Although Season 33 of Survivor doesn’t begin until September 21, CBS has announced the 20 new castaways who will take part to see who will outwit, outplay, and outlast each other to become the sole Survivor — and a million dollars richer. This fall’s edition of Survivor was filmed in Fiji with a theme of “Millennials vs. Generation X.” Each team of 10 feature groups of men and women with similar characteristics. The Millennials group range in age from 18 to 31, while the Generation X groups spans from 33 to 52.
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The Vanua tribe features the Millennials, the largest living and most diverse group in U.S. history, according to the CBS press release. They “grew up in a time of rapid change and are often described as having priorities that are vastly different from previous generations.”
One member of the Vanua tribe, Will Wahl from Long Valley, New Jersey, is only 18-years-old and is the youngest member to ever compete on Survivor, but he might be one of the wisest too. The high schooler believes that Millennials are “creative, resourceful, intelligent, and, above all else, adaptable,” as described on the CBS Survivor website.
Taylor Lee Stocker, 24, a ski instructor from Post Falls, Idaho, describes himself as being spontaneous and inventive thinker. When asked what he thinks it means to be a Millennial, he says, “Come on, man! We are open-minded, liberal, self-expressive, upbeat, connected, tech savvy, and we invented the words sicky sicky, gnar gnar, rachet, clutch, bae, and LOL.” Fellow Millennial Hannah Shapiro, 24, a barista, gives a similar, it not confusing, response to the same question.
“Being a Millennial means being hip, cool, nifty and totally rad. Go young people! No, I’m not secretly an 80-year-old neurotic Jewish lady. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Fellow team mate Zeke Smith, 28, an asset manager from Brooklyn, New York, has a different take and mentions that he’s never thought of himself as a Millennial and sounds like he might get along better with the other tribe. “Ask one of the other children.”
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The Takali tribe is home to the Generation X grouping. Generation X are known as those born between the “Baby Boomers” and the “Millennials” and “has been collectively labeled as hard-working and independent people.”
Bret LaBelle, 42, from Dedham, Massachusetts, is a police sergeant who believes that “a Gen X-er is someone who had to work very hard for everything that they have in life. They actually had to go to school (not just online), ride the bus, and study hard to get good grades.” David Wright, 42, a television writer from Sherman Oaks, California, has a bit more cynical view of Generation X saying, “Gen X-ers believe in hard work, earning their rewards, and eating breakfast. Why does no one eat breakfast anymore?!” He sounds like a lot of fun as he describes himself as being nervous, paranoid, and having OCD.
Paul Wachter, 52, a boat mechanic from Sugarloaf Key, Florida, and also the oldest player in the bunch has a similar view. He believes that a Gen X-er is “someone who never received a participation award.”
Chris Hammons, 38, from Moore, Oklahoma, sounds like he could be a spitfire this season as he describes himself as “super competitive because I don’t lose, tenacious because I never give up, and I’m a fighter.”
Let the games begin. Survivor premieres with a 90-minute special on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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