Season 33 of ‘Survivor’ is here! The hour and a half premiere of ‘Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X’ is off to a wild start, as a cyclone hits Fiji on the castaways’ second day, but the game must go on. Who will be voted off first? Follow along with our live blog and find out!
This season, the castaways are split into two tribes of ten, divided by their age: One group are Millennials, ages 18-31, while the other are Generation X, ages 33-52.
The episode starts with the two tribes meeting Jeff Probst and finding out their tribes. The Orange tribe is Vanua, Millennials, and the Purple tribe is Takali, Gen X. The youngest person in the game is revealed to be Will, who’s just 18 and still in high school, and the oldest person in the game is Paul, who’s 53.
The castaways have to make some decisions right away — their task is to grab as many items as they can that they want to bring back to camp. But these decisions will affect them for the rest of the game, as some stations force them to pick one item, and leave something else behind (i.e: the Millennials chose chickens over fishing gear). As this is going on, Gen X tribe member, Jessica, finds an envelope amidst the items, and saves it in her pocket for later. When it’s over, Jeff warns the castaways to build a shelter fast, as Fiji is in the middle of cyclone season.
At Vanua, Zeke reveals to the cameras that he does NOT identify with his Millennial generation, while Taylor quickly eyes out all the girls he thinks are cute. Jessica from Gen X manages to slip away to read the mysterious note she found early, and is informed it’s a “Legacy Advantage” — a new twist! If she’s still there on Day 36, she will get an advantage, but if she’s voted out, she must give the advantage to someone else.
Jay, Taylor and Figgy form an alliance at Vanua, and Jay quickly brings in Michelle. Hannah notices there’s a clear divide between her and the other “misfits” and the “popular kids” within the tribe, and she wants to tear apart Jay’s alliance. Meanwhile, paranoia kicks in at Takali when David is convinced Paul and Ken are hiding an immunity idol from the rest of them.
The Millennials have huge problems with their shelter, which doesn’t bode well as the sky darkens, wind picks up and a storm begins. It gets so bad, that Jeff even gives the tribes a tarp, and they’re eventually forced to EVACUATE their beaches — for the first time in Survivor history — when the storm turns into a cyclone. When they return on Day 3, they find their camps in ruins.
Finally, it’s time for the first immunity challenge, where they have to make choices at different stations: They can take shortcuts at each obstacle, but every shortcut they take adds 10 pieces to the final puzzle they have to complete at the end. Gen X takes a shortcut at their first two stations, while the Millennials do the first as is and use a shortcut on the second, giving them 10 less pieces in the puzzle. It pays off for the younger group, as they win the first challenge, sending Takali to tribal.
Rachel becomes a target among her tribe for blowing it on the puzzle, but Dave is worried because he hasn’t been involved in any strategizing. He pleads with Jessica and other tribe members, and tries to assure them that he doesn’t have an idol like they believe. Bret comes up with the idea to split the votes, leaving just Dave, Rachel and CeCe out of the plan.
The votes are all over the place: Rachel gets 5, Cece gets 3, Sunday gets 1 and Dave gets 1, so Rachel is the first sent home. This season is off to a great start!
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