Titlecard of Life at Ponderosa
|Description||A sequester house for eliminated contestants|
This page explains the process Survivor contestants go through after they are eliminated from the game.
Immediately after being voted out, the eliminated players are whisked away from Tribal Council and are given finger foods to eat, while being interrogated by the in-game psychiatrist for debriefing as the contestant headed to the sequester house. Upon reaching the house, the player in question will undergo medical examinations and a weigh-in (to compare his/her pre-game weight and all the weight he/she lost during the game). The eliminated castaway is then allowed to socialize with the other eliminated cast members. From there on out, the eliminated player can enjoy the luxuries that are uncommon to the game of Survivor, such as eating all the food he/she can eat and sleeping on a soft bed.
From Survivor: Borneo to Survivor: China, the eliminated castaways were sequestered in an undisclosed location that was beyond the reach of the game, either a faraway hotel that was still within the territory where the season was being filmed, or a location outside the host country. If the castaways were to be on vacation trips, their expenses were all covered by production. While being sequestered, the evictees were still forbidden to have access to television, Internet, and telephones; however, they were given a VCR and a DVD player to help alleviate boredom. Those who did not make the jury phase would be sequestered in a separate location to lessen the possibility of spoilers to circulate before the season starts.
The contestants headed home in batches; the first group contained the pre-merge or pre-jury eliminees, while the second group consisted of the Jury and the finalists.
After the castaways went home, the in-game psychiatrist still checked the well-being of the players.
Starting from Survivor: Micronesia, Ponderosa was introduced.
Ponderosa is the name given to the place where eliminated contestants stay after being voted out of the game. This web-show is exclusive to the goings-on at the sequester house after the jury phase. Similar to the previous sequestering format, the contestants who do not make it to the jury phase are sequestered somewhere else until filming has been wrapped up.
The eliminated players either stay in separate rooms, air-conditioned collapsible cabins (similar to the cabins that are used by the production team at base camp), or mere tents fitted with mosquito nets.
Unlike the format of sequestering contestants prior to Survivor: Micronesia, subsequent contestants appeared to enjoy more freedom. For one, they can now watch TV, communicate with their loved ones (if the players still in the game just competed in a loved-ones challenge), play video games, and even cook their own food during meals. Furthermore, they are given the liberty of exploring the inhabited areas of their filming location, and can even buy souvenirs for their loved ones back home.
Life at PonderosaEdit
|“||You're out of the game but not exactly out of the game, you're back in the real world but not exactly in the real world.||”|
Ponderosa is the place where eliminated contestants stay after being voted out of the game, starting from Survivor: Micronesia.
Life at Ponderosa is a web-exclusive show, featuring the goings-on after a contestant's elimination and what they are doing while outside Tribal Council or the game in general. While unavailable on mainstream television, these clips can be viewed on the CBS website (exclusively for American viewers) and the CBS channel on YouTube (for viewers outside the United States). These never-before seen footage became available since Survivor: Micronesia.
Each episode is divided into three part clips, which focus on the most recent evictee. It also shows the contestant being weighed, enjoying food, looking at themselves in the mirror for the first time in however many days, interacting with other jurors, getting ready and leaving for the next Tribal Council, and sometimes getting out of Ponderosa and exploring the area outside of location. Scenes may also show the eliminee talking of his/her Survivor experience. This can also be an opportunity to discuss failed strategies and the possible outcome of the game.
After the Final Tribal Council, the finalists also get to stay in Ponderosa, though only for one night. The next day, they will have one final breakfast, then they will be escorted by the production team's vehicles, and they will be heading home.
- Contrary to popular belief, Ponderosa is not located near Base Camp, and also, Jeff Probst does not visit Ponderosa.
- Eliza Orlins is the first contestant to ever go to Ponderosa.
- On the Survivor: Heroes vs Villains DVD, the bonus features include Ponderosa clips.
- Coach Wade has spent the most days in Ponderosa at 21 days in 2 seasons. The contestant to spend the most days in one season is R.C. Saint-Amour and Sarah Lacina at 20 days.
- Micronesia is the first season to have videos of ponderosa.
- ↑ Paulsen, Wade (March 30, 2004). "CBS pressure leads RI paper to drop column by 'Survivor:Thailand's Helen Glover". Reality TV World. http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/cbs-pressure-leads-ri-paper-drop-column-by-survivorthailand-helen-glover-2425.php. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- ↑ Dehnart, Andy (October 7, 2008). "At last! The secrets of ‘Survivor’ revealed". Today Reality TV. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26726792/ns/today-entertainment/t/last-secrets-survivor-revealed/#.T_Bu_Rf9O-I. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
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