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SEASON FINALE REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island S22

Was that not the most boring and unsurprising final tribal council ever?   Was anyone even remotely concerned that Rob Mariano wasn’t going to win $1 million.  I wasn’t.  Once Andrea was the one that came back from RI, I knew Rob would win the million.

What started with so much promise for a great season really turned into a stinker and probably one of the worst Survivor seasons ever.   My two cents for anyone who ever wants to play Survivor….if all you are going to do is ride coattails or go out there to make friends, or just lollygag your way through the 39 days, please, don’t put in a tape and tryout for Survivor.   It’s horrible to watch.  I’ve never been more frustrated watching in group of people play a cutthroat game like Survivor in my life.  Between Zapatera’s ineptness and stupid game play to Ometepe’s complete LACK of game play, it was terrible.   And then to hear people like Ashley in her exit interview say things like “I wouldn’t have changed anything about how I played the game.”   ARE YOU SERIOUS?   Did you last 35+ days?   You sure did.   Did you do ANYTHING to warrant winning $1 million?  Nope.   So how could you say you wouldn’t change a thing?  You may not have a Boston Rob next time to tell you what to do.   Then what are you going to do?    My husband thinks I was overly hard on Ashley but I don’t think I was.    There were MANY opportunities she had to take Rob out of the game and she never bothered to entertain the idea.  How she ever thought that sitting with Rob in the finals, she still had a chance to win the money, is beyond me.  That’s what bugs me the most.  None of these people thought about the people who could beat them in the final 3.  Not One!!!   When planning to get to the end, you HAVE to think about who you are going to sit next to for the best chance to win.  Not your best friend.  Not the person who helped you get there.  The people you can beat is who you should be taking.   Actually you know who thought about that strategy?  Rob.   Guess who won the million dollars?   Rob.   At least Philip tried to go with a strategy to get to the end.  It was an awful strategy but it was one to try.  It worked in that Rob took him to the finals.  But Philip pissed off so many people (except Ralph) that no one would vote for him.   It was a more twisted form of the Russell Hantz strategy.   But I give Rob a lot of credit.   He played a terrific game with the hand he was dealt and rode it all the way to a million dollars.  He’s says he’s done playing Survivor, but we’ll see.

I wasn’t sure how this last episode was going to go with all the RI people still left and eight people to get through.   But they did a good job moving through it quickly.   And as much as I dislike RI, I loved it for 2 simple reasons….no boring filler moments from camp leading up to the final TC and no fallen comrades montage!!!!  I have always HATED the fallen comrades piece and I was thrilled beyond thrilled to see it gone from this episode!!!  I still think, overall, that I am NOT a fan of RI.  Now that the season is done and I watched it play out, I didn’t like it.    I think once you are voted out of the game, you should be out of the game with no chance to come back.   That’s my opinion.  Now maybe it was because this season had a bunch of people who could so easily be swayed and directed that RI didn’t really have much impact and I am willing to give it one more season to see.   But I’m skeptical.  In this season, the 2 people who came in, went right back out.  No drama and no change or impact.  So I don’t really know what purpose it served.

You know what really cracks me up every season I watch Survivor?   The interrogation from the jury to the final contestants.  Specifically the issue with honesty and playing the game with integrity.  This always drives me crazy.  The game is OUTWIT, Outlast, Outplay.  People behave and act differently on the island of Survivor than they do in real life.  So why is it that every single jury from season 1 through season 22, has someone who feels the need to make the finalists feel like shit because they made a move that was “questionable” to get further in the game?  I know people get hurt and it’s a tough game but it is a GAME.   Not real life.  I’m sure there are people who are who they are on the show (Na’Onka) but I would assume most people act one way on the show and another way in the real world.  Boston Rob said it best on the reunion show.   It’s such a hard game because you go in not planning on creating any real relationships but you do.  It’s human nature.   Survivor is a game but the relationships on the island are very real and it’s  a very slippery slope between the two.   You would hope, everyone (or at least 95% of the people) who play the game would understand it and not take it personally.  I’ve never played Survivor so maybe it’s easy for me to sit here and say “suck it up!”  But I was pretty pissed at the low blow Julie took when she brought up how people’s family’s would feel toward’s their game play.   I know what she was trying to say but it really came out awful…especially Natalie.  Say what you want about Natalie being brainless or not very bright or whatever but I think people forget that she is 19 years old.  She just graduated high school!  You remember how “smart” you were when you were 19?   I know I was an idiot!  Some would say I still am!!!   I agree with Julie that Natalie should have been tougher and not so easily swayed by Rob but you know what, Survivor gave her a great life lesson.  Stand up for yourself and make sure that YOU are always dictating the path you want your direction to go in….not someone else.  There are many people who need to be in a certain situation for them to learn that.  Unfortunately, Natalie’s situation was on national TV for all to critique.  But I still thought for Julie to ask if her mother would be proud of her, was unnecessary.

As for the reunion show, it was also a downer.  Not as interesting as year’s past.  Although I was happy to see Philip extend his hand and apologize to Steve for calling him a racist and I was also happy to see Steve return the handshake and accept the apology.  That was a cool moment.  One thing that Probst brought up that I disagreed with was when he and Julie were discussing strategy. Julie mentioned that she was frustrated that the girls would never make a move or do anything.   But then Probst threw back in her face that the girls (meaning Ashley and Natalie) got further than she did.  While he isn’t technically wrong, I think he’s missing the point.  Julie’s goal is to get Julie farther in the game.  That’s what she was trying to do.  But she needs help to do that.  The girls were never going to do that because that’s not what Rob told them to do.  Hence her frustration.  Also, and this goes back to what I said before, that while Ashley and Natalie’s strategy may have gotten them further in the game than Julie, they still didn’t do what they needed to do to win a million dollars.  So even though Ashley and Natalie came in 4th and 3rd respectively, they aren’t millionaires either, just like Julie.

Survivor is heading into it’s 12th year and season 23 in the fall and they are heading to the islands of the South Pacific.  “There is nothing like a dame!!  Nothing in the world.   There is nothing you can name that is anything like a dame!!!”  Sorry, I had to break out the Rodgers and Hammerstein there.   But guess what is happening next season……RI is returning and 2 more former contestants are  coming back to play the game.  RI coming back I can deal with because like I said, it may play out very differently with other people playing the game.   But another 2 former contestants coming back again?   Is this what is going to happen with Survivor?  We are just going to keep bringing former Survivors back to play?  I don’t like that.  I don’t mind All-Star shows or Heroes vs. Villains shows….they are some of my favorites.  But I don’t like mixing veteran Survivors with newbies.   Let the newbies play and see what happens.  And then have the experiences players face off against one another.   I think when you add the vets with the newbies, it really changes the dynamic and not for the better.  Again, maybe this season will be different, but I’m not encouraged.    Regardless, this is the only reality show I watch and it is the best and as long as Survivor is on the air, I will be watching it!!

Thanks for a great season!   See you in the fall.   “Bali Hai may call you….”   Last R&H song I promise!

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REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island S22 E12

After the craziness of the last couple of weeks, this week’s episode was a little boring.  And unfortunately, because Rob’s tribe is playing like a bunch of zombies, it’s very predictable.   But now that all the obvious votes are gone, it should start to get interesting again.  Although I think it’s going to be Grant then Ashley with Rob taking Natalie and Philip to the final 3.  Again, this is assuming who ever comes back in the game from RI and they don’t win an immunity challenge, is going right to the jury.

The one great part about this episode though, which is always my favorite of the season, it’s the message/visit from the loved one from home.  I always love seeing the Survivors getting all choked up from the messages.  Unless you’re in the military or have a wicked travel schedule for work, most people aren’t away from family or friends for over a month.  I’ve been with my husband for 14 years (almost 11 married) and the longest consecutive stretch I’ve been away from him was 2 weeks.  So I could imagine not seeing him for 31 straight days and getting pretty emotional.   Depending on the season and depending on the time of the game when the loved ones arrive, it’s always amazing to see.  But for ease of discussion, let’s say it’s around day 30.  So for 30 days, you see some people in this game and they are nasty people.  You see some tough ass people.  You see some devious, manipulative people.   You see some very spiritual people.  No matter who you see, their reaction is always the same…genuine joy at seeing someone they love to the point where most burst into tears.   It goes to show you how much and family and friends mean to you, especially when you haven’t seen or talked to them in over a month.  Like Mike said, even though he was in Iraq fighting for our country, he could at least communicate and talk to his family.   Just like my 14 consecutive days away from my husband, I could still talk to him every day.  But on Survivor, there is no communication.  You haven’t seen or talked to anyone you care about in over a month.   Think about that.   That’s crazy!!!

We head to RI and there is a four person showdown to not only stay alive but to win the right to see your loved one.  The final 6 Ometepe are also there to watch the challenge.  There are 4 tiles for each man to break and the first one to break all 4, wins the challenge and the right to see their loved one.   With 4 throws, Mike wins the challenge.  He made it look easy.  Then Matt and Ralph soon follow and Steve is sent home.  I have to say, and this was brought up on the live Twitter chat with Jeff Probst but I also thought it myself, did Steve even look like he was even trying?  I didn’t think so.  This is now a few challenges in a row where Steve looked like he just gave up.  Which really surprises me from a former NFL athlete.  Probst says it all the time that you really can’t put your self in the mindset of these Survivors because it’s almost impossible to.  Day after day after day with little food, water, weather. and horrible living conditions.  It takes a mental and physical toll on you.  Maybe that’s what happened with Steve.  But it seems like his heart hasn’t been in this game for several weeks now.

So Mike wins the challenge and here comes his mom!!!  Yeah!!!  But it wouldn’t be Survivor without the dreaded twist….and Mike has 3 to choose from…he can keep his winning and hang with his mom or he can give up his right and give it to Matt and Ralph or he can give up his right and give it to the 6 Ometepe.   This is friggin’ brutal.  This would be the challenge I would NEVER want to win.  It’s a lose/lose for the winner.  I don’t think you can win a million dollars with this decision, but you can certainly lose it.  On one hand, you are fighting to stay in this game.  So from a social standpoint, if you give the chance for other people to see their families, you could win some jury votes and stay in people’s good graces a little bit longer.  On the other hand, you won the challenge so you should be able to see your loved one.  You’ve earned it!!  And why give people I’m competing against the chance to see their family members and get a second wind when mentally they may have been on a breaking point?  It could be a risky move.  I also don’t believe you could win a million dollars by giving that to people.  You think because Mike let Boston Rob see his sister that he will somehow take him to the final 3?   Hell no!!!  If anything, he has become more likable and more of a threat.  Therefore as soon as he gets the chance (especially with all the Zapatera already on the jury) Mike will be booted off again.  On the flip side, you could lose a million dollars with your decision.  If you decide to keep the reward for yourself, there may be many upset jury members that remember that and use that as the reason to not vote for you!

On that topic, I need to vent about something that has bothered me for YEARS on Survivor.  Obviously the person who is in this position of having to choose whether he/she gets to keep a reward or give it to someone else or they win and have to choose 2-3 people to come with them, is going to struggle with what to do because they know they can’t take everyone and they know someone is going to be pissed.   And that’s what bothers me.  Why would you be pissed at that person?  There was only one time I can remember a Survivor being perfectly within their right to be pissed off.   Fabio.  Last season, Chase promised to take Fabio and Sash on the very next challenge he won.  He took Sash, but then he took Holly.  So not only did he tell Fabio he would take him and then not, it was also worse because apparently Fabio doesn’t get to see his mother very much.  That is one time I can see being justified that you are pissed.   I would be pissed if I was out there and Chase did that to Fabio.  But in all other circumstances, I don’t get it.  Like Ralph.  Ralph was mad at Mike for picking the Ometepe 6 to get to see their loved ones instead of him and Matt.  You know what Ralph, if you really wanted to see your friend that badly, then you should have won the challenge!  You didn’t so really you deserve nothing.  I don’t understand that at all.  This was not Mike’s decision.  Mike was told either hang out with your mom, let Matt and Ralph hang out with their people, or let the Ometepe 6 hang with their people.  Someone has to get let down.  And Mike, who won the challenge, was one of those people.  So shut up Ralph!!!!   And for anyone else who goes on Survivor, don’t whine if someone doesn’t pick you.  If you want to win a reward then win it your damn self!!!!

There was a pretty grueling immunity challenge that involved carrying heavy planks of wood to make stairs (lots of stairs) and running up and down and up and down and up and down those stairs several times in over 100 degree heat.  I was exhausted watching them.  Eventually, Rob wins the immunity and almost collapses afterwards.  He was really struggling after that challenge and it isn’t the first time the heat got to him.  It happened in Heroes vs. Villains as well.  He was fine though and they are off to another TC where there is no shock as to who was going home, except for the person going home…Andrea.  I have to say though with this RI twist, blindsides aren’t what they used to be.  They just don’t have the same impact.  I’m not feeling it this season.  I always LOVED the blindside but not this year.

So Andrea, Matt, and Ralph are all on RI and now the final 5 on the main island should get REALLY interesting.  I think Rob is tightest with Grant and Natalie.  But he isn’t taking Grant because he’s too dangerous.  And I honestly believe that between Natalie, Ashley, and Philip, any combination of a twosome with Rob, Rob will win.  So who cares.  What I want to know is when the RI person comes back into play.  It can’t be that person is in the final 3.  I would HATE that.  It wouldn’t be fair.  I would think within the next episode or two, the RI person comes back in.  They have to right?

Who is your ultimate Survivor for RI?  Is it Rob?   Grant?  Matt?  Mike?  Andrea?  Philip?  We’ll know soon enough!!!!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews

 

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REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island “You Mangled my Nets” S22 E11

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?
 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 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.

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

 

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REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island “The Buddy System” S22 E9

Remember last week when I said that there is really no one playing a strategic game better than Rob and that at this point, I can’t see anyone taking him out or a way he could lose?   Well I have figured out the person that can take Rob out…Rob.   He is starting to play a very dangerous game here and his enormous ego may be his downfall (that and Julie’s one liners at tribal council.)   The thing that shocks me is that no one else on Rob’s tribe sees this dictatorship forming.  And if they do, they aren’t doing anything about it!   You had one small comment from Grant about being his own man and making his own decisions but he still went back to his group when Rob called him over.  It’s amazing to witness.  But the most surprising revelation of all last night, was Philip.   Philip is down right nuts…or is he?

There was a brief clip last night that showed an interview with Philip where he talked about his place in his alliance.  And I’m not talking about the part where he said he realizes he’s on the bottom and likes it there so he can look up at everything happening above him.   Was he talking about Survivor or his favorite sexual position?  I wasn’t sure.  But I’m not going to go down that road right now.  I’m talking about the side bar where he said that he is very aware of what people think about him.  He also mentioned that they are playing a game and knowing Rob the way he knows him, who would be the type of person Rob rather take to the finals?  Someone who’s “polarizing and insulting” and someone who doesn’t look so pretty.   That would be one Phil Sheppard.  You know what, Philip just moved up huge in my book.  I still think he’s bit crazy.  But if this has been more of an act than we have been led to believe and he is playing Rob and the other members of this tribe the whole time to get to the finals…kudos Philip because I thought you were 100% crazy.   And if he plays it right, he could steal a million dollars.  Think about it, as crazy as this sounds.  He’s always worked hard around camp, NO ONE would deny that.   He has been a 100% loyal solider and never lied to anyone and kept true to his word and alliance.  And he was able to fool everyone into thinking he was a crazy nut job to get himself further in the game and land himself in the finals.  He outwitted everyone in that sense.  His downfall is not being very strong in challenges.   But Philip could make a solid argument for the million dollars.  I never thought I would write those words down but maybe Philip deserves a little more credit for being savvier than we have given him credit for.

You know who isn’t getting props for being smarter than he appears…Matt.  At least he realizes how much of an idiot he was.  What really drove me crazy was when he said, “well this wasn’t the outcome I wanted but I guess it’s God’s will.”   AAAAHHHHH.   Did he miss the part in the bible where God gave us the greatest gift he could…..FREE WILL!!!!  If God wanted us walking around like zombie’s having him control our destiny’s he would not have given us the power to make our own decisions.   Don’t get me wrong. I really do respect someone who has a strong relationship with God and wants to honor that as best they can.  But you know what?   This is Survivor.  And I don’t think the Big Man Upstairs would be too thrilled knowing you were using him as the excuse for your poor decision-making or lack of decision-making.   If you wanted a certain outcome, then do your best to make it happen.  You don’t sit there and say, that isn’t the right thing to do and God will steer me on the path I should go on.   NOOO.   God gave you free will for YOU to choose your path and to suffer the consequences or enjoy the rewards of those decisions.   That’s why it pains me to say (as much as I like Matt as a person) that I am rooting for Mike to beat him and David this week on RI (if that’s what is going to happen.)   I was rooting for Matt in a huge way but when he came back and made the same mistakes as before and betrayed Andrea and their pact and decided to go down the enlightened path vs. the winning path, I didn’t like him anymore as a Survivor competitor.

I know I’ve said this before but I will say it again.  Zapatera’s lack of game play infuriates me to no end.  I feel bad for Mike who I do believe got the short end of the stick on the tribe he ended up on.  I think he has tried to play the game a little bit but you’re really limited when no one else plays the game with you.  These guys have done NOTHING to try to break up Ometepe.  At least Ralph, tried to do something when he went up to Ashley and Natalie.  It’s the dumbest “strategic” move I ever saw but I give him credit for at least TRYING.  Steve, Julie, and David have done nothing.  The only thing Julie has done, which I think is more hurtful to Rob than helpful to her, is by dishing out the one liners at tribal.  In the first tribal council this week, after Philip proclaimed he was secure with his tribe while other Zapatera were trying to tell him how he is in the bottom, Julie simply reminded them that Matt thought he was tight with them as well.  Nicely played Julie!  It wasn’t nasty or snarky, it was very matter-of-fact.  Then at the second tribal council she brought up how Stealth R Us isn’t an alliance, it’s a cult with Rob running the whole thing.   Here is her quote: “Rob has complete control over them.  It’s not even a tribe, it’s a cult.”  Did you see the look Rob gave her?  And I can’t imagine a guy like Grant being too happy sitting there hearing that he’s a puppet in Rob’s game.  I know I wouldn’t.   And Rob was not pleased that she laid out his strategy on the table for everyone to hear.   But then what is Zapatera doing about it?   Nothing!!!   You know what I would do?  If I knew it was just a matter of time to get picked off, I would go out with a bang.  I was start stirring stuff up to try to make something happen.  If Rob doesn’t want them alone and talking.  Fine.  Then in front of all 6 of them, I would lay out what Rob is doing to them and how every move he makes is not in their best interest, but in his.   Because as much as he wants you to think it’s still a team game, it isn’t and everything he is doing is to win himself a million dollars and you are just there to help him make it happen.   If I could get just one person to crack, that could be all it takes.  If not, at least I tried.   But these guys are doing nothing.  And really Steve?   You are in a fight for your Survivor life and you would rather eat a cheeseburger than try to win immunity?   That was the lamest thing I have ever seen.  Some people were saying it didn’t matter because he wouldn’t have won.   You don’t know that.  And I don’t understand how you don’t at least try.  That was almost as bad a quitting.  I lost a lot of respect for him there.

Now what do you think is going to happen at RI?  Are they just going to lump a bunch of people out there and have one big duel to come back in?   Because at some point, now that we are down to 9 (not including the 3 on RI), I would think the jury would start to be formed.  If it’s a duel between the 3 and that person comes back in, then you have 10 people.  You could then vote off 7 for the jury and have a final 3.  I hate a final 3 by the way.  I much prefer the final 2.   But I guess you could have the winner stay and continue RI with the loser heading to the jury instead of going home.  I don’t know.  I’m still not sold on it but let’s see how it goes this time around.

What do you think?  Is Rob’s ego going to cost him a million dollars?   Can Zapatera open up enough cans of worms to derail all the Boston Rob fanaticism?  Or will he cruise to his first million dollar check because no one is playing the game or no one has the guts to stand up to him?

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews

 

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REVIEW: Survivor Redemption Island “Don’t You Work for Me?” S22 E4

Before we even get started, please click the link below to set the tone for the forthcoming post:

In Honor of Russell Hantz

Instead of doing a plug for Craftsman and Sears, maybe there should have been an advertising plug for Kleenex.    My goodness.  I was not expecting tears.  You know what Probst should have shouted don’t you?   “There’s No Crying on Survivor, Redemption Island!!!”   But he didn’t.  Oh well.

I bet you thought you would never see it.  But guess what?  It happened.  Russell Hantz is finally out of the game of Survivor.  Now I know the feelings on Russell are pretty divided with no middle ground.  You either love him or hate him.  There’s no in between.  However, there are different ways to love or hate Russell.  As human being, I hate the guy.  As a survivor player, I hate the guy.  As an entertainment factor, I tolerate even mildly enjoy the guy.  But love or hate him, you can’t deny that the guy put his heart and soul into playing Survivor.  I know it’s only a TV show but in this instance, it is more than that because this show is all about competition.  As someone who played sports her whole life at various levels, I always respect and appreciate someone who gives everything they have to win.  Now, I don’t agree with being an asshole in order to do it, but Survivor is a different type of game and I’ve always said, you can’t hold real world values and decisions to the same standard as Survivor.   You just can’t.  Say what you want about Russell and the way he plays Survivor but he played it hard, he played it all out 100%, and he never took the easy road.   After reading that you’re probably thinking, “well then how could she hate him as a Survivor player?”  Because I still think there were things he did that were unnecessary and awful and the way he talked about and treated people was atrocious.  Also I think the Russell you see on Survivor, is the Russell you get in the real world.  I don’t know that for a fact, that’s just my opinion.  I have less of a problem with people who behave a certain way in the game of Survivor because they are trying to win but it isn’t who they are in real life.  Meaning, sometime you have to lie and go back on your word to win the game but the way you behave and how you treat people isn’t how you would behave or treat people in real life.  There are certain people I never liked on Survivor…Russell, Johnny Fairplay, Sandra Diaz, Courtney Yates, NaOnka.   Those are people who I think are just as awful in the real world as they are in the game.   I know it’s not fair to say that because I don’t know any of these people personally.  I base my opinion on interviews I’ve heard them in, other comments they make on Twitter or other social media sites, and the fact that they themselves have declared time and time again that “what you see is what you get.”  Again, I know it’s not fair to judge them like that because I don’t know them and have never met them.   That’s why, it’s an opinion.  I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

I know Russell mentioned that this is his last time playing Survivor.  I find that hard to believe.  I can’t imagine Russell will ever stop unless he wins or Mark Burnett decides he was leaking spoilers and therefore violating his contact so Burnett wouldn’t want him back.  Besides all that behind the scenes stuff, as long as Russell is invited back to play, I think he will play.  Think about this for a minute…Russell has been playing Survivor almost non stop for over a year.   I’m sure he’s burned out from Survivor at this point.   But I think he’s being a bit of a baby as well.  Part of the reason he got so far the first two times was that no one ever saw him play before.  (Samoa and Heroes vs. Villains were filmed back to back.)  No one really knew the kind of player he was.  Until RI.  So of course he had a huge target on his back.  But you know why Russell will always come up short on Survivor?  He refuses to learn from his mistakes and adjust his game play.  Look at Boston Rob.  In Survivor Marquesas, Boston Rob was more ruthless and cutthroat in his game play but he was loyal to his alliances.  A tribal switch was really his downfall and only made it to the merge.  In Survivor All-Stars, Rob played a more social game and made a key alliance from day one (both on Survivor and personally) with Amber Brkich.  Even though Rob was still cutthroat (just ask Lex and Kathy their thoughts on him) he played a more standup game than Marquesas getting him to the end with Amber and sort of winning.  Amber won the title but since they got married, they both won the money!  In Heroes vs. Villains, Rob again went with the more social aspect of the game that worked for him in All Stars and wasn’t nearly as cutthroat, but an Immunity Idol and a man by the name of Russell Hantz was his downfall (and the fact that Tyson is an idiot!!!)  In this season of RI, Rob now is playing the Immunity Idol game better and adjusting his strategy of  how to use the idol to his advantage.  We’ll see how it works out for him.  One thing that was always consistent with Rob, he always stuck to his alliance no matter what.  But as the game evolved, so did Rob’s game play.  Russell only knows one way to play…like a bull in a china shop.  He thinks his way is the best and he won’t change it.   That’s why he will never win no matter how many times he comes back.   If he doesn’t change how he plays, he’s a goner.  And even if he does change it up, I think the damage may already be done.   The only chance Russell may have of winning Survivor is if he is back on some sort of All Star team or someone comes along more devious than he is that he plays along with (probably again on some sort of All Star season.)  I think Russell will be back at some point, but it won’t be anytime in the near future.

Let’s get into the continuing stupidity of Zapatera.  Last week I thought they made a mistake throwing a challenge and voting out Russell.  I thought they were really short-sighted and were so tunnel-visioned on voting him out that they couldn’t see the big picture.  Well I may be the big buffoon after all because I really thought them throwing the challenge to vote Russell out was going to shift momentum to Ometepe.  It didn’t because Ometepe lost again.  Just when I thought Zapatera might be vindicated two stupid things happen…both involving Ralph.  First, Ralph tells everyone, for no good reason, that he has the immunity idol.  Dear God here we go again.  WHY???   What purpose did it serve to tell your tribe you have the idol??   All you did was put a target on your back.  If I was on that tribe, the first thing I would think to do is blindside Ralph to get the idol out of play.   But here is the kicker with that logic, which would have worked beautifully in the past, what happens to the idol if Ralph is voted out without using it?   Does he have to give it up and therefore it goes back in the game?  Or does he get to take it with him to RI and keep it so that if he re-enters the game he still has it?  I don’t know.  Either way I think it’s dumb.   Then Mike starts crowing about how this is great for them.  How is it great for you exactly?  Ralph has the idol not you.   Has he given ANY indication he would use it for the tribe’s benefit instead of his own?   I don’t think so.  But I always love how people get excited when someone else they think they are close to, finds an idol.   The second stupid move by Ralph happened right after Russell lost at RI.  After Russell had his tearful breakdown, he stood up and in a split second remembered that even if it was only for a few more minutes, he was still in the game.  He talked about how pissed he was that his team had so little respect for the game, that they threw a challenge to get him out.  He also talked about being the star QB on a team full of pee-wee leaguers.  Ha!  Well Ralph had enough and started having diarrhea of the mouth.  He tells him he is clueless and how he found a hidden immunity idol without a clue 15 seconds into the game.  Russell starts to laugh and asks him to show it.  He goes to grab it and Sarita tells him not to do it so he all of sudden yells just kidding!  I faked you!!  Yeah right.  Nice try rooster.  Now not only does Ometepe know Ralph has an idol but then Russell proceeds to tell them that Sarita is in charge and Mike and Steve are really tight.  “See Jeff, I had to stay in this game somehow.  Now through these 2 (pointing at Kristina and Philip) I can stay in this game.   Now if their tribe wins and takes out these dummies, more power to me.”  This man’s ego will not be denied!  Again, way to go Ralph and let everyone on the island, including the opposing tribe, know you have an idol and take all your power with it away.   It’s people like Ralph that I always can’t wait until they are voted out.  These huge egotistical people who think they are the greatest Survivor players and who think they are unbeatable yet couldn’t be more stupid.

My final thought is that I worry Boston Rob maybe making some big mistakes that could cost him.  While I think he is playing an amazing social game, the strategy part is concerning me.  He has now gotten rid of Francesca, Matt, and Kristina.  Three very strong physical players are now gone and the only challenge they have won is the one Zapatera decided to throw to get rid of Russell.  I think Rob has forgotten one of the most important rules in Survivor…get to the merge with the dominate tribe numbers.  How do you do that?   Win Challenges!!!  If he keeps voting out strong people, there will be no one left fast.  Now Zapatera has proven to not be the most strategic players yet.  Physical, yes.  Strategic, not so much.  Some bad decisions have been made and I wouldn’t be surprised if their tribe alliance falls apart at some point.  The previews for next week are already starting to allude to that.  David and Julie to me don’t seem on board with Ralph, Sarita, Steve, and Mike.  Not 100%.  If Stephanie and Krista can get those 2 to flop and start to divide that 6 person “alliance”, then Rob may be ok because he is 4 strong and possibly 6 if Andrea and Philip stick with him.

Can’t wait for next week!!!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews

 

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REVIEW & RECAP: Survivor Redemption Island “Keep Hope Alive” S22 E3

Not a huge shocker with who went to RI and not a lot of crazy drama surrounding camp life on either tribe.   But we did have our first duel over at RI!!  Matt vs. Francesca in the first for their Survivor lives.  How did it play out?

Matt was completely blindsided.  So much so, he didn’t even bring any of his stuff to TC.  I love when that happens because it is really obnoxious to not bring your stuff.  How many times have you seen blindsides on Survivor?  You can’t even count because it’s been so many.   So why wouldn’t you always bring your stuff?  I don’t care how secure you feel in this game, you never are.  So don’t be so cocky that you think you don’t need to bring your stuff.  When Matt gets on the island, he wakes up Francesca to let him know it’s him and she is shocked it isn’t Philip.  (Matt is too!)

In what seems like the next day, it is duel time.  In addition to Matt and Fran battling it out, they are joined by 2 members from each tribe to watch what goes down in the stadium seating.  By the way, what an incredible job the set people did of building the RI arena.  It’s pretty awesome!  I have to say though, I don’t think I like some of the remaining Survivors coming to watch.  Other than knowing who wins, what is the point of them going?  I think it gives anyone else going to RI an advantage because you know who remains and what type of challenges are being run there.  I think it could affect people’s strategies.  If I don’t know what type of challenges there are at RI, and I think I am on the chopping block, I may adjust the way I fight to stay in the game, especially if I am not a physical player.  But if I know the challenges aren’t physical at all, then I could approach things differently.  It could also change, who you chose to send to RI.  I don’t know, for me, I think everyone should be completely in the dark about RI until you go there.   Just my opinion.

The duel begins with Ashley and Andrea from Team Rob watching, and Steve and Dave watching from Team Russell (I can’t remember the tribe names so it’s easier to go with TRob or TRussell.)  The challenge is: tie sticks together to make a long pole and retrieve 3 keys on key rings.  Take the 3 keys, unlock the 3 locks that are secured to the gate door you are behind, and walk through the unlocked door to stay alive in the game.  Survivors Ready?   Go!   Fran jumps off to a huge lead and gets 2 keys very quickly meanwhile Matt can’t keep his pole from drooping.    That didn’t sound good.   Moving on before this goes in a direction it shouldn’t, Fran starts to have the same problem with her pole falling apart before she can get to the last key.  By the this time, Matt has fixed his droopy pole and is gathering keys.  He has 2 keys now and Fran has fixed her pole.  They are both going for the final key.  It’s neck and neck and down to the wire but Matt ends up getting the key and staying alive.   It’s Fran’s time to go but before she does, she has to throw her buff into the fire.   That sucks that they can’t keep it but a great way to go out!   Matt returns to RI to await his next opponent.   I didn’t know how I was going to feel about this RI development.  I think once you are voted out, you should be gone from the game. But I liked it last night.  It’s still early but so far, so good.  I just wish no one watched it.

Back at camp Rob, Rob is talking to two players he thinks he needs to keep in line…Philip and Andrea.  He flat-out tells Philip that he is the 5th in a 5 person alliance and Phil seems totally fine with this.  Most non-crazy people probably wouldn’t be, but I think Phil is of the mind-set that if it isn’t me and I’m needed, I’m ok with that.  So be it.  Then Rob sits down with Andrea and pretty much tells her the exact same thing although, it comes across as convincingly as he told Philip.  Andrea isn’t buying it and doesn’t trust him but will stick with him as long as it suits her.  Do you think Rob may be OVER playing at this point?  I worry that Rob is over thinking and maybe playing too many steps ahead that he may trip himself up.  While Matt and Andrea may have been a dangerous twosome, he still had a very strong foursome (fivesome if you add Philip in) that could have broken them up.  I just think he may be over thinking and if he isn’t careful, will over think himself right out of the game.

At camp Russell, what else is new…everyone hates Russell and wants him gone except for Krista and annoying Stephanie.  Now team Russell makes two interesting decisions…one is stupid and one is so completely pointless I’m still trying to find out why it was necessary.   Let’s start with the latter one.  When Steve and Dave come back from RI, they decide they are going to tell Russell that Fran won instead of Matt so that when he goes, it will mess with his head.   Huh?  And what was even more strange was that the other people at his camp also thought this was funny and a good idea.   Again huh?  How is telling Russell the wrong person won “messing with his mind?”   This is where people can get really stupid on Survivor because they are so tunnel visioned.  What’s the point of lying to Russell here?   Just because, why not?  Dumb.    You don’t lie in Survivor just for the sake of lying.  It should have a purpose otherwise it will bite you in the ass.  Plus it will show your other tribemates that you can’t be trusted.    That you will make up dumb shit, for no reason.  Not a great idea in my mind.

The other stupid decision they made was to throw the challenge.  Now, I am not a Stephanie fan and think she’s a complete buffoon.  And I hate to say it but she was 100% correct when she said that throwing a challenge is “plain stupidity.”   Again, you have a tunnel visioned mentality that could possibly destroy you in the game.  At this point, you have the numbers on Russell and Ralph has the immunity idol.  So Russell has no power in the game at all.  Plus, everyone hates him and wants him gone.  However, you do have the momentum by beating the other team constantly.  WHY, this early in the game would you want to shift momentum and give them a glimmer of hope?  Because you want Russell gone so badly?   Stephanie was right…STUPID!!   When you are beating a tribe like that, you don’t take your foot off the gas petal and you keep pounding them into the ground so that when you go to the merge, you have the numbers.  That way you can still beat the other tribe and still get Russell out.  And the only one who didn’t think throwing the challenge was a good idea (that we saw) was Julie.  Now I don’t know how hard she pushed, but I would have pushed that harder and laid out the strategy for why, more succinctly.  In the end, the reached their short-term goal, and Russell was voted out and sent to RI.  There was a small failed drama with Julie potentially flipping but that was never going to happen.  It was only there as a smoke screen since it was so obvious Russell was getting voted out.   But now he is on RI and will have to fight Matt in order to save his Survivor life.  Can he do it?  I guess we’ll have to see!

Final thought…does anyone think there may be a hidden immunity idol on RI?   Probably not but wouldn’t be great if there was and the person who came back into the game did so with an idol?   Again, it’s probably not likely but I think it would be very interesting!

I would write a little more but Word Press is acting up and I had to re-write this post 3 times already.  Ugh!

 
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