Just when I thought the lack of game play during this season couldn’t get any more frustrating, Ashley made sure it was taken to another level. I have mentioned several times how disappointed I was in Zapatera’s utter lack of game play. I have also been stunned at how Boston Rob has been able to manage his “alliance” like a cult. I had such high hopes for this season when it started out, but it has really turned into a disappointment. Other than Philip bringing the psycho element to the show, this season is pretty boring because NO ONE, other than Rob, is playing the game. You could argue that Grant is possibly playing (I’ll get to my thoughts on him later) and to some degree Mike and David we trying to play. Matt is playing the game from a challenge standpoint but from a strategy standpoint, he’s been awful. Everyone else is just happy to be there and waiting to see what happens. You can’t what to see what happens so Survivor. If you are waiting for something to happen, you know what will happen? You’re going to get voted out!
So let’s discuss Ashley’s brilliance! Steve approaches her with a perfectly reasonable strategy…he and Ralph are writing Rob’s name down. If the girls align with them, they can take Rob out of the game. Instead of REALLY thinking about how that could benefit them, she just blows it off. She even says, “you know that could work if we wanted to pull Andrea in. But we don’t.” WHY NOT??? If Ashley, Natalie, and Andrea teamed up with Steve and Ralph, they could take out Rob, Grant and Philip and then still have enough of them to take out Steve and Ralph. Why wouldn’t you do that? It is mind-boggling to me!!! These girls aren’t thinking at all. They are just happy to go through this game completely oblivious to what is happening around them. They would rather be pawns in Rob’s Survivor than have the balls to make a power play and take control of the game. But then Ashley takes her brilliance to an even higher level. We are talking MIT people. She goes and tells Rob everything Steve just said. And after Blah Blah Blahing his strategy, she then tells Rob, “of course we didn’t listen to it.” Of course you didn’t because you are an IDIOT!!!!! Rob was looking for stooge #2 to take to the finals…well there you go. It should be Ashley who has proven time and time again, she is just happy to make it as far as she has.
If the Ometepe 6 are the last remaining people (after all the RI people are gone), the only person with a real shot to beat Rob for the million dollars, is Grant. No one is going to give a million dollars to Philip, because he’s nuts and alienated too many people. No one is going to give a million dollars to Natalie or Ashley because they haven’t done shit. And no one is going to give a million dollars to Andrea because she hasn’t really done anything and she may be perceived as being disloyal to her closest ally Matt, one too many times. Grant is the only one with a chance. And Rob knows it so he isn’t going to take him. The interesting thing will be how RI plays in. I think if Mike or Matt can somehow get back into the game and into the finals, they will win. Mike for sure because all his former Zapatera are on the jury. And Matt has a good chance because I think people will give him a lot of credit for lasting as long as he did, basically by himself the whole time. Who will likely be on the jury? We know David and Julie for sure and I think it’s a safe bet that Steve and Ralph will be there as well. That’s 4 former Zapatera. 5 more must join them. If no power plays are made, let’s say Grant, Andrea, Matt, Mike, and Ashley are on the jury. Rob would need 5 votes. If the final 3 is Rob, Philip and Natalie, I think Rob is ok. Swap Natalie for Ashley or Andrea…Rob is still ok. If it’s Rob, Philip, & Grant (because of winning immunities) Rob still may be ok but I think Grant could pose a significant threat to steal some votes. If some how Mike gets in the final 3, Mike would have at least 4 votes and I think could get the fifth vote from Matt. I don’t think Matt is voting for Rob. So that would be bad for Rob. If it’s Matt in the final three with Rob, I’m not sure what would happen. That would be hardest one to call. I could see people wanting to give Matt the million for basically surviving and winning by himself and after being voted out TWICE!! But I could also see people still giving Rob his props for making it to the finals, again! But I really think the most dangerous person for Rob right now, is Mike.
Let’s get back to Grant for a minute. I hope he is going to pull a big move. Because if he can, the game is his. Grant has been a beast in challenges. Probably one of the best we have seen. There is no denying his dominance. But there have also been clips lately, of him being slightly strategic as well. I really think he and Rob have formed a solid bond and I think there have been lots of strategic discussions that have gone back and forth between them. I still think this is Rob’s game not just from the editing but from what Survivors who have been voted out have said in interviews. I just wonder if there isn’t more of a collaborative effort between Rob and Grant that we aren’t privy to. I don’t know. The shame of it is, even though Rob and Grant may have formed a solid bond and friendship, Rob knows that at some point, he will have to betray him because he knows he can’t go against him in the finals. I hope, and I think I’m right on this, that Grant is much smarter than is being shown and that he is onto Rob and is playing him as much as Rob thinks he is playing Grant. They only thing is, Grant needs someone on his side to go against Rob. Andrea would do it. Ashley and Natalie would just run right to Rob and tell him and I think Philip might do the same thing. Unfortunately, Grant’s move should have come with Steve and Ralph still in the game. Now I don’t know how tight Grant is with Ashley, Natalie, Andrea, and Philip. Maybe he can convince them. And if he can, look out.
Some side comments:
- Matt really seems to be mentally having a harder time. I can believe it with little food, water, and for a while, companionship, I can totally see how you would start to go bat shit crazy. But the Lord is guiding his way. We’ll see if he guides him to a million dollars.
- Philip found his shorts and acted like he solved all of our issues with the Middle East. Relax dude.
- I loved the immediate immunity challenge and voting out of someone right after tribal. It just helps to speed things along!
- If you are going to quote “A Few Good Men”, get the frigging quote right. It’s not “you can’t stand the truth.” It’s “you can’t HANDLE the truth.” Get it right Phil or don’t quote the movie!
- What will happen next week on RI and when will those people come back in the game?