Will a Brain or a Brawn win Australian Survivor?

Australian Survivor returns to our screens Sunday night and it’s the first time we have seen the Brains v Brains theme here.

They have done two US seasons with this theme, with a v Beauty for good measure, but Australia has wisely dropped the third tribe.

Tony Vlachos, a Brawn, won the first time in Cagayan (one of the most entertaining seasons) while Beauty Michelle Fitzgerald took out the second one (it was a controversial win but we have since learnt the edit did not show her full abilities).

Does this theme mean we will see more challenges with a mental emphasis? Survivor AU does way too many challenges of “push each other/heavy object until someone falls over”?

The setting if Outback Queensland also mixes things up. The thought of snakes would be terrify me, although perhaps they are more at risk of heatstroke.

Survivor screens on Ten on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Will you be watching?



  1. I just went to their FB to find out if it was a regurgitated cast, and if Flick wasn’t the same annoying girl who had been on it twice. Thankfully, it’s an all new cast so I’ll be watching.

  2. I’m intending to watch. It is what it is. Spare me your huddled influencers and empaths. May the best goat win.

    • I know! when did people start calling themselves empaths rather than empathetic? I thought an empath was a species on Star Trek – it is too funny. And they say empath with a straight face 😜

  3. Survivor is a bit hit or miss for me and I tend to be swayed by the ads.
    Just quietly, I’m a little bit excited so the ads seem to be hitting the mark.
    I saw the ads for the new Block and I am already irritated so that may have helped.

  4. I’m not sold on the concept, so far. Going in, I just expected the brainy tribe to lose. Sure, “Survivor” requires more than just brawn, but it’s not simply a game for the nerds. You need a certain kind of intelligence to survive at this game, a cynical, manipulative intelligence.

    First challenge, the brains team can’t solve a mental challenge and fall so far behind that they desperately switch to the physical challenge and fall even further behind.

    They also lose the first immunity challenge by making a really bone-headed decision to swap out the guy who’s mastering the ball-throwing challenge, with the guy who has no idea what he’s doing. And that was from Mitch, the doctor, who seems to be stepping into the leadership role, but isn’t making really good decisions right now.

    If anything, I think the brainy tribe are over-thinking some things.

    Also, the political bureaucrat guy is super-annoying, and I already don’t like him. The fact he found the advantage so quickly means he’s gonna be here for a while.

    The vote is a hard choice. I would be tempted to vote out Mitch, because he’s not doing a great job as team leader. But by the same token, the Asian woman? She’s probably nice as pie, but she’s been utterly useless at this, so far.

    Also, Phil, the nerdy guy with the crocheted crocodile on his jumper? I feel like I know him.

  5. Of course, George decides to save the useless Asian woman.

    Now, this is great for drama (and will certainly make for an interesting team dynamic, back at camp) but this is really, really stupid decision, game-wise. Because the Asian woman was useless.

    Now I’m kinda hoping the brainy team loses. Or at least, loses next time deliberately to eliminate George.

  6. I popped in and out so I haven’t really got a good impression of people as yet. Still trying to sort through them
    I have to agree that the political guy is super, super irritating. Calling himself one of the faceless men. W***er.
    I did like some of the brawn team. I liked the Fijian personal trainer, but then, 🤷‍♂️, you know.
    The best thing about Survivor is that it unfolds slowly.

    • I could still swear that I’ve met Phil — the unfortunate first boot, and the guy with the crocodile crocheted on his hat (not his jumper) — somewhere before, I just can’t think where.

      • George (Jerry Lewis’s Nutty Professor) should have saved Phil. It would have made the “cool” brains have to take out one of their own.

  7. George is loving chewing the scenery in his villain role. Those other people he “saved” are going to be cranky. Due to the focus on George and the GP he did not get to know many other people. Harley the pain scientist is interesting. She’s physically capable and I wonder if her research will give her an edge in endurance challenges. That advantage was way too much

    • I imagine the advantage was there, purely to max out the drama, for the first episode. You know, really do something big and dramatic to get our attention and make us want to tune in tonight.

      I mean, it worked. But it sucks that the brains tribe is already self-destructing.

  8. Gee George really really really doesn’t like Mitch. There was a guy a few seasons ago who claimed to be a mentalist but he was bloody hopeless & got played by EVERYONE. So am interested to see if this empath chick does any better.

    • George is goneski unless he turns out to be an idol-finding savant. He is acting for TV time. The Golden God was a bit the same but he saved it for his confessionals, had social game and was a beast in challenges also

    • I’m commenting here because I have only watched the first ep (Seriously, who decided to put Survivor up against the end of FWAW and the start of the Olympics).

      I can understand the first impression of George. I didn’t like him, but by the end of the ep, I think he will be needed for entertainment purposes. At least he is thinking strategy, while Mitch has made the rookie be-the-leader error.

      However, I think George played the advantage the wrong way. He should have used it humbly – “Oh, I have to use this advantage now or never, and I am a huge fan so I can’t waste a chance to have the only one I might get. I would be mad not to save myself, but I am sad that I have to choose. I’d love to choose everyone, but this early I don’t know everyone, so this is going to be a bit random…” and then he should have chosen Mitch.

      Mitch is George’s ideal shield. Surely they have watched enough seasons to know about shields. Instead of trashing Mitch, he should be buttering him up.

      On another note, if I have been freezing the first night, I would have pulled the tarp down and used it as a blanket for everyone.

  9. I don’t understand how any rational person can boast that their job is to put lipstick on a pig (presumably to hide the fact that it’s a pig) and be proud of their ability to deceive the voters! For that reason George is on my shit list. .

  10. Geeeeezus George, could he sound any more like a whiny spoilt brat. Eugh. That voice, I can’t listen to him, but he’s getting most of the screen. So do I quit watching now? A bit funny losers have fire before the winners tho…

    • George saying, “School camp all over again”, means he was the kids who got the most….or maybe the least, wedgies. Clearly he wasn’t liked then either. But at least, unlike Emmett, he has enough self awareness to realize he isn’t liked… just not enough to know it’s because he acts whiny and entitled.

  11. George is a funny case, because he’s figured out that nobody likes him, which means that at the very next tribal council, he’s gone … so he’s going to fight twice as hard to avoid tribal, and his tribe-mates know it. And they have nothing to lose, because if they do go to tribal, well, George is the easy vote.

    This was the episode where everybody fights. Naturally, the brawny team wins. Emmett — who, in his favour, is absurdly hot, and tends to compete in a pair of neon green lycra shorts. Counting against him is the fact that he’s absurdly over-confident — decides to be a dick, taunting his opponent, and very nearly losing. It would’ve been funny as hell if he had lost, but alas, he wins it for them.

    But at the immunity challenge, the brawny team get annihilated at a puzzle challenge (and I like that the brainy Asian woman redeemed herself, tonight. She absolutely blitzed that puzzle, which was good, because last night, she was pretty hopeless) and lose. Tradie Simon also joins the “absurdly attractive” list. It’s been a long lockdown and I’m very lonely.

    Anyway, the brawny team now has to figure out who to eliminate. Some of the girls want to take out Emmett for being so cocky, knowing that this would also break up the Big Boy Alliance of green shorts Emmett, tradie Simon and the AFL player. Emmett, meanwhile, wants to go after Shannon because he sees her as a game threat. I am convinced that I’ve never seen Shannon before in my life. So I’ll go with it.

    Tribal council, up next. I need potato chips for this.

    • When Emmett was being such a tool in that challenge, I said to Mr Juz “oooh, the women on the tribe are not going to like that”. Cue Janelle the cleaner going off in her confessional. I like her

      • I’m surprised they weren’t *more* annoyed by it.

        I also didn’t buy the reasoning that they need to keep him around because he’s a big challenge threat. Um, the entire team is comprised of big challenge threats. The entire point of the brawn team is that it’s comprised of big challenge threats. They wouldn’t have missed one going home.

        I’ve watched 2 episodes, now, and I still don’t know who Shannon is.

    • Emmett is toxic masculinity personified, bringing domestic violence to the outback. What a smug little turd.

  12. Being able to spell “Janelle” is a bridge too far for these “brawn” simpletons. Surprised “Chanel ” wasn’t thrown into the mix as an attempt. Spelling “Shannon” flummoxed another brawn.

    • They refer to her as “J” but we still got Ganelle. I thought she did ok on the puzzle. I notice no one was talking about voting out her fellow puzzler because he’s an alpha male. Grrr I hate it when the older woman is targeted first.

  13. There’s self confident. It’s good.
    There’s cocky. Can be funny.
    There’s vain and narcissistic.
    Then there’s total winker. That’s Emmett.

  14. I’m very confused… once at first tribal they return to camp with lit torches… then they have fire… no? Why not brainy team in this series?. Have I ffwd that much of each Aus & US series that I miss this vital point?

  15. Kez ~ “This reward brang everyone together” Pitiful. She finded a immunity clue. Now she feels shtrong. Brang it on!

  16. Emmett was useless in the brain teaser. That shut him up. No input at all. He won’t be worth a pie without the boy’s club.

  17. That was a fun episode. Why did the Brains not have fire? At first tribal (where they voted off Phil after George used his advantage AKA kiss of death) they always dip their torches in the fire and get flame. Was Andrew the survival guy laying low in his fire skills so as not to become a target? Or did production ask him to hang off making a fire?

  18. Hooray for Kez finding an idol but it shows yet again why the idols should be smaller and casting should not only approve tight-fitting clothes for women. Did Big D tip Kez off that the other side was voting for her? He is lucky that, being the swing vote, the others did not unite to evict him because he seemed wishy washy. And with the water bucket challenge, why did half the team not line up to toss all the water at once, to make it harder to block? Interesting challenge, though

  19. It was sad to see the smiles wiped from the faces of Charles Bronson and his mate Simon.
    Aaah. I lie.
    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. A satisfactory Survivor moment.

    Hey, here would be a good reward challenge; spell each other’s names correctly.

    Is anyone else getting the impression that The Brains trust isn’t that brainy? They seem a tad average.

  20. In the defence of the tribe-mates … “Kerryn” is a name that could be spelt in about 20 different ways.

    Plus, if you’re trying to blind-side somebody, it’s not like you can ask them. “Hey, we’re heading to Tribal Council tonight. How do I spell your name? Just wondering.”

    Anyway. Last night’s episode was intensely satisfying, for a whole bunch of reasons. Intensely.

    The brains team finally earns their name by figuring out how to catch some fish, by putting a dam in the lagoon and making the fish come to them. That was pretty clever, I was impressed. Also, George earns his pay-cheque and actually solves a puzzle for them.

    And while I was impressed that the survivalist nerd started the fire on his own … shouldn’t they already have fire? They’ve been to tribal council at least once. I was confused by that.

    Also, the brains team continues to make critical errors when it comes to reward challenges. I liked the design of the reward challenge, that was really clever. But the brawns team (who even the brain team remarked were the sexy, good-looking ones) completely out-strategised them on that.

    And then tribal council. Obviously Big D told the girl’s alliance who was being targetted. Ultimately, Kez didn’t need to play her immunity idol because it was a 6/5 split (and Big D was on their side the whole time, getting rid of Gavin), and it’s a waste to use the thing, only a few hours after finding it. But I guess, better safe than sorry. The look on Simon and Emmett, when their plan blew up in their faces, was pretty funny.

    And it’s not like they’re worse off. Between Emmett, Simon, Big D and the other guy, they’ve still got, like, 4 or 5 power-houses between them, and they’ve broken the Big Boys alliance before it did too much damage.

    But I still want them to get rid of George soon. Gosh, he’s annoying.

    • The danger with George that he talks so much nonsense that no one listens when he says something worthwhile.

      I wonder if he is trying to be like “a grain of sand in their eyes”, so they will goat him to tribal.

      At least 3 or 4 if us have said it now, so we aren’t imagining it; tribes pick up fire at tribal.

  21. I like a blindside. I particularly like a blindside when handsome footy fellas are so confident.
    Irrespective of whether Kerryn used her idol or not, the fact that there where that many votes for Gavin meant that his time was limited anyway. It was inevitable, and just slightly earlier than anticipated.
    Early days on Survivor are just a multitude of people shuffling deck chairs until the merge. I’m assuming there will be a merge.

    • Honestly, I thought they would’ve gone after Emmett first, because he’s far more obnoxious as a persona … but I guess that would’ve been obvious, and they were worried about him having an idol (and using it to protect himself). Plus, he and Simon are probably still necessary for challenge wins.

      • Same. Gavin seemed okay. I was surprised they went for the nice guy and not the dick head show off. Gavin is someone you could also work with after groups shuffled and merged.
        Emmett seems to have no game plan….unless it’s to be hated and saved for his unpleasantness and stupidity. He thinks he’s the prize stud bull, but he would make an annoying but good goat.

        • Looks like Emmett has an idol stuffed down the front of his whatever they are. He sure is going for the stud bull look.

  22. Like a lot of others I was confused when they still didn’t have fire after they’d been to tribal council. And that guy who’s supposed to be a survivalist. Why couldn’t he make fire? Why doesn’t EVERYONE when they get accepted to be on Survivor practice making fire before going on? This goes for the US too. Are they going to be grateful to George now that he’s helped them win 2 challenges?

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