Top 5 moments of ‘Survivor 46’ episode 1: A new cast, 3 tribes and the first elimination

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The premiere episode of “Survivor 46” aired on Wednesday night, concluding with host Jeff Probst snuffing out the torch of David Jelinsky. The 22-year-old from Las Vegas was the first castaway sent home after being unanimously voted out by the Yanu tribe. But the tribe make the right decision? And what were the dumbest, most shocking and most exciting moments of this inaugural episode of the season?

Below, read our “Survivor 46” Episode 1 Top 5 moments. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite castaways on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Survivor” winners list and take home the $1 million grand prize.

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Top 5 Moments of Episode 1:

1. The Cast is Revealed: After two seasons of strong and quirky personalities, it struck me as interesting that many of the contestants this season fall into these categories as well. Hunter McKnight and Charlie Davis stood out most among the men. Out of the female contestants, Jessica “Jess” Chong was unafraid to exhibit her competitiveness as was Tiffany Nicole Ervin. It also did not hurt that most of the contestants quickly showed that challenges were in their wheelhouse off the bat, which is rare for this show. A special shout out to Maria Shrime Gonzalez, who even impressed Jeff. As for the contestant that intrigues me the most, Jemila “Jem” Hussain-Adams, noted that while everyone was smiling on this first day, she will be excited to eliminate them all to win. Nice killer instinct there, but not enough emphasis on the social game was also a tactic that made Emily Flippen struggle in the early stages last season. Could history repeat itself?

2) Nice to Meet You, Here is a Challenge: The opening challenge itself was a lot of fun to watch and imperative to win as flint is very necessary to survive this show. Nami won, leaving Siga and Yanu tribes to fight it out for who will choose between sweat and savvy to receive their flints. In the end Yanu had no choice to do the sweat task to receive their flint, which really did not seem to bother them. 

3) Camp Life: Yanu’s two members to complete the challenge were Q Burdette and David Jelinsky, who really impressed me as they did not complain about their seemingly impossible task until the latter dramatically gave up and made a potential enemy out of Q, who was shocked at his behavior. Meanwhile their fellow tribemates bonded and Bhanu Gopal made every Grinch heart grow two sizes and question how much energy he has since he is always so energetic. Yanu could care less though, and an alliance was forged, mostly by Kenzie Petty. At Siga, the challenge was more cerebral as Ben Katzman and Charlie worked to ensure they won as their tribemates became closer. The dumb and dumber alliance failed to do so, but somehow were not disappointed and had a smile on their faces, which struck me as a bit odd as their tribemates had the same attitude. Club Siga seemed like a nice place and even created a women alliance alongside Charlie, which was aptly named “Charlie’s Angels.” He is also part of a men’s alliance, which should make his game more difficult. The winning tribe, Nami, bonded quicker, which is to be expected as they had no task to do, but Tevin Davis’ love for “The Andy Griffith Show” was merely a front as he has no qualms to be ruthless. They might want to worry about any information given to him down the road as he makes mental notes of everything. There was also a sing along that annoyed Hunter, who I am in complete agreement with. 

4) Journey Time: The first journey of the season saw David, Tevin and Maria on the potentially game-changing trip. The trio played a game to get an extra vote. In the end Tevin and Maria earned their votes, but David lost his — hence the reason he never got to vote a single time in this game before being voted out. 

5) Immunity and Tribal Council: This immunity challenge was interesting and included a giant gecko, a first for the show. Said gecko proved to be a nightmare for all three tribes, which evened the odds for a bit. Per usual, the puzzle was the ultimate decider though as Nami and Siga emerged victorious, sending Yanu to the first Tribal Council. By this point, I figured the vote would be interesting for David and Jess. The mood at camp was somber, yet David felt confident while Jess was terrified. Tiffany, more concerned with figuring out the puzzle to gain the key, get the idol, and regain her vote made quick work of her task. Meanwhile, the tide began turning towards David as Q rallied to get him out. The Tribal Council itself was less eventful than previous first eliminations as David continued to prove that he is exciting as watching paint dry, becoming a target for his actions. On the other hand, Jess’s inability to really stay focused thus far in the game was an issue. In the end, David was sent home, leaving in complete silence. 

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