Get Ready for One Hell of a Survivor Season
It's no secret that we're about to be hit with the best season of Survivor in history. I, for one, am on the edge of my seat. I do, however, hear a lot of people say they could care less. There's a weird vibe floating around this show. I'm not too sure why. But it's gonna be good and anyone not watching, I'm convinced, is missing out on good television.
This season will be dynamic, dramatic and full of controversies that, not only have the contestants storming away angry, but the bosses ready to move on as well. The anticipation for All-star was huge. The excitement among the finalists for a spot was strong. But now that everyone is back, I'm hearing they're all singing slightly different tunes! I'm being told the contestants feel "it's all come full circle" and that the show could potentially not be good for them.
A "connection" told me that host Jeff Probst "was over it all not long into the game." Apparently the drama, the diva tantrums being thrown and the attitudes of the contestants "sucked the life out of him." This is not a pleasant group of people to be around for long periods of time, that's for sure.
As the first episode approaches, I thought I'd tease you a bit. You all seem to like that. Over the course of the next 13 weeks or so, here's a little bit of what you'll see that you probably didn't know.
I've seen a clip of the opening of the show. This time, don't look for intense dramatic suffering as the contestant battle their way to their camps. Stars don't suffer, right? There has to be perks. Look for a simple, yet very dramatically edited military escort to their new home. This time, they are escorted, not stranded. Look for a red carpet beginning to the worst suffering of their lives.
WELCOME TO THE GHETTO
The Survivors were asked to jump off a boat about five feet from their island. No taxing journey to the new home for this group. They arrive, however, in ghetto fashion--ONE machete and ONE pot per tribe. No food. No water. No fire. No tools. No rope. Nothing! And it stayed this way, for some of them, for more than three days.
I QUIT! ME TOO!
Inside sources tell me that Jenna Morasca leaves the game fairly early due to her mother's death. This has been widely reported. However these same sources NOW tell me that Jenna is not the only one. There is a second contestant that reaches the boiling point, throws up their hands and angrily leaves the game. The situation that produces this exit will get strong emotional reactions from everyone watching. I'm told it changes the game, therefore something that can't hit the cutting room floor. They have to show it. I'm slobbering waiting for this episode! You should be too. You'll never believe who leaves and what causes them to leave. NEVER! I could tell you, but I'd never spoil it for you!
FIRE IN THE HOLE
Rumor has it "The King" gets busted smuggling matches. How, you ask? The answer: in a container shoved up his bum. We'll have to wait and see if this is true. But I'm told his tribe works diligently for a long time to get a fire started, only to fail. While no one is looking, King Richard squats by the soon-to-be fire spot and "POOF," flames in an instant! This launches two contestants into a hunt for matches, which they eventually find! How it plays out is a mystery, but from what I hear, it's quite a dramatic moment.
After arriving at the holding area, just prior to beginning, production went into the contestants' rooms and hand-selected what each Survivor would wear in the game based on what they brought along. All their belongings were taken away. Some people were allowed long sleeves and long pants. Others were only given tank tops and shorts to wear. Imagine the tension this caused on the frequently COLD, COLD, COLD nights! It's tough to sleep freezing next to someone who's warm.
HOME SWEET HOME
Once again contestant loved ones make the journey to the Survivor set to participate in a challenge. After arriving, one popular Survivor's loved one was promptly sent home, I hear. Tough way to learn your favorite Survivor was voted off the night before, huh? The loved ones were apparently grilled about their ability to run, swim and dive prior to arriving. I'm anticipating family members fighting for their loved ones' immunity, in a very physical challenge. But this info is sketchy, so I could be wrong.
PRETTY BOY POUT
I've been told to look for a major pissy diva temper tantrum thrown by Africa winner Ethan Zohn. I'm told he will be very embarrassed at his behavior when America sees it.
I doubt it. Sources tell me "The Colbster" played the role of loner, avoiding the cameras and keeping to himself. I'm told, like others out there, his heart just wasn't in it. Was it that, or a concerted effort to avoid another layer of "reality stigma." Whatever the case, for those contestants that were rejected and would have killed for a spot, casting people who's heart wasn't into it sucks.
THE NEW SURVIVOR WEAPON
History! This game was not meant to be played by people who know each other, apparently. All of these contestants (from their games or from their out-of-game relationships) have a ton of baggage and history with one another. This dirt becomes very public as the contestants use it in order to disarm their threats. Look for the Robfather to continue his strategy of "creating loyalty through fear." I'm told his strategy was to rummage through potential contestant closets, find their skeletons and store them in his back pocket, ready for war. Though not the only one, he crossed the ethical line the most.
Sources inform me that in this game of Survivor, the contestants will be divided between those who truly want the money and play intelligently to get it, and an opposing camp of Survivors playing to the camera, with the money secondary. It's agenda vs. strategy in this group. And something tells me, strategy wins out!
For some strange reason, it seems the buzz I'm hearing points to all-star Survivors NOT looking forward to the airing of this show. Many of them want it aired and over. That tells me this is good.
I may be writing more throughout the season, maybe not. But I can tell you that I will be covering it for the TV Guide Channel. So keep your eyes on the station for my weekly Survivor: All-star update. I promise to hold nothing back. Ya'll seem to like that.
This is from Jefff Varners sitehttp://www.survivorjeff.com/ass.htm