Besides dividing its tribes by age, Survivor Nicaragua is introducing another twist that sounds decidedly like something Big Brother would do: the Medallion of Power, which will give one tribe an advantage over the other, and change hands throughout the game.
Fancast’s Gordon Holmes describes it like this: “If a tribe has possession of the MOP and chooses to play it, they’ll receive a distinct advantage (like a head start or a puzzle clue) in the following immunity challenge. However, once the challenge is over the MOP will transfer to the opposing tribe.” It doesn’t have to be played each challenge.
I’ll reserve judgment until I see that in action, but Jeff Probst’s explanation wasn’t comforting: “The whole idea is to create some conflict and a dilemma. What do you go for? If immunity is on the line do you play for the advantage, or are you cocky enough, like the young people could be, and say, ‘We don’t need the advantage, we can take them without it.'”
I don’t know; I think Survivor has enough conflict and dilemmas without creating new ones, but I also was a fan of the hidden immunity idol–at least until they became available via a candy dispenser.
Speaking of, Holmes reports that the promised change to hidden immunity idols isn’t really a big change: they’re just going to become “much more difficult to uncover,” sort of like they were when they were first introduced.