Hey! it’s Cho, and I am SO SO SO excited that the premiere of Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction is here! I have been religiously watching Survivor since season two. I have missed maybe 5 episodes total. So, I can tell you about the times that it was televised on Thursday’s, but I digress. Survivor is such a huge stress relief for me, and it’s premiering right on time in my life. If you haven’t been acquainted with the cast yet, my auntie Tamara and I go over all the important details here. Now, let’s start the adventure!
We start off with the usual sweeping shots of random survivors as they arrive on the boat. We’re introduced with the big twist of this season of Survivor: Edge of Extinction.a place where they can choose to go home after being voted off or remain on the island for a chance to get back into the game. I feel like this twist is made to ensure that we get as big of a bang from the 4 returning Survivors who could be easy boots.
Speaking of, we are introduced to the 4 returnees and people are already starstruck!! I can’t say I wouldn’t be starstruck too. Kelley Wentworth is the first woman to find two hidden idols and actually use them to flip the game on its head. David Wright was a dominant strategic force on his season despite being underestimated. Joe Anglim has won 16 challenges in his Survivor career. Aubry Bracco has overcome her insecurities in the game to come out on top. I still expect her to have a panic attack here too! Welcome to Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction!
The Manu Tribe
Kelley Wentworth is already concerned about being on the bottom due to being a returnee. So, she’s focused on trying to make genuine relationships. On the other hand, David Wright is trying to get used to people coming to him for advice on fixing the camp up. We learn that Wendy has tourettes. She explains how it can catch people off guard and admits to being awkward to others. We see some of her mild ticks in the form of bird chirps and other noises. She is a cute ball of fun who has already been set up as a likable underdog. So,I want her to succeed in this game.
Reem gives a confessional about how everyone is getting along. Immediate cut to other people complaining about her moving their clothes around camp. Is Bravo editing this show?! Keith lets her know that she’s a typical mom which he appreciates. Reem tells Keith that he’s gonna keep him on his A-game and toughen him up. Reem and Wendy offer to help Keith improve his swimming which is really touching! Rick calls Wendy a whirling dervish. He says Keith is a poor swimmer. He calls Reem a busy-body. So,he is happy that they seem to be grouped up as easy targets.
Everyone is happy to have Joe Anglim on their tribe. Aurora says she’s gay and even she’s on team Joe. I hear ya, girl! Right from the jump, Ron Clark found a secret advantage while everyone was scrambling on the boat. He has an amazing pair of pants on! His advantage allows him the option to either steal a reward, get an extra vote or give himself a hidden immunity. The catch is that he has to use this before the 4th tribal council! That limitation forces him to out himself as a strategic threat early in the game. From an entertainment point of view, it’s great. But, from a player’s point of view, this is not good!
Aubry Bracco is absolutely terrified of working with the newbies. She is planning to lay in the grass for awhile. Southern boy Gavin has the most obnoxious pineapple shirt on. He says he plans on buying a 4th stoplight for his hometown. I’m sure they need it. Everyone is excited about the returnees. Except Eric, who is already planning to get rid of Aubry Bracco the first chance he gets!
The First Immunity Challenge
It’s a typical obstacle course with a gigantic slide puzzle at the end. The immunity idol looks really pretty this season. The challenges are where I usually objectify the contestants. And, there’s a lot of Survivors with BODIES-odies-odies! However, I’ll spare you my thoughts this one time. No one on Manu can even get over the balance beam! Then, Kelley Wentworth takes a gash to the head and I literally scream! Finally, Kama easily takes home the first win.
Reem and Wendy announce that Lauren and Kelley Wentworth are a dynamic duo that needs to be split up. So,they decide to ambush Rick. Keith doesn’t like how aggressively they spoke to Rick so in a turn of self-preservation, he throws them under the bus to the other group. This move just spared him for at least two votes. Still, Wardog is upset that Wendy him gave pushback about voting off Reem. Because, he’s an asshole who is throwing a temper tantrum that someone might dare disagree with him. Later, Reem hears her name from Wendy and starts to blow up. Suddenly, she’s waving the machete around and talking a lot of smack. This isn’t how you handle your name being thrown out.
The setup for this season’s tribal council is really dramatic! It gives me Season 6 Pearl Islands haunted pirate boat! Reem looks like she’s ready to explode. From the beginning, Reem is pissed and lets everyone know that there’s no reason her name should be thrown out there so early. Kelley Wentworth retorts that her name isn’t the only one that’s been thrown out. Reem says what’s happening is age discrimination. Reem is really confrontational. I need the commenter that used to be her “work spouse” explain her behavior to us. Wardog says that her over consideration with moving people’s belongings around is an example of why people are annoyed. Y’all, you can LITERALLY be voted out for anything!
Finally, Wendy sticks up for Reem. She says the same reasons why people are annoyed by her are the same reasons. she likes her. Specifically, her consideration and motherly instinct are calming forces. Reem realizes that the target is solely on her and she’s starting to become sad. I feel bad for her, but I’m already mentally bracing myself for Wendy to be blindsided. Jeff tallies the votes. Reem, Kelley, Wendy, Lauren, Reem, Wendy, Reem, Wendy… with one vote left, Reem is the first to be voted off. As she leaves, she says she hopes it pours down rain on them!!
Edge of Extinction Is Revealed
Finally, It is revealed to Reem that she has a chance to get back into the game by going onto this mysterious boat. This transition scene is brilliant. And, I am absolutely terrified. But, once she gets onto the island, there’s absolutely nothing there. Nothing! We cut to black! THIS is how you end an episode! Finally, we get a confessional from Reem crying mad that she was voted out for being overly considerate towards her tribemates. She hates them and is cold, wet and alone.
I have to admit, this episode started off slow, but tribal council and the the introduction of this new twist really saved it. I much prefer 2-hour premieres, because we’re able to get emotionally connected quicker. However, I think with this new twist, we are going to see a lot of the same characters for an extended amount of time which will definitely be interesting!
Please do comment your opinions on the premiere. And be sure to watch Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction next week! Who’s your favorite? What do you think about Reem’s personality? As always, don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms to stay in touch with me throughout the entire week: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!