You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but as Jodi and Derrick proved on the premiere of The Challenge: All Stars Season 2, the point is moot if your first impression was already great.
Now, with the two Road Rules: X-Treme champions in control of the game, the question is: Will their 17-year-long alliance be too tough to beat, or could another years-old pact eventually take hold of the game?
On the premiere of All Stars, new and returning players â€” some of whom hadnâ€™t seen each other in nearly 20 years â€” met once again in hopes of following in Season 1 victor Yesâ€™s footsteps. There were certainly some unexpected updates (Steve is a successful hand model! Cohutta lives on a sheep farm! Melinda calls her son a â€œ21-month-year-oldâ€ which is not a metric!), but one constant survived any lapse in gameplay: Alliances are still alive and well.
One squad we didnâ€™t necessarily see coming was Darrell and Janelle. Though Road Rules: Campus Crawl and Real World: Key West aired about five years apart, both Darrell and Janelle had ties to the Bay Area and said they could prove to be a powerhouse duo.
â€œWe used to go to parties togetherâ€¦a lot of people donâ€™t know that in this house,â€ the four-time champ said. â€œWeâ€™re gonna keep it that way.â€
One alliance that was no secret, though, was born on Real World: Cancun, which spawned an unshakable bond between Jasmine, Jonna and Derek. Though Jasmine and Jonna once hated each other, theyâ€™d been best pals since Rivals, and Derek and Jonnaâ€™s friendship preceded even their Real World casting.
â€œI am so happy to see Jonnaâ€¦we have gone through such a roller-coaster together,â€ Jasmine said. â€œWe are a unitâ€¦Derek and Jonna have my back.â€
But there was no clearer connection than that between Derrick and Jodi, two feared Challenge champions who hadnâ€™t seen each other in 15 years ahead of their All-Stars reunion. In spite of their time apart, Derrick said Jodi, the first female Challenge solo winner, was his ideal partner.
â€œI wanna run this damn thing with Jodi,â€ Derrick said. â€œI wanna get a Challenge championship with this girl.â€
Other cast members saw Jodi and Derrick as a huge threat, too. Ahead of â€œBoarding Party,â€ which challenged players â€” in pairs â€” to take two zodiac talismans from one moving boat to another, Tina saw the two Road Rulers as the ones to beat.
â€œJust like in the old days, Jodi and Derrick are a force to be reckoned with,â€ Tina said. â€œThatâ€™s definitely a team thatâ€™s gonna be running this game.â€
And, at the get-go, Tina was right. Though Tina and Steve put up a great showing, it was only good enough for second place, as Derrick and Jodi notched their first win of the season.
â€œRoad Rules: X-Treme baby, weâ€™re back!â€ Derrick said.
But do you think this X-Treme pair is a lock for the final? Or is there another alliance thatâ€™s showing enough potential to take over?
What do you think â€” could the Real World: X-Treme exports once again sweep up the competition? Could Real World: Cancun alumni finally bridge the gap to a championship, or could the unlikely combination of Darrell and Janelle prove too tough to beat? Share your thoughts, and hang tight for more All-Stars coverage!