I wasn’t going to post a Survivor blog this week. Why? Truthfully I am getting a bit burnt out on blogging and needed a little break. I’m not sure people even read the stuff considering my posts usually get no comments. Taking screen-shots is also very time consuming, and it usually winds up with me watching the episode like 3-4x which leads to quick burnout there. I decided to skip the screen-shots this post to see how it goes, but maybe later in the week I’ll run through and snag some shots if I get any requests for anything specific. I know there were a lot of bikini shots out there for the guy viewers / readers, so I’m sure people will be expecting some sort of eye candy this post.
Considering I didn’t plan on blogging about it, I didn’t watch it with my trusty notepad this week, so it’s very likely I will miss a lot of stuff to talk about. I do know one thing I want to talk about, is the immunity idol and how it possession of it forces the holder to lose any brain power they have. It seems the longer someone holds it, the more they forget how to play the game and just say / do dumb things, as Ralph proved to us this week. To be fair, I’m not really sure the guy had much brain power to begin with though.
I never really understood the reasoning behind revealing to more than your closest ally that you have the idol. I’ve seen it numerous times over the years, and the only time it has ever worked out has been Russell, but that was only due in large part to a) Smart people want to sit next to him in the finals anyway and b) A bit of luck at times. Ralph randomly deciding he has to show the entire tribe that he has a huge position of strength was mind boggling to say the least. He had a good spot on his tribe as the hard working redneck who will carry the tribe through some tough physical challenges, but then decides that wasn’t good enough, he needed to put a target on his back.
The best part of the episode was during the Redemption Island duel between Matt and Russell, as most know by now, it was won by Matt. Russell had his breakdown which we’ve all seen before, but he explains he’s mostly upset he was beaten by a bunch of dummies. Ralph then instantly proves his point by letting him – and the other tribe know – that he’s not dumb because he found the idol first. Well played Russell, if you’re going to go home, may as well take a few with you. By the way, he said he’s never playing again, and under the same situation I’d agree with him, but I have a hard time believing he wouldn’t come back in a second for another All-Stars run.
The rest of the episode was fairly weak, especially during the challenge which almost made me want to shut it off right there when it was basically sponsored by Sears. The only thing missing from the challenge was for them to spell out the word “SEARS” with the wooden planks before running up. I hate sponsored challenges and product placement, and I’m going to hate it in a few weeks when they have the movie themed one which the reward is going to pre-screen another awful movie (more like punishment). I still have visions of Benry forcing his laughter trying to watch Gulliver’s Travels.
(btw, you know a movie is bad when you screen it to a few people who haven’t had any entertainment for weeks, and they need to force laughter)
Not surprisingly, the male dominated team won the physical challenge on the backs of Ralph and Mike who killed their parts of it. Grant made some good pushes to keep his tribe in, but the advantage Ralph and Mike gave were just too much for Rob’s team to overcome, so yet again it was time for tribal council.
In a not-so-surprising move, the decision was going to be a toss-up between Kristina the player, and Phillip the nutjob. They had to decide if they wanted to be annoyed for another few days while getting out the potential threat, or cut Phillip loose before they lost their mind. They choose getting rid of Kristina (Rob’s biggest threat) first and deal with Phillip for another few days… and they didn’t even have to throw a challenge to do so.
Was getting rid of Kristina the right move? If you were Rob, would you rather risk having her flip a few people and blind-side you for the sake of camp harmony? Honestly this would have been a tough decision to make for me, Rob still doesn’t have the numbers considering Andrea is still scorned and easily flippable. What are your thoughts on who should have gone home? Let’s see if I can actually get some replies this week!
Tags: Andrea Boehkle, Ashley Underwood, Boston Rob, David Murphy, Grant Mattos, Julie Wolfe, Krista Klumpp, Kristina Kell, Matt Elrod, Mike Chiesl, Natalie Tenerelli, Phillip Sheppard, Ralph Kiser, Rob Mariano, Russell Hantz, Sarita White, Stephanie Valencia, Steve Wright, Survivor Redemption Island