Welcome to Season 42’s Next Time On Survivor feature on Inside Survivor! This is a tiny section where I breakdown the trailers and any other previews and give my personal predictions of the week’s upcoming episode.
The season premiere of Survivor 42 kicked us off with a great introduction to 18 new players. It also began with what I like to call Jeff-confronts-my-passive-viewing-experience when he spoke directly into the camera, telling us about the “crazy, dangerous twists” to come.
Notably, it was revealed that Tori will be finding a beware advantage, as she reads the phrase “potatoes have skin, I have skin, am I a potato?” This is in line with episode 2’s description that mentions the return of the beware immunity idol. Furthermore, we also know from the season trailer that Daniel, Omar, and Maryanne also find advantages. While these may not happen specifically in the next episode, it’s something to keep note of.
The NTOS trailer for Episode 2 opens with a brief look at the orange Taku tribe. On the beach, Jonathan jokes that Maryanne looks like she’s in a scary movie as she gives a crazed swing down on some bamboo stems with the machete. Maryanne is a ball of joy, bursting with energy, and this sequence really cements this impression we got in the premiere. I’m looking forward to her infectious enthusiasm for the game and how her tribemates take to her.
Next, on the Ika tribe, we get a confessional from Tori saying, “The game is shifting, I see the way forward now, and that’s to get Drea out.” Swati whispers to Tori a “vote out Drea,” which incites a shocked expression from the latter. Drea is indeed a threat that Ika should be watching—she has the advantage amulet, which she earned with Hai and Lindsay during the opening reward challenge, as well as an extra vote from risking her vote successfully at the summit’s prisoner’s dilemma.
We have yet to see the three tribes’ reaction to Drea, Jenny, and Maryanne returning from the summit; there’s bound to be some chatter and speculation of an advantage. After all, these players are well-reminded of the twists and dangers of this new era of Survivor. For Drea, my guess is that she will tell the Ika tribe about the choice she had to make but lie that she chose to protect her vote to play it safe.
On Vati, we have Daniel and Mike trudging through the jungle and Daniel getting frustrated. He then tells Chanelle, “Vote Mike out,” which surprises her. I think this sequence is pretty heavily edited, splicing together different conversations and confessionals. Daniel definitely seems like a player that strategises from the get-go. I believe this is him weighing possibilities and letting us in on his assessment of Vati’s tribe dynamics rather than a firm decision spearheading the upcoming vote against Mike.
Overall, my prediction is that Ika will be going to Tribal Council again. From initial impressions, they seem like the tribe that will be the weakest at challenges. I may be completely wrong, but I feel like their portion of the NTOS trailer depicts more grave discussions compared to the lightheartedness of Taku and the informational tone of Vati.
If this is the case, we know from past NTOS trailers that if a player is previewed as the target, they are more often than not safe. For this week, it means Drea makes it. My wild guess for Episode 2’s elimination would be Swati. Perhaps Tori turns the votes on her after throwing Drea’s name out.
In the premiere, we did see Drea and Tori having a conversation that could very well have gone south but ended up in them working together. With Zach gone from Ika’s first Tribal, I can’t really tell any solid relationships Swati has at the moment; thus, she’s my guess for this week’s elimination.
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