EVERYONE HERE IS A THREAT. IF THEY WEREN'T THREATENING, THEY WOULDN'T BE HERE: A separated shoulder, a broken toe, blurred nipples, an odd showmance, Boston Rob doing something unexpected, free-range chickens and Rupert being bitter -- yes, Survivor is back with a blessedly double-length episode on the first three days. How badass, by the way, was the young lady who had her shoulder separated, popped back in, and then competed in the physically demanding half of tonight's immunity challenge?
The last twenty minutes of this show was one of the most fascinating sequences of strategy and theory I've seen in quite some time, and what makes this show so compelling: ten bright people who've played this game before, using what they know of each other's history to predict what was in their personal and tribal best interests. I can't say I was surprised by the outcome, nor do I think it was a mistake.
One interesting meta point: in all other seasons of Survivor, players are identified by their hometown and occupation; in an All-Star season, all that matters is your past history on the show. (What's Boston Rob's current occupation, anyway?)
Fienberg recaps ("[B]y the end there are blurred nipples everywhere, difficult to assign different body parts to different women, like Mark Burnett's version of a Picasso painting"), and then my spoilery thoughts after the break:
Heroes: Colby, did they not tell you that you were going to be on the show? Because maybe you could have done some homework. And I hope Cirie knows that everyone else already knows she's a threat -- because you're right: blindsiding Fireman Tom would have been a smart move, but for the target it would have put on your own back for pulling it off.
Villains: Russell, they're onto you. Rob, that fire was badass. And Sandra, keep staying under-the-radar.