Survivor Philippines…Malcolm WAS in the Middle

Last night’s Survivor wasn’t “WOW” exciting, but usually the beginning of these shows are slow.  I have to admit, it is bothering me that there are a number of contestants on the show that we haven’t gotten to know (or hear from) at all.  Survivor seems to be concentrating on a select few.  Sigh, so what else is new?

It didn’t take long at all for best gal pal Abi Maria to stab RC in the back.  She told Pete that RC had found the clue to the HII and the two of them went looking for it behind RC’s back.  Once again, a Survivor contestant miraculously realized where the HII was and now Abi Maria and Pete have it.  Pete, smart guy that he is, made an alliance with FOL (Facts of Life) Lisa to get out Mike as soon as they can.  Good thinking, Pete!

Meanwhile over at Matsing, there are only four players left.  Malcolm has his snuggle buddy Angie and his alliance partner Denise.  Russell is the only other guy left in the tribe.  Denise and Malcolm have a discussion about who to vote out if they end up at Tribal Council again…Russell or Angie.  Denise tells him, “you are Malcolm in the middle”.

Over at Kalabaw camp, Jeff and Dana realize that the top is missing from the rice container.  They ask around and everyone plays dumb, especially Jonathon who has the HII.  It doesn’t take the others long to figure out that it must have been the HII and that Jonathan has it.  Jeff tells the rest to play dumb and maybe they can still blindside Jonathan.  Jonathan knows the gang is on to him so he approaches Jeff and tells him that he has the HII.  He uses this to try to gain Jeff’s trust.  Jeff and Jonathan shake hands on an alliance, but Jeff tells us (the camera) that he used the “four finger” handshake so it doesn’t count.  Huh?  Am I the only one that thinks Jeff is an ass?

A quick aside…the Matsing tribe wakes in the morning only to realize that their raft is gone.  Really?  You didn’t make sure that your raft wouldn’t go out with the tide?

Time for the Immunity Challenge.  Each team has to send a contestant into the ocean to untie a puzzle piece and bring it up onto a raft.  There are eight puzzle pieces.  When all eight pieces are retrieved, the players must spell out a word.  Since Matsing is down to four players, the two other teams sit out two players each.  The puzzle pieces are tied in a vertical row, which means the more puzzle pieces you retrieve, the farther down in the water you are. The first place team gets a super dooper fishing kit and a canoe.  Second place gets a super (but not dooper) fishing kit!

To make a long story short, once again Matsing gets destroyed at the challenge.  Angie can’t untie the puzzle piece and loses a lot of time right in the beginning.  Russell seems like he’s drunk and can’t get up the ladder to get back on the raft and then on his second try has to quit without retrieving a puzzle piece.  Denise does an amazing job.  She’s an excellent role model for the over 40′s female crowd.  Malcolm is a young strapping guy, of course he does well.  Now this is where the other teams or at least team Tandang used their heads. RC was good at retrieving the puzzle pieces so she kept diving over and over.  This really helped out her tribe.  Matsing, as Malcolm said in Tribal was playing like it was Kindergarten and let everyone have a turn.  If Matsing had let Denise and Malcolm retrieve the puzzle pieces I think they could have won this competition.  Oh well.

For the third straight time Matsing returns to Tribal Council.  Russell is shown praying and all full of drama.  “Thy will be done.”  Etc, etc.  God really has become a big part of Survivor in the last few seasons, hasn’t she?  <grin>

So it’s now time for Malcolm to get OUT of the middle.  It’s up to him and Denise if they are going to vote out Angie or Russell.  I’m not too crazy about Russell, but from a game standpoint, he’s the one to keep.  I know there are a couple of guys that want to keep Angie around for the eye candy…I bet Malcolm was one of them.

At Tribal Council, Russell forgets about his God and his morals and trashes youngin’ Angie making the gal cry and Malcolm pat pat her shoulder.  With a vote of 3-1, Angie’s torch is snuffed.  This really was the best thing for them to do.  If by some chance the tribe has to compete again before a merge, Russell is going to be needed.  Besides, I was getting depressed looking at that perfect 20 year-old body!

So, did anyone else notice that twice Malcolm mentioned how many days had passed in the Survivor game and that twice Survivor producers bleeped him?  Evidently, the number of days the contestants had been in the game and the number of days the Survivor producers want us to think they are in the game are two different things.

One more thing, what is going on in the Matsing tribe when it comes to the hidden Immunity Idol?  Are they idiots or are they too depressed to even bother looking for it?  Most likely, Survivor has withheld this from us once again.  Russell couldn’t possible be that stupid, could he?  Of course, they did lose their raft…  I just don’t know what to think anymore.  I do think that y’all should have a beautiful, healthy, fun-filled week!!!  Bloggergal

Survivor Philippines…”Don’t Get Booty Blinded”

Russell barely escaped being voted off first last week, so he returns to camp humbled and wary.  He thanks the tribe for keeping him and vows to take a step back and stop being so bossy.  What you say and what you do are sometimes two different things especially on Survivor.  I think Russell is in a good place because there are only two males on the tribe now that Zane has been voted off.  You sure don’t want to vote your muscle off too early in the game.

In the meanwhile, the chilly nights have drawn Angie and Malcom together like magnets or at least they are blaming the chilly nights.  They say that they are cuddling because it’s so cold and they want to keep warm.  The camera shows Malcom’s fingers caressing Angie which is probably NOT necessary to stay warm…although…well…never mind!  Malcom tells the camera that he doesn’t want to end up in a relationship because that definitely puts a big target on your back.  He says, “Don’t get booty blinded!”  Of course, as mentioned in the paragraph above…what you say and what you do are sometimes two different things especially on Survivor.

Meanwhile over at camp Kalabaw, the tribe members are suffering from the constant rain.  With nothing to do but wait it out, they decide to make a checkerboard out of rocks.  Fine for them, but Jonathan who holds the clue to the HII is hoping everyone will get the heck out of camp so he can search.  Coincidentally, all the tribe decides to go up to a cave nearby to try to get a fire going.  Jonathan gives a line that he’s going to go swimming because after all he’s already wet and he stays behind.  Now, this isn’t shown, but who in their right mind would believe that line?  If it were me, I’d know that Jonathan stayed behind to try to find the HII.  At one point, Dawson comes back to camp to get the flint–wait a minute…they went up to the cave to build a fire and left the flint at the camp?  Me thinks something is wrong here Survivor producers.  Anyway, Jonathan again gives a lame excuse when Dawson asks what he was looking for by saying he couldn’t find his glasses.  He says he needs his glasses because his contact lens had popped out.  Another aside…the players in Survivor wear contact lenses?  Where do they change them?  Where do they disinfect them?  Do they have a mirror?  I’m off track again, aren’t I?  Quick switcheroo…we next see Jonathan having a “light bulb moment” and realizing exactly where the Immunity Idol is.  To be honest, I knew from the very beginning, didn’t you?  Perhaps it did have something to do with the camera showing the box a number of times.  It turns out that the HII is the top handle of the rice container which has a bull design on it.  Jonathan picks the handle off and sure enough, its the HII.  Will the rest of the tribe realize that the handle of the box is missing?  Not that we see in this episode.

Tandang’s clue to the HII was found by RC.  When she went to dig it out of the rice bag, Abi Maria caught her so RC was forced to share the clue.  Nothing is shown as to whether the two look for the HII.  What is shown is Abi Maria not trusting RC because of RC’s closeness to Michael.  Heck, I’d be close to Michael too!  Oh wait…off topic again, huh?  Abi questions RC about her relationship with Mike and RC denies any hidden alliance.  Actually, she’s telling the truth as far as we’ve seen on camera.

The closeness of Angie and Malcom is really irritating Roxy over at the Matsing tribe.  She is very annoyed that they are cuddling and is worried that they are a “couple” and therefore trouble for the tribe.  Yes maybe, but she seems a little TOO obsessed with the Angie/Malcolm couple.  Could it be, she’s cold and wanted to cuddle with Malcolm herself?

Russell holds the clue to HII on the Matsing tribe.  Nothing is shown of him searching for the Idol.  That doesn’t mean he hasn’t.  That just means we haven’t seen it.

We’ve been teased all week with pics of Facts of Life Lisa crying.  Surprisingly, it turns out that Lisa is shy.  She says that when performing she is good because its not really her but she is self-conscious when it’s just her talking.  She feels very alone because she hasn’t made any relationships/alliances in her tribe.  Well, maybe Lisa if you would just listen to Michael and tell everyone who you are, maybe just maybe you can establish a connection to someone.  Have you watched Survivor?  Never mind Survivor…have you ever watched a Nature show?  The lone whatever ALWAYS gets picked off!

Yes, you should be suspicious that Roxy is being highlighted so much in this episode of Survivor.  She’s crying and unhappy with the rain.  She says she’s hasn’t slept since she arrived there.  She misses her family and friends.  It goes on and on.  She’s whining and whining.  When she threw in the “encountering Christ” line, I was thinking “Oh no, Brandon is back!”  THEN, when we see Roxy praying or speaking in tongues, I was like “What?”

We move on to the Immunity Challenge.  This one’s not a very complicated one.  The members must pull a sled to pick up puzzle pieces.  When all the puzzle pieces are retrieved, one player stands above to help solve the huge puzzle while two members put the pieces into place.  Remember there are three males on Tandang and Kalabaw, but only two on Matsing.  Russell asks Angie if she can pull the sled twice, but she says no.  Russell then asks if Roxy can do it and she says that she hasn’t drunk enough water today.  What the heck show did these girls think they were on?

After Matsing being behind during the pulling of the sled, they catch up and it comes down to which team can finish the puzzle first.  Lisa is the caller on her team and she is doing a great job.  She seems to be a puzzle solver.  Tandang finishes first, wins immunity plus a tarp and blankets.  We are now between Matsing and Kalabaw.  Kalabaw wins immunity and a tarp.  Matsing heads to tribal council for the second straight time.  Russell throws the puzzle piece across the board.  Russell tells his team that they need to get their heads out of their butts or go home.  Yep, Russell that about sums it up!

By now I’m sure you realize that the choice of which tribal member will be leaving is Angie or Roxy.  Roxy is trying her best to convince all that Malcolm and Angie being a couple is going to cause trouble down the road.  When we get to tribal council and Jeff questions the team, Roxy is just obnoxious.  She’s rolling her eyes and talking smack.  She tries her best to throw Angie and her boobs under the bus.  Even if the tribe hadn’t decided in advance, I think after hearing her talk, they would be voting her out.  Roxy is the second player voted out of Survivor Philippines with a vote of 4 to 1.  I’m not feeling too much of a loss there, sorry Roxy!

So now that there are only four players on Matsing, do you think that the tribes will be redistributed?  If they aren’t, then that would mean that two players from each of the other tribes would sit out the next challenge.  Coming attractions show Michael with blood dripping off his face.  Eek!  Eh, it’s probably nothing.  You know how dramatic Survivor likes to make everything.  See you next week…Bloggergal

 

What should we expect from Survivor Philippines Episode 2

It looks like there is going to be some time spent on showing how the “reality” of being on Survivor is sinking in for the new castaways. The TV promos are heavily promoting how it is hard for “Blair” and that she is feeling not cut out for this.

My guess is more focus will be on her and it will lead us to thinking she might be at risk but I am sure she will be ok for this week.

I also feel there will be more ado about the hidden immunity idols. Will they be found? Will they be used? Interesting they focus on it so much but it always seems to not be a huge game changing thing. (unlike the Power of Veto in Big Brother!)

I am liking the 3 tribe feel so far. Makes for some interesting game play and strategy. If the same tribe loses though…it will be 6 to 6 to 4 so let’s see how this one shakes out.

So what do you think? Liking Survivor so far? Are you going to be watching with us tonight? Comment below and hang out with the best Survivor fans in the world!

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The Premiere of Survivor Phillipines

This was the first time I started a season of Survivor “cold” meaning I didn’t review the contestants prior to watching. Maybe this way is better since I don’t have any preconceived opinions. However, I did like Russell Swan prior to this episode having met him at Reality Rally 2011, but I’m not so sure now!

This season we have three tribes with six members each instead of two larger tribes. I’m thinking that can’t last for too long since the numbers on each tribe are so low. Most of this episode gives us the opportunity to meet the tribe members and for them to get to know each other.

The first tribe is Matsing. Members are Angie, Denise, Malcom, Russell, Zane and Roxy.

Russell starts off by saying he doesn’t want to be the leader and that they should all work as a team. He then starts bossing everybody around and annoying the crap out of the younger tribe members. During the competition, he takes it upon himself to decide who should do what and ultimately gets blamed for the team losing. I found him to be very arrogant and a PIA, but he’s also strong and good in competitions.

Malcolm says that he lived in Micronesia for a year. He knows how to make fire and teaches Russell how within 45 minutes of arriving in camp. This guy seems to be a Survivor.

Zane has tattoos all over his body which gives the impression of him being a “tough” guy, but NOT. First of all, he goes to every member of his tribe to form an alliance. Then he reports back to Malcolm that he’s done this. His pathetic performance in the first challenge along with his poor social play leads to his demise.

Denise is the 40 year-old sex therapist. She seems to have a level head on her shoulders and is surprisingly strong. I hope she stays around for a long while.

Malcom seems to have taken a liking to the blonde bombshell Angie. If she’s smart, she will lay low and hang on to his coattails.

The sixth member of Matsing is Roxy. I haven’t formed any opinion on her yet. She doesn’t seem like she’ll be easily swayed or manipulated.

Next we have the Kalabaw tribe consisting of Carter, Dawson, Dana, Jeff, Katie and Jonathan.

CBS has been playing up the fact that Jeff Kent is a former baseball player. He doesn’t reveal this fact to the members of his tribe. What he does do is hurt his knee in the first few minutes of the game. I’m not feeling too confident for his Survival.

This is Jonathan’s third time playing Survivor. The last time he played he was removed from the game due to an infection. He has a lot of experience, but will age be his downfall?

Dawson recognizes Jack Kent from his baseball days. Smart girl decides to stay quiet and see if that can help her further down the line in the game.

Dana, Katie and Carter are the remaining Kalabaw tribe members. Nothing I can think of to say about these three yet.

The third tribe is Tandang consisting of Lisa, Abi-Marie, Pete, Michael, RC and Artis.

Lisa also is being spotlighted by CBS because she was a teen star on the show “The Facts of Life”. The realization that very few of the tribe members know who she is because they have never seen the TV show makes me think I’m OLD! Michael who is also old recognizes Lisa and hints to her that maybe she should tell the other tribe members to gain support. Lisa is oblivious to the hint. She thinks that it will hurt her more than help her. Sadly on Survivor older women usually get voted off early .

Speaking of Michael, he played Survivor before. He had to be taken out of the game because he passed out and fell hands first into the fire. It was one of the most horrible moments in Survivor history. He seems very likeable and in good shape (for an old guy!). A big deal is made of his klutzy side. He seems to hurt himself every few minutes. Hopefully, he doesn’t get any of his cuts infected or he’ll be having déjà vu as they life-flight him out once again.

Abi-Maria and RC were quick to become gal-pals. They formed an alliance from the beginning adding Michael and Pete for good measure. This puts Michael in the middle because I think he really likes Lisa due to her past fame.

Artis is sitting out there all on his own. What’s up your sleeve Artis? Wait, you don’t have any!

So there you have it! There seems to be a good mix of contestants on this season. Let the game begin! Bloggergal

The More Things Change…

…the more they stay the same!

So, Survivor Blog is back and with Bloggergal and BBBlogger at the controls…all I can say is LOOK OUT!

Since tonight is the first episode of Survivor Philippines and we are dealing with some technical issues with our new domain (SurvivorBlog.com) I figured I better get something going….so here it is! :)

Congrats to Survivor for making it to your 25th season! We love you and will continue to watch!

Also, what can you expect from this blog…well we will recap, discuss, talk theory, have fun, basically be a place to hang out and chat.

I am thinking of adding a Survivor Chat room to the blog. Anyone interested? Would it be used??

This week we will dive head first into the different tribes. Talking about the 3 former castaways and the 2 celebrities! Should be a fun Season!

So what do you think? Will you be watching with us?

Hope to see you around!

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