I had 4 episodes on tape and because I hated the cast so much, I was in no rush to watch. But after Kansas beat UNC last night (Go Jayhawks!!!) I decided to pop in a few episodes and see if it’s gotten any better. Well, the good news is….unfortunately, there is none. Not only is the cast still as annoying as before, but it’s actually gotten worse. WORSE! I didn’t think that was possible, but it has.
In the beginning, it was very rare to see vile human beings on Survivor (other than Richard Hatch.) There may have been characters you didn’t like, but no one so disgusting that it took away from the enjoyment of the show. Bare in mind, there is a difference between loving to hate someone and all out hating someone because they are a horrible human being. To me, someone like Parvati was someone people loved to hate. Maybe some people liked her, but for the most part, she was not well liked. And it had nothing to do with her being a horrible human being. It was just she was devious and manipulative but all within the spirit of the game. She is arguably one of the best players Survivor has ever seen. You also had polarizing people like Coach, Jeri, Courtney, Randy, Sandra, Boston Rob. Some nasty people in the group, some devious people, and some strange people. But none of which who were vile, awful people. Now I was not a fan of Courtney or Sandra…I really hated their characters because I thought they were pretty rude. But from things I’ve read, they are very different in the real world than on the show. So I can chalk it up to that. Plus, their actions always seemed to be within the framework and spirit of the game. But then everything changed with one show….Survivor Samoa.
Samoa introduced us to the most polarizing player ever to grace our Survivor nation….Russell Hantz. Russell took playing dirty to a whole new level. Russell’s arrogance was also like nothing we have ever seen before. Sure there were people who had confidence in themselves and their game but nothing like Russell. He was ripping the intelligence of the women around him, he would get in someone’s face, threaten them and then follow through with the threat (by voting them out.) He was ruthless. But even though Russell was mostly a hated player, there were still plenty of people out there that loved him and there were plenty of people who loved to hate him. My husband and I didn’t like Russell but we loved having him on Survivor because he made for riveting TV. We couldn’t wait to see what he would do next. I still think he was robbed on Samoa because he deserved to win. But after that, if you don’t learn from your mistakes, I can’t feel bad for you.
But after Samoa, we have now seen at least three people (at least 3 for me) that I don’t see any redeemable qualities in the type of person they are….Na’Onka, Colton, and Alicia. And the scariest part, is that two of these people are EDUCATORS!!!!!! I don’t mind if Survivor wants to bring controversial people on the screen who will shake things up a bit. But there is a difference between finding a strong personality that will probably clash with other people and finding complete psychopaths who ruin the show. In fairness to the casting department, they probably don’t know to the extent someone will behave on the island until they get out there. But wow have they made some bad choices. People like Na’Onka, Colton, and Alicia aren’t fun to watch. They aren’t interesting or intriguing. They are just horrendous. Na’Onka didn’t totally ruin Nicaragua for me (although she came close) but I hated watching any scene she was in and was so relieved when she was finally voted out. Talk about a horrible person. But at least it was just one person. And once they were gone, it was much better. This season doesn’t have that luxury.
I have tried to start this paragraph several different ways because there are just no words to describe a repulsive person like Colton. I’ve never in my life seen anyone behave or act like he did on Survivor. And the scary thing is, I believe that’s exactly how he behaves in the real world. He is a bigoted, racist, elitist, asshole. And that’s being kind. I understand in your confessionals or even to your closest confidants that you may poke fun or celebrate someone’s ultimate demise on the show. But to be so blatantly rude and condescending to a fellow teammate by telling them “they couldn’t make an alliance with a hermit crab” or “you can be medivaced out or jump in the fire, it’s up to you.” Who the hell do you think you are? And what’s worse….EVERYONE IS ALLOWING HIM TO ACT THIS WAY!!!! Why is this prick dictating what is going on? Why did Mike, Jay, Bill, Troyzan, Leif allow this to go on? Tarzan and Jonah have no spines so it’s not surprising that they have done nothing. But what about the other guys? How did Leif and Cristina allow Colton, and eventually Alicia, to talk to them the way that they did? Grow a set and put him in his place!!! I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I wish Matt was still on the show because he seems like the kind of guy who would have nipped this in the bud and gotten rid of Colton a long time ago. Between Colton’s behavior and the fact that NO ONE will call him on it or punish him for it (like vote him off) is what is ruining this season for me. I can’t stand people who don’t play the game. It’s one thing to be smart about not pissing off people and making your move at the right time. But it’s an entirely other thing to be so afraid of getting voted off that you allow this Mussolini to take control of everything….including spearheading the decision to give up immunity and go to tribal council instead of the girls tribe!!!! I couldn’t believe what I was watching!!!!! And all because, he didn’t like Bill. Not because he was a threat, not because he was dangerous, but because he didn’t like his voice and career choice. WHAT!!!!!!! And SEVEN OTHER PEOPLE agreed to this. Man I thought the girls’ tribe was stupid. The men took it to a whole new level.
So on top of the whole, Colton is an asshole fiasco, you have his partner in crime, Alicia, who is just as much of an abomination as he is. She is foul-mouthed, nasty, rude, arrogant, and is not above threatening to beat you up and slap you around if God forbid you need about an inch of room to sleep in the shelter. And this is someone who teaches special needs children. Like I said during Na’Onka’s season, if I had my kid in her class, I would yank them out so fast. I wouldn’t want that woman anywhere near my kids.
I’m so frustrated because I really love this show. But I am starting to get tired of not only the nasty people, but the stupid people. It’s another problem Survivor is facing because you have people getting cast on this show who don’t play the game. Either they’re too dumb to play or too lazy to play. Between the dreck from Redemption Island to this One World cast, the casting has been horrible. Out of the 18-22 people (depending on the season you get) who are cast, removing the returning players from the mix, you are only getting about 5-6 people who truly seem to want to play the game. And unfortunately, they are usually deemed the “threatening people” are therefore voted out of the game early by the idiots. Or, in the case of RI and South Pacific, just do whatever the returning player wants them to do and don’t bother developing their own game plan. Where are the Rob Cestraninos? The Ceries? The Parvatis? The Boston Robs? While we all bitch about seeing the same people come back time and time again, at least these people play the game to win. I’d rather watch that than people like Natalie and Ashley from Redemption Island or take your pick from this season.
But you know what they say….karma’s a bitch. Colton was thankfully carted off the island this past week with an appendicitis. I shouldn’t say thankfully because that sounds cruel. Hopefully, medically, he’s ok. I’m thankful because he won’t be on my TV screen anymore. But I hope his health is just fine. Unfortunately, Alicia is still there but hopefully won’t be for much longer. I’m still rooting for Kim, Sabrina, Chelsea (although not as much with her) Troyzan and Jay. I was hoping this season would turn around but I’m afraid it’s too far gone. If we can get Alicia, Tarzan, and Kat off the show soon, it may have a chance because the rest of the people, I believe, want to play the game. Except for Christina but because of how she was treated, I’m really hoping Alicia and Tarzan go before she does.
What do you think of Survivor One World? And what are your thoughts on some of the recent casting decisions over the last few seasons? Does it bug you as much as me or am I reading too much into it? Comment away!!!