Life at Ponderosa series returns with Marcus and Charlie’s reunion

Survivor‘s behind-the-scenes Life at Ponderosa series is back, and so far there are five web episodes, three following Marcus’ eviction and two following Charlie’s.

In episode one, Marcus gets voted out, and the most fascinating part–besides the hooded robes they wear when being transported–is that he stays overnight at base camp, in a cabin just like crew members, before traveling to Ponderosa. In a voice-over, Probst explains that it’s because this Ponderosa is only accessible by helicopter which can’t fly at night. (For a while, at least, they were at a different Ponderosa than the one used pre-season, but the jury eventually returned to that location, which was accessible by car–although still quite a long, bumpy drive away.)

Marcus’ other two episodes aren’t that interesting; in one, he mixes red wine and Coke to get “the poor man’s sangria”, and in the other, just kills time.

Before Charlie’s voted out, Marcus flies back via chopper–which isn’t something that can’t exactly happen once the jury gets big, hence the change–and then Charlie joins him at base camp, where they stay in tents instead of a crew cabin (apparently, someone changed their mind about that). From the video, those tents appear to be the ones local crew members were using while we were there.

While the second of the Marcus and Charlie episodes is entertaining, as it featuresthem deciding what to wear to Tribal Council, the first episode after Charlie’s eviction features the Charlie/Marcus reunion footage, which is predictably edited but actually features more behind-the-scenes footage than bromance footage:

Survivor Gabon – Charlie in Ponderosa [CBS]

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