Review: Survivor Samoa - This Is the Man Test
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 23rd 2009 12:13AM
(S19E06) Well, this was the most unusual episode of Survivor I've ever seen. Mind you, I've seen all of them since the first season. I won't get into why it was so unusual until after the jump just in case you've missed all of the hype over the injured castaway in commercials all this week. But it wasn't just the injury which made it unusual. It was all discombobulated.
The commercials made it look like Russell of Galu struck his head on a table during a challenge. However, that wasn't really the case, nor the injury. Similar to what happened to older, out of shape Mike earlier in the season, it was low blood pressure and passing out. Unlike Mike, Russell is probably one of the most fit men on the show this season. Apparently he just didn't know when to stop pushing himself and took his leadership role perhaps a bit too much to heart.
Now, before this all happened with Russell, the show was a bit discombobulated. At the start of the reward challenge, Jeff said both tribes would be going to tribal council and hinted both would vote someone out. But the hint was then thrown away.
And, since there was no mention of immunity -- this was strictly a reward challenge -- he backpedaled a bit and said the winners of reward would go to tribal. They would watch the losing tribe vote someone off as they ate pizza. Um. Okay.
They didn't even make it through reward. I do think that Foa Foa actually had a chance to win, but it's hard to predict. Had Russell not passed out, he was so out of it that he would have doomed Galu's chances of a win. He passed out not once, but twice. His heart rate dropped 37 beats per minute just sitting up before he passed out the second time. While his leadership ways have annoyed me as a viewer, this was downright scary to watch.
Let the discombobulation begin:
- Jeff called off the challenge. No one gets pizza.
- He told them that both tribes would go to tribal and both would vote out a member.
- That would be in addition to the loss of Russell for Galu.
- Then, at tribal council, he backpedaled once again and said neither tribe would vote anyone out.
- Jeff gave the tribe leader necklace to Galu and told them to appoint a new leader back at camp.
I feel compelled to touch on the other Russell for a moment now. No, I don't want to touch him ... I said touch ON him. He still creeps me out. But at this point, I have to say if he wins it all, he'll deserve it. He is playing the game more than anyone else in the game.
Despite his stance that he's taking it easy, he's working. He's working around camp, give challenges his 100%, scheming, and not letting anything get in the way of his ultimate goal. I still think his start was horrendous -- the Katrina lie, sabotaging his own tribes' belongings. But he's working it. What do you think?
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