The power of Monday is here and that means the power of a feature to make you all kinds of happy! Ozlet Bridget Velturo gets the hard sell of trying to make the Redemption Island twist sound good, and makes the claim that on a season with three tribes the controversial idea might just work! Think that is pushing it? Then click below to read on to have your mind potentially changed!
– The three tribes compete in the immunity challenge and only one tribe wins immunity
– The two losing tribes both go to tribal council and vote off one player respectively
– The next day, the two contestants voted off compete against each other in a Redemption Island duel. The winner immediately returns to the game and to their original tribe
– Redemption Island would stop at the merge, seeing as it really only works with 3 competing tribes
The Immunity Challenges will be more suspenseful- One complaint with the 3-tribe format is the lame concept of having to simply not come in last in immunity challenges. This causes the competitions to be pretty lackluster while waiting for the other two teams to finish. With this Redemption Island twist in a 3-tribe season, “just coming in last” is not good enough and winning is crucial, making the challenges more exciting.
We get another 3-tribe season- I, for one, love when Survivor splits into 3 tribes and think it makes for a more interesting merge, changing the generic strategies we’ve seen time and time again in 2-tribe seasons. Also, with the Redemption Island twist and players coming back into the game constantly, perhaps we will finally see what a 3-tribe merge looks like, instead of the tribe absorption that occurred in All-Stars, Philippines and Cagayan before the merge.
We will see completely new strategies- Since this twist is completely new, we will get to see a lot of new strategies and the potential for some interesting game play. Will tribes vote off their weakest player, sacrificing a number and making them expendable at Redemption Island? In this case, if the tribe-mate DOES return to the game, they may not be happy or willing to work with the tribe. Will tribes vote off their strongest player in the hopes of him or her returning and maintain their numbers? Then the tribe risks the possibility of the losing their best player. It could get interesting.
The Redemption Island duels will be more suspenseful- Another complaint about Redemption Island is that when they do 3- or 4-person duels, again, it is not very suspenseful. With a chance to get back in the game every time and only 1 winner and 1 loser, Redemption Island duels will be more suspenseful. Also, there will likely be more engagement and cheering from the fellow players still in the game and watching, whose own fate is 100% invested in every duel.
No Redemption Island after the merge- I am not a fan of Redemption Island after the merge, as I think it’s unfair that they enter the game as late as the final 5 when they haven’t really done anything strategically. Also, alliances are usually so tight at this point; we see the Redemption-Island-returnee leaving soon after they get back in the game. With this twist, Redemption Island ends at the merge, making each vote out post-merge more exciting.
It’s fairer for the physical threats- Time after time physical threats are voted off Survivor just because they are strong, and I hate to see the inherit disadvantage they have in the game. This gives physical threats a fairer chance, offering them the chance to compete for their right to stay in the game.
It isn’t classical Survivor- Yes, it’s a very different format, but so is the Redemption Island twist in general. And Exile Island. And Blood vs. Water. And the Hidden Immunity Idol. Survivor keeps changing and there are going to be twists included one way or another. It’s not classically-Survivor, but it’s still outwit, outplay and outlast.
What do you think of Bridget’s idea? Do you feel as though the RI twist could work with three tribes? Comment below to let us know!
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