Thursday, February 11, 2010

Survivor: Heroes v. Villains (2009)

I'm torn about whether to watch tonight's premiere of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains," which is an all-star edition of sorts in that it pits against each other two tribes of past Survivor contestants. One tribe is composed of former players traditionally known for their good deeds, while the other is full of the prima donnas, liars, and backstabbers who traditionally make the game good television. The problem is that so many of the psychological components that make "Survivor" interesting are absent from the seasons which feature those who have been through the game before. First, the players have already faced this no longer novel adversity, so it may not be as intimidating as it would be for a first timer. Second, many of the players know each other from "Survivor" promotional events or other functions in the reality show community. They are certainly not strangers, and they can rely upon their knowledge of each other from before the game to advance themselves within it. Thus, the game is far less interesting as a consequence. But I'll probably DVR the premiere anyway. There's no reason not to.

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