I make no bones about the fact that I still watch Survivor as I find it fascinating to see how after hundreds of players people still do unpredictable things (I’m looking at you Russell!). The reason I’m fascinated by this upcoming season is that everyone is entering the game with a label. Normally we have to get to know the cast, see how they play and then we pick who we root for and who we loathe. This time we already have our “heroes” and “villains”, but will any of them do anything to surprise us? Will the Heroes sit around the camp singing songs? Will the Villains be backstabbing each other before they even get their shelter built?
The answer to both is “no.”
I think this season has a chance to push our boundaries of perception, and we may walk away realizing that first of all, reality TV is so heavily edited that we really don’t have a clue or secondly we could realize that depending on your circumstances, your actions change. Don’t expect this season to be as clear cut as many suspect it will be.