Much of the US versions production staff are Australians and are also working on this version...Thought this was worth a try to cure the post-Olympic blues. Although quite familiar with the show thanks to sites like Reality Blurred I've never really watched the US version, while the UK version only lasted two series and that was back in 2001/2002 - and it never had anywhere near the success of the US version. The US version has never aired in the UK which is quite surprising, especially as the format was created here (actually there is a tedious link to my username in that regard as they were also the people behind The Big Breakfast)
The show looks stunning and is in safe hands with Ten, and although the cast is a bit bloated I'm glad Ten restricted the urge to milk it out over more than two nights a week - I'm guessing it'll run for 10 weeks or so then.
Really can't comment on the cast too much as there are just too many of them and you only really get to see the tribe who loses immunity outside of the challenges. Happy enough with both results - as others have said those who play too hard too early deserve their inevitable fate, and one of the interesting things about Survivor is how the team format encourages you to keep stronger players around rather than eliminate them early.
Will probably check in with next weeks episodes but although it looked stunning there wasn't much going on to hold my attention - definately failed the tablet test.
Obviously the US have filmed in Samoa a few times and other versions have well so I suspect they have some kind of international base set up there to ensure the quality threshold is met. I don't know if Ten ran full credits but a shame not to acknowledge the people behind the production. More than a shame actually - quite the insult.