Survivor: I Trust You But I Trust Me More (season finale)
by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 18th 2009 12:16AM
(S18E14) Well, tonight was it for Survivor Tocantins. It's hard to believe that the 18th season of the show is a wrap. Why, wasn't it just a few years ago that Richard Hatch was the evil fat naked gay guy and all the talk around the watercooler? We've progressed a lot during those nine years. This season we stepped up the game to include a naked skinny Mormon crude dude and a delusional coach. So, how did things go down tonight? Read on.
Just the skinny
I want to talk more about how I feel about the season, but I'm aware that some folks might be reading this to find out exactly what happened. So, here are the facts in a nutshell:
- Jalapao joy as the Jalapao Three rule the game after voting off Coach.
- Bits of betrayal weave their way into conversations. Everyone thinks that JT will win it all with the jury.
- The first immunity challenge had them scrambling through a giant spider doohickey and (but, of course) putting together a puzzle. JT won, although Erinn was very close.
- Erinn tried to work her mojo with the boys.
- Sigh. Betrayal. JT and Stephen vote out their ally, Taj. They think that they have a better chance of beating Erinn in the final immunity and with the jury if it comes to that. Poor Taj.
- Stephen and JT realize that Erinn is a chatterbox and they must kill her vote her off.
- The final three do the Rites of Passage Walk. I forgot Carolina was on the show. Coach's bit was still very annoying. He just doesn't stop.
- The final immunity challenge was actually something a bit different and kind of nifty. It was kind of like catching balls on Hot Wheel track loops. Lots of dexterity and concentration were needed as they built up the number of balls in the tubes. Then it started to remind me of Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory.
- Erinn was out first, followed by Stephen. Once again, JT wins immunity.
- More betrayal was afoot as Erinn tried to drive a wedge between the boys.
- In the end, JT remained true to his word and took Stephen to the final two.
Throw 'em under the bus!
The jury questioning had the "we share one brain" boys scrambling to throw each other under the proverbial reality TV bus. The BFF boys were baited by just about everyone. Brendan basically accused Stephen of being a weak player. Erinn pointed out all of the alliances Stephen was in, and even unpopular Sierra lit into JT for taking the weakest player with him. Taj was crushed, betrayed, and disappointed ... with both of them.
What was Stephen to do? Of course, he had to defend his own strategy and lay some of the blame for the votes on JT. He pointed out that JT took the easy route out by not writing down Coach's name as a strategy ploy for his vote. The worst point for Stephen came when Debbie pressured him to give an answer to her question -- would he have taken JT to the final two had he won immunity? She wouldn't accept an "I don't know" answer and he finally admitted that he probably would have taken Erinn. Aha! More betrayal!
In the end
While the jury questioning might have had some bearing on the vote, I still think JT would have won. He definitely would have won against Erinn (as would Stephen and Taj). I think JT probably would have won against Taj if they were in the final two. I don't think the vote would have been unanimous for the win as it was against Stephen. Since JT was not only very popular with everyone, but an out there blatant kind of game player, he had it in the bag.
Both Stephen and Taj played a sneakier less physical game. Neither really rode coattails, both made some sound strategic decisions. But we know that because we're watching the confessionals throughout the season. The jury doesn't have the insight we have into strategies. Heck, even Erinn deserves some kind of recognition for gameplay as she made it to the final three despite the odds against her.
JT is one popular dude
So, JT won the million dollars plus the $100,000 from the fans' vote. He can go hire someone else to wrangle the cattle now, eh? I was pleased that Sierra and Taj were the other two in the top three for the fans' vote. I never did get why Sierra was treated so badly all season. The poor kid was in tears again on the reunion show. Thankfully, Coach won nothing.
It will be Survivor Samoa in the fall. Here's what I'd like to see:
- Please ... no delusional and obnoxious people like Coach. I'd rather he just vanish in the netherworld of bad reality show people.
- Fewer puzzles.
- We really need some fresh new challenges. I know it's hard to come up with new stuff, but so many challenges are treading trodden trails of past glories.
- Don't let the show winner win the prize from the fans, too. Share the wealth.
|Of course!||5758 (79.1%)|
|No way!||678 (9.3%)|
|Depends on what it's up against.||669 (9.2%)|
|If they move it to 10 PM, I'll watch it over Leno even though I don't like it!||177 (2.4%)|