Last night was the premier of Survivor: Winners at War. Crazy to think that this is the 40th season, and even crazier to think that I have never missed an episode. That comes to around 583 hours (or around 25 straight days). I used to be able to remember all the players and winners but as the seasons went on, its been harder and harder to remember everybody that played and won.
Season 40: Winners at War brings back 20 past winners (10 men and 10 women). As they showed up on the beach, it brought back great memories of all the seasons I watched and reminded me of why I am such a fan of the show. As the show went on, the one thing that stood out to me was that all these players are millionaires, but none seemed any different then when they played in the past. They were all willing to submit themselves to the game of Survivor (eating rice / sleeping on bamboo / physical challenges) to play the game again. I found it interesting how some of the players from the earlier seasons felt the game (and players) was moving super fast while the newer players felt like it was the same as when they played.
I really like the dynamic of having all past players (winners) playing against each other. I have read and heard that past Survivor Players have formed a kind of bond outside of the game and a lot of become good friends. This makes things really interesting as everybody has a lot of external information on everybody else.
Its to early for me to try and pick who will win. I have some of my favorites (Boston Rob and Amber, Parvati, Ethan and Yul) as well as some I am not a big fan of (Adam, Ben). A lot of the others I am on the fence on, so will need to wait and see how the season progresses before I make any judgments.
As far as the game play, I was not a big fan of Redemption Island, and hope they make some changes (like bringing back the voted off-players much earlier than before). It should not be an advantage to be outside of the game as an non participant observer for most of the time while the players in the game have to stigmatize and make moves against other players)
As for Fire Tokens, I like the idea and it will be interesting to see how it plays out
The season is off to a good start and I am looking forward to watching and seeing if somebody can become the 2nd two time winner, or if somehow Sandra can Outwit, Outlast, and Outplay everybody again and become a 3 time winner.