Whose on the Control Panel?

After taking Jedi Knight lessons from Yoda, Russell seems to have mastered mind control really well. Just look into their eyes and tell them what to do. No matter what all the talk around camp centers on it always ends up being what Russell wants to happen.

Shambo and Brett are the obvious two in trouble this Thursday. If one wins Immunity then look for the other one to be voted out. The FF4 with a common sense vote should keep taking out the former Galu tribemates.

Russell can only use his HII until the F4.  If this was a Nascar race, Russell would have running on Super Fuel. Despite his pit crew being eliminated from the pits, he has managed to stay in the race until he had a opening that would let him cut to the lead. Now in the lead he only has to keep his pit crew working their magic. The Checkered Flag is in site. The main competion will be gone soon and it then turns into a sprint for the finish.

Can Mick, Jaison or Natalie stage a coup and send King Richard to the pits so that an Earnhardt or Johnson can take the lead?

All eyes will be on Russell this Thursday to see him try to control everyone and get himself to the F2.

They’ll let anyone talk about Survivor!

Numb3rs compares Survivor players to prisoners

Survivor Samoa »   by Andy Dehnart / November 16, 2009

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Do you remember any of these people????

You can be a “Survivor”!

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

So you’ve seen the show and now want to know how to become a part of SURVIVOR. Here is a

breakdown of the selection process:

1. If you have previously applied for SURVIVOR and you were a finalist in Los Angeles,

please do not reapply. Unless you specifically notify us in writing that we should not consider

your prior application and submission in connection with an upcoming SURVIVOR, we will be

reviewing your previously submitted applications and videotape submissions for SURVIVOR.

We will not consider any new application or submission you may submit. Second, if you have

previously applied for SURVIVOR and you were

reapply if you wish because we will not be considering your previously submitted applications

and videotape submissions for upcoming SURVIVORs.

2. Written application forms are available for downloading on this website. Applications

must be received by January 6, 2010.

3. A total of approximately 800 applicants

by the Producers in person at one of the following locations: Los Angeles, Ca; New York, NY;

Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX: Detroit, MI; Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and

Denver, CO. Producers reserve the right to change the number or the identity of the foregoing

locations at any time. All travel expenses for the interview will be the applicants’ sole expense.

4. Semi-finalists (the number of which will be determined by Producers) will be invited to

Los Angeles as scheduled by Producers for final interviews with the SURVIVOR producers.

Roundtrip economy air travel between Los Angeles and your local airport in the United States

and lodging will be provided by Producers.

5. Approximately 16 finalists for each cycle (the final number of which will be determined

by Producers) will be selected as contestants to participate in this SURVIVOR program. Filming

is presently scheduled to occur for cycles 21 and 22 in summer to fall of 2010 (or as otherwise

scheduled by Producers) at a remote location to be announced.

6. All decisions made by the Producers are final and not subject to review or appeal.

So now you’re probably wondering what kind of person is eligible to be selected for this once in a

lifetime opportunity. Here are the guidelines:

 

 

 

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The Devils curse, have Russell’s lies doomed the Foa Foa?

The rhythmic beat of the drums could be heard in during mass! It was because of this that in 2009, the Samoan Gods decided that any tribe that was not Catholic would not be allowed to practice within on the island. Foa Foa beach, now deserted was the location where the early Voudoun held their rituals. The Voodoo religion is based on one main supreme deity and several demi-gods called Loas. The Loas are much to Voodoo as the Saints are to Catholicism, each one serving a specific purpose. In the language of the Dahomey tribes, the word Voodoo means Gods or Spirits. The Dahomians believed that these spirits had the ability to enter the worshippers. This was believed to be a valuable experience, warding off illness and misfortune. It was in the Foa Foa camp where the  Voodoo Gods became irate with the Mandevil called Russell with the Houdini magic. 

It was not uncommon for crosses of death, tiny coffins, and strange concoctions of Samoan smoothies or hidden immunity idol dolls to be found within the tribal camps. At dawn on the doorsteps and beaches of cast-a-ways warnings could be found.  Sometimes there would be just a black candle or a black crepe wreath. Superstitious tribe members of the Galu tribe would constantly seek protection from such curses. Much of the Voodoo practitioners’ spells that were sought after were for that of protection or uncrossing, removing hexes. The Galu being truthful, found another Hidden Immunity Idol dol which could hold off curses. One of the most common practices to protect one from evil curses was to scrub the feet of the Tribal Chieffront on the stoop of the hut with palm leaves. Many Samoans made Gris-Gris bags (good luck charms), and would wear them near the body or place them in the home. Rumor has it that doctors at Survivor hospital told of patients being brought in wearing their Gris-Gris bags and refusing to part with them. These bags were usually made up of a variety of herbs or even animal parts. One of the most powerful animals to use in Voodoo was the cat, particularly, a black cat.

Hmmmmmmm, maybe the curse is working!!!!!

Well if you can’t beleive what you read in a comic book, what can you beleive?

Stratagy will now come into play, it’s time to warm up your Lying machines and lets party! He’s gone but Russell was making some bad moves before he left!

Shambo needs some friends, I think she is losing it!

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The Hulk is simply in the best shape going into this weeks superhero fight. The X-Men are questionable and in need of an infusion of power. Superman was dropped by some kryptonite. Batman is hiding in his tree trunk bat cave. Catwoman and her kittens are busy purring and tucking their tails. Shambowomen is looking to team up with the X-men and fight to the death. The coming collision of superpowers is ready to be a big explosion of energy. The last person standing will be determined and the game will come to an end!   BOOM

Jeff Probst blogs ‘Survivor: Samoa’: episode #6

 

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Rain is a double-edged sword on Survivor. It gives and it takes. We love the layer of drama it adds when you see the contestants shivering, their fingers wrinkled like prunes, as they struggle to make fire. But rain can also bring with it severe, life-threatening problems as it did this week when Russell collapsed due to dehydration.

I’m going to focus this blog on sharing with you everything you didn’t see that happened when Russell went down.  

INSIGHT:
During the early stage of the challenge when they were pushing the sphere, I was completely unaware that Russell was struggling. I noticed he was tired but that is not unusual during a challenge and so I thought nothing much of it.

Even when they reached the maze, I noticed it taking him a long time to get himself over to the maze, but he was blindfolded and I am watching 13 other people, so once again I wasn’t overly concerned because exhaustion is normal and in fact, the effort someone puts into a challenge is often a determining factor in whether they stay or are voted out.

Russell had always given 100% so it didn’t surprise me to see him exhausted.

It was when his head went down and stayed that it started to become clear that something wasn’t right. But because he was blindfolded and I couldn’t see his eyes, it was again very hard to determine if he was just tired or in some kind of real trouble.

When I watch the episode edited with the luxury of close ups, it seems much more obvious that Russell was not doing well and I wish I had gotten there sooner. I can only tell you that from my vantage point, in the midst of everything going on – 10 people running a challenge, 4 others on the sit out bench and a challenge to oversee, he was only one of the things I was keeping an eye on.

As a result, I had no idea that he actually had already passed out for the first time while he was standing at the maze, but that is exactly what our doctors think happened. They think he had already passed out once before I even got to him.

When a Survivor appears to be in trouble, our first rule is to give them the chance to save themselves or see if one of their tribemates can help them before we make any decision about sending in medical, safety, or our water rescue team. We do this because it is their game, their adventure and whenever possible we want them to make the decisions about their fate.

Let me be clear, we are watching them the entire time, they are never out of our sight, and our medical, safety and rescue teams are always on alert – but we would rather give the contestants every chance to handle it themselves before we move in to take over.

But in this case, it happened so fast that I didn’t even consider waiting. I just instinctively called for medical to come in and get to work. Because our medical team is so well run they were prepared for someone to pass out or get injured even before the challenge began. That’s what they do, they prep before the challenge about what could possibly go wrong so they are ready for it. They knew dehydration could be a factor and so when Russell went down they had a plan in place and were helping Russell within seconds of me calling them in.

As you saw, Russell said he was okay… and then immediately passed out again.

Once medical informed me that Russell was going to require some major time-consuming attention I called off the challenge because it seemed the only decision that made sense. There was no way we were going to continue — it was clear Russell was going to require too much time and because both tribes were going to tribal council either way, it didn’t seem to matter enough to consider an alternative. So we sent the tribes back to their camp and told them to await word.

In a moment like that you make a decision. Sometimes it’s the right one, sometimes it’s the wrong one, but you have to make a call. It’s one of the things that I most enjoy about doing a show like Survivor. It is for all intents and purposes, a live show. It would be great to go back and script out all my reactions and comments like a movie, but you can’t do that. All you can do is react and hope your decision makes sense. I’m sure many people will feel canceling the challenge was “lame” or “silly” but for me it was the only call to make as Russell was the priority and that’s that.

At this point our challenge crew led by our director and senior producer Dave Dryden became reality shooters and producers. Dryden quickly re-positioned them so they could cover the unfolding drama. Their ability to quickly reconnoiter is why we have such great coverage of everything that went down.

For the next 45 minutes we monitored Russell’s vital signs. We gave him water from his canteen. We gave him oxygen. We propped him up and gave him time to try to relax and get calm.

During that time Russell and I talked about a lot of things. He was very worried that he would be pulled from the game. He was worried how he would be portrayed and what his family would think. He did not want to be seen as a quitter.

That’s why I tried to recap everything that had happened up to Russell up to this point – how dominant he had been in the game, his leadership, his physical capability. I was trying to make the point that no matter what happens, he would never been seen as someone who gave less than 100%.

I explained to him that he had already passed out two times, but his recollection at that point was so foggy he didn’t understand. He thought he was fine and was demanding to be put back into the challenge. In fact, I don’t think he even realized that everybody else had already been sent back to camp and the challenge called off.

Even with all of this going on, our doctors assured him that if his vitals came back strong they would allow him to stay in the game.

Nobody wanted Russell to go home.

When Russell passed out for the third time, I got very worried. Then his heart rate dropped 30 beats in less than a second. I was watching the heart rate monitor and when I saw it move from 97 to 68, I was honestly concerned that we were losing him. Forever.

Even writing this brings back the same emotion.

Our doctors were not exaggerating or play acting when they started pounding on Russell’s chest and repeating his name, asking him “Russell, are you with us?” It seemed to go on forever, his eyes not moving, not responding to anything.

I have never been more proud of our medical team than I was in that moment. Heroic. Incredibly calm. Well practiced. They knew exactly what they needed to do and they didn’t waste a moment.

Telling Russell he was being pulled from the game was difficult. I understood that he didn’t want to quit. He was in a great position in the game and there was such a fire in his belly. Many people have been pulled from the game that didn’t want to go, for some reason this one really got to me.

What you didn’t see was that after Russell pulled off his oxygen mask in frustration, he experienced a lot of different emotions, all of them completely understandable. He was extremely frustrated at me, at medical, and at production in general for pulling him from the game. He yelled. Then, he got quiet. Then, he cried. Finally, he prayed. It was extremely emotional and simultaneously beautiful. He was in a very vulnerable state and to be a witness as he processed the situation and made peace with it was an honor.

I’m guessing that Russell had no idea how bad it was until he saw the episode last night. I think he will be surprised at how serious it was and will realize that he is not a quitter and there was no other decision to be made other than to pull him from the game.

After Russell was removed we then had to make a decision whether to continue with our double tribal council or cancel it.

SIDE LINE: For the record, I have always hated the “win or lose, you must vote someone out” twist, but it’s existence comes from necessity. Let me explain: We would prefer to start the show with only 16 contestants. It’s much easier for the audience to get to know 16 people. But it gives us no wiggle room if someone quits or has to leave the game due to medical emergency.

If we start with 18, that gives us a bit of breathing room in terms of numbers but also gives us an uneven number of men and women on each tribe.

If we start with 20, as we did this year, it gives us plenty of wiggle room for quits or medical evacuation, but because we have 4 extra people we have to get rid of them at some point. Thus the “win or lose, you’re voting somebody out” scenario. I am happy to say that we have since figured out a better way to do double eliminations. So should we ever need to vote out two people in one episode it will not be a “win or lose both tribes going to tribal council” scenario.

BACK TO INSIGHT:
So… what to do? We gathered the creative team and the decision was made that due to the unprecedented canceling of the challenge, the medical drama, and incredibly difficult conditions the contestants had endured the past several days,  the best move was to make a gesture of good will and spare them from voting anybody out.

Was it was the right move? Depends on your point of view. It was certainly not a “clear-cut this is the only decision to be made” situation. We considered everything and we made what we believed to be the right call. You may disagree. In fact, I’m pretty sure many of you reading this right now are saying, “Hell yes I disagree. You should have voted people out. That’s what Survivor does!” Well, not this time. Sorry.

One thing was very clear, the canceling of the vote did seem to lift their spirits. You could see them begin to re-energize once they heard the news. You saw the rivalry between the two tribes reignite. Why is this important? Because at the end of the day if the Survivors lose their motivation to continue and it turns into a “group” funk, then the show is in serious trouble.

It’s probably hard to appreciate how difficult this season has been, so all I can do is repeat what I’ve said many times – this is a very tough season added to an already very tough game. Remember, we are not giving them food, we are not giving them water. We don’t offer them dry clothes or help them start their fire. We were worried about their welfare and did not want anybody else to be evacuated and certainly didn’t want anyone to decide to quit.

Okay – that’s it from my end. I hope you’re still enjoying the season. One thing that has always been true about Survivor fans, you are loyal. We appreciate it.

Until next week.

 

  

 

The NFL Survivors injury report for day 15!

These people are dropping like flies.

Mick explains Russell’s demise.

Russell’s mind set before the challenge!

Russell on the beach talking to Dave.

Shambo’s take on Russell!

Weather related maladys!

We’ve had two majors that have ended players seasons. We now have 13 on IR but scheduled to play and 1 with no injuries and ready to QB his team. They’re battered and bruised but must suck it up and compete. Weather conditions are predicted to be wet and cold. Lots of defensive ability will be necessary to hold back the offenses and keep the scoring low. The special teams game will be very important to return all the kicks. A fumble at this point could be disasterous. First downs will be a tough commodity to collect. Even the gadget plays are now gonna be necessary to keep your opponent off balance. The Cheerleaders will be trying to root for their team to score. The referee is ready to restart play and the game is back on!!!

Dalton Ross article. (3 oage article and video interview)

Jeff blogs about last week and the sunami the hit Samoa!

Jeff Probst blogs ‘Survivor: Samoa’: episode 3

I will be honest up front that this is going to be a unique blog because as I sit on my couch writing, my mind and my heart are with all the local Samoan families who are in dire straits as a result of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked the island of Upolu, just a few days ago. So much devastation, so many lives lost.

This is show business and the show must go on, so I will share my thoughts about this episode, but bear in mind my focus is somewhat challenged.

Here we go…

Last night’s episode was one of my favorites and tribal council one of the hardest to watch.  Jaison showed some real backbone. I was happy to see it. It is fascinating to watch someone reach their breaking point and then what happens as a result. Jaison threw down the ultimatum and in doing so earned a lot of respect. Certainly from me.

PERSONAL INSIGHT: Jaison struggled a lot these first several days of Survivor. There were many times that it appeared to me his heart was just not in the game. I now wonder how much his struggle with Ben had to do with his spirit, as it clearly was taking a toll on him. More on Jaison later…

WHO IS PLAYING THIS GAME ANYWAY?:  Russell made a big statement last night about being the only one playing the game. I think he’s wrong. Not everybody is playing as aggressively as Russell, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t playing.

For instance, when Russell approached Natalie and asked for her reaction to last week’s tribal council in which Betsy was voted out, she was very cagey with her response.
She stated only facts.

Natalie: “It was brutal. It was the majority. It was the plan.” She gave nothing away regarding how she felt about the outcome.

Her approach was a wise one. If you argue with Russell, or challenge a decision, or try to play him as aggressively as he is playing you, it will end badly. So instead, Natalie made a strategic move. She didn’t agree or disagree with the vote. She deflected. Well done.

Russell took it as a sign she was not involved in the game, I took it as a sign that Natalie understands this game more than it might appear.

I HEAR YOU!: Yes, I heard you yelling at your screen when Russell explained with devilish glee, “The Russell Seed.” I do admire the conviction. There is no doubt in Russell’s mind that “The Russell Seed” exists and that kind of belief in yourself can take you a long way. Not always the right way, but a long way.

OVER AT GALU:  I continue to be amazed at their winning streak. As they said last night, they’re so comfortable, they are not even in “game mode.” Instead they spend their free time doing yoga and watching the “hot” threesome of Laura, Monica and Kelly prance around in their bikinis playing Charlie’s Angels. Don’t get me wrong fellas, I’m not complaining. Laura, Monica and Kelly happen to be a very attractive threesome and let’s hope there are more swim suit challenges coming up… but from a “game” point of view I am surprised they haven’t crumbled yet. Typically when you get comfortable you get complacent and on Survivor that usually leads to disaster. Time will tell.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE EPISODE:  Dreadlocked Russell made his first leadership mistake. He took as a reward, a few soft fluffy cushions over… a protective tarp.

As we were standing there and I gave him the choice between comfort and function, I was certain he would choose the tarp and everything else that went with it. I was blown away by his decision. I expected it to be the easiest decision he’d had so far.

He supported the choice as his way of “taking care of his women.” I don’t buy it. I think it was a mistake and I think he knows it. One of the most valuable things you can have at your camp is a big tarp to keep you dry. The odds of Russell regretting that decision are enormous. In fact, if you can find odds at Vegas go ahead and put the pink slip down. Rain. Cold. Misery. It’s coming.

I HEAR YOU, AGAIN:  Yes, I heard you screaming at your screens again when Russell said, “This is what god made me for.” Notice I didn’t capitalize the word “god.” I’m not implying anything, it just feels better with a small “g”, that’s all.

SHAMBO VISIT:  Shambo was put on the wrong tribe. She should have been a Foa Foa member. She felt so at home that she gave away a lot of information about the dynamics of her tribe. As you all know, I like Shambo, but girl, sometimes you need to be quiet. Try counting to ten before speaking… you’ll go further in the game.

BIGGEST HERO OF THE NIGHT: Jaison at Tribal Council. Jaison elevated himself in the eyes of this host and I’m guessing a majority (but not all) of our viewers. I loved last night’s Tribal. As I said earlier, it was hard to watch at times, but absolutely compelling and completely honest. Two people from very different walks of life, going jaw to jaw with their personal beliefs.

Jaison was determined to not let the game or his pursuit of the million dollars get in the way of his personal integrity. Ben, on the other hand seemed determined to make sure his personal beliefs got in the way of his pursuit of the million dollars.

The conversation between Jaison and Ben offered another fascinating peek inside the psyche of humans. I have no doubt that Ben believed everything he was saying to Jaison about Yasmin was “accurate.” Not an opinion, but a fact. Just like I believe Ben did not intend to be chauvinistic when lecturing the women of the tribe on why they should not attempt to make fire: “Not to be chauvinistic… not to put you down. I wouldn’t even attempt it.”

But, that is not what is fascinating. What’s fascinating is his inability to measure how such comments would resonate with another person. Now he knows.

Jaison proved himself a worthy prosecutor with his ability to eloquently attack Ben for making what he perceived to be racist comments. Then after letting Ben state his case, he was able to reassess and attack from a different but just as impressive and damaging angle: “Okay, then you’re ignorant.”

TO BE FAIR: I gotta say I was impressed with one thing about Ben, his fire starting capability. Very smooth. I learned a couple of tricks from him. Build a nice pile of magnesium and then be very gentle with the flint. Two good lessons. Not enough to keep him in the game, but something I will definitely keep in mind the next time I actually have to start a fire using flint and steel. Which is hardly ever. Okay, maybe never.

Ben delivered exactly what he promised he would in casting. For that we owe him a thank you. He didn’t back down or cower in a corner and wait for someone else to drive the story. He came strong. Very strong. He is who he is and he wasn’t embarrassed about it. Some people are attracted to that kind of bravado, others are not. Survivor is a game about social politics and with this group of Survivors, Ben was never long for the game.

Russell impressed me last night at tribal council with his realization that the tide had changed and he had to change his vote to Ben. I would have bet good money that Russell, The Human Steamroller, would have tried to push his idea through and intimidate people into still voting out Ashley, in spite of everything that went down at tribal. The fact that he was able to read the situation and change his action surprised me. Up until now he has succeeded based on sheer aggressive play. Last night’s move shows another layer to his game.

Okay, it is later in the day now and I have moved location to a local Baja Fresh to sit in the sun and finish this.

I’m going to leave you by revisiting the thoughts I shared at the top of the blog. I am sad today. The island of Upolu, where we spent the summer shooting Survivor, has been devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami. Lives have been lost. Homes destroyed.

I’m happy to tell you that all of the Survivor crew on location are okay and unharmed. But for many others the news is not as good.

It was a week of devastation in the South Pacific, with Indonesia and American Samoa also getting hit hard. I am focusing only on Western Samoa because they are now a part of our Survivor family.

Tribal council was built by local labor. The posts that support the roof of Tribal Council were all carved by local students. The mats that are on the floor of tribal were woven by the women of the villages.

All of our challenges employed local labor, every department had locals working with us, our meals were cooked by local labor. We went to work together every day. They became our friends, we stayed in their homes, we ate dinner with them, met their families, shared stories of our lives.

It is heart breaking to see the devastation caused by an 8.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

It is another reminder that life is unpredictable. We all have to do our best to make sure we’re living the life we want, not the life we think we’re supposed to be living. I am saying this to myself as much as I am sharing with you.

If you want to help you can donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and designate it is to help Samoa. You can also visit REDCROSS.ORG or HELPSAMOA.COM.

 

Check out an exclusive video of Jeff Probst conducting a run through of an upcoming challenge for Survivor: Samoa!

 

The View as seen from last years Good and Evil

The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie

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Coach  |  Blogging From the Dragon’s Lair

September 28, 2009

Hello Survivor fans and welcome to the first official “Immunity Blog” on CBS.com with the Dragon Slayer and the Princess giving our thoughts on the season.

Let’s not waste anytime here. I know there are already lots of comparisons between last season’s number one “villain” Coach (aka the Dragon Slayer) and the new villain on Survivor: Samoa, Russell Hantz. Lets compare the two of us if we shall because I for one think we are polar opposites. You might disagree but as iron sharpens iron perhaps we can come up with more similarities/opposites.

Coach                                                     Russell H.
Noble                                                      Ignoble
Honest                                                    Dishonest
Unselfish                                                Selfish
Team Player                                         In It For Himself
Tells Inspirational Stories              Tells Flat Out Lies

Despite all that, I was impressed with him finding the immunity idol without a clue. I know Debbie may not believe me, but I actually have to give him a lot of credit for playing the game harder at this point then just about anyone I’ve seen in a long time.

Now that’s out of the way, I really want to focus on the people who are not getting all the attention and might be major characters of the season.

I’ve got to go back to last week’s episode. The Dragon Slayer once said, “take your weaknesses and make them your strength. Take your strengths and make yourself invincible.” So when Shambo basically said “ah shucks, smarts aint my thing” and then she proceeded to rock the puzzle in the first challenge of the season, I had stop and think for a second. Was she just playing the game at that point? Or is she a real person, one who is going to bring that “down home” work ethic and determination to the “survival” aspect on Survivor.

But wait a minute; remember that often times just when someone impresses you…they blow it. One thing I have learned in Survivor is to not say something absolute or concrete (that storm is going to go right past us…remember?) Shambo had to go and brag to the tribe and say, “spear fishing is my thing”. Not only did she not catch any fish, but she also lost some of the fishing gear. You have to catch fish to live out there…. not a good move Shambo.

Now as many of us have already established, Russell H. will be the guy this year most people will despise. But Ben is another villain that we will love to hate, or hate to love this season. So he smashed and killed a lizard to eat. Not bad. But the things that come out of his mouth? Straight forward, guttural, spiteful and….come on you have to admit…kind of funny at times.

My top three of the night: Calling Yasmin a hooker, calling Yasmin Ghetto trash and saying that she should go back to eating catsup sandwiches and kool aid.

Yasmin, you gotta admit you asked for controversy. Now I don’t condone using derogatory terms, but I mean come on. You go over to the other tribe and approach it that way? You should be walking on eggshells. You are on enemy samurai ground. Dragon Slayer rule: “Tread lightly and carry no stick!” And then you take on Ben by confronting him? I’ll say one thing for him, the guy will take ownership of his actions.

Now if Ben can just stop high fiving Russell in front of everyone at tribal, stop chopping wood in the middle of the night, and stop getting kicked out of challenges, maybe he might be around awhile to give us more laughs and sarcasm. But please, no shooting police officers, even with a “hand” gun. Not cool.

Betsy: Too bad you had to leave so soon. You are a straightforward cop, with good instincts. Why wouldn’t anyone listen to you!!!! “Trust your intuition..its strong!” What a great line, if only the ladies would have listened to you, because I think they are on the chopping block next. Not only did you call out Russell from day one but you called out Ben as a bad apple as well. Two for two in my book!

That’s all from the Dragon’s Lair for this week. Have a great weekend!

Coach

Debbie  |  Russell is the New Dragon to Slay

September 28, 2009

Hi everyone! I’m back and I’m thrilled to be apart of these “Immunity Blogs” with the Dragon Slayer. Let’s dive right in shall we?

It appears Samoa is going to be a wild ride. This season has started with a bang and, in my opinion, has two cast members that could possibly go down as the most hated Survivors ever! Sorry Coach! Russell is quickly emerging as a total sinister, pathologic jerk. As a matter of fact, he can be your new dragon to slay. For anyone to gain sympathy by telling a lie about being in the New Orleans Katrina disaster is not only sick, but also maddening.

Being from the South and having victims move their children into my school and community, I have personally witnessed what true victims of this tragedy have gone through. They’ve lost homes and possessions they will never regain. I know lying is a part of Survivor; however, using a personal lie like Johnny Fairplay and his grandmother story is one thing, but not a terrible natural disaster. That infuriated me!

Then you have Ben, ironically Russell’s tribemate. Ben’s cultural comments regarding Yasmin were out of line and totally inappropriate. He has completely shown his ignorance. I have to give Marissa and Betsy complete credit. They were on to both Ben and Russell from the beginning and unfortunately it costs them. Is Russell really controlling this game? I still have to have faith that Foa Foa will catch on to him soon.

I’m hoping Jasion will eventually turn on him. I get the feeling he’s going to emerge as a strong leader and hopefully will do well in this game as a result. He has remained calm, but is also very smart and is going to catch on to these guys. Strength is key in this game; however, a major component is who can you live with and who you can tolerate in those terrible harsh conditions. Much more time is spent around camp and living together than in the challenges. It is obvious that Foa Foa has not connected. Maybe that will change?

Moving on to Galu, it’s very clear, we don’t know much about them. Although what we do know is that Russell sent Yasmin to collect information on Foa Foa with interesting results. She should have gone into camp, laid low, and then persuaded them to talk to her to bring information back to Galu. That clearly didn’t happen! Knowing the other tribe members is critical for the merge and challenges. Yasmin probably set everyone back a few steps with that little trip.

On a separate note, Shambo, why in the world would you tell everyone you lost the mouth piece while lying in the water and relaxing? Are you nuts?!? Tell them a shark ate it. Tell them a dragon came down from the sky and scooped it out of your hand. Tell them anything else, but don’t tell them you lost it and then chilled for an hour. Now you have a big target on your back. I still don’t understand why Shambo went fishing alone. Where was the rest of the tribe? I guess they must not have been that hungry.

To wrap-up, I’m sorry to see Betsy go; she was a smart woman with great instincts. Although I was not surprised to see Mike’s health fail. I was concerned from the moment he fell off of the boat arriving in camp. I have to give him credit though, because he gave the challenge his all.

Next week’s preview gives me some hope that things are going turn around for Foa Foa, although I guess we will have to wait and see. I am also anxious to see more of the Galu tribe. It appears on the surface that they are not as dysfunctional as Foa Foa, but this is “Survivor” and first impressions aren’t always right.

Debbie 

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Survivor Gabon Season 17 – Earth’s Last Eden Is Over!

It is time to say goodbye to Gabon. It has been a lovely season and it has finally come to a close.

The final five are Susie, Sugar, Kenny, Matty and Bob. Bob has been the one that they want to vote out but every time they want to, Bob goes and wins the immunity challenge. He won 5 straight challenges. So once Bob has won immunity, the vote changes towards Susie. Sugar thinking that Kenny is a bigger threat goes and votes for Kenny and gets the others to as well.  So Kenny is voted out. This decision of Sugar’s is going to come back and bite her.

The next morning, Susie knows she is definitely gone unless she wins immunity. Matty goes to get tree mail and after that the final four – Matty, Bob, Susie and Sugar embark upon their Rites of Passage honoring all the previous tribe mates voted out.

They then embark upon their immunity challenge which is making a house of cards as high as possible within 30 minutes. Susie wins this out of nowhere. She won the first individually immunity and she won the last individual immunity.

Matty & sugar decide to vote out Bob now. Sugar though changes her mind later. She can’t decide who to vote out between Matty & Bob. Eventually she forces a tie between them by voting for Matty. The tie-breaker challenge is a fire making challenge. Who can make the largest fire enough to burn a piece of thread.Bob wins this challenge and Matty is voted out.

On the final day, the final three go to check their Tree Mail but their is none. Instead their is a huge breakfast feast for them.

After this they go and set their shelter and watch it burn.

Later that night, the final three go to Tribal Council to meet the seven member jury who is going to decide their fate.

Corrinne lets loose against Susie. Kenny is pretty upset at Bob. Randy is upset at them all.

After all the Jury members speak to the final three it is time to vote.

They then cut to the live viewing of the CBS Hollywood Studio where all the members are sitting. It is for the Survivor Reunion episode. The votes are then read and Susie gets three and Bob gets three votes. Sugar gets none. It all comes down to Randy’s votes. He votes Bob and Bob is the official winner of Survivor Gabon Season 17.

At age 58, Bob becomes the oldest Survivor winner. Tom from Palau, 41 years old when he won, is now the second oldest. Bob is the tenth male to win, while seven females have won the title of sole survivor

Go Bob!

Do you think Bob deserved to win Survivor Gabon?
Don’t you think Sugar deserved at least one vote from the Jury members?
Do you think Susie played a perfect game but her not winning many challenges hampered her chances of winning?
How did you like this Season of Survivor?

What did you like best about this Season?
What made you hate this Season?
How would you rate this Season of Survivor?

If you have any comments or questions then please do post in the comments below.

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Merge Has Come And The Power Shifts

Hello guys… I am back again.

The new merged tribe is now called Nobag Tribe. The opposite of Gabon. A pretty good name.

Did anyone see last weeks episode? So the merge has come and there were 9 players left.3 blindsights in a row and the power man is now Kenny and Sugar. Kenny because he is the mastermind behind everything and Sugar with her immunity idol.

It was time for The Survivor Auction! I really like this part of the game. The items that were on sale were, Chocolate Chip Cookies, A hot bath, a chance to send someone to exile island, a passage to the last round of the immunity challenge, beer & peanuts, chocolate & peanut butter.

Nobody likes Randy except Corrine and Bob. The rest of them detest him and they were planning on voting on him. Corrine & Randy failed to get Matty on their side.

Bob was sent to exile island where he couldn’t find the hidden immunity idol and so he made one himself. He then gave that to Randy to use at the Tribal Council. Sugar convinced Bob to give it to Randy for laughs.

At the immunity challenge, Kenny, Matty and Corrine made it to the final round. Corrine desperately needed the immunity to keep her group of three strong except that Kenny won immunity challenge. Corrine and Bob hate Susie and so does Randy. Their plan was to use Bob’s hidden immunity idol to keep himself safe and vote out Susie.

At the Tribal Council, Randy plays the immunity idol but finds out that it is a fake one. So he gets voted out.

My god Randy must be pissed off to the core after this. I wonder what he will do while be a jury member.

Only 7 Survivors are left. Who will be voted out next?

Do you guys remember when Marcus & Charlie got the group of people to throw the hidden immunity idol into the water? Well, they threw the bottle but never checked it. Marcus kept the idol in his pocket and then hid it around camp. Only Bob knows about this.

In next weeks episode, Bob tells this to Corrine and now they also have a hidden immunity idol along with Sugar. I think Corrine is going to go but wil play the idol which will make Susie the one who has to go.

Who do you think is going to go next week?
Will the hidden immunity idol that Bob has come into play?
Who do you think has the power now?

That is all for now. I will be back later with more recaps and more insights and opinions.

If you have any comments or questions then please do post in the comments below.

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3 And A Half Weeks And 7 Episodes In And The Surprises, Mix Ups And The Game Keeps Changing Towards The Unknown

Hello guys…

Survivor Gabon and the contestants are 24 days in which is 3 and a half weeks. There are now only 10 Survivors left on Gabon and we finally have our first member of the Jury.

As we stand right now, 9 people have been voted out.

They are; (In order of elimination)

1. Michelle
2. Gillian
3. Paloma
4. Jacquie
5. GC
6. Kelly
7. Ace
8. Dan
9. Marcus

Until now, we now that Sugar has the hidden immunity idol. Sugar was dumb enough to blindsight her biggest allie Ace. She made a huge mistake to vote out Ace and realises it in the 7th episode of the season which aired this past Thursday.

Lets see what else… There have been two tribal switches. Both came as a surpsise to the Survivors.
The first one came in Episode 4 where the Survivors had to rank themselves within their tribe. The two highest ranked members would be new captains. They then would pick new tribes one by one.
The second switch came in the most recent episode and it came as a huge shock. With 10 Survivors left, all of them thought a merge was imminent, but little did they know that they would be mixed up again. They had to pick numbers and then odd numbers were together as were even.

Marcus made possibly the worst move so far besides Sugar blind sighting Ace. Actually it was Randy’s idea to do so. This did hurt Marcus though. Randy got the group of 10 people to throw away another hidden immunity idol. Before throwing it, they offered it to anyone but no one took it.

I think this move was a blow to Marcus and the other thing was that he could not swing Suzie towards himself. So Marcus became the 9th person to be voted off on Survivor and became the first member of the Jury.

Finally, the tribes as they stand as of Day 24;

Kota: Bob, Susie, Crystal and Kenny
Fang: Corrine, Charlie, Randy, Sugar and Matty

As we stand now on the alliances;

Kota: Susie, Crystal and Kenny are together and Bob is on the edge.

Fang: Corrine, Charlie and Randy are together. Sugar and Matty are really strong because Sugar has the hidden immunity idol. Matty did win Fang the immunity challenge though so that might change the alliances in this tribe up a little bit.

Do you think Sugar can make the merge?
If Kota lose then is Bob going to be voted out?
Will Susie (who should have been out a long time ago) make the merge?
Can Sugar use her immunity idol effectively?
Will it now be Kota’s turn to be on a losing streak?

That is all for now. I will be back later with more recaps and more insights and opinions.

If you have any comments or questions then please do post in the comments below.

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