Show discussion: Survivor: Redemption Island

By | February 16, 2011

So, the new series of Survivor begins tonight on CBS (should be “available” to watch elsewhere tomorrow). This season’s big twist is Redemption Island – when you’re voted out of the game, you aren’t out of the game, you’re sent to live on Redemption Island. When two people are there, they must battle it out in the Redemption Arena (in front of the other survivors), the winner stays on, the loser goes home and at some point someone gets to go back into the game. Oh, and Rob and Russell are back.

This is not the first time eliminated contestants have had a chance to come back, that would be the Outcasts challenge on Pearl Islands which apparently didn’t go down too well. The thinking this time is that this will work because everyone knows about it.

The thing is, I don’t think everyone needs to be aware of it as long as the viewers are aware of it. As a concept it’s worked in many different European versions of the show as The Swamp where it was kept a secret from the other contestants. The moment of shock when someone comes back into the game is going to be lessened dramatically because everyone’s aware of what’s going on at all times. This being said, it’s nice that Survivor is finally looking at some of the interesting ways the Europeans have twisted the game, even if they are implementing them in a strange manner.

Also I’m intrigued about how it’s going to be introduced – in theory one person will go there in episode one, a second person in episode two then there will be the first challenge. So you’re building the entire season around a concept that’s not actually going to get used properly for the first episode. Will they do a challenge to eliminate someone immediately, like The Cage?  And are they going to shift Tribal Council to mid-episode and end on the Redemption challenge, or will they hold it over for the next week?

Lots of questions, soon we’ll have answers.

8 thoughts on “Show discussion: Survivor: Redemption Island

  1. BigBen

    In other news…

    What in hell has happened to Masterchef?! Is nothing sacred any more?!

    1. David B

      Personally, I think it was long due a reboot. It was showing its age against the sickeningly sunny Aussie version.

      1. Jennifer Turner

        MasterChef Australia UK isn’t as bad as I’d feared… yet. I don’t really regard this audition phase as MasterChef proper though, more of a bonus preview with lots of the John and Gregg double-act in it.

        One thing: if that’s a permanent change of theme music, then the phrase “doing an ER” would seem appropriate. Ditching an effective theme in favour of a tuneless generic bed that nobody will ever remember.

  2. Joe

    I’ve never see the UK masterchef before, but how slow does that voiceover woman talk!

  3. David

    Interesting twist for TAR’s 1st episode- it looks like it’s a Non-Elimination leg, because of this: They’re told the first time to check in at the 1st pitstop will get an Express Pass (so they can skip one Detour or Roadblock task anytime in the next few legs)- but the last team to check in will get a U-Turn (so they would have to do both Detour options in the next leg)…

  4. Brig Bother Post author

    Oh-hoh dear, they’ve found some interesting people (I say people, I mean Philip) for this season of Survivor, and the first Tribal Council is breathtaking and hilarious.

    I’m still baffled about not finding some way to introduce Redemption Island from the get go.

    1. Dan Peake

      I very much enjoyed the first episode, a great tribal council! I’m looking forward to actually seeing the redemption island…!

  5. Anonymous

    Not sure what to make of Survivor yet, i just can’t help but feel the series is going to be all about R & R. They might aswell have told them to just bring their own players to battle it out.

    As for Philip not sure he is of the right mental state to be playing this game.


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