Survivor

Season 15 Episode 1

A Chicken's a Little Bit Smarter

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2007 on CBS
8.3
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In the season premiere of "Survivor: China", the 16 castaways start off in Shanghai and then head off to a Buddhist ceremony in the mountaintops. At the ceremony, one castaway is faced with a moral dilemma as the ceremony conflicts with her beliefs. Afterwards, the castaways were split up into two tribes Zhan Hu and Fei Long.

Wearing yellow, the Zhan Hu Tribe consists of Dave Cruser, Jaime Dugan, Erik Huffman, Peih-Gee Law, Sherea Lloyd, Ashley Massaro, Steve "Chicken" Morris and Michael "Frosti" Zernow. Wearing red, the Fei Long Tribe consists of Jean-Robert Bellande, James Clement, Todd Herzog, Amanda Kimmel, Denise Martin, Leslie Nease, Aaron Reisberger and Courtney Yates.

At the Zhan Hu camp, the tribemates encounter a huge storm and Ashley started feeling sick and "Chicken" was just frustrated with his tribemates. On Fei Long, Todd suggested Aaron would make the best leader.

At the first Immunity Challenge, Fei Long wins and at Tribal Council Dave and Phei-Gee volunteered to be leaders of the tribe.moreless

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  • Ep 1: Peih Ge is bossy and Chicken yells "DAMN!"

    6.5
    15 seasons into Survivor, and not much as changed except the location and the people. That being said, it's not necessarily a negative thing. I was soured on the beginning of last season because the set-up of the season (seperating each tribe into a nice camp and a crappy camp) meant we spent a half season not getting to know some of the players. At least this year, the show starts off establishing certain players and showing that there are some interesting ones.







    Another odd thing is having 16 players after a couple of years of 20. Not sure it makes much of a difference, but that probably means we're getting less double eliminations and surprises.







    In the first episode, both tribes seem to be on very different trajectories: the red tribe (I cannot remember their names off the top of my head) seems to work well together and establishes a leader right off the bat, while the yellow tribe just stands around, dances and does nothing in the way of building a shelter. When it comes time for the challenge, the red tribe does better overall and wins, while the yellow tribe crashes and burns after a strong start.







    The yellow tribe has some interesting players, such as Peih Ge, who is bossy but well-meaning. On the red tribe, a couple of standouts include James, the quiet gravedigger, and Todd, the gay flight attendant who hilariously shoves Aaron into a leadership role to take the focus off of himself.







    In the end, Chicken's attempt to get rid of the laziest tribe member fails and his inability to provide an opinion while building their camp gets him voted out. One episode in, and we get a "quote of the year" contender: Chicken's "DAMN" right after he gets voted out.moreless
  • This episode allows us to get to know, what looks like a very interesting cast

    8.6
    The cast looked really interesting after this episode. There were a lot of people with interesting personalities. I like how they have a lot of people with interesting professions mixed into the group, like a wrestler, grave digger, and a lunch lady. The religous ceramony to welcome them to China was interesting, and it was cool to see people react to doing it. I think Leslie was taking it too far when she refuesed to participate, but I guess she is entitled to her own opinon. I was glad that Chicken was eliminated early because he seemed like a strange guy. This episode did a good job setting up for an interesting season of Survivor.moreless
  • the first episode of Survivor China.

    10
    First of all I thought that Survivor would never do a season in China but I am very happy that they are doing it. I was shocked that people showed up wearing high heels and dresses don't they know they are going to be in nature why are they wearing those clothes. I can not believe Leslie could not evan particapate in a cememony that was being done just for them because she believes it interferes with her religous beliefs. I guess I could sy the same for her when she is on tv talking about her beliefs know that it could be aired. I think that this is going to be a great season of Survivor.moreless
  • Same old Survivor, but I still love it.

    9.0
    I am and will always be a fan of Survivor. This season so far hasn't done anything different from any other season, but it's still entertaining. Atleast this time around the guy I wanted off and who was annoying (Chicken - who mentally gave up way too soon), got voted off. I just can't wait to see the skinny blond from New York (sorry, can't and really don't want to remember her name), get booted off and hopefully with attitude. She is so disrespectful, especially in a country that has so much heritage and the people seem so friendly. If I hear another 'I live in the city...or people in the city don't do that..." I'll puke. Why do people like this keep applying for this show?moreless
  • Same ole same ole survivor. One smart team one dumb team and the smart people on the dumb team go home.

    7.4
    First off I have to say I am a Chinese culture and language buff. I doubt survivor did much research into chinese culture. Chinese generally are not Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Daoist, etc etc. They are Communist, meaning they either have no religion or Communism is their religion. Yes Communism is a religion. Mao Zedong is their God. But they started this episode off with an unrealist Chinese Buddhist welcoming ceremony giving the image that Buddhism is still widely practised in China. Not true! Then Jeff introduced the teams and teams names with his bad Chinese. First team was name zhan hu(zh being similar to a "j" sound but should be pronounced "John Hu", that would be a name an American Chinese person.) Jeff claimed it meant fighting tiger. Yeah I guess you could say that but I preferring the name and in my mind more acurate translation of "Warring Tiger". The next team was named Fei Long(Faye long with a long "o" sound not the short "o" sound that Jeff used to pronounce it) or Flying Dragon. Luckily they reconized the two most important colors to Chinese culture and gave the teams these two colors, red and gold. Gold was the color for the kings and emporers, no one else was allowed to wear this color and red that represented the blood they put everywhere during the Chinese new year or spring festival to scare away the evil monster "nian". For some reason the monster didn't like the color red. Now red is THE national color also the color for communism. The rest of the episode continued as usual. People wore unsuitable clothing and then acted like didn't know it would be so hard to do things in their high heels. Come on people, we know you have seen the show before. You gotta prepare better. Also as usual, one team was full of stupid unqualied people that can't work together and the other worked together and got things done. Then with the bad team lost they voted off one of the more hardworking and capable people Chicken. He made the mistake of refusing to give his opinion despite his qualifications in the area of expertise because of the stubborness of his teamates. My prediction: That team won't win a single competition unless the other team purposely loses to rid themselves of an annoying teamate.moreless
Courtney Yates

Courtney Yates

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Dave Cruser

Dave Cruser

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Frosti Zernow

Frosti Zernow

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Aaron Reisberger

Aaron Reisberger

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Erik Huffman

Erik Huffman

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