Survivor 29 — Here’s How The Story Ends…

There were a few surprises during tonight’s season finale of Survivor #29: Blood vs. Water.

Keith won the next-to-last immunity and, just when you thought that Jaclyn was done for, Natalie decided to give Jaclyn her immunity idol.  That was a smart move on Natalie’s part.  First off, it got rid of Baylor.  Secondly, Jaclyn now literally owed her life in the game to Natalie.

It’s funny.  When this game first started, I was totally on Team Baylor.  As hard as it is for me to now believe, I actually related to Baylor.  Like Baylor, I was very close to my mom and my mom, much like Missy, was always very protective of me.  One of the reasons that I love Survivor is that it was one of those shows that both me and my mom would watch and then spend hours talking about.  So, during those first few episodes, I was totally Team Baylor.

But, as the season progressed, I came to view Baylor as being a brat and Missy as being smug and entitled.  And I’ll admit right now that I was in no way disappointed to see Natalie use her immunity idol on Jaclyn.

(That said, I also lost any respect that I had for Jaclyn when she decided to spend her entire time on Exile Island crying about Jon as opposed to  even checking to see if another immunity idol had been hidden out there for her to find.  That was the moment that, as far as I’m concerned, Jaclyn showed why she did not deserve to win this season.)

The next immunity challenge provided another surprise when Jaclyn came out of almost nowhere to win.  If Jacyln had been smart, she would have joined Keith in voting out Natalie.  But, instead, Jaclyn voted out Keith.

And, despite those two surprises, this season ended pretty much the way that we all thought it would.  During the final tribal council, Missy talked too much, Jaclyn did not talk enough, and Natalie wisely concentrated on talking about her gameplay.  The jury was fairly dull up until the end.  That’s when Reed stole the show by telling Missy exactly what he thought of her and you know what?  Good for Reed!

As far as I’m concerned, Reed earned himself a spot on All-Stars with that speech alone.

As for the final vote, Jaclyn got two votes (from Jon and Reed).  Missy got one vote (from Baylor).  Natalie got the rest and won Season 29!  And good for her because she deserved it!

Natalie played the best and the smartest game.  She was almost always a force in challenges, her social game was surprisingly good, and she was one of the few players to not let her emotions control her game.  I think it helped her that Nadiya was voted out early.  Whereas Jaclyn could never escape Jon’s shadow and Missy devoted more time to protecting Baylor than actually playing Survivor, Natalie was free to play for herself.

Would Natalie have still won if she had been playing against stronger players?  It’s actually a legitimate question.  Natalie played a good game but she was definitely helped by the fact that this was a fairly weak group of players.

But, hey — whatever works!

And that’s brings this edition of the SurvivorBlog to a close!  Thank you for reading and commenting!  And fear not, we’ll be back next season!

In closing, what did you think of this season?  Are you happy that Natalie won?  Do you hope that they never do another blood vs water or are you hoping to see more relatives on the show?

Let us know in the comments section below!

And until next time — Stay supple!

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Survivor 29 — Was Anyone Shocked?

We all knew it was going to happen.

Nobody was a more obvious candidate to be blind-sided than Jon.  He was cocky.  He was stubborn.  He tended to think that he was smarter than he actually was.  He consistently refused to listen to his smarter ally, Jaclyn.  Jon’s main problem was the he mistook his own dumb luck for strategic game play.

We knew that Jon was eventually going to get blind-sided and tonight, it finally happened.  That said — even though I knew it was going to happen — I was still shocked by Jon’s inability to realize that Natalie was after him.

When he asked her why she voted for Alec, she said she hadn’t been aware that Keith was the target.

AND JON BELIEVED HER!

For that reason alone, he deserved to be voted out.

The other big development tonight: Missy hurt her ankle during the reward challenge and can now barely walk.  Her plan, apparently, is to just sit out the rest of the challenges.  Fortunately, for her, she’s in a strong enough alliance and the game is close enough to being finished that she can probably get away with this.

(I don’t even like Missy but I’ve broken and sprained my ankle enough times in the past that I couldn’t help but feel for her.)

Keith also got to bond with Missy and Baylor during the reward.  Baylor, of course, was only at the reward because Jon traded places with her.  Personally, I hope this is the last season where people continually trade rewards.  I know that it’s supposed to be touching and we’re all supposed to go, “Awwwwww!” but, honestly — if you didn’t win the reward challenge, you shouldn’t get the reward.  End of story.

Next week is the two hour finale of Survivor!  Five survivors remain on the beach and, at this point, only Natalie really deserves to win.  Jaclyn could have been a strong player if she hadn’t spent the entire game in Jon’s shadow.  Keith is only still around because he’s a useful distraction.  Missy has spent the entire game being led by others.  Baylor is a lucky brat.

My prediction:  The final three will be Natalie, Baylor, and Missy.  Natalie sweeps the jury.

See you there!

Lisa Marie

 

Survivor 29 — The Two Hour Anti-Climax

I have to admit that I was excited when I heard that this week’s episode of Survivor would be two hours long.  I figured that this meant something big was bound to happen!  Alliances would change.  A major player would be blindsided.  The game would never be the same again…

Uhmmm, not so much so.

Tonight, we got two episodes of Survivor in one.  At the end of the first hour, Reed joined the jury.  At the end of the second hour, Alec did the same.  That’s not really surprising.  As always seems to happen after the merge, the main alliance is concentrating on getting rid of outsiders.  Reed, being the biggest threat among the outsiders, was an obvious choice to be voted out.  The strategy leading up to Alec being voted out was a little bit more interesting but again, it wasn’t totally unexpected.

Still, there were a few interesting developments in the group dynamic that might (or might not) affect the way the rest of the game plays out.

During the first hour, we discovered the following:

1) Natalie, Missy, and Baylor are an alliance within the alliance.  This was made obvious by their decision to send Jon to Exile Island and by Missy’s decision to take Natalie and Baylor horseback riding while forcing Jaclyn to spend the day alone with Alec, Reed, and Keith.

2) And, while I can understand why Missy picked her daughter, it would have been smarter to send her to Exile so she could have looked for the idol.  Later, at the reward, Missy found out about Natalie’s idol and exclaimed, “I’m so proud of my daughter for finding an idol!”  Uhmm, Missy — Natalie found the idol.  Baylor was just standing there.

(Of course, Missy has said that she considers Natalie to be her daughter so maybe she was speaking metaphorically…)

3) Speaking of idols, Jon found a new immunity idol on Exile Island.  Considering that Jon isn’t exactly a genius and doesn’t strike me as being particularly observant, the Survivor crew might want to put more effort into hiding those idols.

4) When Jon came back to camp, he ended up rebuffing Jaclyn’s attempt to talk strategy with him and, as a result, he and Jaclyn spent the next five hours fighting.  And while it was fun to watch the Golden Couple fight, it was also pretty stupid on both of their parts.  If Jon and Jaclyn hadn’t been fighting, they very well could have realized that it would be smarter to get rid of Missy than Reed.  But since they were too busy not speaking to each other, there was no time to strategize before Tribal.

5) Keith sucks at handling Tribal Council but he certainly won the immunity challenge in grand fashion.

6) I was sad to see Reed go.  Over the past few, he had really won me over.  With him gone, Natalie is probably the only real strategist left on the beach.

7) And, finally, Reed was absolutely correct.  Baylor is a brat.

As for the second episode, we discovered the following:

1) Natalie really does not like Jon!  Some of this is because of his role in getting Jeremy voted out.  And a lot of it appears to be because both Jon and Jaclyn have a real sense of entitlement about them.

(Then again, the same could be said about Baylor and Missy…)

2) In fact, Natalie so disliked Jon that she and Baylor came up with a plan to blindside him.  Interestingly enough, Baylor had no problem with not letting her mom in on the plan.  You know that Missy would never have attempted a blindside without letting Baylor know first.

3) However, Jon won individual immunity.  At first, it seemed like Keith would be the one voted out but Natalie decided that she wanted to keep Keith around.  Why?  Because Keith is good at immunity challenges and, in theory, he possibly beat Jon in the next immunity challenge.  That shows that Natalie is thinking about the game but she may be overthinking.  When she and Baylor voted out Alec, Jon, Jaclyn, and Missy were obviously shocked and will obviously want to know what happened.  Natalie has to hope that Keith doesn’t let on that she kept him around because she wants to use him to get rid of Jon.  (Not to mention that Natalie’s two main allies — Missy and Baylor — are two of the least trustworthy people on the beach.)

4) Then again, that’s assuming that Jon will be smart enough to try to figure out what happened.

5) We finally got to see a little bit of Alec tonight.  Alec spent most of this season under the radar.  Tonight, we discovered that he’s likable in kind of a dumb way.  And then he got voted out…

6) Finally, the way that Baylor and Missy reacted when they didn’t get selected to take part in the reward just confirmed why a lot of people consider Baylor to be a brat.

So, that’s it for this week.  Before I end this post, let’s consider who is left on the beach.

We’ve got:

1) Jon, who is not that clever but is good at finding idols.

2) Jaclyn, who is smarter than she lets on but who is basically being held back by her boyfriend.

3) Baylor, who is this season’s brat.

4) Missy, who is more concerned with defending her daughter than really playing the game.

5) Keith, who needs to stop spitting so much

and

6) Natalie, who is actually trying to play the game but who might be overthinking things.

Out of our six remaining players, who do you want to win?  I actually have to go with Natalie.  I’m as shocked as anyone.

Lisa Marie

 

 

Survivor 29 — Who Doesn’t Love A Little Tribal Council Chaos?

Hi, everyone!

With everyone (including) me busy getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, this is going to be a shorter post than usual.  And, to be honest, I kind of regret that because tonight’s episode of Survivor was one of the best of the season.  It’s just unfortunate that it had to air right before one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year.

Anyway, if you’re anything like me, you’ve gotten frustrated with countless tribal councils where everything seems to follow an exact script.  The editors, of course, always try to make it look like anyone could get voted out but, far too often, it’s a case where exactly who you think is going to get voted out ends up getting voted out.

Well, tonight, we finally got the type of tribal council that we’ve all been waiting for.  Tonight, we got a tribal council where the cunning plan fell apart, largely because this season’s survivors aren’t really cunning enough to pull off a cunning plan.

Up until tribal council began, I thought that Reed was going to be successful in his plan to blindside Jon.  And, to be honest, I was fine with that.  Jon may be a nice guy but his survival has more to do with luck than any brilliant gameplay on his part.  If Jon was voted out, that would mean Jaclyn would be free to play her own game and, from what I’ve seen, I think that Jaclyn would actually be a stronger player on her own.

Plus, I’ve really started to like Reed.  Much as how Jaclyn would benefit from playing her own game, Reed has benefited from being freed from Josh’s shadow.

So, the plan was for Reed and Alec to join with Keith and Wes in voting for Jon, while fooling the rest of the tribe into splitting their votes between Keith and Wes.

It was a good plan but Keith pretty much ruined it.  At Tribal Council, when Reed said that he wondered if Keith had the idol, Keith did not understand that Reed was just trying to fool the rest of the tribe into thinking that he wasn’t in an alliance with Keith. Instead, Keith told Reed to “stick to the plan.”

And yet, even with Keith basically announcing that Reed was planning a blindside, Jon still couldn’t figure out that he was about to be voted out.  Natalie had to tell him to play his idol.

“Really?” Jon replied, “you think I should?”

The easiest way to get Jon to do something is to tell him that you think he should.

Jon played his idol.  Keith then played his idol.  Jon got 4 votes.  Keith got 3 votes.  Wes got 2 votes.  Wes went to the jury.

However, despite the fact that 2 idols were played tonight, there’s still one out there and guess who has it?  Natalie!  She found it earlier in the episode.  Unfortunately, Baylor was with her when she found it so now, Natalie is in a position where she has to trust Baylor.  People have to trust Baylor tend to end up getting voted out.

The next episode of Survivor will be a two hour episode!  Judging from the previews, it appears that Jon and Jaclyn are going to have an argument and Reed is going to call Baylor a brat.  I can’t wait!

Anyway, that’s it!  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Love ya!

Lisa Marie

Survivor 29 — Wow

Well, that was surprising.

Now, I’ll be honest.  As much as I liked Jeremy and as much as I wanted him to win and felt that he deserved to win, I knew that he probably wouldn’t make it to the end.  He was simply too obvious of a threat.  Nobody would want to be in a final three (or two) with him.  Add to that, Jeremy was definitely a bit too cocky for his own good and, as smart as he was, he often times struggled to control his emotions.

So, I knew that Jeremy would probably be voted out eventually but I certainly did not expect him to be voted out tonight!

How exactly did Jeremy end up getting blindsided?  Well, it certainly wasn’t due to any brilliant gameplay on the part of the players.  Instead, Jon got paranoid and decided to turn on his strongest ally.  It was a dumb move on Jon’s part but that’s pretty much the way that Jon’s been playing this game from the beginning.

Who would have guessed that immediately after the merge, the two leaders — Josh and Jeremy — would both be off the beach and on the jury?  Up until tonight, everyone else had either taken their orders from Jeremy or from Josh.

Now, they’re both gone.

Who is going to step up to be the leader now?

A few random thoughts and observations:

  • I am not a fan of people searching through other people’s possessions.  First, it was everyone going through Julie’s bag.  Than Reed went through Keith’s bag.  Seriously, if I was on that beach and somebody went through my stuff, somebody would end up getting their eyes scratched out.
  • What do y’all think about Jeremy and Natalie giving up their reward and letting Jon and Jaclyn go in their place?  When that happened, I thought that would probably backfire on them and it certainly did.  If Jeremy hadn’t given up the reward, he would never have gone to Exile.  He would never had discovered that Jon had the idol.  Jon would never have tried to lie about having the idol.  Jon would never have gotten paranoid.  Jeremy would still be on the beach.
  • Keith and Wes are getting more and more isolated.  I was honestly expecting to see Keith voted out tonight but he survived.  And he still has his idol.
  • Missy’s number one concern in the game continues to be Baylor.  Challenge after challenge, Missy looks at Baylor and starts to cry.  Baylor usually responds by shoving her mom into either the ocean or a pit of mud.
  • The immunity challenge, I thought, was pretty good.  And, giving credit where credit is due, Baylor did for once win immunity on her own, as opposed to having it handed to her.
  • Here’s how the blindside happened: Jeremy and Natalie voted for Keith.  Keith, Wes, and Alec voted for Reed.  Reed, Jon, Jaclyn, Missy, and Baylor voted for Jeremy, which led to Jeremy being evicted by a vote of 5 to 3 to 2.
  • It looks like Natalie is going to go on a rampage next week!  Good for her.

‘Til then,

Lisa Marie

Survivor 29 — What a Difference A Week Makes….

Hi y’all,

So, remember how last week, I said that I really liked Keith and that I thought that both he and Wes were really likeable?  As you may remember, after I said all that, I also said that I hoped Keith would end up winning the entire season.

Well, forget I said all that.

After tonight’s episode, I have totally changed my mind on Keith.  He’s a self-righteous and judgmental jerk and his son is gross.  As this episode made clear, Keith, Wes, Reed, Josh, and Alec basically had an alliance based on their ability to act like a bunch of disgusting, sexist pigs.

As Missy put it, Jeremy and Jon are the only two gentleman on the beach.

And speaking of Missy and Baylor — remember how last week, I was totally over them and I was eagerly hoping to see both of them sent to the jury?

Well, forget I said that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still not a huge fan of either Missy or Baylor’s but — after the type of behavior they had to put up with tonight — I think that both of them deserves to at least last longer than any of the rude boys.  I felt bad for Baylor when Keith was complaining that she doesn’t do any work around the camp.  If I was on Survivor, I probably wouldn’t help around the camp either.  I’m not a camper so what help would I be?  And what was Keith expecting Baylor to do?  Build a house?

Seriously, Keith’s a jerk.

Remember how last week, I thought that Jon and Jaclyn were basically vapid and way too into each other to be interesting players?

Well, forget I said that.

On account of having found the hidden immunity idol on Exile Island, Jon is now going to be an interesting player.  Jaclyn, once she was forced to actually spend some time outside of Jon’s shadow, also revealed herself to be a lot smarter than I originally thought.

As for Jeremy — well, my opinion of him remains the same.  Jeremy’s great and I hope he wins the whole thing!

One thing is for sure.  Josh is not going to win.  Instead, Josh — who was the early front runner to win this season — ended up becoming the first member of the jury.  His mistake, as he pointed out in his post-tribal interview, was that he formed an alliance with some of the least mentally sharp people on the beach.

(And it’s hard to imagine that Reed, Alec, or Wes will be able to do much without his leadership.)

Josh’s other mistake was to assume that Jon and Jaclyn would vote out Baylor.  At the start of the episode, that seemed like a good assumption but the members of Josh’s alliance managed to so disgust Jaclyn that Jaclyn and Jon eventually ended up switching sides.

So, after this week’s episode, forget anything that I ever said about wanting to see Keith win.  Though I still think he’s going to have a hard time making it to the end (because, eventually, everyone’s going to view him as too big of a threat to allow him to reach the end), I am hoping that Jeremy will be victorious.

As for next week, it looks like Keith’s idol is going to be exposed and that Reed might be go a little bit crazy without Josh around.  I’m hoping Keith goes because I am so totally over both him and his son.

Bleh.  After watching Wes in tonight’s episode, I may never eat another taco again…

Lisa Marie

 

Survivor 29 — Shaking my head…

Hi everyone!

Well, tonight, I had to watch a 3 and a half hour film called Nicholas and Alexandra for one of the other sites that I write for.  So, I didn’t get to see tonight’s episode of Survivor when it first aired.  Instead, I DVRed and now, I’m about to watch it.

I have to admit that thanks to twitter, I already know what happened on tonight’s episode.  The two tribes merged.  Apparently, it’s becoming a Jeremy vs. Josh game.  Keith won immunity.  Something happened with trail mix.

And then Julie decided that she was tired of the game and she left.

That’s my understanding from what I could find on twitter.

Okay, the movie has ended so now I’m going to watch the show.  And I’ll just write this review as I watch.

Okay, things open with Missy explaining to Keith why they didn’t let him in one the plan to vote out Dale and basically trying to get him to understand that they weren’t planning on voting him out.  Keith is not impressed and he’s calling them out on lying to him.  Good for him!  Jon, Jaclyn, Baylor, and Missy continue to astound me with just how stupid they are as players.

Tree Mail arrives, telling the two tribes that they’re going to merge.  If I was on Survivor, I’d probably always go, “Tyra mail!” whenever the tree mail arrived.

The two tribes merge and have a big picnic.  Before the merge, Jon said that he and Jaclyn would have had to break up if they didn’t make it to the merge.  I don’t think he was kidding.

The merge is celebrated with a big picnic feast.  Julie tells us that seeing all of the couples together is making her miss John Rocker.  Since I already know that Julie is leaving tonight, I am totally rolling my eyes.  Seriously, you’re going to give up a million dollars because you miss John Rocker?

Jeremy is already plotting to get rid of Josh.  In his alliance, he has Natalie and Julie.  He wants to get two more couple on his side so he approaches Jon.  He thinks he’s getting a good vibe off of Jon but little does he realize that Jon will agree to anything.

Jeremy then brings Missy and Baylor into his alliance.

The new tribe is named Huyopa, which is kind of an obvious name.  What’s sad is that, judging from this episode, it apparently took them a while to come up with that name.

Keith forgot about Wes’s birthday.  Uh-oh.  I still like Keith and Wes, though.  The more I watch the show, the more convinced I am that Keith is going to make it to the end.  He’s a strong player and yet, somehow, he’s managed to fly under the radar.

Josh explains that his alliance is Reed, Keith, Wes, and Alec.  He wants to bring Baylor and Missy into his alliance.  Josh approaches Baylor and mentions that he helped keep her in the game before the tribal shakeups.  Baylor is torn about who to align with.  Missy tells her that they have to stick with Jeremy.

(Prediction: In another few episodes, Baylor will vote out her mom.)

Seeing that Baylor and Missy are aligned with Jeremy, Josh approaches Jon and Jaclyn and talks to them.  Jon and Jaclyn listen with their trademark blank faces.

Apparently, Julie took some trail mix at the picnic and she’s been hiding it in her bag.  Now, she’s sleeping on the beach while the rest of the tribe invades her privacy by going into her bag and taking the trail mix.  OMG, no freaking way!  I hate these people!

Jon tells us that he can’t have someone in his alliance who would hoard trail mix.  Shut up, Jon, you moron.

If I was on Survivor and somebody went through my bag without my permission — OMG, you don’t even want to know what I would do.   So Julie was smart and took some food for herself.  So what!?  It’s hardly the “most selfish move in Survivor history!” as Wes put it.

Anyway, the Immunity Challenge is one of those things where the Survivors have to balance a ball on a piece of wood.  Jeremy is the first to be eliminated, followed by Missy, Julie, Reed, Baylor, Alec, Jaclyn, Natalie, Josh, and Jon.  Jeremy smirks when Josh is eliminated.  Anyway, it all comes down to father and son Keith and Wes and, in the end, Keith wins.

(What’s interesting is that, despite their relationship, neither Keith and Wes relaxed when it was just the two of them competing for immunity.  They’re both obviously very competitive.)

Back at camp, Jeremy is confident that he has the numbers to get rid of Josh but Alec makes a snarky comment about “loving the trail mix” and now, Julie is freaking out.  (By the way, Alec is the only person on the beach dumber than Jon.)

Julie is thinking of leaving the game.  Missy talks her into staying, mostly because her alliance needs Julie’s vote.  Julie, for the moment, says she’ll stay.  (Of course, I already know that Julie is going to change her mind before this episode ends…)

Josh wants to vote out Jeremy.  Jeremy wants to vote out Josh.  Again, it all looks like it’s going to be about who manages to recruit Jon and Jaclyn.  And, after talking to Keith, it looks like Jon and Jaclyn are ready to vote out Jeremy.

“We are a couple,” Jon explains, with a his trademark blank expression.

At camp, Alec proudly tells everyone that he called out Julie.  “Someone had to say it!”  Alec says.  Alec is an idiot.

Meanwhile, Julie goes off on her own.  Jeff Probst meets her on the beach and suddenly, Survivor turns into an episode of Jeff Probst’s daytime talk show.  Jeff asks Julie how she is feeling.  Julie says she’s depressed, she misses John Rocker, and she wants to leave the game.

And that’s what she does.

SERIOUSLY, JULIE!?

Seriously, I really liked Julie when the show first started.  I related to her.  I felt that the rest of the contestants were underestimating her and making assumptions about her based solely on her physical appearance.  That’s something that I can relate to.  I shared Julie’s struggle.  I wanted Julie to win.

And, much like Julie, I’m not exactly great with being a member of a group.  I like to do my own thing.  When I’m not feeling social, I also tend to go off on my own and I don’t really worry about whether or not anyone else consider that to be rude.  And dammit, I would have hoarded that trail mix too.

But I would have never quit the game.  I would never give up.

I would say, “You guys don’t like me?  Then have the guts to vote me out so I can tell you exactly what I think of you!”

*SIGH*

What a disappointment!

Anyway, Julie is gone.  I’m rooting for Keith, Jeremy, and Natalie — in that order.  If Jon, Jaclyn, Missy, Baylor, or Alec make it anywhere near the final two, I will throw a fit.

Lisa Marie

 

Survivor 29 — The Curse of Coyopa

Well, after watching the latest episode of Survivor, I have come to the following conclusion:

Coyopa is cursed.

It doesn’t matter who is on the tribe, Coyopa is cursed.  When Coyopa was first formed, it was cursed.  And after the big reshuffle in last week’s episode, Coyopa is still cursed.  Hunahpu has dominated this game but not because they’re a particularly good tribe.

Nope, Coyopa is just cursed.  Physically, it has the weakest players, with Dale, Keith, Missy, and Baylor consistently proving that they can sink any challenge.  Mentally, they’re not much better.  Jon and Jaclyn belong in a toothpaste commercial but they don’t belong in a game about strategy.  Missy is too obsessed with protecting her daughter to truly play Survivor.  Baylor doesn’t seem to realize that her survival in the game has mostly been a matter of luck.

Coyopa lost again tonight.  To say that they lost the reward challenge would be an understatement.  Baylor was so weak in the competition that she made Reed look like a genius.  Coyopa actually come close to winning the immunity challenge but, when it came time to solve the puzzle, they fell apart, largely because they decided to have Jon and Missy — neither of whom is exactly a mental giant — work on the puzzle.

At Tribal, Dale was voted off the island.  This wasn’t a shock but I was really hoping that Dale would be able to pull off his scheme of pretending to have an immunity idol.  However, Jon and Jaclyn decided to stick with Missy and Baylor.  As Dale walked away from tribal, Jon whispered to Jaclyn, “You’re so beautiful.”

And you’re so stupid, Jon.

As for Hunahpu, they got their rice but they had to trade all of their comfort items.  They gave up their tarp.  Jeff said, “I hope it doesn’t rain tonight.”  So, of course, it rained.  But, despite all of that, Hunahpu continued to dominate.

Well, next week, we will merge and it will finally become an individual game.  I always tend to enjoy Survivor more after the merge because it’s after the merge that you really start to get to know the players as individuals.

Here are my thoughts on the remaining players.  Let’s see if I change my mind on any of them after the merge.

Jon — “I guess I’m Big Jon now!”  No, Jon, you’re just stupid Jon.

Jaclyn — Jon’s girlfriend still has not made a huge impression beyond the fact that she is Jon’s girlfriend.

Baylor — I used to really like Baylor, mostly because I related to her relationship with her mother.  But I’m over her and her entitled attitude now.

Missy — Missy’s downfall will be her daughter.

Keith — Keith is a bit of a darkhorse.  He hasn’t done much but, at the same time, nobody seems to be eager to vote him out.  He’s flying under the radar and, as of right now, he’s the only player to have an idol.  If Keith can patch up the bad blood between him and Jeremy, Keith might go far in the game.

Reed — Reed has shown himself to be a good competitor but I don’t see him as a potential winner.  He needs to escape from Josh’s shadow if he wants to have a shot at winning.

Josh — Josh was looking like a probable winner but I have a feeling that the merge will be his downfall.  If he makes it to the end, he’ll probably have a good chance to winning it all but he is not as good of a strategist as he thinks he is.  His overconfidence could be his downfall.

Jeremy — Jeremy is smart and I loved listening to him vent his frustrations tonight.  But he needs to control his emotions.  I do think that he and Natalie could be strong allies but they may need to find a stronger ally than Julie.

Julie — Up until tonight’s episode, I really liked Julie.  But, after the way she reacted to the rain, I have doubts about whether she is emotionally, physically, or mentally strong enough for this game.  If she’s in a good alliance, she has a chance to go far but I can’t imagine her actually winning the game.

Natalie — Well, I’ve definitely learned one thing from watching this season of Survivor,  Nadiya was definitely the evil twin.  Natalie has been playing a good game so far and I’m shocked to say that I actually would not mind if she won.

Wes — Nice guy but he doesn’t seem to be a particularly strong player.  It’ll be interesting to see if his gameplay improves after he’s reunited with his Dad.

Alec — As long as Alec is around, Jon won’t have to worry about being the stupidest player on the beach.

That’s it for now!  What did y’all think of the last pre-merge episode of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water?

Survivor 29 — Starving On The Beach

After last week’s exciting elimination of Kingpin Drew, this week’s episode was not quite as interesting.  Perhaps if Jon and Jaclyn had decided to ally themselves with Kelly and Dale instead of Missy and Baylor, things would have been a bit more surprising.  But instead, Jon and Jaclyn decided to do the predictable thing and go with the more personable allies and voted out Kelly.

And personally, I think they made a mistake.  Missy is not interested in playing the game.  At this point, her only reason for being on Survivor is to protect her daughter.  And while that’s admirable, it’s not exactly a good strategy for Survivor.  Judging from Kelly’s remarks after she was voted out, she was capable of separating her role of being a daughter from her role in playing Survivor.  Missy does not have that ability and, ultimately, I’m guessing that her loyalty to Baylor will be her downfall.

Say what you will about Baylor, she’s playing to win.  And it’s easy for me to imagine her betraying her mom (and anyone else) to make it to the final two.

Anyway, as for what happened this season — we had a tribal shakeup.  Jeff called the tribes together and had them all drew new buffs and we ended up with two new tribes!

The Coyopa tribe is now made up of:

1) Jon

2) Jaclyn, Jon’s girlfriend

3) Kelly

4) Dale, Kelly’s father

5) Baylor

6) Missy, Baylor’s mom

7) Keith

Keith, being the only member of the tribe to not have a partner, was the obvious odd man out.  However, nobody seemed to be interested in targeting him.  Instead, it was pretty much Missy & Baylor vs. Dale & Kelly, with Jon & Jaclyn ultimately deciding the balance of power.

As for the new Hanahpu tribe:

1) Reed

2) Josh

3) Jeremy

4) Julie

5) Natalie

6) Wes

7) Alec

Reed and Josh are the only couple in this tribe and Jeremy is looking to target both of them.  Jeremy is also trying to recruit Alec into an alliance.  Alec, meanwhile, is shocked — just shocked! — that his brother Drew was voted out.

However, Hanahpu has a problem.  Even though they easily won the immunity challenge, they are nearly out of rice and facing the possibility of starving on the beach.  Apparently, the old Hanahpu Tribe did bother to ration the rice.

After Reed told Jeff about the situation, Jeff — who didn’t appear to be particularly sympathetic — said that he would bring them more rice but that there would be a price to be.

And what is that price?

We’ll find out next week!

My guess?  Hanahpu will have to agree to go to Tribal to get it.

What do y’all think?

‘Til then,

Lisa Marie

Survivor 29 — Fall of the Kingpin

Hi y’all!

Well, on tonight’s episode, we finally got to see what’s been happening over on the Hunahpu Tribe.  The past three episodes have been so dominated by the struggles of Coyopa that we hadn’t really gotten a chance to really see the group dynamic is working over on Hunahpu.

However, tonight, we finally got a chance.  Because Drew decided to throw the immunity challenge (and don’t even get me started on how mind-blowingly stupid an idea that was), Hunahpu finally had to go to tribal and we finally got to see how the members of the tribe work together as a group.

And how do they work together?

Well, they don’t.

As Natalie put it, the Hunahpu Tribe is a hot mess.

Here’s what we saw and what we learned tonight as we watched Hunahpu:

First off, Keith went looking for the hidden immunity idol and, when he didn’t find it right away, he decided that Jeremy must have it.  Instead of asking Jeremy or trying to start an alliance with Jeremy, Keith immediately told everyone else in the tribe that Jeremy had the idol.  Hilariously, right after he sold out Jeremy, Keith found the idol.  So now, if Keith does ever use the idol, he’s going to look like a huge liar.

Of course, everyone else in the tribe automatically tracked down Jeremy and told him what Keith was saying.  Jeremy got angry.  Now, I still like Jeremy but, for two episodes in a row now, he’s been playing the game emotionally instead of logically.  He takes things personally which you really can’t do in a game like Survivor.  Jeremy’s emotions are going to be his downfall.  While it’s understandable that Jeremy now wants to get rid of Keith, Jeremy needs to understand that he needs to come up with a better argument than, “I’m mad at him.”

Julie reacted well to John Rocker being voted off.  She actually seemed to be somewhat relieved.  However, it appears that Jon and some of the other male tribe members don’t feel that she’s helping out enough around camp.

Jon and Drew both seemed to believe that they are in charge of the tribe.  As far as the women are concerned, Natalie seems to be stepping up into a leadership role but it’s yet to be seen if that’s due to her being a good leader and just because she talks a lot.

Drew (who described himself as being the tribe’s “kingpin”) pretty much dominated tonight’s episode, from the moment that he found the lost flint to when he unsuccessfully attempted to convince Jeff to trade the tribe some fishing gear for that “barely used” flint (Jeff’s reaction was priceless) to tribal council where Drew was finally voted off the island.

And what a crazy tribal council that was!  Both Keith and Kelley got one vote.  Kelley’s one vote came from Drew who was so convinced that Kelley was planning on starting an all-girl’s alliance that he intentionally threw the immunity comp so he could vote her out.  However, it was Natalie that rallied all the girls and, with the boys dividing their votes between three separate people (Keith, Kelley, and Julie), it only took their four votes to get Drew out of the game.

What a crazy episode!

I can’t wait until next week.  Judging from the previews, Jon is going to go crazy.  I know that the preview featured Jeff saying, “Drop your buffs!” but it’s way too early for a merge.  So, I’m guessing that their going to do a random draw and the two tribes are going to be reshuffled.

‘Til then,

Lisa Marie

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