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It's that time again. Twice a year, 16-20 Americans hit the beach for 39 days and test their bodies and minds as they compete in challenges and vote each other out with the goal of taking home the title of "Sole Survivor" and the $1,000,000 prize.
On Wednesday, March 8th, 20 former castaways return in the show's 500th episode to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji for another chance to show us what they've got. This group includes three winners, two fourth time players, some of the best to never win, and Sierra Dawn Thomas.
This is the fourth ever "all stars" season made up entirely of returning players, and as a result, we should expect big strategic moves, intense challenges, Shyamalan twists, and epic blindsides. It's always a good time to jump into the show, and YES - "this show is still on TV." Survivor still averages 8-12 million viewers per episode, almost always winning its timeslot, and sometimes the entire programming night. Survivor finally put American Idol out of business last year. It's also known to be one of the most authentic reality shows on TV. They really do waste away out there to try to win big.
If you feel so inclined, I reccommend playing Survivor Fantasy. You can play against 14 other strangers or organize drafts with friends (or people on this board) as long as you do so before the season starts. I'm betting with friends on mine, hoping to take home my own grand prize.
- Hidden Immunity Idol Placement - Idols will be placed in different places every time one is found. They may be hidden at camp, at a challenge, or even at tribal council. These items are a staple in the game and can keep someone safe from being voted out if played properly.
- No Revotes After a Tie - Unlike previous seasons, at a tied vote, there is no revote. Instead, players are given a chance to either come to a consensus or the vote goes directly to rocks or a fire making challenge depending on what stage of the game this happens at.
Cirie Fields - Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Micronesia - Fans Vs. Favorites, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. Famous for getting off the couch, facing her fears, and executing big strategic moves. Considered by many to be the best to never win.
J.T. Thomas - Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. Kind, hard working country boy who loses teeth dominating in challenges. Former winner. Famously gave a hidden immunity idol to supervillain Russell Hantz.
Andrea Boehlke - Survivor: Redemption Island, Survivor: Caramoan - Fans Vs. Favorites. A strategic player in her two seasons who battled her way back from Redemption Island in her first season and was voted off as a threat her second time around.
Brad Culpepper - Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. Former NFL player who came into the game with his wife. As an alpha player he controlled several votes before being voted off, and was yelled at "F you, Brad Culpepper!"
Sierra Dawn Thomas - Survivor: Worlds Apart. Blue collar work ethic, barrel racer, and a last minute stand in this season for Natalie Anderson who backed out for medical reasons.
Ozzy Lusth - Survivor: Cook Islands, Survivor: Micronesia - Fans Vs. Favorites, Survivor: South Pacific. One of Survivor's most popular players, but divisive among super fans. The jungle boy who climbs trees, swims like a dolphin, catches fish with ease, and dominates challenges. The one component of the game he has never been able to master is the social aspect, which caused him to narrowly lose his first time out.
Debbie Wanner - Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Kooky contestant with a million jobs, skills, and hobbies. Shown to appreciate hard work and loyalty.
Tai Trang - Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Loves all living things, and famously befriended a chicken he named Mark. Couldn't own his game and lost at final tribal council, but awarded prize money by musical artist Sia for the kindness he showed for animals.
Sarah Lacina - Survivor: Cagayan. A police officer with a keen read on people and a desire to control the game, Sarah couldn't be trusted by the other police officer on her season and was voted out.
Zeke Smith - Survivor: Millenials Vs. Gen X. Describes himself as an old person in a young person's body. A super fan who played aggressively and is one of Probst's favorite new contestants. Playing this season back to back after the last one and unknown by the others.
Michaela Bradshaw - Survivor: Millenials Vs. Gen X. Physical player who, despite her efforts, wears her heart on her sleeve. Put it all on the line and overplayed too early, getting voted out as a major threat to win. Playing this season back to back after the last one and unknown by the others.
Malcolm Freberg - Survivor: Philippines, Survivor: Caramoan - Fans Vs. Favorites. Survivor's most popular golden boy since Ozzy, Malcolm is easy to get along with, decent in challenges, and made some bold moves to try and progress his himself within the game. Played back to back in his two prior seasons.
Hali Ford - Survivor: Worlds Apart. No collar approach to life, law school graduate, and considers body surfing her number three passion in life.
Jeff Varner - Survivor: The Australian Outback, Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance. Played in the second season of the show where he was the most strategic player. Gave up his shot at immunity for peanut butter and was voted out due to an old tie breaker rule. Voted back onto the show by fans 29 seasons later, but overplayed early and was voted out.
Troyzan Robertson - Survivor: One World. Was the last man standing among a group of female contestants and upon winning individual immunity, proclaimed "THIS IS MY ISLAND. YOU CAN'T BEAT ME." Guess how that went.
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. The only two time winner in the history of Survivor. While not a challenge threat by any means, she masterminded and perfect the "anyone but me" strategy where her strong social bonds allowed her to move between alliances and vote out one threat at a time until she sat at the end each time with little blood on her hands and friends on the jury.
Caleb Reynolds - Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Former Big Brother contestant who came into Survivor as a member of the beauty tribe. Was medically evacuated in a fourth wall breaking episode where he almost died from overexertion in extreme elements. Never attended a tribal council.
Ciera Eastin - Survivor: Blood Vs. Water, Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance. Voted out her mom and forced a rock draw at a tie vote during her first season, and encouraged the all stars in her second chance to make "BIG MOVES", Ciera plays aggressively even if it shoots her in the foot.
Aubry Bracco - Survivor: Kaoh Rong. A brains tribe member who worked her way through the game with a few tight allies while showing that she could hold her own both physically and mentally. The jury couldn't see her game that the audience saw, and she came in as runner up in her season which Jeff Probst hates.
Tony Vlachos - Survivor: Cagayan. Agreed upon as the biggest immediate threat in this season, Tony played a crazy game his first time out. He voted out his allies, found mutiple hidden immunity idols, built "Spy shacks", came to tribal council with his "bag of tricks" and a smile on his face, and imitates llamas like no other. Winner of his season.
Previous Season Threads
Survivor 33: Millennials vs. Gen X |OT| Gen X vs. Millennials
Survivor 32: Kaôh Rōng |OT| Anything that can Kaôh Rōng, will.
Survivor 31: Cambodia - Second Chance |OT| Starring Phoebe. And also a fish.
Survivor: Worlds Apart |OT| Season 30, 15 years of blindsides
Survivor: San Juan del Sur: Blood vs Water 2: Nicaragua 3 - Exile Island 7 |OT|
Survivor 28: Cagayan |OT| Colby votes out Keith again
Survivor: Blood vs Water |OT| Favorites + Family
Survivor 26: Caramoan |OT| Fans (Recruits) vs. Favorites (Crazy People)
Survivor: Philippines |OT| Return of the Cart-Offs
Survivor: One World |OT| Thread of Stupid Name, Promising Twist
Survivor: South Pacific |OT| of Dragon Slaying and Russell 2.0?
Survivor 22 Redemption Island! Featuring Russell and Rob
Survivor: Nicaragua Starting right now!
Survivor: Heroes vs Villains - Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT (beginning Feb. 4th)!
Survivor Samoa: Premieres Thursday, Sept. 17 8:00pm ET/PT
Ken "King of Smash" Hoang enters Survivor: Gabon
That's as far back as these threads seem to go, and season 17 is a stretch obviously. :)
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