After traveling all night, 16 new competitors arrive in Panama City, Board the Rembrandt von Rijn still towing their bags, and, under the assumption that the upcoming Survivor: Pearl Islands starts in a few days, believe that they are sailing out to take publicity photos. Little do they know that it's already Day One, and they soon learn from Jeff Probst that in true pirate fashion, they'll be competing with just the clothes on their backs (with the exception of their running shoes for challenges). The castaways give Jeff their passports, jewelry, and any items that they don't want to lose, and are separated into two tribes named after two notorious pirates who sailed Panama's waters -- Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake. Wearing blue, the Drake Tribe consists of Rupert Boneham, Shawn Cohen, Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Trish Dunn, Christa Hastie, Burton Roberts and Michelle Tesauro. Wearing orange, the Morgan Tribe consists of Tijuana "T" Bradley, Nicole Delma, Darrah Johnson, Lillian "Lill" Morris, Ryan "Ryno" Opray, Andrew Savage, "Skinny" Ryan Shoulers and Osten Taylor. The two tribes then receive one bag of Panamanian money each and, after jumping overboard, head to an island where they find a Panamanian fishing village where must they pay and/or barter for the supplies they'll need for their adventure, keeping in mind that they must set aside enough money for boat rides to their respective islands, where they must be before sundown. After a tough loss at an Immunity Challenge, the Morgan Tribe goes to Tribal Council to vote off their first "pirate."
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.