Talking About Survivor – Blood Vs Water Pre-Show

It’s that time again, for a new season of Survivor!

Season 27: Blood Vs Water!

Christiana and Mike discuss the castaways!



  • Mike Kimura says:

    Hi Christiana and Mike! Welcome back! Really enjoyed your cast assessment.

    Regarding Brad Culpepper: Brad did not play Quarterback in the NFL. Daunte Culpepper (3 time Pro Bowl, 2 time All Pro) is the Culpepper that played Quarterback. Brad Culpepper played Defensive Tackle and I think only hardcore NFL fans would know him. I had never heard of Brad Culpepper until Monica showed up on One World.

    The article you read does not appear to have covered ALL of the Twists this season nor explained them in detail.

    As you both surmised if you swap places with your Loved One on Redemption Island your Loved One joins your tribe not their original tribe.

    EW’s Dalton Ross and Xfinity’s Gordon Holmes both had detailed articles on ALL of the Twists

    Dalton Ross’ article has a nice list of the Twists which I’ll post here but Gordon Holmes’ articles adds some other details so it is worth a read too…

    * For the first time ever, the game will not be 39 days long, but rather 39-and-a-half days, as the couples will begin the game the night prior to day one with a new twist titled “Day Zero.” The 10 pairs will be sent out at sunset to 10 different locations to live by themselves for the night. They will then all meet up to be officially welcomed by host Jeff Probst and start the game the next morning. “The whole idea was to try and get them thinking and maybe believing that they would play as a pair,” says Probst.

    * Just minutes after congregating, the returning players and their loved ones will be split into two different tribes, with the returning players making up the yellow Galang tribe and the newbies comprising the red Tadhana tribe. “Suddenly your partner becomes your adversary, your competition,” says Probst. “And that was the whole premise of Blood Vs. Water. How is that going to play out in a game where only one person can win?”

    * First impressions can be key in the game like Survivor, and that will prove true here as just moments after meeting each other, each team will vote one member off their tribe. They will later be informed that these people have not been voted out of the game, but rather will be sent to Redemption Island, which makes its return after having been absent for the past three seasons. There they will battle to stay alive and reenter the game at a later point.

    * Confused yet? Well, it gets even more confusing! Jeff Probst will then immediately offer each of the loved ones of the two people voted off the opportunity to trade places with them, meaning that if, say, returning player Tina is voted out of her tribe at the start, her daughter Katie can opt to take her place at Redemption Island instead, and Tina would then join the tribe of newbies.

    * As mentioned, Redemption Island is back. Anyone voted out will be sent there and will then compete in a three person duel. The last place finisher in each contest is out of the game for good, while the top two remain. However, if someone’s loved one is still in the game they can take their loved one’s place before a duel. (So if, say, Monica is at Redemption Island but her husband Brad thinks he would do better at a duel involving strength, he can swap places with her, electing to do the duel while she takes his place on his tribe. They could then swap again at the next duel if it is a contest better suited to her strengths.) “That puts blood and water to the test,” says Probst. “And we’re gonna do it at every duel. So the first time early in the game, somebody may say ‘It’s just too early.” But as those duels increase and they get closer to what they think might be a merge, their strategy is going to start to change.”

    * That’s not all when it comes to Redemption Island. The person who finishes first in each duel will also get to give a clue to the location of a hidden immunity idol to any person from either tribe that they choose. “There’s all these things you can do,” says Probst. “Because for a moment, even though you’re on the outest, furthest part of the game, you have a little bit of power.”

    MikeK from SoCal