Survivor season premiere recap: Twistapalooza

Rupert makes a controversial decision as Survivor: Blood vs. Water kicks off with more twists than a Chubby Checker song
Ep. 01 | Aired Sep 18, 2013

A WATERED DOWN RUPERT? The big fella made a big strategic blunder when he traded places with his wife at Redemption Island, possibly dooming them both.

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But often that’s all it takes in this game — anything to set you apart from the others. Anything to give them an excuse to vote somebody else out that is not them. And sure enough, when the votes come back, Marissa is kicked out with five, just one vote more than the four cast for drawn-in Frowny Faces. (Just once I’d like to see someone draw a smiley face next to someone’s name when they are voting them out instead of a frowny face. The frowny face has become an annoying Survivor cliché the same way contestants on American Idol all hold up the number of fingers on their hands to correspond to the number you are supposed to be dial to keep them safe. Drives me absolutely bonkers, and I don’t know why.)

So Marissa is off to Redemption Island to face Rupert and Candice in our first duel. (Another group duel, something I thought we were done with after the first Redemption Island season, but apparently not.) And we are off into another season of Survivor. And that means the time has come for me to make my episode 1 pick to win it all. This one will not surprise. I tweeted a while back how my pre-game interview with Aras and Vytas was one of the most impressive I have ever had. I loved their approach to the game, strategic outlook, and ability to adapt socially to whatever is thrown their way. Since returning players naturally have the edge and Aras has proven he knows what it takes to win, I’ll go with him as my episode 1 pick to win it all. And it’s not just because he said he was a Redskins fan! Seriously! I swear!

Now is the part of the recap where I get to tell you about all the goodies we’ll have for you throughout the season, starting in the video player below, where you can see an exclusive deleted scene from last night's episode as well as a special video of Jeff Probst taken just minutes after Tribal Council ended, where he breaks it all down for you while also predicting what will happen next. Speaking of Probst, we’ll be doing our weekly Q&As as well, so you can click over here for that. Once contestants start getting eliminated we’ll be talking to them on Entertainment Weekly Radio (Sirius XM 105) and will be getting the audio from those interviews up here on as well. And, of course, you can have all this nonsense sent right to your virtual doorstep by following me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

But now it’s your turn. What did you think of the Survivor: Blood vs. Water premiere? Did Rupert blow it? And who are you loving and loathing so far? Hit the message boards to let us know. Speaking of which, PLEASE DO NOT POST SPOILERS IN THE MESSAGE BOARDS! It is super uncool. Please do not be super uncool. Okay, that’s it for now, but have at it, and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!

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