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Survivor 2014: Recaps, Reviews and Interviews from Survivor Cagayan

Survivor Cagayan is the 28th season of the long running CBS reality TV series hosted by Jeff Probst. Survivor 28 was originally known as Survivor BBB or Survivor Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn. This season was the first time that the three tribes were broken up in to a particular character archetype. Survivor 2014 will be shot completely in the Philippines.

The season’s three tribe’s were originally broken in to the following groups of 6. The Beauty tribe was named Solana (always dressed in Purple) and consisted of Alexis Maxwell, Jefra Bland, Morgan McLeod, Brice Johnston, LJ McKanas and Jeremiah Wood. The Brawn tribe was named Aparri and (always dressed in orange) consisted of Sarah Lacina, Trish Hegarty, Lindsey Ogle, Yung “Woo” Hwang, Tony Vlachos and former NBA player Cliff Robinson. The Brains tribe was named Luzon (always dressed in Green) and consisted of J’Tia Taylor, Kass McQuillen, Tasha Fox, Garrett Adelstein, Spencer Bledsoe and President of the Miami Marlins, David Samson. It’s the first time since Survivor: One World (Season 24) which has not had any returning Survivor players.

The first season of Survivor 2014 premiered with a two-hour episode titled, “Hot Girl with a Grudge” on Wednesday, February 26th. The Survivor 28 Finale will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd followed by a live reunion show. This will be the first time the Survivor Finale will not be on a Sunday since the Survivor Thailand finale in 2002.

Survivor Cagayan featured several twists unique to this season. In the opening minutes of the game, Jeff Probst asked each of the teams to select a leader. The Beauty tribe selected LJ McKanas, the Brains tribe selected Sarah Lacina and the Brains selected David Samson. Each of these players then had to choose a player that they deemed to be the weakest. LJ chose Morgan McLeod, Sarah chose Trish Hegarty and David chose Garrett Adelstein. These three players that were selected as the weakest then were brought to the their respective tribe’s camp via helicopter and offered a choice. The players were able to choose to receive an extra bag of rice or a clue for the hidden immunity idol. While Trish selected the rice, both Garrett and Morgan chose a clue to the hidden immunity idol. Though Garrett found his tribes hidden immunity idol, the idol Morgan was looking for was ultimately found by LJ later in the game.

The Brains vs Beauty vs Brawn twist finally ended on Day 12 when the players got the opportunity to select new buffs. After the shuffle, the new Aparri tribe consisted of Sarah, Kass, Tasha, Spencer, Morgan, Jeremiah and Alexis while the new Solana tribe had Tony, Cliff, Woo, Trish, Lindsey, LJ and Jefra. Eventually, the two tribes would merge on Day 19 forming a new tribe named the Solarrion Tribe (which wears a black Survivor buff).

Another twist to the game comes in the form of new Hidden Immunity Idol with more powers than the conventional immunity idol. Jeff Probst revealed in the pre-season that the idea for this super-powered immunity idol was texted to him by actor / director / producer, Tyler Perry, who came up with this idea after Survivor Caramoan.

Rob Cesternino covers Survivor Cagayan all week long on Rob Has a Podcast. Join us LIVE every week at 9:15 pm ET for Survivor Know-It-Alls with Stephen Fishbach to recap each episode of Survivor 2014.  We will also have interviews with every Cagayan player when they get voted off the show.  Plus we will have interviews from former Survivors each week and our expert Survivor bloggers have daily blogs all through Survivor 28.

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4/24/14 - Miss Survivor 2014, Andrea Boehlke, co-hosts a jam packed show with an interview with Vytas Baskauskas and Eliza Orlins answering your voicemails.

4/24/14 - Rob Cesternino talks with the latest player voted off of Survivor Cagayan

4/23/14 - LIVE at 9:15 pm ET, Rob Cesternino and Stephen Fishbach recap Survivor Cagayan Episode 9, "Sitting in my Spy Shack".

April 22, 2014 - As others have observed, Tony's flip was reminiscent of Kass' flip at the merge. Both of them seemed to abandon a strong position in one alliance for a weak position in another. (If we assume a new alliance of LJ-voters, then it's the pairing of Tony and Woo versus the trio of Tasha, Spencer and Jeremiah.) In both cases, post-boot interviews proved that their target was planning to betray them early. And in both cases, they were probably more excited about making a move than about their desired result.

4/22/14 - Jonny Fairplay returns to RHAP to share some food for thought about the current season of Survivor

April 21, 2014 - What's the cardinal f*ckin' rule? ALWAYS LEAVE YOURSELF OUTS. It's a simple concept, yet so few do it. This can only mean one thing. It's difficult to achieve. Which makes sense when broken down within the context of Survivor. To follow this rule, two rare characteristics must come together. A person must have the ability (and willingness) to get along with all walks of life while possessing the mindset of a sociopath.

April 20, 2014 - For anyone excited by Survivor strategy, Cagayan has been a glorious season. I started covering the show for another site with One World, and that hardly set the standard for creative gameplay. There have been great moments in the past three seasons, but none have been as consistently surprising as this contest.

The Domino Effect

April 20, 2014 - We can assume that Tony’s action in this episode will have ripple effects for the rest of the season. Will all five of his alliance fall because of him? RHAP contributor Michel Trudeau explains.

4/17/14 - Survivor South Pacific winner, Sophie Clarke, joins Rob to discuss Tony's big move and Survivor Historian, Mike Bloom, answers your voicemails.

April 18, 2014 - The bottom line is, that like Survivor, you don’t get to have a perfect option most of the time for an alliance mate, or in this case a dating mate. You have to understand that you’re dealing with girls who have kids already, are straight out of a marriage, are dipping their toes in the water but then taking them out real quick, and haven’t mastered that sleight of hand that I talked about earlier.