for next weeks episode. Listen closely and tell me if Russell’s voice sounds weird at one point when talking with Rob!
Well, looks like Survivor withdrawal this week as March Madness has taken over the TV Network.
Next week: CBS press release: “IN A HIGH STAKES CHALLENGE, BOTH TRIBES BATTLE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN IMMUNITY AND A COVETED REWARD THAT PROMISES TO IMPROVE NOT ONLY THEIR MORALE BUT THEIR ENTIRE TRIBE’S STRATEGY
“Banana Etiquette” – When the castaways discover that two people will be sent packing in a rare double elimination, everyone scrambles to save their own skin, and one castaway surprises everyone and risks it all at Tribal Council.”
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The heroes are looking dismal. They talk a good game but, man where is the effort? Even in camp all they do is bitch and complain. JT has alliances with everyone, yet no one is really worried about it. Maybe now that Tom is gone someone will catch on to his tactics. I don’t think James is going to last long. His leg won’t get him through to many more physical challenges. I give him 2 more weeks. (Don’t forget, no survivor next week — NCAA Basketball Tournament)
The Villains just plug along and win the challenges. It seems during the puzzles they have only 1 or 2 people guiding the group whereas the Heroes all try to get into the action. Utter confusion reigns supreme.
Russell did suprise me when he told people he has the HII. Hope he knows what he’s doing! The King Troll now has a prince to help him. Crown Prince Dragon Slayer looks like some solid help for the King. King Troll may now have an alliance to build with. Look out peasants, here comes the king.
The Heroes sure were in an uppity mood about the reward for the challenge. get into the game y’all, your losing. Maybe if you seemed excited about what you might win it would help. As I watched the game it looked like the Heroes had more shots but couldn’t make a basket. They also had the lead in the Immunity challenge and blew it in the puzzle. A little common sense and someone to step up and lead these fools would help!
For the Heroes to make it to the merge with more than 2 or 3 people will take some luck. They are down by three with the 6 they have left. The Villains have a great advantage because they rest players during the challenges and the Heroes have two injuries. James is serious and so far Rupert has done ok with his bad toe.
All the villains have to do is sit around and plot the evictions. It looks like it will be Rob’s alliance against King Troll and his merry band of wizards.
I must admit this season hasn’t been as interesting as I thought it was going to be. I think to many alpha males and the wimpy ladies are afraid to make a major move so far. I hope after the merge things get exciting. There are rumors that up to 4+ idols get found! That will stir the pot a little.
So, back here in two weeks we shall see what goes!
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Erik and Kelly are Blogging for CBS. Here are there thoughts!
Season 20: The Immunity Blog With Erik and Kelly
Erik | Maybe There is Crying in Survivor After All…
March 5, 2010
Here we are 8 days in to a show featuring the biggest and baddest names in Survivor folklore and we’ve already had 3 players cry and talk about quitting the game. I’m like Rob. I’m not going to try and front, or be ‘PC’. I don’t get it. Kelly, you never cried out there. Ok, ok, ok… except for the night that red ants infested your favorite boots. But aside from that, Kelly was tough as nails. Why? Because there’s so much to channel your focus and pour your energy into out there. If you’re taking away from that focus to contemplate quitting or drop some tears here and there, you’re head’s not where it needs to be.
Trust me when I say this journey is a tumultuous emotional rollercoaster. This game disarms you completely. It paints you more vulnerable than you’ve ever been before in your life. Usually a person tries to navigate themselves through life taking highs and lows in stride; doing their best not to get too high, and avoid the misery of being too low. You do not have that option out there in the jungle. The lows come, and they hit you like a ton of bricks. You just have to hope that there’s no one around to report it back to camp.
I certainly understand the inherent power in feeding off of someones weak moments. Now Tyson does as well. He allows Coach to share his vulnerability, which automatically bonds them; stronger than any negotiated alliance. It’s great for Coach to get those emotions out, and re-charge his ‘slaying battery,’ but it cost him a stay in Tyson’s pocket for the remainder of this game. I’m not jumping in anybodies pocket, that’s for sure. But if Coach had to leap into one, aside from everyone’s man-crush Boston Rob, it’s probably not the worst decision in his old buddy Tyson.
Again, I am not trying to be insensitive, but I think Rob’s mentality is the route I would’ve taken out there. You feel bad. I get it. Cry about it after the game. For now, I need you to ‘”lock it up.” That’s essentially the conversation Rob had with Coach.
If Parvati is the professor of the innocent, flirty school girl academy, then Amanda is her straight “A” student. JT says he doesn’t trust Candice as far as he can throw her. Boy does he have the wrong girl. Amanda has been trained in mind screwing by Cirie, and an expert marksman in utilizing her physical assets to get her points across. Again, albeit stunning, you have to see through these things. She’s not in the top 5 teammates that will help the Heroes win.
She can’t EVER be trusted as her game plan focuses around her agenda 100% of the time. And she’s a master in planting seeds in other’s unsuspecting minds, with them thinking all the while it’s their own decision. If you’re a dumb guy, you’re enamored by her appeal. If your a dumb girl, you’re enamored by her strategic prowess. If you’re Cirie, you ‘there, there’ her and take her under your wing as if she was some misguided lost puppy that needs your direction. “Amanda, I love her to death, but she’s not the sharpest tool in the box…” I beg to differ. Anyone in this game who acts like their lost, dazed, and confused is not. Shambo’s the best example in the history of this game. She knew a whole hell of a lot more than people gave her credit for. But egos and arrogance blind surrounding players from such insight. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is check out Amanda over her last two seasons. She just rides the naive, nice-girl routine and the alliances that come with it, straight to final tribal council.
Tomorrow we make out apologies; tonight we make our move…
Forgiveness is a lot easier to ask for than permission. Words to live by. Words to play the game of Survivor by. Tom is first class all the way. He takes the bull by the horns, or in this case, a sinking ship by its mast and says, ‘Not on my watch.’ He had the guts and the know-how to devise a power shift blindside via an immunity idol…and its only day 12!!! These kinds of game changers aren’t typically found until the down stretch of Survivor seasons. Yet here’s Tom, fighting not only for his life, but for the sake of his entire hero tribe. To allow the Amanda, James, Cirie clique to move forward would vault them toward the merge, but lead to imminent demise for the tribe on the whole.
Even James knows inside that his alliances are a 2nd priority to the strength of his tribe. Except James has been burned before and he knows the power of the social game. It’s the one aspect of being marooned in a jungle that actually intimidates him. Tom needs to work a little extra hard to get James in his good graces, but if he can build a framework of tribal strength heading toward a merge with the villains, James will follow. Not just James, but it behooves EVERYONE on that tribe to be close with Tom. Ask Colby, whose only in this game because of how tightly he’s nestled under Tom’s wing. Between his lackluster guts and overused mouth, Colby should be on his way back to Ponderosa already. If he keeps talking like he does at tribal, it’s only a matter of time before he becomes more of a liability than an asset for Tom. I honestly think they could have made the show Tom vs Rob for 39 days and it would be just as compelling to watch every week.
Every dog ‘had’ its day
Sorry Pirate fans. Your boy’s a fish out of water when it comes to this season. Look, I loved watching the guy in a silk dress spearing fish and dominating his first season. In fact, when I studied the tapes before I left for Samoa, I referred to that season not as Survivor: Pearl Islands by what the title should have been that season, “Rupert’s Adventure.” This guy became the ‘most popular contestant in the history of this kingpin reality show.’ (I googled that) But the sun has set. And I feel for the guy. He said he was going out there this time to ‘see if he still had it,’ and based on the ABSOLUTELY defeated look on his face 12 days into it after talking with Probst at tribal, it appears he’s gotten his answer. That’s a difficult answer for a man, especially one of his stature, to hear. He just doesn’t have ‘it’ anymore.
The Thing about Russell
I know how it looks. He constantly is shown beating his chest talking about how great he is. The truth of the matter is that Russell Hantz, hear me out readers before you start complaining, is actually somewhat of a ‘personally humble’ kind of guy. He isn’t the smartest guy in the world. Trust me; he understands his own intellectual limitations. He is confident in his intelligence, and rightfully so as its a good sense of strength. But he’ll be the first to admit he’s no genius. The reason that Russell’s intelligence morphs into some cocky sense of greatness isn’t because he honestly thinks he’s so smart; its because he HONESTLY THINKS EVERYONE ELSE IS SOOOOOO STUPID. That’s the Catch 22 with that guy. Sometimes it vaults him into positions of power when dealing with borderline to very inferior intellects. However, if you’re more on the confident/arrogant side of the intellectual scale, and you have the guts to trust your intelligence over his, he just annoys you. Of course, if his tribe leaves him around one more week then maybe they really are as dumb as he says they are.
Kelly | Keeping Your Word in a Game Called Outwit, Outplay, Outlast!
March 5, 2010
I think Coach is a good person but he constantly talks about his nobility. I think greatness is best left for your actions to speak louder than words. He’s talking about himself too much to let anyone really make their own judgment. Everyone is probably so annoyed that he won’t stop telling personal achievement stories. We get it Coach! Tysons advice was the best I’ve ever heard!… don’t wear feathers, don’t tell stories, don’t talk basically, …. Thank you Tyson!! Best advice I’ve ever heard. Coach I love you, but when you’re tired and hungry in the jungle, the last thing you want is someone ranting on about the Eskimos they lived through the ice age with and the T-rex they tamed as a house pet. Wear your heart on your sleeve in this game? Is this show called Soul mates??? Survivors eat each other alive. It’s a ruthless, cutthroat game, ESPECIALLY if you are on the Villains tribe. You put your heart on your sleeve and Boston Rob is gonna cook it for dinner. Survivor isn’t a game you play to make friends like a summer softball team. You win Survivor by betraying everyone and sending your best friend home.
Rewards are great but the last thing you feel like doing is carrying all of the heavy winnings back after you’ve just given it your all in challenges. Another reason I still support Russell Swans luxury bedding reward. Would you rather carry a pillow or a tool kit after you’ve just run a marathon?
Boston Rob you are my new idol. I’ve heard Russell called many names but “Hobbit on crack” takes the cake. That little troll never slept when we were in Samoa
I’m rooting for Candice from the Heroes tribe. She kicks butt in challenges and stays pretty neutral at camp not causing drama or drawing too much attention to herself. And she is one of those natural beauties that continue to look better the dirtier she gets.
On the flip side…ummmm, Courtney is probably the most useless player in Survivor challenges. The most fun part of the game is the competitions and she sits out every chance she can get. Very similar to Shambo sitting out nearly every challenge pre merge Just saying….
Panic before tribal… so stressful and everyone is saying what you want to hear, so how do you trust anyone??
Although I have to say YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! JT made such a big move voting for her at tribal. Thanks for spicing up the competition. JT & Tom could totally take these “heroes” with JT’s new look on the game and make a run for the F2.
“Tomorrow we make our apologies, Tonight we make our move.” Tom, I love that line!
…. on Survivor you call out medical. I think James will suck it up and keep playing. And King Troll with an alliance with The Dragon Slayer, keep an eye on those 2!
After 2 injuries in 2 seasons with this game, I think it needs retired or some rule changes! This challenge allows too much physical aggression into the game. It’s starting to look like a rugby match out there!
Cirie became the 4th person voted off Survivor. Her feelings after the eviction!
So far its 3 Heroes gone and only 1 Villain. I sense a trend in the game. It seemed early on that the Heroes had the better physical team but have yet to prove their worthy of making it to the merge.
Never thought I’d see Coach cry. But when Sandra put him down at the last tribal council he took it to heart and had a breakdown at camp. After talking with Tyson and Rob he seemed to regain his composure and back on track.
Day 9 tree mail brought a Sears Survivor catalog which the teams were to choose 2 items they could win at the reward challenge. The Heroes found fishing gear with a rod and a kitchen appliance set. The villains choose tools kit and a tarp kit. The reward challenge was a slip and slide event where you had to grab a numbered ball and then at the end make a basket before your opponent. The goal was to make 4 buckets before the other team. First up were Tom (H) vs Coach (V) with Coach taking the early lead for the Villains. Next, Russell easily beat Cirie. Score 2 – 0 Villains. Candace got the first goal for the Heroes by beating Courtney. Jerri then beat Amanda to givr the Villains a big edge at 3 – 1. James beat Sandra and Rupert beat Danielle to even the score at 3 – 3. That set up a Colby vs. Tyson for the win. After quite a few misses by both guys, Tyson finally made the basket and the Villains won the reward.
Back at camp Coach says he’s ready to kick some butt. Russell definately doesn’t know what to do with clues. Instead of walking off and reading it alone, he lets it fall and get read allowed. Somewhere on the beach is the HII. After everyone agrees not to look for it, Russell can’t help himself and goes off and starts looking. Could King Troll have made his first mistake of game play? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Heroes find their clue and again it’s read out loud to everyone. But unlike the Villains camp, all of the Heroes run off to find it. After some looking Tom finds it and puts it in his sock, however Amanda sees him and lets everyone know about it.
Well, lookie here. If a challenge does’t work the first time, bring it back in the next season. Also, your still in Samoa so why not use the same props. This time however no one passes out and we have a winner. In the balls were Rob and Tom. With a blindfolded coach and Tyson pushing Rob up the path while a blindfolded James and Rupert pushing Tom. After getting the balls to the end Rob looks like he barely beat out the Heroes by coaching his blindfolded teammates to roll the ball into the hole at the end of the maze.
Back at the Heroes camp there seems to be 3 different people who seem to be targets. Tom and Colby because they are strong and have an alliance. At first Candace seems like a target but JT overhears Cirie talking about getting rid of Tom because he promises to put together an alliance and give someone who might need the idol. She calls him stupid for trying to do something like that. JT tells Tom and Colby and they decide to try to vote out Cirie if JT will will help.
At Tribal, Jeff does his best to coax out the answers no one seems to wants to admit to. After digging deep into their thoughts and getting the info he wants it was time to vote. After the voting is over Jeff gets ready to read the vote. Tom stands and gives Jeff the idol. Jeff lets everyone know that all votes for Tom will not count. The votes totaled 3 for Tom(which don’t count) 2 for Colby and 3 for Cirie and Cirie is voted out.
And I think the trend has been set for the Heroes to slowly be retired from the game and giving the Villians an edge when the merge arrives. I still think Russell is going to do well even though his head seems to have been put on a tray for eviction. Thusday comes soon so we’ll see which way the game heads! Good day y’all.
OK, it’s time to see if Russell can find some HII’s. He definitely knows how to look, but it seems everyone knows about them at the same time. It’ll be a mad dash to find them. And, you better hide it well or your name will be written down at tribal to force you to use it.
Coach seems to have a bit of a breakdown this week. Know one must be taking him seriously! Too many tall tales makes for a lot of bullshit. Even if 1/2 of them are true, it’s just too hard to believe him all the time.
Looks like Rob is putting out some bad vibes on Russell. Now why can’t you trust him Rob, he’s a nice guy ……. maybe it has something to do with the machete!
I sure hope they split the challenges this week. First challenge for reward always fires them up for the Immunity challenge.
My prediction for this week, Heroes have a let down and get beat in the Immunity challenge. Heroes send a girl home because the guys are trying to keep the tribe strong!!
Also, it’s time for King Troll to start his mastery of the game and dig up an idol for his protection!
He didn’t bitch as much as I thought he would. Randy didn’t have a chance with these people. He really wasn’t much of a game player. The stronger players will start to emerge now unless someone builds an alliance to get them out of the game.
Paranoia should start to come into play now also. Everyone will be looking for reasons to get people out of the game.
A few final words from Stephanie the day after, she seemed a little pissed the night she got evicted. It,s a tough game babe, if their wrong they’ll pay the price!
With a little physical play at the challenge, tonight may get a few tempers rising and create some friction for later in the game!