September 25, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X: Fun with Mother Nature

9/25/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 1

Twenty new castaways arrive in beautiful Fiji and our host with the most [blue shirts], Jeff Probst, can't wait to hand out buffs to reveal the tribe divisions. If the coordinating color palettes out of the outfits didn't give it away to them, then the buffs help to show it's young vs. old. Or if you like marketing buzzwords, Millennials vs. Gen X. It's the perfect twist to shove in lots of heavy handed convos about Millennials having things handed to them and Gen X being old fashioned. The generational differences in actions are put to the test in a fast grab to get all the supplies needed to survive, which has choices like fishing gear vs chickens or knife vs pots or pans. So much versus to use in one paragraph!

The Gen X arrives to their beach and immediately begin to work together on assembling a quality shelter that will protect them. The Millennials slap together a home that literally falls apart because they were too focused having fun and frolicking in the ocean. The weather is actually so horrendous that both tribes are given a tarp to protect them, which the Millennials promptly hang up super poorly. None of the shelter building work really matters because a major cyclone hits the island and destroys everything. But thankfully for the twenty castaways, the show evacuated them all before the storm fully hit them, taking boats to an undisclosed location for the night and leaving just a GoPro around to capture the storm. The tribes return the next day to see the storm's devastation but overall just re-enter the game like not much happened. Same to how I've covering it in this recap.

Let's talk about the tribes, shall we?

The Millennial tribe is Vanua, but I honestly thought their buffs said "Vanilla" and to be honest, I will call them "Vanilla" all season. Bros Taylor and Jay bond immediately and pull in cute bartender Figgy. The trio make no efforts to conceal that they are three best friends that will be ride or die until the end, dubbing themselves the Triforce. Michelle the missionary is also pulled into their trio, but she builds some other friendships that at least makes he appear less obnoxious than the other three. But will the Triforce make it far is a bigger question because barista Hannah and videogamer Mari begin the loose assembling of the "misfits" to target that trio (Figgy in particular) should they lose immunity. Just don't even lose Zeke, whose Hawaiian shirt gives me life not to mention he's the only one with the sense and leadership to put together a decent shelter after the storm and makes fire for the Vanilla tribe.

Gen X is a strong group in terms of camp life, but losing the first challenge (an obstacle course with the ability to skip obstacles and increase the number of puzzle pieces they have to handle) makes the group have to play the game a little sooner. The easy targets are those with the red flags. Rachel is a chatterbox and  claimed she was great at puzzles and blew it for the tribe. David also blew the puzzle and he's been a paranoid mess since day one. The tribe likes David's sense of humor which appears amongst his overall fear of everything and massive game overthinking. Feeling vulnerable and desperate, David is caught searching for a Hidden Immunity Idol and practically begs for safety by offering up his vote. Jessica the lawyer and her Bob Costas level red eyes talks to him, and if only David knew Jessica was holding onto a big advantage herself. During the supply grabfest, Jessica grabbed an envelope which she discovered holds the "Legacy Advantage" which will give her an advantage at day 36. And should Jessica not make it to day 36, she has to will it to another person. With this advantage and good relationships with the tribe, Jessica is definitely a subtle sleeper of the Takali tribe.

Tribal Council time! Jeff Probst wears a white shirt, maybe in gray, I don't even know and I'm losing my mind because Probst is a blue man. Maybe a black. I digress. After talking about the storm for a hot second, talk turns to David. "Oh crap" is his response to having to verbalize everything with Probst. David understands he could be a target due to his own behavior, but truly wants to be in the game. He says tonight he'll prove he can be trusted (AKA vote a certain way). Rachel vocalizes that maybe her saying "what is" puts more of a target on her, but that's basically all we hear from her. The votes are scattered all over the place: one for David, one for Sunday, three for CeCe... but five for Rachel. She's the first eliminated from the game and really I don't have much to say about her departure. 

[All images credited to CBS]