TV Club: Survivor is back, and it brought body horror with it

Last season might have spoiled us. The second chance concept and great cast were so strong right out of the gate that to have to go back to one of Survivor‘s shoehorned-in themes like Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty can’t help but immediately feel like a little bit of a letdown. This isn’t a bad premiere at all; it’s just a fairly rote one, with only a few signs of a spark. You can’t judge a Survivor season by the first episode because so many things can happen to change the course of the game, but this one episode ended up being more “just okay” than “wonderful and exciting.”

The biggest problem with this season so far is the silly Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty conceit. It’s one of those things the producers to do give themselves an easy story well to go to …

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