SPOILER WARNING: If you’re not on the 10th episode yet of Survivor Nicaragua, you can stop right here because there’ll be a lot of spoilers on this post.
One of my ultimate favorite "reality" TV series is Survivor. Now, they’re on their 21st season and it seems the series gets better and better every year.
Last season, in Survivor Heroes vs Villains, I’m still a bit pissed that Sandra Diaz won over Parvati Shallow. I love Russel Hantz, but he played a really poor social game so I knew he’s not going to win the million dollars. Parvati deserved the win over anyone else in that season. All I can say is Parvati and Russel’s team-up made Heroes vs Villains the BEST Survivor season ever.
This time, in Survivor Nicaragua, the producer of the show, Mark Burnett, and his team, including my ultimate favorite host Jeff Probst, decided to divide the team into the younger (La Flor) and old tribe (Espada). It was pretty interesting and I knew most of the challenges won’t require too much physical strength, otherwise, the younger tribe could’ve dominated the game entirely.
They’re on their tenth episode now, and the tribes have merged. They call themselves Libertad, coined by Marty Piombo. I so love the name! That’s the only thing I loved about Marty in Survivor. I hated him because of how he treated Jane Bright.
Before I go into details about what I love about this season, I just wanted to tell you that this season of Survivor is one of the best, I believe, when it comes to gameplay. There aren’t too many who are playing under the radar. Everyone seems to be fighting for that chance to go home with the million dollar reward in the end.
The Medallion of Power
I believe they thought of this because they felt that the older tribe needed some kind of advantage in the game. And, just to be fair, they came up with rules so it won’t be too obvious that they were actually doing it for the older tribe.
The Medallion of Power, if you’re not familiar with it yet (if you’re not a Survivor fan, why are you even reading this? *LOL*), whatever tribe possesses it will gain an advantage in challenges. If the tribe chooses to use it in a challenge, the medallion will be handed over to the other tribe.
It was a great concept, but I felt that the Medallion of Power didn’t really had that much impact in the game. The only ones who actually benefited from it was the younger tribe, which I believe wasn’t the intention. I guess that’s why they decided to switch the tribes as soon as possible.