Survivor Micronesia: I Promise ...
(S16E10) "When you're annoying, you might not be able to appease everybody with a donut. They might just want the donut." - James
All week the promos for tonight's Survivor Micronesia episode were saying that a blunder would overtake James having two idols and not playing them to save himself in Survivor China. It's true. James is no longer the goat of stupid moves. Maybe they should rename the tag line for the season. Instead of Fans vs. Favorites, it could be When Smart Castaways Do Dumb Things. Or, When Smarter Castaways Outwit Those Not as Smart.
Read on past the jump for the full review of tonight's episode.
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Argh, I don't even know where to start. You see, I've been an Ozzy fan since his season. In the game, there are some basic proven strategies. You can be like Ozzy -- very strong in physical challenges and usually astute to what's going around you so you can plan ahead. You can be like Richard Hatch -- manipulative and sneaky, but be a provider. It's rare that anyone is like Ethan Zohn, the winner of Survivor Africa. He was good in challenges, a nice guy, and basically honest throughout the game. Then there's Cirie Fields. Although sturdy and strong, she's not great at challenges. She's not a provider. But she might beat Richard Hatch in the people manipulating arena.
The game is "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast." It's beginning to look like Cirie may be the triple threat to fit that bill. She's still no physical threat to anyone as shown in tonight's reward challenge schoolyard pick. With the way she's been playing this season, I don't think it matters that she's always chosen last in those picks. She can scheme and has gotten way sneakier since her season. It's starting to look the women might be running the show soon. That is, if they can keep this rolling. Of course, if they do, they'll eventually have to kill off their own ... er ... vote each other off.
I have to touch on the reward for a moment. I get the same feelings Ozzy said he has about Erik. I swear that kid is growing on me more each week. Last week he had the fake tribe name. This week he was like the kid in The Sixth Sense, but instead of dead people, he saw boobs. "More boobs than I've ever seen in my life!" Then he just had to go and experiment with betel nuts and Micronesian beer (not to be confused with microbrews). Between his wide-eyed wonderment at everything, his excitement for the game, his loyalty to Ozzy for saving him ... I'm really enjoying this skinny little dude. Plus, he seems to be basically nice. Nice can be good.
I'm still not getting much of a feel for either Alexis or Natalie. Other than becoming Cirie's flying monkeys, I can't say if I think they're good game players or not. Parvati is annoying me to no end. Had she voted with her alliance, Ozzy wouldn't have been voted out tonight. Had she even told her alliance, Ozzy could have played the idol and saved his butt in the game.
Jason? What about Jason? I cannot believe that, knowing he's the main target, he trusted everyone who outright lied to him promising him they wouldn't vote him out! They lied to him! Their fingers were crossed! These games are sneaky! What the hell is going on in his mind? He could have won immunity. I believe he could have outlasted Parvati. But, no ... he wants friends. Right in the beginning of the show he ticked me off when he said, "Ozzy is not the only God-like competitor to play this game." He was referring to himself. Get over yourself, kid. Cirie will eat you for a snack and spit out your bones!
So, the plan was to go back on their word to Jason. Now, I know that is kind of a mean thing to do. But if the kid is such a fan of the show, he should know that you can't trust anyone in the game. Perhaps you can trust an individual, but no way in hell can you trust an entire group! Yeah, it was a lowdown plan, but they did have their fingers crossed. That works with the IRS, right? Um ... oops, didn't mean that. Nonetheless, it was a stupid thing for him to do.
Enter Cirie, gathering her flying monkeys. Now, the flying monkeys think that Cirie has their interests in mind -- girl power and all that stuff. But, no. Cirie has her own agenda. She wants to pick off all the strong players and be in the end game. Sure, she can take an identity-less fan like Alexis or Natalie with her. Then she'd win hands down. Love her or hate her, she's playing a damn smart game this season.
I guess Ozzy got what he deserved for being stupid enough to not play that idol. He shouldn't have felt as secure. Eliza's reaction was just a bit overacted, but I felt it coming. Too bad Ozzy didn't feel it coming, eh? At least he knows that Erik (his little buddy like Gilligan was to the Skipper), James, and Amanda voted for Jason to leave. And, to the others (mainly Parvati), his closing words said it all, "Screw you."
Although I wanted Ozzy for the win, this was one of the better episodes of the season. It was definitely the biggest blindside in a season of blindsiding. At least I have folks in the show I think deserve to win for gameplay or just because I like them. That's differing from Big Brother 9 in which I don't care much for any of them. I like James, Erik, and Amanda. Hats off to Cirie for a great strategical game. I can't say I like all that's happened this season, but it's definitely entertaining me. That's all I want from the show.
Stupid Ozzy ... argh!
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