Season 21 Episode 1

Young At Heart

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 15, 2010 on CBS
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20 castaways are divided into two tribes by age. The Espada tribe features contestants older than 40 while tribe mates on the La Flor tribe are 30 years old or younger. On Espada, Jimmy J. gives the tribe high moral while on La Flor, Shannon feels he is the leader and recruits Chase into a male-alliance. But Chase has already got into an alliance with Brenda. Meanwhile, Alina and Kelly B. find the clue to the hidden immunity idol, which may help Kelly as the other believe her artificial leg makes her a target. The younger tribe win the Immunity Challenge and on Espada, Jimmy J. thinks Wendy is the weak link which worries Holly because she was in an alliance with Wendy. At Tribal Council, Holly turned her back on her old alliance and sides with the tribe.moreless

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  • Average first episode.The good: few interesting players. The Bad:No more first episodes drama and intrigue Russell Hantz's style.:(

    Without Russell on Survivor it's not the same...but there were some fun characters like Jimmy Johnson...

    Nothing revealing in this episode mostly people trying to create alliances at a small level, which makes it kind of a slow start. As i see it some people really know how to play the game while most are just here to enjoy the ride. Something that puzzled me was why haven't the Older people tribe used medallion. With that advantage they could have won easily. Moreover the people who tried to complete the puzzle were truly horrible.

    Oh well, next episodes should be more exciting. But I must say I really like the NFL Coach play style. And if he won't push it he should make the merge easy.moreless
  • The twenty first season begins with twenty new castaways divided into two tribes based on age. One tribe for the 30 or below players, La Flor, and one tribe for the 40 or above players: Espada.moreless

    It's nice to have a season of "Survivor" that does not feature Russel Hantz. That said, "Young at Heart" is not a spectacular start to the new season, but it is an interesting one at best. The personalities of the respective tribes formed very quickly. La Flor are all over confident. They have no sense of comraderie. All they care about is themselves and not the tribe as a whole. Espada has more of a team mentality, but they dislike one another right off the bat and are easily agitated. Both Jimmys on Espada are good examples of these characteristics.moreless
  • grwteat concept! It's the battle for the 'ages'!

    I really enjoyed the premiere of this new season. It wasn't a magnificent and sensational episode, that's for sure, but it was a very interesting one, as we start to learn about the contestants.

    There are some interesting characters in the mix - such as the "Supercoach", "Fabio" and Kelly with the prosthetic leg.

    I enjoyed the idea of the necklace which gives power in challenges, and I think this will add some more strategy inoto the challenges, instead of just the regular old turn up for the challenge and occompete.

    Definitely looks like a promising season, and I can't wait to see more! Keep it up, Survivor! Now officially 21 seasons strong!moreless
  • Young versus Old.

    I love Survivor, so I was excited for the new season to begin. This episode was a great beginning to what I think is gonna be an awesome season, maybe the best yet. The new concept: Young versus Old is definitely gonna be interesting. Brenda really surprised me when she found the Golden Medallion at the start of the episode. She might be one of the players that lasts awhile. Was also impressed with Jane from the Espada tribe. If she doesn't get on everyone's nerves, I think she could go a long way, maybe make it to the end. I'm really looking forward to the next episode.moreless
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Jud Birza

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Jill Behm

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • One of the contestants this season, Jimmy Johnson, is a former NFL coach who won the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993. He currently appears on the pregame show "Fox NFL Sunday". He had originally been cast for Gabon but was unable to go after failing a physical.

    • Not including any specials, reunions or re-cap episodes, and only counting episodes with game play in them, this is the 275th episode of Survivor.

    • The theme song for this season is the original used during Survivor: Borneo. It is the first time a theme song is not updated to feature a "flavor" from where the season takes place in.

    • Kelly B. is the second contestant to be an amputee, the first being Chad Crittenden from Survivor: Vanuatu.

    • This marks the fifth straight season in which a female is the first player voted out. Only twice have males been the first eliminations in consecutive seasons (and only for two each time): Thailand/Amazon (John and Ryan) and China/Micronesia ("Chicken" and Jonny Fairplay).

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tyrone: (voting at Tribal Council) Wendy Jo, gotta go.

    • Brenda: I know Chase trusts me. He's a really nice guy but he's clueless.

    • Jimmy T.: (referring to Jimmy J.) I don't know if he's going for an Academy Award or he's genuinely ill but this is not for the weak and he's not a young man.

    • Jane: They think I'm some middle aged housewife that toddles around the house all day long. They're in for a big surprise because that is definitely not me.

    • Jimmy J.: All the adventures I've had in the past, I was in charge. I could fire players. I could recruit players. I could sign them. Out here, I don't have the control.

    • Chase: (referring to Jimmy J) The antiques have the best coach you could ask for. They got a Super Bowl winning coach on their team. I mean, he's a great leader. That's what he's done his whole life.

    • Jimmy J: I'm Jimmy Johnson. I'm sixty six years old and I have won two collegiate national championships. I've won two Super Bowls. What could top it off better than to win Survivor?

  • NOTES (6)