Episode two of Survivor far surpassed the premier episode. First off, I enjoyed the faster pace. This show was meant to be one hour long. Longer than that, and it's just plain boring. Second, I enjoyed the opening credits. I'm sure this played in the premiere episode, but since everything was so new and different, I missed it. Third, there were more fantastically beautiful scenes of nature. And finally, there was a showdown between a couple of the players in the Heroes' Tribe as well as a major scare to the Villain's Tribe. All and all, this was one exciting, jam-packed hour!
The scenic nature shots that stood out to me were the tree with bats and the ocean lapping at the rocky shore. At first, the tree looked like it was covered with monkeys. As I peered closer, I realized that there were too many "monkeys" for one tree. Then, I saw a wing flap. It was a bit eerie to see so many bats hanging around in pure daylight. The rocks crashing upon the shore were a good reminder about the constant struggle out in nature: Only the strong will survive. As it turns out, the Heroes are not the "cream of the crop" when it comes to brain games.
Episode two's immunity challenge was another puzzle, and it quickly became obvious that the Heroes' Tribe cannot solve one if their life depended upon it. Even though they had the lead thanks to the physical aspect of running and pushing blocks to the construction site, they still lost in the end. In fact, I thought their word "Heroes" would be easier to put together into a ladder than "Villains." I was sad to see them lose because I am naturally inclined to vote for the "hero" of a show or movie. Unfortunately, they are not acting like my type of heroes. I was very disappointed to see the showdown between James and Stephanie. I know it's hard to listen and win when everyone is shouting ideas at you, but really, what does the blame game accomplish? There was also too much plotting between the Heroes. I almost felt like I was watching the Villains' Tribe. The only two people who emphasized the attributes of a hero were Tom and Colby, defenders of Stephanie and calling James out on his bullying attitude. I hope one of them wins the final show.
As far as the Villains' Tribe goes, I had the reverse reaction. Even though I see most of them as aptly named Villains, I found a shining star among the lazy, self-serving members--Rob. I don't know how he was like in the last season he played in, but the years have taught him much. He has learned responsibility and a hard-working attitude that should surely propel him to the lead. I was proud of all the effort he was putting into building the shelter for his team. I was angry at the way the others treated him and his attempts at leadership. In the end, his hard work got him sick, as emphasized by last episode's preview. Luckily, everything worked out well for our secret hero on the Villain's team. I wouldn't mind seeing him win the show.
The music was again well-matched for the episode. There was one scene where it reminded me of something I would hear during a tour of Hawaii or while watching Gilligan's Island. It was light-hearted but matched the island feel of the show.
In the end, the most boring part of the episode was still the deliberation. I found myself spacing out as the team conversed among themselves as to who should be sent home. It's really hard to get into the strategizing if you have never seen the show before. Also, it is the slowest part of the episode. After all is said and done, I was disappointed with the final outcome.
Survivor Heroes vs Villains continues as the Heroes and Villains continue to battle. The night the Heroes went to Tribal Council, the Villains were losing something of their own: Sleep. Many of them didn't have to love through the rain in their past seasons but they sure felt it that night. As we know Samoa is a very rainy location and all but Rob complained about being wet. Rob claims to yet again be on the "buffoon" tribe, but his tribe of buffoons has always won in the end. Their … more
The second episode of Survivor Heroes vs. Villains kicks off in dramatic fashion. Last time, Miss Sugar became the first person from this series to get the boot. Who will go this time? Let's find out. On the Villains' side, the tribe rebuilds their shelter for the fourth or fifth time and according to Randy, each new incarnation of the shelter is worse than its predecessor. Rob is frustrated with how inadequate the shelter is, but he bites his tongue and stays quiet. … more
On the second episode of Survivor Heroes vs Villains, the cast continues to play the game they once played before in Samoa while one Survivor finds themselves laying on the ground and possibly being taken out of the game.