Returning players and their loved ones face a slew of twists
Intro and Re-Intro. Water! Blood! It's a structurally interesting start. The 10 pairs are being dropped off in 10 locations and they don't know that they aren't playing together. Let's meet and re-meet them! "I am the original, the OG," says Gervase, whose niece Marissa was nine when he originally played. Oh God. We're all so old. "It's cute that he thinks he's going to win," Marissa says. Ah, Kat and "Big Brother" winner Hayden. I assume their conversations mostly involve smiling prettily. "It is 'Survivor' in a house," says Hayden, who apparently knows precious little about "Survivor," while Kat insists this is her game. Monkey! Yeah, I don't remember Laura at all, so I don't have any real ties to her daughter Ciera. Yawn. Rupert. Rupert has somehow never made it to the end and his wife Laura wants to outdo her hubby. "This has always been about Rupert and Rupert playing three times and Rupert, Rupert, Rupert," Laura says. Oy. No, Jeff Probst. Colton didn't make "controversial" statements. He made bigoted statements. There was no "controversy." He was a pig, but he's hoping that his fiance will give him maturity. Colton's goal is to show us a new side, while Caleb swears he knows a different Colton and promises redemption. Candice and husband John are worried they may be perceived as too successful. Monica is joined by husband Brad Culpepper, who Jeff Probst calls "famous," even though if you showed his picture to 100 of the most dedicated NFL fans in the world, 98 couldn't identify him (the other two went to Florida). Brad's ready to play second fiddle to his wife. Former winner Tina is prepared to be competitive with daughter Katie who is, in turn, prepared to beat her mom at her own game. Tyson has been disappointed by "Survivor" (and "Survivor" fans by Tyson!) but he's going to do well this time, because he's prepared to take down the loved ones. "Exile Island" winner Aras is here with his somewhat estranged brother Vytas, who had a drug problem and spent a year in jail. This duo already intrigues me, even if Aras' season is one I only half-remember. The teams will all get to spend a night alone, without supplies, with the veterans expected to help prep their loved ones for the game. I just wish that the different locations didn't look awkwardly staged and lit. Gervase finally realizes it's been 13 years since he played "Survivor." "Do you want me to do something?" Colton asks Caleb. Kat is overrun by ants. And the game is on!