Survivor Island of the Idols episode 7 promo: Shades of 2017

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Jeff Probst looks surprised in a not entirely agreeable way in the Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 promo. Let’s hope it’s not like Game Changers again.

The Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 promo showcases 17 seconds of footage that will air throughout next week’s show.

Our first season of Survivor coverage here at Surviving Tribal was Game Changers, as our site launched on February 1, 2017. It was a trial by fire of sorts for a variety of reasons, the biggest among them being the socio-cultural moments that happened within and the conversations that followed in the sphere of reality television and beyond.

Though quite not nearly on those levels yet with an absence of an attack on someone’s integrity as a person, I cannot help but feel like some sort of major emotional moment will happen in yet another episode 7, yet another “last boot before the merge” controversial scenario based on the Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 promo for “I Was Born at Night, But Not Last Night.”

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Previously titled “A Moment of Inspiration,” the end of the promo shows Jeff Probst saying he’s “never had a tribal like this. Ever.” What scares me the most is he doesn’t have the air of faux amazement like he’s impressed with what happens like a 25-minute Tribal Council in Edge of Extinction or something shocking in a positive gameplay light.

In fact, in teasing next week’s episode to Dalton Ross for Entertainment Weekly, host Jeff Probst said, “I think when the episode is over, fans will once again have that feeling that Survivor is one of the very few shows that remains current and always of the moment,” hinting at “surprising and often inspiring conversations.”

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There was no warning of what would happen in Game Changers in promos or sneak peeks beside another EW teaser of Jeff hinting at how “the Survivor format is that it allows the show to remain culturally relevant no matter how long it’s been on,” so I really, really hope that some of the personally invasive or racially microaggressive mini-stories that have happened during Island of the Idols don’t come to a head in next week’s show.