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Survivor: Borneo
Borneo
Season 1
Filming Location Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Malaysia
Season Run May 31, 2000 - August 23, 2000
Filming Dates March 13, 2000 - April 20, 2000
Survivors 16
Winner Richard Hatch
Runner(s)-up Kelly Wiglesworth
Tribes ██ Pagong
██ Tagi
██ Rattana
Returnees Gervase Peterson (27)
Jenna Lewis (8)
Susan Hawk (8)
Richard Hatch (8)
Rudy Boesch (8)
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Next Season The Australian Outback

Survivor: Borneo was the first season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was originally broadcast under the name Survivor but its official title has been changed to Survivor: Borneo to distinguish it from subsequent installments of the series (before the change to Survivor: Borneo, the season was known universally as Survivor: Pulau Tiga, it was then changed to its current name during Survivor: All-Stars). The show was filmed between March 13 and April 20, 2000, and aired between May 31 and August 23, 2000 on CBS. It was set on the island of Pulau Tiga in the state of Sabah, off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia. The show was released on DVD on May 11, 2004.

Contestants were divided into two initial tribes named Pagong and Tagi. After six contestants were voted out, the remaining ten merged into a tribe called Rattana. After the tribal merge, all of the Pagong contestants were picked off one by one by the Tagi tribe before the members of the Tagi alliance turned on their own. Among Survivor fans, the term "Pagonging" has been used to describe this pattern.

At the end of the season, and in the series' only non-live finale, Richard Hatch beat Kelly Wiglesworth to win the title of Sole Survivor and $1,000,000.

ProductionEdit

In 1998, CBS offered Mark Burnett the chance to present his idea of the show to producers, and in October 1999, CBS held a casting call for the new reality show concept. The idea was to maroon sixteen people on an island 20 miles (32 km) away from the mainland of Borneo. Ten main cameras were set on the island that would film the castaways every day. Every three days, a Tribal Council would be held in which one castaway would be voted off the island. The last castaway remaining on the island would win $1 million.

Over 6,000 people applied for the show; 800 were then interviewed in sixteen cities. 48 semifinalists were then chosen, and after background checks and psychological evaluations done by the producers, the final sixteen contestants and two replacements were picked.

As the survivors waited for the game to begin, the production crews prepared the island for Reward and Immunity challenges, removing any harmful items, checking for any harmful animals in specific locations, and building a Tribal Council set. Camera operators and other crews were sent to the island three weeks in advance for testing. The headquarters of the producers and the crew were set on the opposite side of the island. This facility included many traditional trailers with running water, television sets, and one phone line. The Tribal Council set was built two hundred yards from the crew's facility. It was 30 by 30 feet (9.1 by 9.1 m) wide and consisted only of a wooden platform and a fire pit in the center.

On March 7, 2000, the contestants were flown to Los Angeles, then to the city of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. From there, they were taken by boat to their island. Contestants were not allowed to speak to one another until they got on the boat headed towards their beaches. The two tribes shared the island of Pulau Tiga, which was divided by over 20 miles (32 km) of forest.

CastawaysEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Merged Tribe Finish Votes
Against
S1 sonja t Sonja Christopher
63, Walnut Creek, CA
Tagi 1st Voted Out
Day 3
4
S1 bb t B.B. Andersen
64, Mission Hills, KS
Pagong 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
6
S1 stacey t Stacey Stillman
27, San Francisco, CA
Tagi 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
6
S1 ramona t Ramona Gray
29, Edison, NJ
Pagong 4th Voted Out
Day 12
6
S1 dirk t Dirk Been
23, Spring Green, WI
Tagi 5th Voted Out
Day 15
4
S1 joel t Joel Klug
27, Sherwood, AR
Pagong 6th Voted Out
Day 18
4
S1 gretchen t Gretchen Cordy
38, Clarksville, TN
Pagong Rattana 7th Voted Out
Day 21
4
S1 greg t Greg Buis
24, Gold Hill, CO
Pagong 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
6
S1 jenna t Jenna Lewis
22, Franklin, NH
Pagong 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
11
S1 gervase t Gervase Peterson
30, Willingboro, NJ
Pagong 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
6
S1 colleen t Colleen Haskell
23, Miami Beach, FL
Pagong 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
7
S1 sean t Sean Kenniff
30, Brooklyn, NY
Tagi 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
9
S1 susan t Susan Hawk
38, Palmyra, WI
Tagi 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
1
7
S1 rudy t Rudy Boesch
72, Richmond, VA
Tagi 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
8
S1 kelly t Kelly Wiglesworth
22, Las Vegas, NV
Tagi Runner-Up 0
S1 richard t Richard Hatch
39, Middletown, RI
Tagi Sole Survivor 6

Season SummaryEdit

The series premiere began with sixteen people divided into two tribes:
S1 cast 1
The Survivors
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Pagong and Tagi. After 18 days of competition, the tribes found themselves alternating visits to Tribal Council (with Tagi going first on Day 3, then Pagong's turn at Day 6, and so on) until Day 20. Tagi sacrificed Sonja Christopher (for being old and weak), Stacey Stillman (for her weakness and her disagreements with Rudy Boesch), and Dirk Been (for health problems and lack of work ethic), while Pagong eliminated B.B. Andersen (for being abrasive), Ramona Gray (because she got sick) and Joel Klug (for being egotistic and untrustworthy).

By Day 20, the ten remaining castaways were merged into one tribe - Rattana, and began competing as individuals. When the merge came around, a voting alliance made by ex-Tagi members Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth, Sue Hawk, and Rudy solidified. This proved fatal for the other six survivors, who were eliminated one by one, starting with the five ex-Pagong members, and then the only Tagi castaway who was not part of the alliance, Sean Kenniff. The alliance, however, showed cracks, as Richard, Sue and Rudy saw Kelly as trying to look more favorable in front of the jury, which seats were filled by mostly former Pagong members. But with Kelly immune on Day 33, the Tagi alliance voted out their only alternative, Colleen, the last Pagong member. The alliance ultimately prevailed, with Sean voted out on Day 36. With all their rivals eliminated, the Tagi alliance of four then had to turn on each other.

Kelly won individual immunity on Day 37. At Tribal Council, Richard and Sue received two votes each, resulting in a revote. As Kelly and Rudy voted again, Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Sue, and Sue became the sixth member of the Jury. At the final Immunity Challenge on Day 38, Richard voluntarily stepped out of the challenge on the assumption that whoever was to win would take him to the Final Tribal Council. After Kelly won immunity yet again, Richard's assumptions were proven correct when she voted Rudy to be the seventh and final member of the Jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Kelly was accused of being two-faced and manipulative, while Richard was barbed for his arrogance and perceived "unethical" game play for establishing an alliance. But with four votes to three, Richard Hatch became the very first Sole Survivor.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "The Marooning" May 31, 2000 Pagong1 Sonja 4-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 "The Generation Gap" June 7, 2000 Pagong Tagi B.B. 6-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "Quest for Food" June 14, 2000 Tagi Pagong Stacey 5-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 "Too Little, Too Late?" June 21, 2000 Tagi Tagi Ramona 4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5 "Pulling Your Own Weight" June 28, 2000 Pagong Pagong Dirk 4-1-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6 "Udder Revenge" July 5, 2000 Pagong Tagi Joel 4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
7 "The Merger" July 12, 2000 None Greg Gretchen 4-1-1-1-1-1-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
8 "Thy Name Is Duplicity" July 19, 2000 Greg Gervase Greg 6-3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
9 "Old and New Bonds" July 26, 2000 Colleen
[Jenna]
Rudy Jenna 4-3-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
10 "Crack in the Alliance" August 2, 2000 Gervase Richard Gervase 5-2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
11 "Long Hard Days" August 9, 2000 Sean
[Richard]
Kelly Colleen 4-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
12 "Death of an Alliance" August 16, 2000 Kelly Kelly Sean 4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
13 "The Final Four" August 23, 2000 None Kelly Susan 2-2;
2-0
2
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
Kelly Rudy 1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Kelly 4-3 Runner-Up
Richard Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge
^2 A tie between Richard and Susan forced a re-vote; Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating her.


Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Borneo Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: S1 sonja t
Sonja
S1 bb t
B.B.
S1 stacey t
Stacey
S1 ramona t
Ramona
S1 dirk t
Dirk
S1 joel t
Joel
S1 gretchen t
Gretchen
S1 greg t
Greg
S1 jenna t
Jenna
S1 gervase t
Gervase
S1 colleen t
Colleen
S1 sean t
Sean
S1 susan t
Susan
S1 rudy t
Rudy
S1 kelly t
Kelly
S1 richard t
Richard
Vote: 4-3-1 6-2 5-2 4-2-1 4-1-1 4-2 4-1-1-1-
1-1-1
6-3 4-3-1 5-2 4-2 4-1 2-2 2-0 1-0 4-3
Richard Stacey Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Susan None Jury Vote
Kelly Rudy Rudy Dirk Gretchen Greg Sean Gervase Sean Sean Richard Susan Rudy
Rudy Sonja Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Susan Susan Richard
Susan Sonja Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Richard None Richard
Sean Sonja Stacey Rudy Colleen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Susan Richard
Colleen B.B. Ramona Joel Richard Jenna Richard Sean Sean Kelly
Gervase B.B. Colleen Jenna Susan Jenna Richard Sean Kelly
Jenna B.B. Ramona Joel Gervase Greg Richard Kelly
Greg Ramona Jenna Joel Jenna Jenna Richard
Gretchen B.B. Ramona Joel Rudy
Joel B.B. Ramona Jenna
Dirk Sonja Stacey Susan
Ramona B.B. Colleen
Stacey Rudy Rudy
B.B. Ramona
Sonja Rudy


Notes:

  • A tie between Richard and Susan forced a re-vote; Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating her.

TriviaEdit

  • Survivor: Borneo has been referenced numerous times in the Disney show Lizzie McGuire. In one episode, the tribe names Pagong and Tagi are used as team names at an outdoor camp. In another episode, Lizzie's mother claims she knew Richard Hatch would win the series.[1]
  • This is the first season in which both tribes alternated winning immunity before the merge.
  • This is the only season in which the final jury votes were revealed immediately after being cast, rather than months later in front of a live television studio audience.
  • Borneo was the only season to air on Wednesdays until Survivor: Nicaragua.
  • Borneo holds the record for having the highest percentage of jury votes being shown as the jury members cast them, with 6 out of 7 being shown (83%). Only Greg's vote was not shown.
  • In 2006, Richard was found guilty of tax evasion connected with his $1,000,000 prize and sentenced to 51 months in prison.
  • The Survivor: Borneo finale received the highest ratings of any Survivor episode to date.[2]
  • Many people speculate that Kelly would have won the game had she guessed the correct number to juror Greg Buis' final question. However, Greg himself admitted that Richard had his vote 100% and he would have never voted for Kelly, and that he only asked the number-guessing question to mock the overly-dramatic nature of Tribal Council.
  • This season holds the record for the least unanimous eliminations, with one (if one does not count eliminations with only one voter, or eliminations in which a unanimous re-vote takes place)
  • This was the second season to have a castaway pass-away. The first being Survivor: Palau.
  • This is the only season to have castaways that were born in the 1920's and 1930's.
  • During the Day 36 Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst noted that since the merge, every eliminated player had the fire in their torches blown out by the wind prior to to being voted out.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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