I’ve been a fan of this show for over 15 years now. I just love the concept of this game and the different personalities that are mixed in. It’s so easy to sit on my couch, watch these people interact and instantly make your judge on how the castaways will work out in the next 39 days. I’m sure it’s way more difficult to play on the island. You can’t really trust anyone because blindsides and back stabs will happen and you’re not sure if you can read people correctly. Last week was an introduction of the castaways and I gave my assessment and first impressions on the castaways. After last night, with love, war and alliances created, I’ve got a better understanding of each person on each tribe.
Let’s start with the Gen X tribe. The person that impressed me the most was Dave. I know, last week I said that Dave instantly put a target on his back and would be the next voted off. However, he did a complete 180 and is now a hero for the tribe. Yes, he still failed on his part during the challenge but he was able to provide fire for the tribe, which no one else could. Not only that, he was able to find the idol which was hidden inside of a coconut. It was a big find for Dave. He just has to be very smart how uses the idol. We all know how dangerous it is to have an idol. This week we learned more about Ken. The good-looking, model who caught an octopus for the tribe turns out to be just as a loner Dave is. Cece, Dave and Ken are on the outs of the tribe while the other 6 are in the majority alliance. Dave and Ken talked about their place in the tribe and pretty much formed a non-formal alliance and their plan to vote out Paul, who definitely has a big ego and ambition to control the game. Game aside, it was scary to see Paul go down like that. Whether it’s beneficial for anyone else or not, I hate seeing a tribe member go down. Thankfully, the doctor ruled him ok and didn’t have a heart attack and the game is back on. The tribe won the challenge so neither Dave or Paul went home. It’ll be interesting to see when the Gen X tribe does go back and has to face Dave’s immunity idol that might thwart their plans.
After this episode, I had a good read on the Millennials tribe. Specifically, Figgy and Taylor. Love is in the air and it’s no secret to the tribe that the surfer dude and bartender are getting sneaky at night and giving each other kisses. I have no opinion if a guy and a girl hooks up and have an island romance. It either hurts or benefits them in the game. It was funny when Jay said all couples in the game of survivor fail. He obviously doesn’t remember the duo of Amber and Boston Rob back in the All-Stars season. Yes, all power couples have failed since then but they can work. Michaela had no problem outing the two of them to the tribe and I don’t understand the quarrel she has with Figgy. I understand she doesn’t like the pairing, because it’s a close bond, but I’m trying to understand why she’s at war with Figgy. She must have compassion for her since she didn’t vote for her. It was weird seeing Michaela just openly admit her true feelings and self. It may not be anything but if continues to blossom, it could be the downfall for her game. If I had to nominate the player of the week for this tribe, it has to be Michelle. Michelle is part of the 4-way alliance between her, Jay, Taylor and Figgs. The other 7 wanted Figgs out so they can split up the duo of her and Taylor. When Jay heard of this information, he told his alliance which got Michelle very worried. She managed to get Michaela to reconcile her differences with Figgs and have her on their side. That’s 1. She convinced high school boy Will that voting out Figgs is a big mistake and Mari, the video gamer, is the bigger threat. That’s 2. At tribal council, when conversations was going on with Probst, Michelle managed to whisper her plan to the dorky nerd Hannah to vote out Mari. It’s a very dangerous move to do during tribal council but it worked in her favor! Mari was voted out with 7 votes and that 4 member alliance grew to 7 thanks to Michelle’s brilliant gameplay.
What impressed me about Michelle was her maneuverability to get people on her side and not saying too much. She showcased logic and compassion to Will and Michaela to get them on their side. I was majorly impressed how she got Hannah on her side, at tribal council! Hannah IS that typical nerd, you can see it in her complexion and obviously she was not invited to the cool kids table. Michelle reached out to her and showed her that she is one to trust. She revealed information to her as a sign of trust. Since Michelle showed favor in trusting, Hannah returned the favor back by voting out Mari. It’s a small maneuver but it pays BIG dividends in the long run. No one sees it but Michelle is a powerful person in this game with that small play she did. Her alliance was 4 but managed to bring it to 7. Zeke and Adam were definitely blindsided and are on the hot seat. If Michelle continues to play on her tribemate’s emotions and cuts them up, she can go a long way in this game.
However, it seems next week we’re seeing a twist in the game. Everyone’s pulling rocks out of a bag but not exactly sure what it’s for. The game of survivor continues to shift. Til next time!