Survivor challenge rehearsal footage argues that it looks simple but is “tough”

A challenge we’ll see on tomorrow night’s Survivor Nicaragua has been previewed online via footage of the Dream Team’s rehearsal of the challenge, which tries to make the argument that the challenge is not as easy as it looks. Jeff Probst even says at one point that it’s “simple in concept but tough to do.” (Like bowling? Oh, I kid the challenge team.)

While this is no Spit it Out, the amazing immunity challenge from episode five, Push Me Pull U was designed by former Dream Team member Edwin Davis, and involves holding a pole by pulling away from it on two handles. Like Probst’s comment, CBS’ web site description of the video says that “trying to keep a pole suspended between two metal bars may be trickier than it appears.” However, a camera operator participating in the challenge insists “this is easy,” and a tie is called after more than an hour so the crew can break for lunch.

I’m being too hard on the challenges: endurance challenges are good, and sometimes the simplest ones are the most memorable, like when they’re just standing on pylons in the middle of the water, offering to strip for peanut butter.

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