In the first twenty seasons of Survivor, the reveal of the location for the next season was eagerly anticipated during the sneak peek segment of every reunion show. However during the new era of Survivor the show has worried less about new and interesting locations and more about twists to differentiate back to back seasons filmed in the same country. The season 20 to 30 block has been particularly stagnant with just 3 countries visited over 10 seasons. With exciting new rumours suggesting that season 31 and 32 could be headed to Cambodia to film, hopefully Survivor fans can look forward to a change of scenery and some unique art design to fit the location. For today's feature article, Ozlet Noah Groves looks at some potential new locations for the show to visit. Read on to find out where in the world Survivor should go!
The location used to be such an important factor of a Survivor season, often being referred to as ‘the 17th player of the season.’ So much of the focus and theme often revolved around where Survivor was visiting each year. To save time and money the same location is used back to back now for two seasons (or back to back to back to back, hello seasons 25 to 28!) Not only that but similar locations are being used with Samoa now clocking in four seasons, Philippines four seasons and Nicaragua coming up to its fourth time as well. The following five locations are suggestions of places that could present something aesthetically pleasing, unique or provide potential for a new theme. Most of these places could fit the stereotypical island locations or with most of the locations have potential to focus on an in land scenario. This list is mainly unrealistic as to the way Survivor is filmed now days but is hypothetical and a wish list. There are plenty more places that haven’t been listed and would be great (make sure to post your ideas below!) but without further ado, here are, in no particular order five locations that would be great for Survivor to visit.
India has such a variety of locale and terrain that it seems like the perfect place for Survivor to film in. The show has filmed in Asia numerous times but always goes for the typical route of places like China and Thailand, both of which have been great locations mind you but rarely strays towards the South East Asian style countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and of course India. The country is so rich in culture and history that it is the perfect location to use to bring back a theme or culture into the game and hopefully give us a sitar inspired version of Ancient Voices, the theme song. There are multiple ways they could go with this location with the most obvious being an Indian jungle type setting or they could go with the traditional Survivor beach setting or even visit the desert for a Tocantins style locale.
It is almost surprising that Survivor hasn’t filmed in New Zealand already especially after appearing in Australia during season two. New Zealand fits a mould that has that Australian vibe to it but also has its own unique and stunning locations that would shine on screen for Survivor. The country also has the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit promotion going for it which immediately familiarises many viewers with the country and gives the location something to cash in with. Not only does New Zealand have the Middle Earth culture to represent it but the more lifelike culture of the Maori is something that could easily and successfully be represented into the theme, logo and aesthetics of the season. Perhaps the major factor as to why the show has never been to New Zealand is due to the filming schedule not aligning with the countries warmer weather but given season 31 is filming earlier than usual this year, there may be hope yet for the kiwis!
I am not sure of the logistics of filming in Japan and whether or not there are even accessible yet remote enough islands to even film a season of Survivor there but if it is possible, it is beyond me why it hasn’t happened yet. Outside of China, Japan is probably the go to answer when you ask a person to name an Asian country. Just like the other locations listed in this article, Japan is full of such a rich history and culture and is a down right beautiful country. The season is just screaming for a samurai style theme with an original Japanese theme song (bring back Russ Landau!) Survivor: Japan just sounds right and would make for a brilliant backdrop for a season of the show.
The Canary Islands from the get go have that exotic sounding name that Survivor has often strived for in their titles (South Pacific, we are not looking at you!). The Canary Islands would make for an interesting location as it is geographically located in Africa and has a taste of Morocco in it but is primarily a Spanish colony. Not only do we tick the beach island box, we would make another return to Africa in a unique way from Survivor: Africa and Survivor: Gabon and would bring a flavour of European countries in a Spanish theme and maybe finally get the unused Nicaragua Ancient Voices along the way! The islands were also once home to an array of volcanoes, some of which are still active today and would give a Vanuatu feel to the season. The location boasts a warm enough climate that fits well with the filming schedule that makes the Canary Islands a realistic location for the show to film with (leaving the budget out of the equation!)
Speaking of European inspired locations, it is about time that Survivor makes its way to Europe to film a season which is now the only (inhabitable) continent that hasn’t had its own (in the US version.) Greece has such an ancient history and is an important country in looking at the way the world is today. The country is full of islands which could be filmed on that stick to the usual Survivor backdrop with the added European feel. Once again, Greece has such a strong culture to make for a theme around the style and artwork of the season with challenges that could relate around Greek mythologies or history. There are a bunch of European countries that would be great for Survivor and Greece is up there as one of the top choices.
What do you think of these proposed locations? Which one would you most like to see? Where would you like to see Survivor filmed? Let us know your thoughts below!
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