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Survivor Fiji: A Smile, Velvet Gloves And A Dagger In My Pocket

by Deidre Woollard, posted May 4th 2007 9:21AM
Survivor pork eating(S14E12) Episodes when there is one member of a decimated alliance still struggling to avoid getting voted off can either be fascinating or a snore. This one is actually a bit of both. I generally have a soft spot for the underdog but Alex is flatly unlikeable. Case in point, early in the episode, the increasingly needy Stacy approaches Alex to try and be friends after the show, his response, later to the camera is to say "like I care." Nice.

The main dram in the episode focuses on the potential trouble in the main alliance. Earl wants to take Dreamz to the final four. Yau-Man wants to take Stacy. What we are seeing here is basic foreshadowing for the inevitable Earl/Yau-Man stand-off. Oddly though Yau has the idol it's Earl who has the power here.

The reward challenge involves biting pork off hooks. The winner gets a little boost in the immunity challenge in addition to the reward. Boo wins the challenge with Yau-Man and Dreamz as runners up. Boo sends Earl to Exile Island.

Boo's excessive chatterboxing leads Alex to start campaigning against him. He approaches Dreamz, the weak link in any alliance chain. Boo's advantage, a series of climbing steps, places him in the final part of the immunity challenge.

Jeff makes fun of Cassandra's digging technique saying she is digging like a small rabbit who thinks the steps will be one or two inches down. Dreamz is the first to make it to the final round followed by Alex. The second part of the challenge is a quick pole climb that the well-rested Boo wins.

Alex then starts his secret ninja fighting plan, trying to convince Earl, Dreamz and Cassandra to get rid of Yau-Man. Alex thinks he has them snowed but Earl isn't fooled. But Dreamz and Cassandra are another matter. They start plotting against Yau-Man a little but it's fairly half-hearted. The sad thing is that as much as I dislike Alex he's right. If people want to make a move they should ease him. But often an alliance becomes less a collection of equals and more a like a family with a father figure in charge.

At tribal Jeff does his best to stir up controversy asking everyone if they feel unsafe. Yau elects not to use his idol and he doesn't need it, Alex is out.

Obviously next week will be a battle between Earl and Yau-Man. But what fascinates me is the role of Dreamz. Sometimes I think he has no idea what's going on, sometimes I wonder if he is the secret evil genius of the season. The next few weeks should finally prove things one way or the other.

This episode gets a four from me. I hate being manipulated by editing to think that there is a coup going on when there isn't one. Also, I think Boo's immunity challenge boost was unfair and detrimental to game play. But I love any reward challenge where people get messy and for a little while I was almost thinking there would be a big switch and it was almost interesting.

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i happened to catch the early show, and alex got like a staf? infection and all cut up climbing the pole, on crutches and all

May 04 2007 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ozzie would have been able to get up that pole without those steps. Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

Yeah, I liked last season a little better than this.

May 04 2007 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The thing I realised about Dreamz is that he thinks he's making a splash and that he can change the game whenever he wants but he's basically being manipulated by everyone else. Perhaps it's his background but I get the sense he doesn't want to follow what others ask him to do because of his pride and the way he keeps harping on about people disrespecting him, there's a definite air of insecurity about his place not just in the game per se but just around people. This is truly a social exercise if I ever saw one.

May 04 2007 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We remarked in our household that if Dreamz had figured out Alex's pole climbing strategy, he would have won easily, since he's the best athlete and most agile of the castaways. It was a good strategy (it just didn't work for Alex).

May 04 2007 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kyle Beasley

Gotta admit that, even though I don't really like Alex, it was exciting to see him try to scale that pole with no steps. He almost made it and what a shake up it would have been if he had. Ah, well. At least next week should be interesting.


May 04 2007 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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