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Survivor season 21, episode 1

By Edited Aug 2, 2016 0 0

We chose Season 21, Episode 1 from “Survivor” featured in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. It consists of 2 teams of 10 that call themselves Espada and La Flor. The Espada tribe has members above the age of 40 while La Flor has members below 40. The team that our group has chosen for this assignment is Espada. The aim of this show is to bring strangers together that are forced to live on an island and provide themselves with food, water, shelter and basic needs with the resources they have. In every episode, they face a challenge that tests their mental and physical capabilities and by the end of the competition a sole survivor wins a million dollar prize.

The impressions of the team members individually were similar to what we thought as a team. We all believe that Espada is a stronger team due to their maturity and their motivation, however when it comes to the challenges they may not perform as well as La Flor due to their age difference and leadership conflicts. All of us made a good comparison between the two teams and chose Espada due to their teamwork. Our views differed in terms of how we perceived the show, while some of us considered the short-term objectives of winning challenges; the others perceived it as a long-term challenge to win the competition.

Our initial impressions were based on the how the team interacted with each other, e.g. the way they spoke and their body language. As a group, we noticed that they immediately cooperated due to their common goal. This was seen by the way that they discussed matters as a team to motivate each other. We also noticed that some figures took the lead, such as Jimmy J since he continued to gather the team together throughout the episode, while others kept quiet such as Wendy. Our first impression about the team as a whole was their maturity as they immediately did what had to be done in order to survive in contrast to the young team that joked around.

There was more evidence of discrimination and prejudice in the younger tribe. For example, when the girls with the artificial leg showed it to the group, right afterwards, there were quite some reactions from group members who wanted her to leave first. There was also discrimination towards women, as some men felt that the women would not be strong enough to win. There was also discrimination towards the older team whose physical capabilities would be insufficient.

The older team has a clear advantage due to their (life) experience and maturity. As a team, they know what has to be done and they get it done. For instance, one of the first things they take care of is the fire. They make sure they have a big fire during the day, so that they do not have any problems at night. Also, how they try to actually be a team, their togetherness makes them strong. You can see that they want to work as a group in order to achieve their common and individual goal. You can see this togetherness in the way they discuss things in a sort of group meeting and also hold pep talks. With these pep talks and by clapping, they try to encourage each other which makes the team stay together as an actual team. They are also committed to thinking as a team. When they have to decide on whom to send home, they reflect on who can make the team stronger, and who does not add any values to the team. They do not base their decision merely on whom they do not like.

In terms of weaknesses, their age is quite evident. Their age was an advantage for experience and maturity; however it also provides a physical challenge. They lack a lot of speed and fitness compared to the younger team. During challenges this might be a true drawback. They also seem to have some leadership issues. Jimmy J seemed to take the lead immediately, because of his background as a coach, but it was not the team who wanted him to take the lead. He even almost got voted out of the team.

In terms of weaknesses, their age is quite evident. Their age was an advantage for experience and maturity; however it also provides a physical challenge. They lack a lot of speed and fitness compared to the younger team. During challenges this might be a true drawback. They also seem to have some leadership issues. Jimmy J seemed to take the lead immediately, because of his background as a coach, but it was not the team who wanted him to take the lead. He even almost got voted out of the team.

The biggest problem of the team is that the person who took the lead, Jimmy J, has contradictory skills. On one hand he makes a good leader due to his experience as a team leader, but on the other hand he is also a fragile factor to the team due to his physical shortcomings. This brought the team in conflict when they had to decide who to vote out. They only focused on his flaws, when his abilities should also have been valued. This proves that even though the team wants to really work as a team, it was too dependent on one person to bring the team together.

In order to improve the performance of the group, we would suggest that each member of the team knows their physical limits. This would allow them to give the best performance without straining themselves. For example, when Jimmy J put all his effort in the first challenge, he felt unwell which caused the rest of the team to doubt his abilities. Thus, in order for them to remain strong emotionally, they must divide their responsibilities. However, during their challenges even though the members try to be rational, due to time constraint their decisions end up being quasi-rational.

The team also went through leadership conflicts that caused their motivation to decrease. For example, Jimmy J volunteered himself as a leader due to his previous qualifications as a coach which the others were not completely content with, however the team could use a democratic leader like him.

Another strategy that could help the team is to have more physically fit members doing harder tasks than the ones that are not capable to do so. However, the members will probably not agree that they are weaker than the others since they all have high-self esteems. But if they all kept their esteems low, they would be more accurate in assessing their abilities.

We believe that the best strategy for this team would be for everyone in the team to perform averagely every time and therefore be able to work well together rather than some people performing their best sometimes and then not being able to perform at all in the next challenge. If the team decides to choose this strategy, not only will they be stronger as a whole but they could have an advantage against the younger team because there will be less competition amongst them if they all perform relatively equally.

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