and Speculation (Semi-chronological)
13, 2005: CBS officially unveils the Survivor: Palau
cast. E!Online includes
a brief interview with Mark Burnett (written by Sarah Hall),
which reveals a bit about the first episode:
" ...Filmed on an island in the South Pacific, season 10
of the reality series promises to mix it up from the start with a cluster of Survivor-befuddling
plot twists, per producer Mark Burnett.
'You have this situation now where everyone thinks they know more
about the rules and format than we do,' Burnett told Daily Variety.
'I wanted to see what happens by completely revamping the way of starting [the
Instead of the usual 16 castaways, Survivor: Palau will
pit 20 would-be millionaires against one another. However, by the end of episode
one, only 17 will remain.
'They're given very little instruction about what to do, and some
of them are genuinely lost,' Burnett told Variety. 'Two people don't
make it to the first challenge. That's how tough it is. It's very emotional.'"
"The castaways' new island home was the site of plenty
of World War II action and remains littered with wreckage. Most of the island
is covered by dense tropical forests and inhabited by creatures such as skinks,
wormsnakes and geckos.
The waters around the island are considered a diver's paradise
and are home to saltwater crocodiles, sharks, barracuda, octopi, lionfish and
giant clams that can weigh up to two tons.
Survivor has been reupped for an 11th and 12th season; however, Burnett
said last month's tsunami changed plans for upcoming show locations.
'We were scouting locations in Madagascar, southern India,
Sri Lanka. We had a real focus on the Indian Ocean,' he told Variety. 'Clearly,
now, that won't be happening.'"
9, 2005: Wezzie posts
some pictures she received from Fish'n'Fins, of what appear to
be tires leftover from use in a Survivor: Palau challenge. Notably,
the tires appear to be painted in tribal colors (matching the
buffs shown above - blue/white; green/yellow and brown/orange).
speculate this may indicate three tribes exist
simultaneously at some point in the game (at least during this
challenge). As VolcanicGlass points
out, in addition to the dominant colors on the tires (which take
up roughly one-third of the tire), the opposite sides have a
smaller painted section, often with a different (tribe's) color
At this point,
it's unclear what the tires' colors actually mean. It could be
that one of the three buffs is simply the merge tribe color, and
that these props are from the first individual challenge (there
are nine tires visible, so that's a possibility). But challenge
props generally have multiple (and non-tribal-specific) colors
in individual challenges in past seasons. So we shall see.
30, 2004: " Exciting, new stuff: '1. Ngermediu is
known as Margie's Beach
2. Agressor II (a dive boat) was used a family reward end
3. yellow customized GMC truck taken to rock islands,
4. red Corvette driven to Shallum Etpison's house on top
of rock island as a reward will send you some photos in next e-mail.'"
30, 2004: "This just in. Tribe colors are
Green, Brown, Blue camo. We are still sorting out how
a Tribal Camp and Challenges could both be on Margies Beach (unless
the Tribe lived at the little beach west of Margies):"
"1. One tribe lived on Ulong Island
2. Second Tribe lived on Margie's beach
3. On light house channel (near the WWII Pier) Clearwater's carpenters
built a look alike of a Japanese Bunker with twisted doors and this was
the Council meeting, friends who saw it say it looked
real and was built of foam and plywood.
4. There was
one incident where one of the contenders went fishing and caught
a shark with a machete, the production people say it is
the best piece of footage they have ever had on survivor! I don't
know who did it.
5. I got a sample of the Buff, there are 2 colors Brown and Blue, see photo
6. It was raining hard today so I could not take photos of Margie's beach.
During the production they built a big pool on the beach (which they covered
at the end) and it was used for different assignments and games. There
are also many fire pits on the island.
7. On the logo of Survivor Palau you can see 2 WWII airplanes. Both on
Ulong Island and Margie's beach there are remains of aircrafts from the
war buried in the sand. I will try and take a shot of it sometimes next
28, 2004: "I have been told that the final
2 for S10 are men. I'm trying to get a physical description
or age range so we can narrow it down more."
26, 2004: Wezzie reports: "Buffs were reportedly brown,
blue, green and white."
18, 2004: " I know a woman involved with production
and found out some information, some of which we already know:
-This season's cast is "HOT"
-Two older (50/60s) contestants
-Flambouyant gay male in his 30s..believes he goes pretty far (open to interpretation)
-Two black, rest white (or look white), no asian
-First few minutes really are "brutal"
-One challenge involves tribes tied to each other, carrying bags of rice on their
backs, walking on water
-Las Vegas woman, Muslim, & Texan confirmed."
16, 2004: "News from Palau:
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- Tribal names Ulong and Koror have received a second confirmation.
- Tribal Council is in a faux Japanese bunker, surrounded by war material,
possibly on the island of Ngerektabel.
- The contestants were petty and bickered with each other.
- The jury might have been sequestered at Carp Island Resort instead of
the North Beach Cottages on Babeldaob Island. North Beach is nicer and
more isolated, but Carp Island is much closer to the islands where the
tribes were staying.
- Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were in Palau for the last days of filming,
and stayed at the Palau Pacific Resort. Hotel staff reports that they were
- The camera crew felt that the scenery was spectacular--the best they'd
seen--although one preferred Africa because of the wildlife."
4, 2004: " I just got a note from one of our Palauan
sources. They said:
only information (rumor) I have is that Ulong Tribe
is down to 6 members and Koror is down
to only one and they are said to have been merged.
And next week they will start with the elimination which
would bring the conclusion to around December 10th. It
is rumored that the contestants who have been eliminated
have been flown or about to be flown off Island to Australia.
6 to 1 game! I suspect that it is the pre-jury folks that are
on the Aussie trip. We heard previously that the jury is being
kept at a secluded bungalow resort north of Koror, on the big
3, 2004: " Just heard a rumor that the tribe names
may be 'Ulong' and 'Koror'."
19, 2004: "It's fer shere that the semi finalists
were asked if they were certified in SCUBA diving. Expect
to see quite a few underwater scenes."
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11, 2004: "The itty bitty island of Ngkesill was
added to the restriction list after the show started,
so we know it isn't being used for TC1 or TC2. Certainly not for
TC. Ngkesill is too small for challenges, I think. It is close
to TC, which would make it convenient for security boats to protect
TC and Merger Camp at the same time. Typically, the Merger Camp
is closer to the Production Camp than the Tribal Camps. The restrictions
say "No Entry and stay at least 1.2 miles away" That
more severe restriction is only used for the TC and the Tribal
Camps, therefore, Ngeksill must be a Tribal Camp. Since
we already have two Tribal Camps to start the game with, and since
it was added to the list later, it must be Merger Camp. But then
we were wrong about the Merger Camp on Vanuatu, too."
Note: We (TDT) speculate that,
instead of the merger camp, it's possible this island might
be for a third tribe. Possible. Not terribly likely, though.
We shall see.