I first off must admit that last season's Survivor was the first season I did not complete. I got a little over half way through and stopped watching. There has been seasons before that I have not watched in their entirety, but last season was the first time I totally bailed. I had to look up online to see how won.
A couple early thoughts on Season 22.
I used to not be a fan of All-Star seasons, but the one last year was great. I wasn't excited for Russell and Boston Rob again, but having the 2 veterans really allows you to jump right into the season. There is no feeling around episodes. Those two are running thangs right away. It makes for good viewing.
This "redemption" format sounds a whole heck of a lot like Real World/Road Rules Challenges, not that I'm complaining. Those things are pretty entertaining. I'm not sure it will add to Survivor, though. We'll see. It is definitely a safeguard to keep Boston Rob and Russell in the game. The previous "redemption" ploy off the Pearl Islands, was kind of lame, bringing back Burton and Lil, not really offering much to the season.
Will there be real water challenges this season?
Alright, let's take an early look at this year's cast.
Boston Rob - I like him, glad he's back, much better without Amber.
Andrea - I like her. She is cute and hot. There's something about her very alluring, must be that Wisconsin up-bringing. I think she could make it far under the right circumstances.
Kristina - Fake boobs, loner, won't be around for long.
Grant - So this guy was an NFL football player. I see him making the jury and then going out as the "threat". On a side note, someone once asked who I would choose to look like if I could look like anyone in the world, ok maybe I poised this question just so I could answer it, but anyways, my answer was James from Survivor, but now Grant is a close second. No homo.
Philip - Yes! This guy is great. Vastly entertaining. I don't think he'll make it far, so take it in while you can.
Natalie - Apparently this chick is 19. I think that is too young. she might go far under someone's wing, but will not be a major player.
Ashley - I like her. She's hot, but not too hot that that's her only asset. I predict she will go far.
Russell - Too cocky, but that was the case last season too, but he still made it to the final. Definitely brings the entertainment value.
Steve - The new Tom - Older, grey, strong. Apparently another ex-nfl player. He should go far, maybe taking over as team leader once Russell is gone.
Julie - she could definitely kick my ass.
Sarita - hasn't really said too much yet.
Stephanie - power hunger young girl on Russel's teet. She's the type of girl that would scan the bar at bar time looking for a drunk guy she couldn't otherwise get, a muskrat or 'skrat, as we called them back in the day.
Krista - Kind of weird, also on the Russel train.
Ralph - Yes, the hairy redneck. I can't wait til this guy pulls one over on Russell
Mike and David - Two younger white guys, don't know much about them. One was in Iraq, one is kinda dorky, but they'll take down Russell and be best buds.
I see the season building to a Russell/Boston Rob Redemption Island showdown in about week 7 or 8 and then falling off after that.
Stay tuned kids!