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RECAP & REVIEW: Survivor “Rustle Feathers” S27 E12

I’ve missed you guys.  But they haven’t invented a word for how busy I’ve been so I haven’t been watching TV let alone writing about it.    But I finally got to catch up and wow did I pick a week to get caught up….especially on Survivor!!!!

Luckily for me with not being able to watch too much TV lately, is that I completely missed the alleged spoilery preview CBS had out there this week.   And people were PISSED.   I don’t blame them.   I don’t know what CBS was thinking by previewing that rocks would be drawn this week (and the minor spoiler of showing Caleb on the jury confirming that he lost to Tina and Laura on RI.)   What is the point of that?   If they wanted to talk about how something major happens or something we haven’t seen in a long time happens, that’s fine.  But from what I hear they say that this only happened once before and they show Jeff Probst asking for people to open their hands.   Easy conclusion…rocks are drawn so someone flipped.   Can you say epic FAIL CBS?   Having watched last night’s episode I can say right now that I would have been LIVID if I knew what was coming.   The tension and back and forth with Ciera was incredible.  You Hayden really pushing her to understand her place in the 4 person alliance and Gervase and Tyson trying to convince her that she’s fine and not to listen to “liars.”   She kept turning her head back to listen to them and every time she faced front she looked more and more distraught.   I really had no idea what she was going to do.   And if I had seen that preview, it would have been ruined because I would have known rocks were coming.  I feel awful for the people who couldn’t experience that situation raw last night because let me tell you….it was fabulous!!!

So while I enjoyed that moment so much last night, it also pissed me off at the same time.   You know why?   Because Ciera did this a week too late.  Remember when Hayden was pitching her to blindside Tyson (again) on the hammock and she said she wouldn’t do it because it’s not the majority and she wants to be with majority?   Well dumb ass, if you did it last week, you would have been in the majority with a much stronger chance to win!   If you aligned with Hayden, Caleb, and Katie, you could have taken out Tyson, Monica, or Gervase and run the table.  And the way Laura and Tina are working together on RI, one of them is coming back in the game.  Which means if you align with Katie (since Hayden and Caleb were tight), either her mom or yours hops on your alliance and BOOM, final 3.   I applaud that Ciera is working hard to keep herself in this game and get far but that’s the problem…she playing to get further in the game but not to win the game.   And it’s probably lack of experience that’s hurting her right now because she can’t see the forest through the trees.   And when she finally did, it was too late (at least I think it is.)    Next week should be really interesting because they took a big gamble and it partially paid off because Hayden got Ciera to switch.   But then Katie pulled a white rock (she can’t even do that right) and they still have 2 people vs. the 3 man alliance.  Their only hope (not knowing when the RI person is coming back in) is to get Monica to flip.

Let’s dive into this more.   Where does Monica fit in all this?  She’s probably one of the nicest Survivor players ever, I mean the woman doesn’t have a mean bone in her incredibly fit body.   But it appears as though she has annoyed some people around camp…but maybe not the jury members.   She has been a challenge fiend lately winning a bunch of individual immunity challenges (and almost winning last night’s and had she thrown her bags a bit faster she might have won again.)  I think if Monica gets to the end, she has a real chance to win this thing.  The question is, who does she have the best chance to beat?   If she stays with Tyson and Gervase, I think she beats Gervase.   Unfortunately for my Philly guy, he’s been a little too cocky and really has no self-awareness, at all, to understand where he truly falls in the game.  So I don’t think he has a chance to win this game.  Can she beat Tyson?  I don’t know.  She might.  Monica hasn’t lied or really pissed anyone off.  She’s been very loyal and like I said, has been incredibly strong in challenges.   I know people really like to reward the strategy part of the game over everything else, but people think that always has to be big moves to be rewarded.  Sometimes it’s not always the big move, but the smart move.  Monica hasn’t made a big move but she’s made a dumb one either.  Socially she’s strong, physically she’s strong.  And there is something to be said for letting someone else, be the bad guy.  I personally don’t think that’s a bad way to go…I just wish more people owned up to it and celebrated it at the final tribal.    Will Tyson and his arrogance have rubbed enough people the wrong way that Monica would beat him?   It’s possible.   If we look at Hayden and Ciera, I think she definitely beats Ciera.  Hayden, I don’t know.  He’s a very likable guy as well.  He’s been trying to make some moves and make things happen (last night was a HUGE move) he just hasn’t had the people on his side to make it happen.  But he got Ciera to flip.  If he can get Monica, that’s two massive moves that would be really hard to overlook.  He hasn’t been as good in the challenges as I would have thought he’d be and that could be a bit of a knock on him.  But if he gets to the end, he would be tough to beat.  The one thing he has that could hurt him unfairly is that he won Big Brother.  So the jury could look at him and say he’s won before, he doesn’t need to win again.  I would hope that wouldn’t happen but you never know.  Also by Monica flipping to Hayden and Ciera, she would lose Tyson and Gervase votes.  I think Caleb would vote for Hayden.  So the question is, can she get the votes from Tina, Laura, Katie, Aras, and Vytas to win the game?  The big wild card for Monica is who re-enters from RI.  If it’s Tina, she beats Tina.  If it’s Laura, I don’t think she beats Laura.  I think anyone would have a tough time beating Laura.  She would have been voted out….twice…and still get to the final 3 by being a challenge beast.  That would be majorly impressive.   So maybe in the end, Monica is better staying with Gervase and Tyson and taking her chances.

What did you all think of last night’s episode?   And who do you think is the front-runner to win it all?  I think it’s still Tyson’s game to lose at this point but watch out for Laura if she gets back in this game.   And Monica could be someone who surprises a lot of people.  She can still win this thing if she plays it right and Tyson is, well, Tyson.  I can’t wait for the last three episodes!!!

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews


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RECAP & REVIEW: Survivor….The Season So Far

Wow.  Survivor really decided to bring the crazy this season didn’t they?   Between Phillip, Shamar, and Brandon there is plenty of insanity to go around.   But is it really making for an enjoyable season?   When does the exploitation of someone’s mental state cross the line from good old fashion entertainment to down right cruelty and absurdity?  Can the producers, casting department, and psychologists really detect someone who is truly mentally unstable or just being aloof for TV purposes?   Is it fair of us to expect them to forecast expectations of behavior?   I know, I know, it’s a TV show.   Furthermore, it’s a REALITY TV show.   But since this is the hot topic this week after Wednesday night’s disaster that was Survivor Caramoan, I’m curious to hear what people think.

I wasn’t excited when Phillip and Brandon were cast this season.  I thought it was stunt casting to be quite honest with you.  Phillip I thought was just a bad player.  The only reason to bring him back is because he is nuts and to watch his insanity rankle the other players in the game.  The whole Stealth R Us thing, while mildly entertaining for the viewers, I can imagine it wearing really thin out there.  So I was dead set against Phillip this season.  However, I have to say, as annoying as he can be, I give him props for many things.  The first being that he’s been great in the challenges.  Of course everyone expected Malcolm and Brenda to do well because they’re great athletes.   But I don’t think people expected much from Phillip and he’s held his own and actually has been a pretty integral part of them willing several challenges…including this week’s coconut tossing competition.  The second would be him really trying to take charge of the game.  Many people, myself included, really gave Phillip grief for riding the Boston Rob train the last time he was on.   He was Boston Rob’s stooge willing to do whatever his master told him to do.  And Rob rode Phillip to $1 million.  This time, it seems, Phillip is taking charge of the game and not riding anyone’s coat tails.  Now he may be rubbing people the wrong way in the process and I’m not saying he’s doing a masterful job at running the show.   But he’s at least not waiting for his fate to befall him.  He is going out and taking charge and charting his own course to what he thinks will be the million dollar prize.  Will he succeed?   Who knows at this point.  His biggest problem is that he doesn’t know how to take charge of the game subtly.  He needs to let everyone know he’s in charge and that may be his downfall.   Is it because of how poorly he was painted in his last showing?  Perhaps.  But Phillip Shepard needs to let everyone know that he’s in control and that you’re either with him or against him.   The final reason I’m giving Phillip props is for how he handled the Brandon situation.  Unfortunately, because of what I just outlined in point #2, Phillip really rubbed, inadvertently, in Brandon’s face how he will dictate Brandon’s fate in the game.  Not the smartest move on Phil’s part.  But does that mean he deserved what Brandon did to him (and everyone else on the tribe for that matter?)   No.   I’ll get more into the Brandon thing in a minute but I really applaud Phillip for walking away from him at camp when he was really getting to a boiling point and I respect the way he held his composure when Brandon was coming after him before the immunity challenge that was never going to take place.   The only thing he did wrong, was talk about Brandon’s family.  In my opinion, leave everyone’s personal life out of it.  Just stick to what’s happening on the island because you don’t know these people, you don’t know their home life, so you can’t judge or throw that in their face.  Just leave it alone.  Other than that, Phillip kept his calm in handling Brandon.  Honestly the whole tribe did, which floored me, but again, more on that later.  Was I happy with the Phillip casting this season?   No.  Is working my nerves as much as before?   Not yet.  Do I respect his game play more this time than last?   Yes I do.

So let’s get into Brandon.  I seriously think that kid’s unstable.  I’m not saying that to be funny or rude.  I seriously think there is something wrong with him.  He was crazy the first time he played and he was just as crazy this time.   The first time around, he got rid of Mikalya because she filled him with impure thoughts of lust.   Well I can’t see a better reason to get rid of someone!  Plus his mood was all over the place…completely bi-polar.  One day he was up, the next he was down, then he was kind, then he was rude.   He didn’t know who or what he wanted to be.   He wanted to be filled with God but then he would curse and threaten people.  It was bizarre.  So why would we expect anything less this time around?   Because, according to Jeff Probst and other producers, they thought he had changed.   Let’s talk about this.  Probst and the producers/casting department have been getting a lot of heat for bringing back Brandon.   The thought out there is that even though they knew he was unstable, they put him out there anyway because they thought he would bring in ratings.   If this is true (and I’m not saying it is) it would be dumb on so many levels.  Number one because this kid doesn’t bring ratings, he actually stops them.  I know people who didn’t watch this season because he was on there.  They couldn’t deal with another Hantz love fest, especially with “the crazy kid” as one of my friend’s put it.  Number two, you can’t risk putting a mentally unstable young man in an environment that will test his sanity everyday.  Number three, you can’t do that to the other contestants (making them live with a crazy person) it’s unfair to them.   I could go on and on.   So I honestly believe that while they may have been nervous about Brandon, they saw enough in him to warrant giving him a second chance on the show.   Where I will give up on Survivor, is if they decide to bring him back a third time.   I can forgive a mistake now.   But after two disastrously mercurial seasons with Brandon, bringing him back again would be down right abhorrent. He has proven to be a truly hot mess.  The fact that he has kids and another one on the way is down right scary.   And I know I just yelled at Phillip for judging someone’s personal life without knowing them so I am being the ultimate hypocrite, but I can’t help it.  I’ve seen and heard interviews with this kid outside of Survivor and to say it was bizarre is an understatement.  He’s usually incoherent and flighty, to be kind.  It’s frightening to hear his complete lack of self-awareness.  He really has no clue.  I heard Probst say that they immediately had a psychologist on set to talk to Brandon after the whole debacle and that it is standard for the show to appoint a psychologist or psychiatrist to help Survivors after the show or help them find a doctor in their area for support.   That’s actually nice to hear.  And I hope Brandon takes them up on it, but I doubt he will.  In an interview with Dalton Ross (who is the best Survivor recapper ever) on his podcast, Brandon talked about how great life is and he’s great and he’s not crazy and that he’s so proud of the way he played the game.  What?????   You’re proud that you took food and dumped it all over the island so that no one in your tribe would have food.  That makes you proud?  Whatever bro (as he likes to call everyone.)   Speaking of the food dump, is that not the most insane thing you have seen on this show?   I’ve obviously never been on Survivor but even I know that food is like gold out there.  All you have is rice and now they give you beans.  But that’s it.  You’re weak and tired and the only sustenance you have is rice and beans.   And that asshole, to prove some sort of point (I’m still not sure what) dumps it all over the ground.  What I found interesting is that Malcolm or Erik didn’t pile drive him to the ground during the rice part.  I know when he grabbed the bean container Erik made a half ass attempt to retrieve it from Brandon but he backed down pretty fast.   I have to wonder if it’s because they were seriously afraid of what he might do.   At this point they’ve all been living together for what 11-13 days?   Maybe everyone was really terrified of him because he was so unstable.  I’m not trying to make this more dramatic than it was, but it does make sense.  I mean come on….when they got back from tribal council, he was talking about how he thought about burning the shelter down!!!  If I was Corrine, my first question would have been “with us in it?”   Yeah he was talking about peeing in the rice and beans, but HE TALKED ABOUT BURNING THE SHELTER TO THE GROUND!   What is the matter with him?  That is why I sincerely hope the rumors about Brandon failing his psych test for the show are wrong.  Because that would be beyond egregious.

So because of all this mayhem, the Favorites decide to do what I absolutely hate in Survivor…throw the challenge to go to tribal council so they can get rid of Brandon.  I hate when teams do this.  It’s the dumbest thing in the world.   You’re annoyed by someone, you’re up by big numbers, and you think it’s no big deal to throw one little challenge.   WRONG.  It’s absolutely the worst idea ever.  However, this situation was the exception to that.  In this situation, I have no problem with the Favorites doing what they did.  This was beyond someone annoying them.  I really think this was them wanting this ticking time bomb, who could possibly be a danger to himself or someone else (mainly Phillip) off the island because it was safer for all of them.  I really believe that.  Look at the way they all dealt with Brandon.  When he became accusatory towards any of them, they backed down.  Even Corrine, who’s as combative and strong and nasty as they come, wouldn’t touch him with a 50 foot pole.  And I have to say, HUGE props to Jeff Probst for his handling of the situation.  Even though the man rubbing was a little weird, I don’t think Jeff could have handled it any better.   It was obvious this could have escalated into something physical (especially when Phillip when after Brandon’s family.)   Probst did the smart thing by bringing Brandon over to him and away from his tribe.   He was able to calmly talk to Brandon and everyone else so he could get a clear idea of what was happening and how this was all going down.  As a result, he had a tribal council right there where everyone voted him out.  I have to wonder what would happen if something did get physical on the island.  Is there security there?   Do the producers expect the contestants to handle it?   Would someone get kicked off the island or put in time out?   What would happen?  I wonder if they have a protocol in place.  I’m sure that they do.   And if they didn’t, I’m sure that they do now!!

Ultimately, I’m glad Brandon is gone.  I think it was a monstrous mistake to bring him back and all of us fans at home thought the same thing.  I don’t think I read one pre-Caramoan review that said what a brilliant idea it was to bring back Brandon.   But, we’re also looking at it from just the scope of his first run on TV.   These producers are really vetting these contestants to make sure they can do this again.  At least I hope they are.   So they get to see more of Brandon in a different light than what we get to see.  Therefore, they made the decision to go for it and it blew up in their face.   I really hope this is the last time we see any Hantz on Survivor.  And I really hope they think long and hard about who they bring back and who they cast.  I know they want personalities because that brings better ratings.   And there’s nothing wrong with drama on Survivor…it’s part of what makes the show so great.   I get all that.   But I think they really need to draw the line at unstable.   Because if they don’t, the very thing they are trying to get, is the very thing they will push away and be gone to the point they won’t be able to get it back and the show will be dead.

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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews


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REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island: “Rice Wars” S22 E10

So that happened last night.  Last night’s show really struck a cord in me and my husband.  It’s hard to know how to start this because normally a TV show, especially a reality show that’s a game, is entertainment.  Sure it covers heavy topics but overall it’s acting and entertainment.   But last night wasn’t acting or entertaining.  However, it was compelling TV and my husband and I stopped whatever we were doing to watch and listen to what was going on.   You had two very real men debating a very real issue that unfortunately is still prevalent in today’s society.   The language used and the topic debated is very polarizing.  I’m talking about race.   It’s hard because as a blogger who writes about the escapism world that is TV, I don’t like to write about issues like politics and race.   I don’t like to go quite that heavy.   But in reality, these topics creep up from time to time on our TV landscape and they should be discussed.   But never have I seen it happen in such a real forum like what happened last night.  This is why I feel Survivor is the best REALITY TV show because it doesn’t get more real than it did last night…especially for Philip and Steve.

If you haven’t seen last night’s episode yet, here is a quick rundown on how this volatile topic arose.   The Ometepe tribe (call them Murlonio all you want, they are still 2 different tribes living on one beach) noticed that their rice in their container was full of mold and maggots.    Gross!   So they decided to empty it out onto a blanket and pick out the good rice from the bad rice.   Zapatera also has a container or rice (oh and by the way, the rice is not shared…it is still managed separately.)  Their rice is fine.  So Andrea goes over and asks if they can combine rices so the rest of their rice doesn’t spoil.  Steve and Julie are sitting there and they say no they don’t think it’s a good idea.

I have a few comments about this.   First, it’s clear these tribes don’t like one another.  Ometepe won’t share a tarp with Zap because they feel like they won it so why should they share.  Likewise, Zap has a lot more rice because of the dwindling members and don’t feel the need to share since it’s their rice.  I think they’re all being a bunch of babies but it is what it is and it is the game of Survivor not make the competition more comfortable.  Second, while it came across as awful and cold, I really don’t blame Zap for not wanting to combine good rice with rice that had mold and maggots in it.   There is no guarantee that they are going to get real food again.   So this rice may be the only thing they have to eat for the last couple of weeks.  I don’t care how well you say you cleaned out that rice, and it looks like they did, I wouldn’t want to take that chance.  I wouldn’t hold that against Zap because what they did makes logical sense.  You can’t risk contaminating the only guaranteed food source they have.   What I would have done was tell them that we didn’t think it was a good idea but eat what you can of your rice and if it spoils or you run out, then come talk to us and we can possibly share our rice with you at that time.  But it happened the way that it did…so be it.  Then Philip gets involved and this is when all hell starts to break loose.

Philip goes over incensed that Steve and Julie won’t help them out.  To try to calm Philip down, they tell him that they want to talk to Ralph when he gets back.  Next thing you know Philip loses it on them and starts threatening them that they better watch their backs and they better carry that rice container around with them because he is going to steal it.   Steve and Julie don’t take too kindly to that and start calling him crazy.  And this is where things REALLY start to get out of control.  After Steve calls Philip crazy, Philip then comes over to talk about how making that comment is the type of thing a white person would say to knock down a black man and the whole race card is now played.  Andrea is trying to get Philip not to go there.  Grant is completely stunned and asked Rob if he just heard Philip correctly …”did he just play the race card” he asks him.  Yes Grant he did.  Meanwhile, Steve, who is still laying down like he is about to get a massage, is incredulous over the idea that Philip has made this a black and white issue.  And just when you think it has died down, Philip starts breaking out the N word and giving Steve some very pointed gestures.  It was horrible.  It really boils over at TC but let’s get to the rest of episode before we get into that.

At RI, Matt, MIke, and David all have to build the infamous house of cards tower to 8 feet.  The first TWO people to do it, stay alive and the person out is now the first member of the jury.  David is the self-proclaimed puzzle expert so he’s going to win right?   Right?   Ah, no.   Mike is the first one finished all though my husband and I gasped about 5 times each watching is tower sway back and forth for fear it was going to topple.  It didn’t and Mike was safe.   Then Matt was right behind him and he was also safe.   Puzzle expert David, who has yet to win a puzzle challenge by the way, is now on the jury.

I get the feeling Matt is ready to go home and has had enough with Survivor.  However, if it is God’s will, he will stay.  Oh boy.  I have to say, as much as I have lost respect for him as a Survivor competitor due to his ridiculously bonehead decisions, I feel really bad for the guy.  I think they have been out there close to a month and I think Matt has spent about 95% of his time alone on RI.  That has to suck.  I’d probably hate that too.  If I am able to last 25-28 days however long it has been, I would have wanted to be on the main island with everyone.  I would feel like I have missed out on the entire Survivor experience in the traditional sense.  No wonder Matt is starting to lose it.  I’m glad to see Mike still around and I think he could be very dangerous if he is able to stay and re-enter the game.   Because he is someone who could pull a Kelly Wigglesworth (like that shout out to Season 1) and win out on all the challenges.

At the immunity challenge, it’s puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles.   Guess who wins this one?   That’s right….the true king of all puzzles….Boston Rob.  So he is safe.  And even with all the crazy stuff going on at camp, there is no way Philip is in danger.  As long as Rob wants him in the final 2, and Rob is still in control, Philip will stay in the game.  So it’s either Steve, Julie, or Ralph going home.  No real shocker.  Due to the rice wars and the fact that Philip has now called Steve a racist, Julie decides to get some revenge.  She takes Philip’s bathing suit and buries it in the sand.   What Julie doesn’t realize is that while it sucks for Philip, it sucks for the people who have to live with him, and his saggy pink briefs, even more.   I have to say, I’m not a big fan of messing with someone’s stuff on Survivor.  Things are hard enough that I don’t think you mess with someone’s personal items on the island.   It crosses a line and cheapens your game play.  But that’s just me.  However, after the stunt Philip pulled last night, he deserved it.

Tribal Council is now upon us.  As I mentioned, there was no shocker on who was going home.  Philip was safe (even though everyone can’t stand him) and Julie was the one sent to RI.  “Guess you’re never going to find your shorts” she tells Philip as she leaves.  Ha!   Usually the drama of TC is the vote but this week, the vote wasn’t even close.  It was the race issue.   I can’t say enough how well Jeff Probst handled that situation.  He was the consummate professional and he handled that situation with class and respect.  He could have really pushed some buttons (which he has been known to do) to incite better TV.  But even Probst saw that when you have an issue like race out there, good TV is not the goal.  Getting the two parties to communicate and hash it out, is the goal.  Major kudos Probst!!!

Ok, here is my take on the whole thing.  I am also making comments based on what the editors decided to show us.  So if other stuff happened behind the scenes I wasn’t aware of, I can’t comment on that.  I can only comment on what I’m seeing so take that for what it is worth.  I’m going to start with Steve.  I was bitterly disappointed how he handled the situation.  It seemed to me that he wasn’t happy about what Philip was saying but he never really defended himself either.  If I was sitting there and I called Philip crazy and the next thing you know he is calling me a racist as a result and throwing the N word around, I would go off.  There is no way I would sit (or lay) there and take it from him.   If you are going to call someone a racist, you better be damn sure they are.  And if someone called me a racist and I knew without a doubt and with 100% certainty that I wasn’t a racist, I would be fighting them with everything I have to make sure it was known that I am not the hideous person they are claiming me to be.  And Steve just seemed to walk around and take it!!!!  I couldn’t believe it!!!!  Calling someone a racist is not a term that should be thrown around lightly or cavalierly.  And if it is (which in my opinion it was) you need to set the record straight.  Now maybe Steve isn’t that type of person.   I just don’t know how in that situation you don’t stand up for yourself more.

As for Philip.  I really started to change my viewpoint of him due to last week’s episode.  I went from thinking he is a few eggs short of a dozen (I must be a racist) to thinking he was much smarter possibly than I was giving him credit for.  Then this week happened and I went from thinking he is a funny crazy man who is playing the game better than I thought, to being an asshole who is no longer an entertaining aspect of my Survivor viewing.   As Jeff Probst said, I can’t even being to put myself in the shoes of an African-American man and understand how they think and feel because I am not an African-American man.  So when it comes to truly understanding race and it’s impact, there is no way I could ever really understand.  However, being a woman, there are aspects of being a minority that I can relate to.   There was a time in this county where women were treated almost as horribly as African-Americas were.  But when someone disagrees with me or says something derogatory towards me, I don’t jump to the conclusion that they are saying it because I’m a woman.   They are possibly reacting to something I said or did as a PERSON not as a woman.  This is the difference here.  Steve is not the first person to call Philip crazy.  And Philip himself, knows this is the perception of him and he plays it up to try to get to the finals.  Now when someone calls him on it, it’s now all of a sudden a race issue?   I don’t get it.  You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t play up the crazy and then call someone a racist when they call you out on it.   Not to mention, this all started because Ometepe wanted to put their rice in Zapatera’s container and Zap wouldn’t let them.  If you re-watch the clip, it was Rob’s idea to do that.  But it was PHILIP who said they aren’t going to go for that and said “I wouldn’t want to do that if I was them!!!!!”  So if you can understand their point, why did you flip out the way that you did?????

At TC, Philip used an example of the way his father was treated in a store.  The clerk called his father “boy.”  And it has a racial tone to it.  Now, I wasn’t in that store but listing to his story, I can completely understand where he and his father would take that expression and think there was something more sinister behind it.   Because the term “boy” can be racial charged when used in a certain way.  That makes perfect sense to me.  But I’ve never heard someone call a black man crazy and it have a racial undertone.  Crazy doesn’t equate to racial for me.  “Boy” on the other hand, I can totally see how that can be misunderstood or used in a racial context.  But “crazy”, not so much.   In fairness, it has been mentioned time and time again by Probst that these people are dehydrated, malnourished, and sleep deprived.   So I can understand how tempers and lack rational thought can erupt when in this situation.  But I still think it was out of line and unacceptable.  I would have a hard time living with Philip after something like this.  But you know what I would also do if I were Steve?  I would try to have a sit down with Philip.  After I would have unloaded on him, I would try to have a real heart to heart and see if I could work this out with him.   Maybe both men could come to an understand and middle ground and possible apologize.   Maybe something like that would even have to happen off the island, after the game, after getting some sleep and food in their systems where rational discussions can be had.  I hope so.

So after all that, Julie was voted to RI, David headed to Ponderosa, and it looks like Matt has a severe breakdown next week.  I am still dying to know when and how many RI people are going back into the game.  Also there are still ELEVEN people left in this game….8 on Survivor Island and 3 on Redemption Island.  There are only 3 more Wed episodes left and the 2 hour May 15th finale.  How are they going to get rid of all these people?  They are going to have to have some double eliminations I would think.  Because if only one person leaves each of the next 3 weeks, you will have EIGHT people left for the finale.  So some mass house cleaning of Survivors is going to have to take place.


Posted by on April 21, 2011 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews


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REVIEW: Survivor “This Game Respects Big Moves” S22 E8

I’m not sure I know where to start.  Should I start with Matt’s stupidity, Rob’s genius, Zapatera’s stupidity, or the fact that RI is still part of the game?  You would like to start with Matt?   Well that’s good because God told me I should start with Matt so I think I need to stick with that for fear of angering the Big Man upstairs!

Matt was the second person voted out of Survivor and has been on RI for 15 days.  Every person who has come to challenge Matt has lost.  Quite frankly, it’s why I was hoping we would again beat his final opponent (Sarita) and get back into the game (since we knew from the previews that the RI survivor would come back into the game.)  Matt’s a nice kid and he’s been great at these challenges so I couldn’t help but root for him once he got back in the game.  He then, very smartly concocts this plan with Andrea to make Ometepe think he is aligned with them in the hopes that once the numbers favor a bold move, he and Andrea and his new alliance would blind side Rob.  I was so excited because I thought this plan was great.  He tells Andrea not to say anything to anyone and they agree (with Andrea being slightly hesitant) that this will be the game plan.  So what does young Matthew go and do?   He has a God-fearing change of heart, decides to stick with Ometepe and THEN proceeds to tell Rob what his ENTIRE plan was!!!!   YOU DID WHAT????     What happened to keeping your big yappers shut?  Oh and by the way, way to throw Andrea under a bus to Rob by saying “our plan” is now out in the open.   If I were Andrea, I would have pushed Matt right off that ledge.

I really respect people whose religious beliefs are very important to them.  And I think it’s great when people read the Bible and want to connect with God.  But for all future Survivor contestants who want to be on the show and have a strong sense of religion, do yourself a favor.   Before you go on the show, go see your priest, or your rabbi, or your minister, or which ever spiritual leader you seek counsel in and ask for dispensation for when you go on the island.  Because your strong sense of morality or Catholic guilt or whatever you want to call it, is KILLING you and your judgement in this game!!!!  It never ceases to amaze me how people always talk about losing but losing with their morality in tact or losing but being true to themselves or whatever justification they are using for losing.  I’ve said this before but I will say it again nice and slow….IT’S…A…GAME.  This is not real life.  It’s called outwit, outlast, outplay.   Why is it that everyone seems to have a problem with the outwit part of the game?   It drives me crazy!!!!   So all Matt did was throw another huge target on his back by basically telling Rob he can’t be trusted.   Also, because he didn’t align with Zapatera, now they don’t trust him either.  So by sticking to what God wants him to do, all he did was seal his fate to go right back to RI where he just spent 15 days trying to get off.  Nicely played Matty!!   So much for your Big Move!!

On the flip side of horrible game playing, you have Boston Rob who is still playing this game brilliantly.  The sad thing is, no one even comes close to matching his wit to be able to take him down.  Maybe the closest person could be Mike.    Strategic wise, you could say David could go toe to toe with Rob but his social game is so pathetic it doesn’t matter how good your strategic game is because at some point you will go down.   Just ask Russell how well having a lousy social game worked out for him.    But Mike is well liked, a strong physical player and a smart guy.  Unfortunately, he’s aligned with the biggest bunch of dunderheads you have ever seen!   And he doesn’t have the numbers to go after Rob.  I know why Mike went after Matt but he should have gone after Andrea.  Andrea seems like she would be willing (yet nervous) to make a bold move to get further in the game.  I think she realizes she is on the bottom of a 5 person alliance (because who are we kidding Philip doesn’t count as part of that alliance.)  So if she and Matt could have flipped to go with Mike and Steve, it would have been an even split and equal chances.  I think if Mike got to her as the point person, she could have found a way to sell it to Matt instead of Matt being the lynchpin.  Her downfall is that she second guesses herself and seems a bit unsure of which the best way to go is.  Maybe if she had a stronger personality, she could have convinced Matt to stick with his original plan.  Guess we’ll never know.

Back to Rob, it seems at this point that the only way Rob will lose this game is if it’s down to the final 3 or 4 and he loses an immunity challenge and someone he voted off before, reenters the game and votes him out.  Zapatera just doesn’t have the numbers or the strategic game play or an idol anymore (we’ll get to that brilliance.)  Rob’s alliance of Grant, Natalie, and Ashley seem pretty solid.  I don’t think any of them would flip on him.  That leaves Andrea and Philip.  Do you see any of them making any sort of bold move to take Rob out?   I don’t.   But if I were Andrea, you know what I would do?  I would try to go after Grant.   Here’s why.   Think about the foursome of Rob, Grant, Ashley, and Natalie.  If it gets down to them, knowing Boston Rob, who do you think he is going to take to the final 2 or 3 with him?  Certainly not Grant!  Ashley and Natalie have done nothing around camp and they have played ZERO strategic game.  Now they have been good at challenges but that’s it.  No one will give them a million dollars over Rob.  But Grant is different and I think Boston Rob will see Grant as much more of a threat in the end.  So if I’m Andrea, I lay all this out to Grant.  Then I try to align with Mike and Steve who I know are tight.  We make a foursome alliance and to guarantee that no one screws the other, you vote 1 Ometepe off, then 1 Zapatera off.  And the first Ometepe you vote out is Rob.  He is guiding the ship so if you take him out, Ashley, Natalie, and Philip are all screwed.  You keep going back and forth until it is just the four of you.  Then you have a 50/50 team split of going to the finals.  It’s a big risk knowing how close Rob and Grant are and it could backfire.   But at this point, going with the flow and appeasing Rob isn’t going to win you a million dollars.   So why not take a chance.  That’s what I would do.   But I don’t think anyone will make that bold of  a move or attempt to make a move against Rob and that’s why I think he is going to win unless some unforeseen freaky thing happens….which is 100% possible on Survivor!

What do you think of RI still being part of the game even after Matt was sent back in?  I’m a little disappointed.  While I’m still unsure how well RI has played into Survivor this season (gun to my head, I would have to say don’t bring it back) I was psyched when I saw this was the week the person goes back in because I thought we were done with that element.  Alas, we are not.  How long can they go until the person comes back?  It can’t be very long because what are you going to do?  Put someone back in the game when it’s down to the final 4?  While it could be intriguing, I don’t think I would like that at all.   Part of the beauty of Survivor is that it is one and done.  Once you’re out, you’re out.  Now with this, not only did Matt have a chance to get back into the game once but now he is going to have a SECOND chance to come back into the game.   Seriously, how many times do Boston Rob and his cronies have to vote this guy out before he is finally gone?  I don’t like it.

Just a few final comments.  Again Zapatera shows how utterly clueless they are by Ralph playing the idol for Mike when he completely didn’t need to.  Now I assume the idol goes back into the game.  And since Rob is the only one who ever looks for clues in the rewards, my money is on him finding the second idol.   Does anyone know what the hell Philip was saying this week?   One time he talks about the code of the samurai while it seems that it take the entire 15 minutes Matt and Sarita are standing on one of the wooden blocks during their challenge.  Then during tribal council he starts talking about parasites and their stench in referring to the other tribe.  I was crying laughing.   The things this man says are down right hysterical.  It has to be an act right?   This can’t be how this man really thinks and acts.   Can it?  I’m just glad he is still around to entertain us because I love not knowing what is going to come out of his mouth next!!!

Are you happy RI is still part of the game or were you ready to say good-bye to it like I was?  Sound off below….


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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews


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Coming Attractions

I am still catching up on my DVRs.  I really should stop scheduling work events that interrupt my TV viewing.  Especially during premiere week!  People I work for, if you happen to have read that, I’m kidding!!!   (not really.)

So the last shows I have to watch and comment on are Glee, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Survivor, Blue Bloods, and the Office.   Stay tuned!

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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in ABC, CBS, NBC, Recaps and Reviews


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