Wow. Another shocker. Can I just say this: How freakin’ amazing is this season so far? Producers took what in their minds was a huge gamble — they went back to a cast of all newbies. Why did they consider this a gamble? Well, take a look at the last two times they tried that: Nicaragua and One World, both of which are generally considered two of the show’s weakest outings ever. However, the fans spoke up and said they wanted a break from the parade of returning players, the producers listened, and here we are with a so-far scintillating edition.
It will be interesting to see how often the show decides to stick with this formula. In truth, I don’t think a successful season hinges on whether there are all newbies or feature some returnees. You could point out great and awful seasons from both. As a fan, I’m always screaming about how much I want new players, but I’ve also long said that the two best Survivor seasons (not counting the first one) are the initial Fans vs. Favorites and Heroes vs. Villains, both are which were FILLED with former players.
The point is, it can work — or fall apart — either way. But this season is definitely working. Now let’s hope it keeps working. And you have some more Survivor work to do yourself. That’s because you still need to read my weekly Q&A with hostmaster general Jeff Probst. And don’t forget about that exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode (in which Alexis toasts Morgan as "malicious" and a "mean girl") in the video player below. We’ll be talking to the blindsided Cliff on Thursday on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) as well as the InsideTV Podcast. And for more Survivor scoop, you can follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
But now it’s your turn. Do you like seeing all newbies or returning players? Did Trish and Tony make the right move? Did the Beauties blow it by all turning on one another? And would you like to see Trish twerk? Hit the message boards to let us know and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!