Transcript by SurvivorFever.net:
Announcer: Every season the press steps into
the Survivor's shoes to experience an exciting
challenge, which the real contestants will face on the
John Kirhoffer <Survivor Challenges
Producer>: This time they [the press] got to
help us develop it, because we did a test
rehearse. It was the first time Jeff had seen
this challenge, it was the first time the camera guys
and our director had seen it.
Announcer: The challenge is called Parallel
Universe, and it was a lot harder than it looked.
<Dalton Ross from Entertainment Weekly versus
Parvati Shallow, former Survivor winner>
Probst: Gotta go back to the start.
Parvati's gotta go back to the start.
Kirhoffer: They have to race through an
obstacle course carrying a pole with a wooden disc on
it. On that wooden disc is a billiard ball,
which rolls around pretty easily. They have to
get that billiard ball through all the obstacles and
then dump it off on the other end, where they'll then
use three billiard balls to roll up a alley and land
the three balls into three different divots.
Announcer: So did the press's performance
affect the design of the game?
Kirhoffer: It wasn't changed dramatically,
but there were some significant tweaks. Watching
you guys run it helped us figure out how to make it
Announcer: We were also on hand to give you a
sneak peek of the first Immunity Challenge.
Kirhoffer: Our first Immunity Challenge this
season is called The Temple of Syrinx, an ode to my
favorite rock band, Rush. It's a huge
temple. On "go" they race under a
crawl-under net. Once they get to the end,
players have to get on each other's shoulders to get
up and untie those bags. In one of the bags is
what we call a "monkey's fist". It's a
long rope with a big knot on the end. One of the
stronger players would have to use that rope, wind it
up, and throw it up into a rope catch. One they
get it, they all go up batman style. From the
third level they still have another 15 foot ramp to
get up, and this time, they have nothing except for
themselves. So they have to make human
ladders. Then at the top, we have our first
puzzle made out of stone. Each piece weighs
about 50 pounds. Not only is it difficult, it is
going to kick their butts.