“Survivor: Game Changers,” which premieres March 8 on CBS, reunites America with “Beast Mode Cowboy” Caleb Reynolds, who was first introduced to the world of reality TV in the 16th season of “Big Brother,” then joined up with “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (Season 32) in 2016. Caleb’s “Survivor” experience was cut short when he was medially evacuated due to heat exhaustion, however, as he told me after his episode aired, “After watching last night, you wouldn’t imagine you would feel good after that, but several months have passed now and I’m feeling really good.” Read my analysis of Caleb’s chances below and then make your own “Survivor” predictions ahead of the first episode.
Since Caleb was medically evacuated on Day 9 last time, “Survivor” fans hardly got to see him play. But during those nine days Caleb made a strong impression and showed that he was willing to work with people of all kinds, including Tai Trang. Caleb and Tai had a unique relationship in that Tai clearly had a romantic crush on the cowboy while Caleb saw him as someone who could help him get further in the game.
Later, the three girls of his Beauty tribe came to Caleb asking if they’d help them vote out Nick Maiorano, who they had a personal distaste for. Had Caleb not been medevaced, he and the girls could have had a strong bond going forward. But besides his ace social game, Caleb is perhaps best known for being a powerhouse in the challenges — hence his “Beast Mode” moniker.
Caleb helped his Beauty tribe in “Kaoh Rong” come in first or second place (out of three tribes) in all of their challenges. In fact, his team never even had to go to tribal council until the episode after Caleb was eliminated. With a strong social game and a physical threat to boot, Caleb could make it far in “Survivor: Game Changers,” unless of course his tribe mates decide to vote him out early, thinking they wouldn’t be able to beat him in the end.
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