former marine. Before moving onto the second tribe, a woman named Chrissy lets us know that she feels right at home on the Heroes tribe as she had a big career, stopped working to take care of her kids and is now back at it in another huge career. She plans to keep that to herself though as she's worried people will think that she already has enough money and won't award her the Survivor million.

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