The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie
Coach | The Good Survivors Get Voted Off
October 5, 2009
Welcome back again to the Dragon’s Lair. Bravo to Princess Debbie for hitting the nail on the head last week with regard to our new non-friendly garden gnome (you know who I’m talking about!). Thru all of my braggadocio in comparing the troll (Russell H. if I have to spell it out for you) to the dragon slayer, I did not state as poignantly as Debbie did just how evil our new super villain can be. Taking a National Disaster like Katrina and using this platform for his own selfish, supercilious and self-aggrandizing evil plan?
One word comes to mind: Unforgivable.
One other point about last weeks blog, and this one serves not as an agreement but a disagreement with Princess Debbie. Jaison is starting to wear on my nerves. I know a lot of people like him, but to me I just don’t see it. Instead of stepping to the front in challenges and camp life, I see him more as sitting back and watching things evolve around him. I do not see him as a dark horse or even an emerging leader but as someone who is not long for the game.
But that’s just my take….now on to last night’s episode…
Shall we start with Ben?
For all of us who have been out in the “bush” and started a fire with flint and steel, we know a good fire starter when we see one. And for two weeks in a row Ben is the one who is catching and killing the lizards and he is the one who seems to know the most of being in the wild.
But how many times have we seen some of the best “survivors” get voted off of Survivor. (More on that later…) But for all of Ben’s skills in hunting and survival he has the one trait that will always, and I mean always, bite you in the end. ARROGANCE. And not only arrogance, but an “in your face” type of attitude. An “I’m gonna rip you inside out” type of verbiage that wears on everyone’s nerves and benefits no one. Well, except audience members like me that can’t believe the audacious things that come out of Ben’s mouth.
Although Ben, I was sad to see you go. Yes you were arrogant, snide, smarmy, snarky and vainglorious, but you were also funny, one of a kind, witty, poignant and a good Survivor …(so of course you had to go). Bad run for you dude. As good old Mark Twain (I think he was the dragon slayers great great half uncle brother in law cousin) said “It’s better for people to think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!” If you had kept your mouth shut, or at least toned it down one notch, we would be seeing you next week.
Now camp life will certainly be more interesting, because like him or hate him Ben did help out around camp (obviously something Russell didn’t get the memo about). In fact he is conspicuously absent when ANY work is to be done. Not a smart move when you are, believe it or not, trying to survive with the help of your tribe mates.
Now for my star of the episode…Laura. Let’s throw some adjectives out; smart, funny and sexy (sorry Debbie). A little meditation, a little “coach-chi” music in the background with the Japanese flute, a little yoga, a few breathing exercises…just my kind of thing. Could this be a recipe for success? You bet!
Although the yoga/pilates might not be a matter of physical Survivor, and some of you (shame on you Shambo) might disagree but keeping your spiritual health and mental edge out in the jungle is almost as important as your physical well-being! Nice work Laura. This could be the emergence of a new leader. With tribe dynamics as they are, it is difficult to get any one person on the same page with you, no matter what the task. For cryin’ out loud it’s like herding cats. I like your style. Keep it up.
Speaking of style…we have another spy in the enemy camp. Shambo is off to the other tribe. Yasmin are you taking notes? This is how it should be done. Shambo is positive, complementary and very talkative. She makes everyone feel at home and more than one person remarks about her energy.
As the dragon slayer says: “When in enemy territory, make the warriors think you are their friend. In the end this will be rewarded by false friendships, where either party can turn on the other but at least there is an pretence of camaraderie.” (Or something like that, I just made it up on the fly and sometimes even I can’t understand my own superfluous, inordinate and profligate verbiage!)
Ok, everyone ready for nicknames? Since I came up with the Warrior Alliance in Tocantins, I thought it might be amusing to start a new round here. This time I chose the Lord of the Rings for my back drop!
Ben: Bilbo. Always stepping in his own dragon dung with little or no self control.
Russell H: Gollum. Irritating. Demonic voice and eyes. Possessed.
Jaison: Saruman: Powerful, smart, but wont live past the hype and expectations.
Liz: Arwen: Poised, poignant, and powerful in challenges
Mick: Legolas: Trusting, honorable and keen instincts
Laura: Eowyn: Beautiful, Strong, emerging leader
Dave. Wormtongue: Intelligent, smarmy, bad hair day always.
Russell S: Sam I am. Loyal, no harm intended, naïve.
Well that’s about enough fire from the Dragons Lair this week. Tune in next time to see what carnage we can wreak havoc upon.
Debbie | You Reap What You Sow
October 5, 2009
As the old saying goes: “You reap what you sow” or Coach should I say “The Dragons are slayed?” A Dragon was eliminated tonight. In the game of “Survivor” loose cannons are eliminated quickly. Thus, Ben, “the tribe has spoken.” Yea! I must admit I jumped and cheered.
At tribal it was clear that Jaison is much more in control of this game than it has appeared. I was so impressed with his comments and his integrity. You go, Jaison! Ben continued to antagonize Jaison and the tribe at tribal council. Jeff even gave Ben a chance to apologize and re-group. Once again, he played it ignorant, continued to run his mouth, and ultimately was voted off.
Seriously Ben, are you there to make a point, or play “Survivor”? Although Russell’s face was priceless…I loved it! His lame attempt at trying to save Ben from elimination was hysterical. Telling the tribe members that Ben was a strong physical player was a joke! Did you watch the challenge? The Galu guys whizzed past him every attempt?
I am concerned with the women’s roles in the game at this point though. They are not emerging as vital players. However, Liz surfaced as a stronger player this week. She rocked in the challenge. I was going crazy when Ben told Liz that women couldn’t start fires and she appeared to agree. He basically stated women were not strong enough to handle themselves out in the wild. Newsflash, every girl from my season could start a fire. Size or strength is not an issue when using flint and a machete. Sierra, started fires when our guys couldn’t…Girls you better learn quickly. Survivor is not a game for the men to care for the women. COME ON GIRLS WAKE UP! Show strength, start alliances and become a voice in your tribes.
I’m still holding out hope, but to me the jury is still out on Natalie and Ashley. Natalie doesn’t seem to say a lot at this point (which may be smart by the way), and Ashley knew the target was on her back, but even with Ben out, that target will still remain.
Shambo, here’s your chance to make a move. I suggest you go back to Galu and become the Yoga Master, catch some fish and move to the 90210 area code. You must bond with your tribe now or you’re going to be voted out. Your tribe can’t win every challenge (or can they?)! Regardless, right now, the target is clearly on your back as well! Yes, you played it smart when you visited Foa Foa. Unlike Yasmin, she connected with Foa Foa, made friends, and did not cause friction with the tribe. This could work to her advantage if she can survive her first tribal council. If she can make it to the merge, she could easily change tribal alliances and do well in this game.
Also yet again, we did not get a chance to see much of the other members of Shambo’s tribe. However, they appear to be still a strong functional group. I loved “Big Russell’s” comments, (not to be confused with “little Russell,” with the Napoleon complex) regarding taking care of his women. He appears to be a true gentleman with good intentions. Caring cast mates seem to do well in this game. However, I would have killed for a tarp! It does not appear to have rained yet, but when it does, and believe me it WILL rain, (it always does on Survivor,) they will wish they had a tarp!
I believe it was Erik who stated that the pillows, towels, etc…will get wet. What he did not add is they are so filthy, moldy and filled with stench after a few days, you don’t want them anyway. A tarp becomes your best friend in this game. Good thing Coach had a velvet jacket that he used for his personal tarp and DID NOT SHARE…
After viewing the previews, I am a bit concerned that my favorite, at this point, Jaison is going to let the miserable conditions affect his emotions and how he plays the game. I hope he does not lose focus. It’s not hard to that while you’re out there. That’s all for me for this week, hope you all are enjoying the ride as much as I am.
Hot News just in ………. Foa Foa to get new member flown in to replace Mike!!!