Survivor Samoa: Taking Candy From a Baby
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 25th 2009 1:18AM
(S19E02) Controversy is good for a show, don't you think? When you think about it, we're on the 19th season of Survivor. There are only so many fresh new challenges and twists you can do with a bunch of folks stuck in the jungle. What to do? We saw it last season -- come up with outrageous cast members. The same tactic is in practice this season, perhaps two for the price of one. Evil has a name and we know it's Russell. Stupid Jerk Bully has a name ... and, believe it or not, that name isn't Russell.
Stupid Jerk Bully would be Ben. I should have known he'd be a bit off when he claimed his career is a "mixologist." He's a bartender. That's it. No fancy-schmancy title. Bar-tend-er. His behavior and attitude almost makes Evil Russell look like a good guy. Um, wait. Evil Russell is far from a good guy.
But I begrudgingly admit that Russell is doing something right. It might all backfire on him down the road -- I hope it does. He's thus far gotten out two people whom he knew didn't trust him and might work to target him. He's aligned himself with a good strong guy, Jaison. The kicker is that he even figured there had to be a hidden immunity idol around somewhere and found it without a single clue. What can I say? Nicely played.
Before I go into rants about Yasmin and Ben, I need to rant about tonight's immunity/reward challenge. What the heck was up with that? Yes, Ben was out of line with his low blows and aggressiveness. But what did the producers expect? Mud, a mix of basketball and football, and no protective gear? Nor any real rules until people started getting hurt? What's going on in their minds? Ratings, I assume.
Yasmin, when sent to the Foa Foa camp, totally blew her mission. Had she played her cards right, she would have come away with a ton of information about the tribe which would get her in better with her own tribemates. Plus, she could have played nicey-nice with Foa Foa to make a few allies for herself past the merge. I'd say she could have come away with the hidden idol except that Evil Russell already has it.
She did have the best line of the night -- "The hood's not the woods." I don't see her getting really far in the game. Maybe that's why she treated the other tribe like small puppy dogs who think she's all that. She probably realizes she has no chance to make it to the merge. She's too weak of a player all around.
Then there's Stupid Jerk Bully Ben. SJBB. While Yasmin's approach to him was poor, his reaction was even worse. I'm tempted to throw the word racist in there for him, too. His attitude when kicked out of the challenge made my jaw drop. Even Jeff Probst was stunned. "Oh, I'm an outlaw. Rules aren't meant for me." He didn't just trip Good Russell in the challenge as he said -- it was more like kicking his ankle full force.
Between his bullying, his attitude, his low verbal blows calling Yasmin "ghetto" and mocking her intelligence, and the final low blow of miming shooting Betsy the cop ... this lowlife bartender needs the boot. After last week, I didn't think there would be anyone lower than Russell. I've been proven wrong. It's a shame. He was one of my eye candy boy toys. Your thoughts?
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