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?