When host Jeff Probst said, “39 days, 20 people, one Survivor” I let go a heavy sigh. It might be Wednesday but Survivor is back. This is the 21st season of Survivor and I have watched each and every episode of all 21 seasons. This also marks the fifth season that I have done a Survivor blog. The first, Survivor Gabon, was written nearly two years ago on September 26, 2008. The toughest thing then was knowing what the competitors were going to be like. Early in the season you just hoped there would be a few colorful personalities, some characters.
The early indications are that season 21 has nothing to worry about. There is no shortage of characters.
Let’s see, we have Jud from the La Flor, the young tribe. He was quickly nicknamed Fabio because of his flowing blond locks. Personally, I think Spicoli would be a more apropos moniker. You remember Jeff Spicoli from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was the surfer dude who enjoyed smoking copious amounts of marijuana. Wow, dude.
From the old tribe, Espada, there is Daniel, a Paulie Walnuts wannabe complete with the hairdo and gold chains. It looks as if Daniel is used to people listening when he talks.
Also from Espada is Wendy Jo the lunatic goat farmer. Don’t call PETA. Wendy Jo doesn’t tend psychotic goats…she’s the lunatic. Besides being certifiable, she has an accent comparable to that of Boston Rob. Every time she said “Suh-Vive-Uh” I cringed.
Getting back to La Flor, we have a couple of aspiring male chauvinists in Matt and Shannon. Midway through the episode they were discussing whom they think could win it all. They decided that it really didn’t matter as long as it wasn’t another woman. Nice.
Then there is Jimmy Johnson. Yes, that Jimmy Johnson; the former NFL coach of Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins and current sportscaster on FOX TV's NFL Sunday pregame show. At first it was kind of cool seeing him on Survivor. Then they kept ramming him down our throats. Enough already!
I have no doubt that several characters will emerge in the very near future. Like Kelly the amputee or Naonka the angry black woman. Plus there is no shortage of eye candy this season.
This picture is evidence of that.
Before I reveal who got ousted I want to let you know who I would like to see stick around for a while. From Espada I like Yve, Marty and Tyrone. Brenda from La Flor is another that I am hoping makes it deep into season 21. She is the young lady wearing the orange top in the picture.
So, who did Probst say, “the tribe has spoken” to? Screwball goat farmer Wendy Jo is who. The tribe definitely did speak, but so did Wendy Jo. A lot. The woman would not shut up at Tribal Council! While casting his vote, Tyrone said it best, “Wendy Jo, ya gotta go!”
Don’t worry. Even without Wendy Jo, there is still no shortage of characters. Until next time…from the booth.