Survivor 'not bad'

2006-09-04 14:44
Durban - Someone must have told host Mark Bayly to lose the hair gel and grow the stubble for the "Camel man" part. He's better in the series than in the advert that had everyone cringing.

The general consensus in our household was "not bad". Survivor South Africa looks like the franchise, yet has those irrefutable South African accents.

Team Rana need some of Ryk Neethling's ProNutro if they're going to contend in the future physical challenges, after losing both the reward and immunity challenges. After the emergency landing in Panama, the contestants were thrust into the game immediately in a race to claim the closest island.

Team Aguila, led by the supercilious Sam and his beefy counterparts, claimed the island first, which meant team Rana had to take an extended hour-long trip to a second island to start setting up camp at night. Both islands are reportedly very dangerous, containing poisonous snakes and spiders and other terrifying monstrosities. Better than the crime in South Africa?

So Zayn, who works in Durban for the Daily News, is in the losing squad, but survived the first Tribal Council, despite saying he was going to struggle with "missing [his] mom's home-cooking". At first glace he seems like a naughty schoolboy, but so far he's managing to fly below the radar - an important Survivor winning trait. Must be that shady hat.

The well-spoken and eloquent Vanessa from La Lucia is on the winning team, Aguila, and says her tactic at the moment is to "observe, observe, observe". Smart. After the emergency landing she pointed out: "I thought we'd have a couple more days, and especially a couple more meals". What is it with KwaZulu-Natal and eating?

It's early days, but so far Survivor fans have been introduced to Aguila's self-proclaimed leader Sam (who had to drop his luggage off before rescuing Sanele on their swim into the island), an obstinate character in Rana called Jacintha and the fishing mastery of Mzi.

Initially the Aguilans teased Mzi for his "claims" that the fish were biting, but he silenced his fellow tribesmen with three catches - which must be some sort of record on Survivor so early in the game. Restaurateur Nico then used his skills to prepare a fish paella with the rice they got in their treasure kit.

Also introduced was the aging Don, who sadly, was the first voted out, after not pulling together enough palm fronds or offering to make coffee in his tribe. Pity, he seemed amiable. Oh well, so long, Don.

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