Posted: 10:56 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By Carson Blackwelder
Survivor: Blood vs. Water premiered tonight, Sept. 18, on CBS, and the 20 players hit the ground running. This season takes 10 returning favorites and one of their loved ones each (20 people total) fighting it out for the $1 million prize.
Season 27 of the long-running reality competition show was filmed on Palaui Island, Cagayan (that’s in the Philippines), and this time around there is a modified version of Redemption Island to account for.
But don’t get it twisted, each episode someone will be voted off each week, sending them to Redemption Island for a second shot at the show. There’s one thing for sure: this is going to be one epic season of Survivor.
With Candice, Marissa, and Rachel facing off on Redemption Island to see who actually gets sent home, you would think they would be the only heads on the chopping block, but after trying to put his tribe in a frenzy, it was Colton who contemplated leaving the competition. Shockingly, Colton decided to leave the show, proving, yet again, that he hasn't changed at all. Tyson, Rachel's boyfriend, had the chance to trade places with her on Redemption Island, but after having a public discussion, they decided that he had a better shot in the competition than she did, so he passed up on the opportunity. Yet again, Candice finished first in the Redemption Island challenge and Marissa finished second, meaning Rachel went home.
During the sumo-style immunity challenge, Tyson got injured. It wasn't anything serious, but he did pop his shoulder out. It was a close competition, but in the end, Galang won for the third time. This sends the loved ones to their third tribal council. On Tadhana, the alliance of all guys was being put to the test as they contemplated getting rid of John (which does make sense considering how he has two clues to the hidden immunity idol). For the first time it seemed like the girls were safe on Tadhana. In the first blindside of the season, John was sent to Redemption Island, which means he'll be competing against Candice (his wife) and Marissa.
When Marissa headed to Redemption Island, she bonded with Rupert and Candice, both of whom were still upset about being voted off before the action started (who could blame them?). At the Redemption Island competition, Gervase was given a chance to save Marissa, to which he responded, “Handle your biz.” In a very, very tight competition, fan favorite Rupert was sent packing. Having come in first, Candice decided to give a clue to a hidden immunity idol — which is arguably a double-edged sword.
On the Galang tribe, Colton came out of the gate stirring up all the drama and putting a huge target on his back. At the immunity/reward challenge, Galang and Tadhana were neck-and-neck for much of the competition, with returning player Gervase edging out Big Brother 12’s Hayden, securing the idol for Galang. The loved ones spread out their votes between John, Rachel, and Ciera, but in the end it was Rachel who was sent packing. She’ll compete against Marissa and Candice next week to see which two get to stay on Redemption Island.
Tonight saw Survivor: Blood vs. Water get underway. Candice Woodcock and Rupert Boneham’s wife Lisa were voted off of their respective tribes. Luckily for Lisa there was a twist that allowed significant others to take your place on Redemption Island, and her hubby Rupert took one for the team. His wife then joined the tribe of returning players and Candice’s husband John chose to let his wife head to Redemption.
After a close immunity competition, the returning players squeaked out a win. And when it came down to it, Marissa, Gervase Peterson’s niece, got kicked out of her tribe. She headed to Redemption Island to join Rupert and Candice to fight it out next week. Only 2 will remain on Redemption with the hope of returning to the game. What a crazy first week!
Tune in for Survivor: Blood vs. Water every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.