Survivor Nicaragua just premiered on CBS and it looks like this season has a strong cast of characters that will make for a truly great season. Generally on Survivor it takes a couple of episodes to really figure out who you like and who you don’t. It appears that this season’s castaways make a stronger impression than previous groups.
In all the pres for Survivor Nicaragua focus has been on former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. While Johnson is interesting to watch, he is not the only draw. This season of survivor also features a young woman with a prosthetic leg, a guy nicknamed “Fabio” who fills the “dumb blonde” role, a 48-year old military nurse, a large Italian commercial fisherman, and the usual beach body eye candy.
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The Nicaragua premiere made it pretty evident who will become fan favorites and villains you love to hate. As previously mentioned, Jimmy Johnson is garnering a lot of attention and is definitely an interesting castaway. More potential, however, can be found in the other Jimmy. Jimmy Tarantino stands out as a very unique person on the island. It’s not really the accent or the attitude that sets him apart (the cast seems to have kind of a jersey shore influence this season.) Really there’s something about him that suggests we may have our Survivor fan favorite. It’s hard to tell at first if he will be the big lovable Rupert type, or the classic Survivor villain, but which ever route he goes, it will be entertaining to watch.
Brenda Lowe fills the “eye candy” role in Survivor Nicaragua, while also being a strong player and strategist. She has the looks, but is not the bimbo who must rely on them. Survivor Nicaragua’s bimbo title goes to Judd “Fabio” Birza. Judd is almost a stereotype. He is a Venice California surfer who is quickly referred to as a male “dumb blonde” by his fellow tribe members. While Judd Birza is very much a “Spicoli” clone, he is (at least by first impression) very likable in a goofy kind of way.
Rounding out the list of standouts in the Survivor Nicaragua premiere is Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff. After the results of the vote, we can’t really say that she’s one to watch, because her time on the island was short-lived. Wendy, as it turns out, is one of the most annoying survivor contestants in recent memory. She says that she’s good at strategy, but because her strategy at tribal counsel involved driving everyone crazy just before the vote by whining about how no one made an effort to talk to her and no one asked her about herself, she was the first to go.
So first impression: this survivor season is looking like a good one. We have a great group of people to watch, some interesting chemistry and clashes on the horizon, some new twists to the game, and a pretty good indication that Survivor Nicaragua will go down as a great television experience.