18 new contestants are stranded in the harsh conditions of Gabon, Africa. The Kota and Fang tribes are decided and then particpate in their first challenge. The Kota tribe win extra food in the challenge while Marcus and "GC" win individual immunity. Each tribe reaches their campsite and both get organized while getting to know each other better. At night, the animals start coming out and Randy cuts his head on the roof of the shelter. The Medical Team is called in and gives Randy stiches.
The next day on Fang, Michelle complains that she's cold and that the other tribe is the better one. At Kota, the tribe reads their first Tree Mail telling them to meet for an Immunity Challenge.
The Kota tribe wins the first challenge and flint for fire. When Fang return to camp, the guys want Michelle voted out but Randy wants Gillian out. At Tribal Council, Fang argue about why the tribe lost the challenge but agree for "GC" to be the leader. In the end, Michelle is voted out. Fang gets fire after returning from Tribal Council and enjoy a warm night and meal.
In the second hour, Kota is doing their daily chores and Charlie and Marcus discuss alliances. Back on Fang, "GC" tries to get the campsite on track but Randy doesn't agree with all of GC's decisions. early the next morning though, Gillian complains about the tribemate's talking not letting her sleep. "GC" then quits as being the leader and no one else steps up to the plate.
The tribes meet for their second Immunity Challenge which is won by Kota again. On Exile Island, Dan has a hard time trying to find the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol. But after he returns back to his tribe, the other tribemates think he is acting strange leading them to believe he found the idol. At Tribal Council, Gillian can't be saved.
Season 17 Episode 1 of Survivor resulted in a 0.00 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
The rules of this game are simple: average Americans are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they particiapte in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own. Halfway through the game, the game shifts to individual competitions when the tribes merge and become one, making the game every man for himself.
The game is simple: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, by winning Immunity, thus not being eligible to have votes cast against yourself. However, the players must be careful about who they send packing - after the merge, a jury of seven begins to form, and each week they return to watch the Tribal Council ceremony. At the end of the game, they vote for one of the members of the final two to win One Million Dollars. Who will become the next Survivor?
Generally, each season begins with a twist - something different to surprise the new castaways. Survivor is a game of adaptation, and the final two of each season, listed below, were the players most able to adapt to their surroundings and to the people they are playing with. Survivor focuses on the people, and the social commentary that surrounds them. How can these players Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast is the question that the game revolves around.