I know a lot of people were against former players returning to Survivor, but this season is shaping up to be a good one. Survivor producers should be very proud of coming up with all the little twists and turns, holding our interest and making the Survivor players think long and hard about every little thing. Redemption Island is back in the game, but with a new twist–the voted off player can get back into the game by switching with their “blood”. As you see during yesterday’s show, the players are taking that into consideration (big time!) when deciding who to vote off at tribal.
When Marissa arrives at camp, she explains to Rupert and Candice that she was blindsided because her Uncle Gervase is a show-off. Rupert welcomes her to Redemption Island “a bunch of people sitting around pissed off”. That has to help you get pumped for the competition, right?
The Redemption Island comp involves moving a disk through a wire maze and then piling those disks up without letting them fall. It requires patience and a steady hand. Dr. Candice has what it takes and finishes first. Rupert does not and drops the stack. Unless Marissa makes her stack drop, she’s pretty much a winner. She doesn’t and so she does. Huh? In other words, remaining on RI is Candice and Marissa. We say goodbye to Rupert very early in the game. His choice…oh well.
Candice is given a clue to a HII and she is able to pick one player to give it to. Of course, she gives it to her husband John. She thinks she’s helping him, but this definitely puts a huge target on him. He better find the HII pronto!
The camps do have some interesting dynamics. The newbies are mostly all young and mostly all guys. The veterans have maturity and of course, prior Survivor experience. The vets are getting along well, using some team building tactics etc to build up their tribe. Oh wait, is Colton on that tribe? He made it a few days and then the REAL Colton started coming out with a vengeance. His one on one interviews show him bitchin’ and bitchin’ about everything. He immediately starts causing problems between tribe members, in particular Tina and Kat. The tribe is zeroing in on him and I would not be surprised if he is the first voted off Galang.
My favorite quote of the night regarding Colton was from Aras, “He’s like a gay Russell Hantz.” Oh, I couldn’t wait to run on over to Twitter to see the real Russell Hantz’s remarks on this. Remember, like Miley Cyrus…any publicity is good publicity and even though Russell is outraged, he’s also still in the limelight. “No you just didn’t referred me to a gay Colton!!
#lmfao” and “”A gay Russell Hantz” wtf !! No I’m not stupid ! Is a tremendous difference between me and Colton!!! #Survivor” If you watched all the way through to the previews of next week, you see Jeff asking Colton if he is quitting the game and Colton running over to sit on his partner Caleb’s lap. Yep, pitiful. Russell’s response? “You may love me or hate me but quitting is one thing you know I will never do! Colton Doesn’t even compare to the sweat off my ass crack!” Sorry, if this offends anyone, but what do you expect from Russell?
Okay, I’m moving on. Time for the Immunity challenge. I have to admit, I’m lazy and don’t really think its necessary for me to describe each and every challenge. Y’all are watching the show, right? This one involves some strength (rolling a barrel), some equilibrium (rolling in the barrel) and some accuracy (like skee-ball). The veterans are a little bit ahead in this one, but it comes down to the skee-ball part. We have Gervase throwing for Galang and Hayden for Tadhana. Gervase squeaks out the win and the newbies are once again going to tribal.
Going to tribal isn’t a good thing for the three remaining gals on the Tadhana tribe. You can clearly see that the men have bonded and built an alliance around their testosterone. However, John does have that clue AND he has a connection with Rachel. The guys decide they are going to target Rachel because they really want Tyson to take her place on RI. John balks bringing suspicion down on himself. John receives a couple of votes, but Rachel is voted off.
The previews show Tyson being asked by Jeff if he will take Rachel’s place on RI. His quote is “Okay, none of you have a chance in hell.” Whether that means he goes to RI or he doesn’t go to RI, I guess we will have to wait and see.
I spoke to Gillian Larson, former Survivor contestant and creator of my favorite charity fundraiser Reality Rally about fire and the newbies. She tells me that prior to going on the show, she studied as many ways to make fire as she could. Remember, you don’t know where you are going so you don’t know what will be available. Gillian says that using bamboo to start a fire is one of the easiest methods. Neither of us could figure why no one knew how to do this. Perhaps, they were assuming they could depend upon their partner?
That’s it for this week. Now it’s your turn. See you in the comments! Stay tuned…Bloggergal