After two Redemption Island seasons with no tribal swap, I was sure that trend would end this time. I predicted that it would happen after four episodes, and that was accurate. Unfortunately, there are two downsides to this generally positive twist this week. The first is bad luck because the teams end up ridiculously lopsided after the random split. With the exception of Monica, the strongest physical threats all reside on the Salani tribe. My other issue comes from the producers directly, who jettison the "One World" aspect and separate the groups on two beaches. There are understandable reasons for this action, but it still reverts this season back to a more traditional format. The episode remains entertaining, but it indicates that the folks behind the scenes aren't truly willing to stretch the boundaries of the formula. For more details, check out my review of "A Bunch of Idiots" for Sound on Sight.
Here are a few other interesting moments that I didn't address in my review:
- Kim wisely searches for the immunity idol, but she doesn't find it until shes asks God for help. Once again, a higher power is playing a role in who wins Survivor!
- Apparently, there's a large family of chickens running loose around the island. Both tribes benefit by having chickens basically wander into their camp after the split.
- Although his nickname is still ridiculous, Troyzan appears to be one of the most capable players this season. I underestimated both him and Jay, who seem most likely to join Kim, Chelsea, and Sabrina in the final five.
- Next week's preview gives away a lot about a big moment that could dramatically affect the game. It definitely raised my curiosity, so well-played CBS.