Survivor Season 28 Review “Hot Girl With a Grudge”

Well, here we are again, folks! Another year, and another season of Survivor! Not only do we have a brand new twist for this 28th season, with how the tribes have been split up, but we have a two hour season premiere in which to meet all of these new contestants in “Hot Girl With a Grudge”!

Premiere episodes of Survivor are always so difficult to review, since there are so many new contestants to meet and analyze, but I can at least comment on the controversial “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty” twist of the season. While the original teams don’t always make a big deal in this game, since they are merged for the last half of the game anyway, it’s as good a way as any to separate the tribes at first. There are quite a few inconsistencies in here, though. If the Beauty tribe members are supposed to be people that use their looks for their job, then why are LJ and Brice there? LJ is a horse trainer and Brice is a social worker, so how exactly do their looks help them in those jobs? Garrett would also probably be more appropriately sorted with the Brawn crew, and there are quite a few good looking people on both other tribes that could have been on the Beauty tribe.

Anyway, the episode gets right to it pretty darn quick, as a member of each tribe is sent to their camp alone and get to decide if they want to get an immunity idol clue or extra food for their tribe. This was a cool idea, and it worked great that we happened to see all three possible outcomes. Garrett took the clue and found the idol, Morgan took the clue and didn’t find the idol, and Trish didn’t take the clue! By the way, is getting an immunity idol 14 minutes in a new Survivor record?! Dang!

I was genuinely surprised by David’s blindside tonight. He did commit one of my Survivor pet peeves by talking about day 39 while still on day 3, and his tribe suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in Immunity Challenge history, but I still didn’t think he would go before the loudmouth J’Tia.

Apparently they should have voted out J’Tia while they had the chance! They would have a lot more rice if they did! I just…I don’t even know where to start. All I can really say is that arguably apart from Spencer, this is probably the dumbest possible “Brains” tribe that we could ever have. Everybody here made stupid decisions. J’Tia decided to pull a Brandon Hantz and pour out the rice, which I personally feel should be grounds for immediate expulsion from the game. Garrett said a bunch of stupid stuff at tribal that really painted him into a corner, namely by singling out the members of his alliance. Tasha freaked out about her tribe wanting to talk out their ideas, and then seemed to be defending J’Tia at tribal, saying that it was the tribes fault for leaving her alone! I thought Kass would be smarter than this, but she’s aligned herself with J’Tia, one of the most immature players I’ve ever seen, as well as one of the worst challenge players. I’m hoping Spencer can get himself onto a better tribe before he’s dragged down with the rest of them.

Wow, what an episode. What did you think of tonight’s premiere? Sound off in the comments section below.

Random Thoughts:

– What was up with Jeff saying that Trish “was the first one to stick up for Sarah”? Um, YOU called on her Jeff! You asked to speak to the woman in yellow!

– Did anybody else notice that LJ’s assessment of “hot” versus “cute” was directly correlated to the womens’ breast size?

– I love how Cliff Robinson kept sheepishly naming NBA teams that he’s played for. You could tell that he didn’t want to talk about his basketball career because it would make him seem unworthy of the money, but he mentioned his first three teams, but he didn’t even mention all of them! He didn’t mention the Warriors and Nets, both of which he played two seasons for.

– Is Garrett gay? Not that it matters or anything, but I just didn’t think of too many gay guys being in the professional Poker world.

– How great is Cliff’s laugh? So infectious! I loved hearing it ring out when his boat capsized.

– As annoying as Lindsay might be, her nickname of “MalnuTrisha” is actually pretty clever.

– Spencer’s line about J’Tia being a nuclear engineer was the line of the night. I don’t think Spencer’s ego will allow him to actually win this game, but I predict we’re gonna get some hilarious lines out of him.