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Review: Survivor Samoa - Houdini Magic

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 30th 2009 12:50AM
Shambo leads Galu to ...
(S19E07) Even though we're down a Russell this week on Survivor, I'll continue to refer to the remaining Russell as "Evil Russell." It just somehow fits even without a confusion of Russells. However, there is just one Shambo. Although she's a good worker in camp and works hard on the challenges, that might be a good thing. One Shambo is quite enough. Perhaps she's just too nice to be on the show. Perhaps she is a bit dim. I just don't know.

What Shambo definitely is is gullible. Her gallant Galu men tribemates got her hook, line, and sinker as they voted for her to be the new leader of Galu. No, they don't want her to lead. They want to direct her. They realized with Russell gone that the numbers of male and female were evenly matched. They're using her. I keep wanting to like Shambo, but the woman needs to open her eyes.

At least they split up the reward and immunity challenges once again. The covered item reward challenge is an old theme. But what I found interesting about tonight's challenge was how quickly Shambo backed down when she was told to sit out Erik instead of Brett. The other women on the tribe are already leery about why the guys wanted Shambo. Shambo backing right down on her first decision reveals all. The others aren't anywhere near as gullible as Shambo.

So, Laura ended up sent to Foa Foa when Galu won reward. Now, we all could have predicted that Evil Russell would be circling her like a lion after his prey. This misogynistic dude thinks all women will fall for his evil mojo. Alas, it looks like most do. Laura went into a final two deal with him. I wish we had more women with minds like Liz. But Liz tends to speak her mind just a bit too much. We need a quiet Liz.

At the immunity challenge it looked like Foa Foa might finally win. That is, until Jaison fell apart. He's really irking me. I so liked him in the beginning. He's smart, well-spoken, not evil, and looks like he should be fit enough to hang in there. He's disappointing me more each episode.

After Galu won once again, I was thinking that there would be a chance that Russell would lead his minions to keep Liz and get rid of Jaison. That move would make the most sense. Liz is good in challenges -- definitely better than Jaison as of late. She also works around camp. Jaison sleeps and whines. I could tell with the way they edited things that they wanted us to think Jaison would go, but it would be Liz cast out. So be it. As I said before, if they all continue to let Evil Russell bamboozle them, they all deserve to lose.

In the promo snippet it was revealed the merge comes next week. It can't come too soon for the dwindling numbers of Foa Foa. But the damage may already be done. With four members against eight, all the Galu folks would have to do is pick them off one by one. We've seen that done before.

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Who will win the first individual immunity?
Dave17 (7.8%)
Shambo13 (6.0%)
Mick34 (15.6%)
Natalie4 (1.8%)
Evil Russell50 (22.9%)
Laura6 (2.8%)
Brett20 (9.2%)
Jaison9 (4.1%)
John14 (6.4%)
Monica2 (0.9%)
Kelly5 (2.3%)
Erik44 (20.2%)

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Does Evil Russel remind anyone else of Richard Hatch? ..sooo sure of his mastermind plot working, it gives me the willies...to think that the lady cop knew in her gut he was B.S., how the game would have played out if she'd followed that feeling would have been fun to see him squirm like the bug that he is...and another thing, what is up with the majority of the women this season?..no personality!..does everyone on this season (besides Shambo) want to fly under the radar..everybody can't do it!

October 30 2009 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Jimbo, haven't you ever heard of a typo? Must be wonderful sitting on your high horse.

I agree that this season is about to get jumping with this merger. Since big-mouth Evil Russell has told half the people on that island that he has one of the hidden idols, I'm hoping that his having it will hurt him more than help him. Galu only needs to make him think he will be voted out for him to use it and then the next week, they could really get his neanderthal butt outta there!

October 30 2009 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

http://www.spyingforlying.com website breaks down the most telling, emotional moment of last nights show, when Shambo is elected.

October 30 2009 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Evil Russell all the way! He makes this show so entertaining. I cackle any time he's on screen.

October 30 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This Survivor season, I'm like a big kid dreaming about the imminent sugar high the night before Halloween, or that could be because it IS the night before Halloween, BUT anyway I was sitting there at the end of last night's episode rubbing my hands together mischievously, deviously cackling like a mad-women. The potential for this season to be complete AH-MAZING is at my fingertips. . .just a few things need to happen and it's much to long to post here. . .


October 30 2009 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Based on the promo for next week It looks like the unprecedented series of wins with no opportunity to resolve long-standing fissures in the tribe might have left Galu ready to explode. They haven't been tempered or strengthened by any tribal councils. Their trust hasn't been tested and their social game may not be up to the challenge of the battle-hardened members of Foa Foa being integrated into their tribe. This could be interesting to watch.

October 30 2009 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Evil Russel's immediate latching on to Laura should have given her a clue as to who she is dealing with.

Jaison may have an issue with his basal metabolism, but he definitely has an issue with his mettle. As in, he doesn't appear to have any.

October 30 2009 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

Jaison has the same problem as most of the Survivor contestants with a fit, muscular built had over the past seasons: His basal metabolism is too high for an environment where you don't have enough nourishment. Guys like Russell have the upper-hand because they have fat to draw from. Jaison has not and therefore he is miserable. Now if he would win a reward-challenge and a feast I guarantee you that he will rise from the ashes.
I am glad there will be a merge next week. Now the game really begins... I am disappointed that the immunity idols did not have any effect on the game so far.

October 30 2009 at 4:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's Samoa, not Somoa! Do all high school dropouts find work as bloggers? Was McDonald's not hiring?

October 30 2009 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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