Survivor

Season 9 Episode 1

They Came at Us With Spears

1
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 2004 on CBS
8.1
out of 10
User Rating
28 votes
4

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
The 18 new castaways are treated to a traditional Vanuatu ceremony including a sacrifice and the creation of a male and female tribe. The nine men -- Chad Crittenden, Chris Daugherty, Brady Finta, Rory Freeman, Brook Geraghty, John Kenney, Lea "Sarge" Masters, John "J.P." Palyok and Travis "Bubba" Sampson -- make up the Lopevi Tribe (wearing red). The nine women -- Julie Berry, Ami Cusack, Mia Galeotalanza, Lisa Keiffer, Scout Cloud Lee, Dolly Neely, Eliza Orlins, Leann Slaby and Twila Tanner -- make up the Yasur Tribe (wearing yellow). Once settled in camp, revelations are discovered after one of the guys (Chad) reveals he has a prosthetic leg on account of losing the lower half of his leg due to Cancer. After a victorious Immunity and Reward Challenge for the girls of Yasur, the guys of Lopevi are forced to vote someone out of the tribe.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Saturday
No results found.
Sunday
No results found.
Monday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ep. 1: Two tribes, split by gender

    7.5
    NOTE: I've seen this season before, but remember very little about it (except for the winner). My reviews won't give any indication whatsoever about who wins or who gets voted out in later episodes.







    Watching old Survivor seasons in a new-school era of Survivor is a bit odd. For one, there isn't the same focus on strategy as their are in the later seasons. There are no Stephen Fishbach's, or Spencer Bledsoe's running the numbers and strategizing how to make it to the end using a formula based on numbers. Rob Cesternino and Rob Mariano may have given us glimpses of that in previous seasons, but it wasn't until a little later that we started seeing alliances and sub-alliances kick in the way they do now.







    I watched Vanuatu when it first aired, but I was 13 or 14 years old, and didn't have the same love for the game that I do now. In terms of what I like about the show, I prefer the new-school, strategy-based style over the old-school, work-hard style. Vanuatu seems to sit a little more on the old-school side, though to be fair, there are some new-school players here.







    I thought the premiere was pretty good at establishing the location and vibe of the season (the show doesn't even try to connect with the culture of the season's location anymore), though we have a less tenuous grasp of the players. Some players, like Chris, Twila, Eliza, and Lea stand out above the />




    Chris and Lea, in particular, impressed me in the way they were able to take what seemed to be an easy boot (Chris) and turn it around against the younger guys. It should be interesting to see the young/old dichotomy and how it plays out for the rest of the season.







    I felt like the show was certainly a little more overtly sexist in these early seasons. I understand that the culture of Vanuatu seems to place the men above the women, but the way the guys were speaking about the women were hilariously sexist. It was almost cartoonish at times. The show didn't really give us enough scenes with the women for me to form an opinion on them, though, as I said before, Eliza and Twila both stood out.moreless
  • Bizarre but good.

    10
    Have to somewhat agree with the previous reviewer in that the episode didn't allow for us to get to know the bunch well at all, with so much of the episode to do with the local ritual. This episode would have been better as a 90-minute premiere or something like that.



    Having seen Micronesia before watching this season, I know Eliza and Ami from there, and I'm excited to see them play, but I don't knkow any of the other castaways yet. There are some real interesting ones - such as Scout - who I liked instantly.



    Chris really let the men down. Surprised he wasn't oustead and I think taking out Brook will definitely weaken this tribe. Time will tell, but I don't believe they made the right move... Then again, it seems the older and less athletic bunch has banded down together, and that could be their strategy.



    Time will tell, but not a bad start, except for the minimal amount of character development.moreless
  • Worst season premiere of this series.

    7.9
    I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this Season 9 premiere. On one hand, I'm thankful that a new season of Survivor is here, but on the other hand, I was disappointed that this episode did not really allow you to get to know the castmates. Yes, I know that we have a full season for this, but for some, we only have one, two or three episodes to see them in action.



    The episode focused too much on the background of the Vanuatu islands and the rituals of the natives. Now let me talk out of the other side of my mouth--if this were a two hour episode, I would have loved it.



    However, I will never understand why the men did not vote out Chris, who absolutely embarrassed himself in the immunity challenge.moreless
  • Not my favorite storyline!

    3.3
    This show has to do with one person I know

    And that is part of the reason that I didn't

    Like the storyline at all. This will have to be

    Right up there with Thailand as my least favorite in the Survivor series!

    The guy who works for loss prevention, Travis I know!

    The guy is a total jerk IMO! As well as a bully!

    Don't let the country guy routine fool you!
Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst

Host

Brady Finta

Brady Finta

Himself (Season 9)

Ami Cusack

Ami Cusack

Herself (Season 9)

Brook Geraghty

Brook Geraghty

Himself (Season 9)

Chad Crittenden

Chad Crittenden

Himself (Season 9)

Dolly Neely

Dolly Neely

Herself (Season 9)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less