'Survivor' New Do-Over Rule Is Fabulous Blindside

redemption island castThe wait is finally over, my friends. Survivor is back. Doing a little jig here in my chair, giddy with anticipation. 

One of the first reality TV shows to grace the small screen, I have watched every single season of Survivor. I remember where I was (in my college dorm room) when Susan Hawk called Kelly Wiglesworth and Richard Hatch "a rat and a snake," respectively, thinking this was possibly the best TV show ever.

Starting Wednesday night, reports of the new twists for the 22nd season are everywhere. Called Survivor: Redemption Island, there is, as you would guess, a redemption island. When you are voted off during tribal counsel, sure, Jeff Probst says, "The tribe has spoken."

But wait! You get a do-over! Mama loves do-overs!


After your torch is snuffed, you head to an island, same crappola housing and food conditions. Only two people are ever at this island at one time. Each week, you have to go head-to-head with whomever is over there (having been voted out before). So, you could be the first person voted out and beat everyone else that gets voted off and still win.

That's a serious game-changer, people. Think about it. Totally screws with the strategy -- social and strategy. Blindsides may not be wise (anyone remember the "season of blindsides," yup, Survivor: Tocantins, Season 18). If you boot out the strongest player, he or she may rule Redemption Island and then come back, kick some boo-tay, and take home the million buckaroos. It makes returning vets “Boston Rob” Mariano and Russell Hantz a little less intimidating. It will totally throw their games off. Hee hee!

Yup, the "big twist" is a do-over. A second chance. Like I give my kid about seven times when we play that challenging game by the name of "Hi Ho Cherry-O." Like I want when I say I want "a trim" and Jacques at the salon thinks I said lop off nine inches and give me layers. 

Redemption Island. The do-over of all do-overs. This is going to be huge. It's going to be great.

The Heather has spoken. 

Are you going to watch the new season of Survivor?

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