The new season of Survivor: World’s Apart is in full swing! After an entertaining episode, it’s time to recap it! Joining us, we have our recap expert, Clifton, plus Ben and the Ozlets chime in with their thoughts as well! Oh, and we’ll even speak to a real expert in our good friend Tina Wesson, from Blood vs Water, All-Stars, and the winner of The Australian Outback!
(If you haven’t watched this weeks episode yet, clicking the link below will spoil the hell out of it, so if you don’t want to be spoiled then don’t click the link!)
PREVIOUSLY ON… SURVIVOR
18 new castaways were divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. At the No Collar tribe, it was all about harmony and open arms, but Joe’s quick popularity there was starting to rub Vince the wrong way. At the Blue Collar tribe, it was all about hard work, and they made fire. Dan’s dramatic personality was not well received by the women of the tribe, making him an immediate target. The White Collar tribe was all business, but a bunch of bosses without employees just didn’t work. They couldn’t make fire, and at the Immunity Challenge they fell apart at the puzzle portion and came in last place. At Tribal Council, Joaquin’s ally So was the first person voted out. 17 are left.
BLUE COLLAR (ESCAMECA)
The next morning, the Blue Collar tribe enjoys a modest feast of crabs. Dan returns from doing his “business” in the ocean and reveals that his “manties” were taken in the current. He has fashioned his shirt into a a pair of shorts, which Lindsey and Sierra find objectionable. Lindsey confesses that Dan’s social game is “dumb” and suggests that he lost his underwear purposefully in order to be entertaining. The joke is on him though, because she is planning to vote him out at their first Tribal Council.
Dan’s shirt-shorts… (Image credit: CBS)
WHITE COLLAR (MASAYA)
That morning, the White Collar Tribe makes their first tiny fire. Max suggests that the Blue Collar Tribe may very well be “making fires, hooting and hollering, and causing havoc, but the one thing we haven’t struggled for is that we have a beautiful beach right out there that we can go swimming in.” Max then goes for a swim after asking his tribe’s permission and stripping down. He confesses that he wants to “tip his hat to some of the greats that have come before me”. Tyler confesses that Max’s nudity brings a little bit of levity, but that he is aware Max may be doing it to distract people from how smart he is and how well he knows the game. Max confesses that he is totally comfortable being nude, and since people generally don’t bother him when he is, it is a good way to get some alone time to think. Shirin confesses that she has a bond with Max because of how they both see this experience as an adventure and they are both such huge fans of the show. She also explains that Max is a trendsetter and that it is often convenient to be naked. We then see Shirin cleaning the tribe’s dishes without wearing any pants, making Tyler extremely uncomfortable.
Shirin, finding it super-convenient to be naked. (Image credit: CBS)
NO COLLAR (NAGAROTE)
At the No Collar Tribe, we see Hali make a few small attempts to bond with Nina, but Nina’s hearing disability makes it very hard for them to have organic interactions. We see a number of quick scenes of Nina having trouble hearing and understanding things that are said to her while the tribe is working together around the camp. Jenn tells Hali that she is not sure how people hold conversations with Nina. Vince confesses that there are a lot of snarky remarks coming from the girls. No Collar people are supposed to be open hearted and Nina is a good person, but the girls are having trouble connecting with her. Jenn and Hali loudly proclaim that they are going to take a skinny-dip and they take off to do so. Nina is hurt that they did not invite her to come with them. When they return, she causes a scene about not feeling included, saying that they could be trying harder. She storms off, leaving the girls shocked. Jenn confesses that Nina needs to get it together and have tougher skin. She is crying on Day 4. Jenn suggests that maybe Nina is used to people coddling her more, but that’s not how this game works. Will sits on the beach with Nina and tries to console her, saying that the girls are young and immature. He confesses that you can see in Nina’s face that she is lost. He hopes she can keep it together, but knows she already has a target on her back.
Will attempts to console Nina on the beach. (Image credit: CBS)
BLUE COLLAR (ESCAMECA)
The Blue Collar Tribe wakes up on Day 5 to Mike forcefully insisting that they all need to get water “now”. Rodney confesses that he is all about working hard, but Mike never stops. He is the kind of person who always has to be doing something. At the end of the day, when they’re working hard, they have to play hard too. The tribe puts a basket in a tree and start tossing small coconuts into the basket as a game. Mike does not include himself in the game, and asks Dan to come and help him with the rice. Mike confesses that he has had to work hard for everything in his whole life. He feels like he is the only true Blue Collar on the tribe. There is stuff they need to do to survive. He shouldn’t have to tell this to other adults. We see him dump a pile of wood off at the camp, and he aggressively tells his tribe makes to go get wood. They are going to have to keep getting it. He storms off. Dan asks his fellow tribe mates what that was about. Rodney confesses that they have a huge stack of wood, they don’t need to be collecting as much as they are. Mike’s put a target on his back.
Mike freaks out about the tribe not collecting enough wood. (Image credit: CBS)
NO COLLAR (NAGAROTE)
Joe returns to his tribe after hunting with a bag full of crabs. Nina then finds Vince in the forest gathering crabs himself. He confesses to her that it is annoying that any work he does around camp is ignored and all the credit for the tribe’s success is being given to Joe. In his confessional, he explains that Joe is a young man who is being driven by his hormones to try and assert his dominance. As an older, more mature, 32-year old man, Vince is much more in control of his behavior and impulses. He approaches Joe, Jenn, and Hali and asks Joe to acknowledge that they have butted heads. Joe tells him that they are good and that they really don’t have a problem. Vince points out that during the shelter building, Joe was displaying his ego. Joe explains that he often feels that his way of doing things is more efficient. Vince begins to disagree, and Joe edited that it is more efficient “for me”. Will confesses that the fight for power between the other two men is starting to make other people more comfortable. Joe confesses that he didn’t know how to respond to Vince. He thinks that Vince has a lot of personal problems to work out. Vince confesses that Joe said all the right things, but he knows what it is like to be able to have a ten second embrace of beauty, bliss, and peace with someone. With Joe, he doesn’t feel that. He tells Nina that he doesn’t trust Jenn, Hali, and Joe. Nina agrees, saying that they pre-judged her for her disability. Hali asks Joe if he is on better terms with Vince now. Joe says that he knows Vince doesn’t trust him, but that he thinks Vince may be smarter than they think. Jenn confesses that she thinks Vince is dangerous and may be too “No Collar for his own good”.
Vince confronts Joe. (Image credit: CBS)
For the challenge five contestants from each tribe will one-by-one swim to a platform where they will find buoys attached to a rope. Each contestant will manoeuvre one buoy along the rope tangled up a step wall. The contestant must then climb to the top of the wall and leap into the water below. They must then guide their buoy to a horizontal grid in the water which the rope is tangled through. They must submerge and ascend repeatedly while manoeuvring this portion. They then must guide the buoy along the rope to a dock, climb up onto the dock, and touch a pole. At this point the next contestant goes. When a tribe has all five buoys on the final dock, they must remove the buoys from the rope and shoot them into a basket. The first two tribes to get all five buoys in their basket win Immunity and reward. The 1st place tribe gets a massive fishing kit. The 2nd place tribe gets a spear, line, and lures. Blue Collar and No Collar tribes must each sit one person out of the challenge. Dan loudly proclaims that he wants to compete, prompting Kelly sits out for the Blue Collar Tribe. Jeff is vocally surprised, but Dan says that he will surprise him for a fat guy. Nina sits out for the No Collar tribe.
Jeff shows off the rewards. (Image credit: CBS)
Dan, Tyler, and Vince are first up for their tribes.They each make it to the first platform quickly. Vince and Dan take the lead on the step wall obstacle and move on to the horizontal grid in the water. Tyler is able to catch up to Dan at this point, and Vince pulls ahead. Vince gets to the final dock and gets stuck there, giving Dan the opportunity to pull ahead and and touch the pole. Vince staggers up shortly after, and Tyler is last of the three. Sierra works quickly for the Blue Collar in the next wave, but Hali blows through the course and gives No Collar the lead. Max, Mike, and Jenn are up third. Jenn continues to extend the lead for No Collar. Shirin, Lindsey, and Will are up fourth. Will and Lindsey are neck-in-neck at the horizontal grid but Will begins to have trouble with rope. Lindsey is able to get a huge lead for the Blue Collar tribe, and Shirin is able to overtake the Will. No Collar’s lead is completely gone. Joaquin and Rodney are last up for their tribes and manoeuvre the course quickly, with Joaquin now taking the lead and finishing around the same time Will does. Rodney finishes for Blue Collar as Joe frantically begins the final buoy for No Collar. Joaquin begins shooting buoys for the White Collar tribe and he quickly sinks four, while Sierra sinks two for the Blue Collar. Joe finally finishes the course for No Collar, and they begin shooting as well. They miss. Blue Collar gets their third. Joaquin sinks the final buoy for the White Collar Tribe. Blue Collar gets their fourth. No Collar continues to miss. Sierra sinks the final buoy for the Blue Collar tribe. The No Collar tribe will be going to Tribal Council. Vince confesses that he and Joe are in a Cold War situation with the missiles pointed and ready to fire. “It’s going to get crazy.”
Joaquin scores the winning shot for the White Collar tribe. (Image credit: CBS)
NO COLLAR (NAGAROTE)
Back at camp, the tribe laments that they didn’t manage to score a single shot. Hali says that it was a total group failure. She confesses that they will have to make a decisions, which isn’t one of their strengths as the No Collar tribe. Nina and Vince talk about Will. Vince says that he is deteriorating and that he has poor health. Nina says that he hasn’t been sleeping. Vince confesses that Will’s poor health is a concern to him, but this is a good opportunity to take out a power player in Joe. He discusses this idea with Nina, who says that if they don’t stick together with Will, the three of them will be voted out one-by-one. Nina confesses that she is nervous that she is on the chopping block after her blow up. She says that she will talk to Will and see how he is doing health-wise. Joe and Jenn then pull Will to the side to talk about their plan for the evening. Jenn says that she wants to vote Vince out and cut the head off of the snake. Joe says that he is worried about Nina, but he is also worried that she might be looking for an idol. Will asks Joe what the move would be. Joe says that they should keep strength at this stage and vote for Nina. In case there is an idol, however, they should split the vote. Joe suggests that Jenn and Hali vote for Vince, while Will and himself vote for Nina. Then, if Nina doesn’t play an idol, they vote her out on the revote. Joe confesses that he hopes Will is being honest with him. He has his doubts because of the time Will spends with Nina. If Will does choose not to vote with him, it’s going to mess up their plans.
Joe and Jenn strategize with Will. (Image credit: CBS)
Will confesses that he does not want to vote Nina out. She thinks she’s the odd-man out because she can’t hear, and he knows how she feels as the “only brotha in the whole game”. Since they know the younger three are going to split the vote, the older three can take the majority and control the vote. He approaches Vince and tells him this plan. Vince suggests that they take out Jenn. Joe is a huge threat, but he is so strong in challenges that he is an asset. He has no trust for Jenn. Will tells him that Jenn wants Vince out too. Will tells Vince that he has to trust him. They have the votes. Will approaches Nina and tells him the plan. Nina is ecstatic, saying that it would be her revenge. Nina takes the opportunity to ask Will how he is doing health-wise. He slightly-confusedly says he’s fine. Nina explains that Vince expressed concern that Will’s health is going to get in the way of challenges. Will is shocked to hear this, suggesting that Vince has done worse in the challenges than Will has. Will says that if Vince wants Will gone, it’s a whole different ball-game. Will confesses that he is the swing vote. “This one’s gonna be a doozy.” Jenn says that she is terrified, but excited at the same time.
Will finds out that Vince is voicing concern about Will’s health. (Image credit: CBS)
The No Collar Tribe arrives at Tribal Council and they each grab a torch and light them for the first time. Jeff begins by asking Nina about the dynamics of the tribe. She says that Hali and Jenn began by spending a lot of time together, and Joe joined that twosome. She says that she and Will hung back as the older two and that she was excluded from a lot of activities with the younger tribe members. Jeff points out that the social interaction is a part of the game. Nina says that it is hard with her hearing disability. She confesses that she had an emotional breakdown from feeling alone. Jenn says that she has compassion for what Nina is going through, but this is a game and people have to deal with whatever their social impairments are. Jeff asks Vince where his place in the tribe is. Vince says that he is in the middle, trying to be the glue. Joe rolls his eyes. Jeff asks Joe what will happen if Vince sides with the other two and its a deadlock situation. Joe says that the person who needs to go home will go home. Vince will land where he needs to.
Vince is all about cohesion. (Image credit: CBS)
Jeff asks Jenn if it is safe to assume that she and Hali are aligned. Jenn says that it is, no one playing this game is stupid she doesn’t think. They need to keep the tribe strong. Jeff asks Will if he feels vulnerable because of his challenge performance. Will says that he does, water has always been “black man’s kryptonite”. Vince says that he has been trying to work with his gut more than his head. He has made solid connections with the people that he needs to. Jenn points out that the worst thing that you can be is comfortable. It could be her, but it’s still fun being here. It still feels like she’s watching television. She’s loosing her mind. Will says his plan is to go drink some luke-warm water, let the bugs eat some more of “this chocolate”, and see less of Jeff. They vote. Nina votes for Jenn. Hali votes for Vince, saying that it is strictly strategic. Joe votes for Nina, saying that she is not the strongest player on the tribe. Jeff retrieves the votes. No idols are played. The votes are revealed: Jenn, Vince, Nina, Jenn, Vince, Vince. Vince is shocked. Nina turns to Will and asks if he voted for Vince. Jenn smiles. Joe sighs. Vince’s torch is snuffed, and he departs.
Vince Sly is the second person voted out of Survivor: Worlds Apart. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
Jenn and Hali try to use some wood as make-shift surfboards at No Collar in order to have some fun. At the Blue Collar tribe, Mike continues to freak out about people not collecting firewood enough, causing the rest of the tribe to lash out.
Next week, tempers flare at the Blue Collar tribe. (Image credit: CBS)
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
This season has been great so far in terms of giving off a real ‘old school’ vibe to it which has been enjoyable. However after two episodes I’m not quite as excited for this season as I have been for the last couple. By this stage I was already well entrenched in Blood vs Water, Cagayan and San Juan Del Sur but it just hasn’t been the same ‘kicker’ so far this season. It’s early days, and I expect this will change.
It’s interesting with Vince that we had so much to say about him and sort of dismissed him as a player of this game but half way through this episode I found myself actually liking him. What was with that? So that then meant I was sad to see him go! I was rooting for a Joe boot, something about him doesn’t gel with me so it was a shame not to see him taken out. Hopefully he won’t make it too far in the game.
It was great to see for the first ever time on a three tribe format two different tribes losing the first two immunities. Hopefully blue collar can lose next week so that means we have a super even season that might delay any potential tribe shuffle/combine. Give it a chance CBS! Let the three tribes stay in three for a lot longer!
Bring on next week!
There have been plenty of times in the last few seasons where fans have commented on aspects of Survivor that have returned to an old school style of TV. Now being two episodes into Worlds Apart, I think it’s safe to say this season is shaping up to be the most classic feeling edition we’ve had in a very long time. The most pleasantly surprising part of this season for me is how much time is being spent on developing the cast as characters as opposed to players. I thought, I’m sure along with many others, that recent seasons heavy focus on game play and strategy throughout each episode was a result of a change in how the players were approaching the game. I’m now thinking this strategy heavy Survivor we’ve been seeing was all a result in how they chose to piece it together in editing. We’re used to seeing scenes like Dan’s loss of underwear, Nina’s paranoia of her hearing disability being the reason for not connecting with the girls or Max and Shirin full or partial “Hatch-ing” it around camp, but usually only one per episode. This entire episode was dominated by character moments. In almost every scene I was thinking to myself that these moments reminded me of the countless stories contestants tell after the fact when asked about great moments that never made it to air. I think a conscious effort was made this time around to focus on these character moments in a way that hasn’t been done since the first few seasons. I’m loving it as a break from the usual strategy, more strategy, overly strategizing approach to presenting the show. I can’t help but wonder if a decision were made in Redemption Island, South Pacific or One World to show these type of scenes if those seasons could have been viewed more positively by fans.
I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in Vince’s early exit from the game. For better or worse, he’s one of the most compelling and honestly outrageous characters I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t fault the tribe for targeting him, but I know if he were kept around the show would have been more entertaining for it. At the same time we have so many interesting cast members this season that I’m confident someone, if not many people will fill that void. I will go on record as saying he’s my favourite 2nd boot to ever play this game.
Nina may seem to be in a majority now, but I don’t see her lasting much longer. I can understand it would be difficult for anyone with a disability to feel like they fit in, but most of her opinions come across as paranoid and emotional to me. Maybe there were scenes that didn’t make it to air that back up her arguments better, but there was literally NOTHING shown on screen during either episode this season to warrant the accusation that they were excluding her due to a hearing disability. All we saw were a few moments of her needing people to repeat themselves, which I’m sure happened with everyone on her tribe. The only other thing she could argue was how they went off together to swim and didn’t invite her. That happens ALL THE TIME on Survivor. Some people connect more than others. It’s a pretty big leap to say it has anything to do with a disability. This paranoia on a social level is one reason I think Nina is in a bad position in the game, considering Vince lost his first alliance with Jenn for the same reason, but my real concern is how she blew it with Will. From what I can tell, the vote was being handed to Nina and Vince this week by Will, and then she said one simple thing that gave Will reason to question his instinct in siding with them. I can’t blame Will for voting the way he did. Nina blew it. It was such a small comment she made in regards to Vince’s questioning of Will, and it was completely innocent, but you can’t ever give someone the slightest reason to question your allegiance. It was such a small mistake she made, but the smallest mistakes can ruin your entire game in Survivor.
I thought this was another decent episode. I’m appreciating how much airtime we’re getting from each tribe. I feel like I have a good understanding of each player except for Kelly, who is giving the original Purple Kelly a run for her money in terms of invisibility. We also saw a ridiculous amount of absolutely horrendous game play. Dan is still struggling to fit in with his tribe, Mike is isolating himself, Max is enjoying alone time away from his tribe, Nina is throwing a tantrum about not being invited to skinny dip…I understand a couple of these actions, especially on no sleep or food, but as fans of the show, they really need to find a way to keep their heads in the game and do their best to not separate themselves from their tribe members so early.
The challenge this week was pretty solid again; a variety of skills were involved and the different segments gave players a chance to get ahead or fall behind rather quickly. Joaquin deserves some praise for his incredible challenge-winning performance. Also, I’m just happy that my eye candy was safe for another episode. Sierra killed it for the blue collars, which was fun considering we were led into the challenge right after seeing her fail at their basketball-like game back at camp.
No collar kind of showed how much of a hot mess they are in this episode. I really don’t know who made a truly smart decision, if anyone, at tribal council; I do know that Joe, Hali, and Jenn got incredibly lucky. Nina essentially destroyed her game by making that offhand comment to Will—she has no one now. Did Will make a good choice though? Although it was for poor reasons, he didn’t trust Vince, so his decision was understandable. However, he lost the numbers with Nina and Vince and likely lost the trust of Joe, Hali, and Jenn by going against the plan. I think he’s screwed unless he can somehow make his way to the merge where he won’t be a target anymore. I’ll truly miss Vince’s feathers and creepiness. He’s one of those characters that I want around for at least a few weeks.
So far, I am finding this season to be a complete and utter delight. Like so many others, I love this cast and what they are brining to the show. A perfect synergy with this amazing cast is the choice CBS has made with the last few episodes of cutting down the number of challenges that we have to see. I really hope this continues during the pre-merge as I think the extra camp time that we are getting instead of dedicated Reward Challenges is a big part of why this season has been so much fun, and the characters have been so well developed, in such a short amount of time. During the “arena” twist seasons, I always thought that I missed dedicated Reward Challenges, and, while I do think they are vastly superior to any “duel” format, this season proves that I actually prefer there to be nothing at all. One challenge per episode is more than enough, in my opinion.
Beyond the primary benefit of character time and development, having less big challenges early on could also benefit the show from an economic standpoint. By only having one challenge per episode, they don’t have to devote the resources to developing, producing, building, testing, and shooting a second challenge. They also don’t have to construct any dumbly named arenas. They could then ideally use these extra resources to make sure that Reward Challenges and their associated rewards in the later portion of the game are actually interesting and worthwhile. I’m hoping this choice this a sign of good things to come and that they are realizing that, as long as they cast good people, they don’t need all these gimmicks and twists to make the show compelling. The fun afforded by charismatic and interesting people is better than the fun afforded by a million Hidden Immunity Idols. There’s a reason people like watching secret scenes, extended interviews, and Life at Ponderosa. There’s a reason people like listening to awesome podcasts that do awesome interviews with all the awesome people that are on the show. Strategy is fun, but the the people are what makes Survivor great, and taking more time to show off the real-life characters that these people are is always the right move.
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: TINA WESSON
Each week this season we’ll bring you the viewpoint of at least one former Survivor contestant to hear what they think of the episode and their thoughts for the rest of the season! Our 2nd recap features Tina Wesson! She discusses everything that happened during this episode and looks ahead to the rest of the season with their answers in the ‘World’s Apart 5!’
TIP TO WIN: Joe
DARK HORSE: Max
NEXT TO GO: Dan
WHAT TRIBE WOULD YOU BE ON: Blue Collar
PLAYER MOST SIMILAR TO: Carolyn
Join us next week as we are joined by Kathy Sleckman from Micronesia to help us recap the third episode of Worlds Apart!
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