Take veteran Survivor villains Boston Robb and Russell. Add second chances, a federal agent, a redneck and a Christian. Survivor: Redemption Island begins!
Important stuff first: Who got voted off Survivor in this week’s Tribal Council?
Scroll down a few lines if you don’t want to know.
Immunity Idol – Russell’s tribe (instead of Boston Robb’s)
Voted off – Francesca
Survivor Redemption Island begins with Jeff Probst introduces a few of the more interesting personalities and tells us that the players will be dropped with the clothes on the back. (Players appear to be carrying backpacks, which hasn’t happened on Survivor in many seasons.) Then….comes the second helicopter lands on the Nicaraguan beach, carrying a surprise none of these contestants expected or wanted: Boston Robb and Russell.
New Survivor Redemption contestants politely clap but also groan, especially at Russell’s introduction. Jeff points out that together these offer 156 days of experience. Francesca is the first contestant to speak, acknowledging that these two are sizing them up. When prompted, Francesca says “they’re not here to help us; they’re here to cause trouble”
Perhaps now truer words have been spoken in the history of Survivor! The two draw buffs and join their new tribes.
Jeff then explains Redemption Island. Those exiled there will have the same supplies, but it will be up to the individual Survivor to build shelter and find food. When the next exiled person arrives, the two will square off in a challenge. At some point in the game (the merge?) The final person left standing on Redemption Island will
re-enter the game.
Russell is quick with a threat: “put me on that island and I’m coming back to take some heads off.” The two-time Survivor runner-up hasn’t changed a bit.
Jeff Probst shares a great feature – the Redemption Island What If Moment. I do hope this is a regular feature of the show This week, Jeff wonders what would have happened to Shambo, the ex-marine with the curly mullet from several seasons ago. Had she returned from Redemption Island, she may have had a chance to slay the giant of Russell…before he became a legend among Survivor fans. Later in the series, it spotlights some other great Survivor contestants who could have won if he had been given the another chance, including Eric and Jane. Could Redemption Island have changed the winner and sole Survivor? Hey, Jeff, let’s invite these players to come back next season – Survivor Second Chances!
Back at the Tribe with Russell:
Russell says this one is his. He is going to be the sole survivor. He’s stepping up to lead the tribe. He tells his tribemates that he’s not there to sabotage anyone and that someone who would make the same mistake three times would be crazy. None of his tribemates are buying it.
On the other side, redneck Ralph drools at the tools he’s been given and sets out to help the tribe build one of the best shelters in Survivor history. While they’re working hard on the shelter, Russell starts flirting and making his first alliance with Stephanie. They agree not to be seen so much together.
Meanwhile, David and Mike know call Russell “a cancer to the tribe” and know about his alliance with Stephanie. The two agree the time to get rid of Russell is now. Oh, we’ve heard that so many times before in Survivor…but very few tribes have managed to do it. Maybe these two will do it!
Back at the Tribe with Boston Robb:
Boston Robb seems to have a calming presence on his tribe. And Phillip, is the first to make a lot of enemies by critiquing the use of hammers and hatchets. Then, he shares his experience as a federal agent and claims to bean expert on allies and alliances. He can, he says, tell when people are telling the truth. Some of the tribemates have trouble hiding their laughter.
Kristina is looking through items hoping to find the immunity idol when caught by Boston Robb. He doesn’t seem to be too upset about it. He does go to Phillip and tell him they have to keep a look out for the girls…and Phillip immediately shares this information with some of the girls. Gosh, I love this game!
Kristina works hard and does get her reward – the immunity idol! She thinks about telling Phillip, but then she goes to Francesca and Phillip. We’ll see how that “alliance” works out. Phillip is really annoying. I don’t think I’d be in his alliance.
The Immunity Idol
This challenge combines some of the parts familiar for Survivor challenges. The tribes have to build a base of steps for a temple, cut some ropes to release the steps and race to the top and complete a block puzzle. The Idol isn’t too fancy. Looks like it was bought at Pier 1. The winning team also wins fire! The teams start out running close together, but Russell’s team takes a bit-by-bit lead. Boston Rob and gang looks as though they’re out of it by the second stage. Russell’s team needs every minute of their lead as the puzzle proves difficult. Once they get to the final stage, Boston Rob takes over with his puzzle solving skills and it becomes neck-and-neck. Russell’s team pulls out the first Immunity Win in Survivor: Redemption Island. And boy, does Boston Robb look mad! Bet he’s worried that Amber didn’t think he was manly enough in the challenge.
Tribal Council -Simply Amazing
Kristina wants to use her immunity idol to vote Robb out, but Francesca talks her out of it. She realizes she’s out of the loop when Robb doesn’t talk to her about who he is voting. So, both Robb and Kristina are planning votes against each other.
Phillip tells the camera that, after he gets rid of Robb, “you’re looking at the new leader of the tribe.” Poor Phillip. He has so much to learn about Survivor, doesn’t he? Then…as if to prove my point…he makes the stupidest move in Survivor Tribal Council history.
Francesca makes the noncommittal comment, “Robb won’t be voted out tonight” as a bluff. Then, Phillip gets upset saying that Francesca and Kristina had asked him to vote out Robb. Then, Phillip reveals to the entire Tribal Council that Kristina has the immunity idol.
The scene ends up with Boston Robb offering to take the Immunity Idol and assure Kristina that she would not go home. Wisely, Kristina turns him down. Jeff comments that this is the strangest Survivor Tribal Councils he has witnessed and he doesn’t think that anyone knows what’s going to happen after the discussion.
When casting his vote, Boston Robb says it’s fun to play with such amateurs. And Fransesca says she had no plans to vote for Boston Robb or Phillip, but she’s voting for Phillip and hopes to never see him again ever.
Kristina decides not to use the immunity idol at this Tribal Council. Was it a wise decision? We don’t know until the very end as the vote is a three way tie between Francesca, Kristina and Phillip. In the end, Francesca is sent to Redemption Island.