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Review: Survivor Samoa - All Hell Breaks Loose

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:00AM
Russell works his mojo on John
(S19E08) I know this photo might be considered sort of spoilerish for the front page. But since last week's Survivor promo showed the merge going down, I know you all know Evil Russell will attempt to work everyone. Heck, that's what the guy does. To me, he comes off akin to a snake oil salesman. Yet he seems to get people to believe his wily ways. I bet he could have sold a lot of snake oil a century back.

Now, I know Russell is a snake in the grass. But each week I have to begrudgingly give him credit for playing the game and realizing what the show is all about. He's a bit like a slimier country boy Richard Hatch, albeit not gay and (thankfully) he keeps his clothes on. I like to think that I'd be like a Liz and see right through his slime. I'm still not understanding why so many people are just falling for the ooze. He did it again tonight. Not everyone fell for it, though.

Although Russell kept going on about how much trust he has with the remaining Foa Foa members, I don't think he'd hesitate to throw any of them under the bus if he thought he had a better ally from Galu after the merge. When the merge went down tonight, he was immediately running around showing his hidden idol to half of Galu and cutting deals for the final seven, final two, you name it. I'm not sure that's the best approach as it kind of blows the idea of having a secret immunity idol. So, Mr. Snake Oil Salesmen screwed up a bit right there.

He predicted he'd swing the Galu folks around to vote off one of their own and they did. Maybe he did know what he was doing after all. Because Laura was sent to Foa Foa by Shambo last week, he thought she was easy ally prey. Little did he know that Laura would do the reprehensible -- she'd disrespect his authority. Oh no! She must be crushed as is anyone who dares not fall for his ooze of slime!

The immunity challenge threw a wrench into that plan after he got just about everyone in on the "oust Laura" plan. Had they not switched the game up and had two people win immunity -- one man, one woman -- and had Laura not been the woman, she would have gone tonight. Instead, they had to scramble. And the target made himself the target with his attitude and his mouth.

I didn't think I'd like anyone less than I liked Ben (sent home a few weeks back). I don't like guys like Ben or Erik. They're so smug, so cocky, so sure that they're so much better than everyone else. Yeah, Russell is like that, too. But he's not so much that way in front of a crowd at tribal council, nor does he demean people to their faces. He plans his game and does have a strategy. Erik's strategy seems to be all about "I'll win because I'm so much better than all of you." He doesn't have an actual plan at all. He must figure the cream floats to the top and so will he.

Dead wrong. With the exception of Shambo (who's eternally out of the loop no matter what), every single merged tribe member voted off Erik and his attitude. There comes a time that enough is enough. If Erik wasn't done in before the tribal council, his words there did him in with anyone undecided at that point. Good riddance, I say. How about you?

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Was Russell right to play the idol?
Yes, they all knew he had it125 (48.1%)
No, he should have known he was safe135 (51.9%)

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I wouldn't miss Survivor. I look up on my pc who is playing, and print it off so I can keep up with the game. I have all 20 printed out. I myself hope they get rid of Laura, I cannot stand her. At first it was Russell but after watching her, I would vote for him anytime.

November 17 2009 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you 100%. When the season started, I had "Evil" Russell up there with the likes of Johnny Fairplay and Coach, but he has grown on me. I'd actually like to see him win for the same reasons that I rooted for Richard Hatch in Season One. And like Hatch, I doubt I'd like the guy in real life, but for how he's playing the game, I only have kudos.

November 07 2009 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gives some insight into why she's totally out of the loop, huh? LOL! Poor Shambo. I respect her in some ways, but she just doesn't have the social skills to play this game.

November 07 2009 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

But Galu did say they would flush the idol out and they did just that. They don't trust Russell and will trust him less after what he said at tribal. Russell has no protection now. He was worried enough about that vote that he was forced to use the idol. Too bad for him it was a needless move. Whether they do it this week or next, they have an excellent opportunity to blindside him now. Ol' Russ is getting nervous since the merge and he's making mistakes. He doesn't have the control he thought he would have. If nothing else, his big yap will do him in.

November 07 2009 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The highlight of the night was Shambo saying "Who's Erik?"

November 07 2009 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As much as they are hyping Russell to be the biggest survivor villian ever, I never like villians but I like Russell. He is very very smart and is playing the game perfectly unlike coach from last year. He showed his idol to try to gain some respect and to get the people from Galu to listen to him and by him using the idol keeps him from keeping his promise of giving the idol to them at any time and he will not get blind sided to flush the idol out. He came in with a well thought plan and is doing a perfect job perfecting it. Does a lot of work at camp and great job in challenges.

November 06 2009 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For one, this season stops being interesting if Russell is voted off. I can't see him winning, but the way the show has been edited so far, what else have they got? No one else is interesting.

November 06 2009 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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totally agree!

November 07 2009 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never understood why the person who found the hidden immunity idol would tell someone else. It has never helped them get to the end of the game. The other contestants plot to flush the idol out and then gun for you the next available chance.

November 06 2009 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Russell zeroes in on anyone who "disrespects" him. Since Laura was "taken out" of his plan and he'd pretty much lost control of who was getting voted out, I think he used his hidden idol out of panic. They "said" Erik would be voted out but since he trusts no one, he used the idol "just in case". I think it hilarious that he demands respect but offers none himself to anyone. Telling just about everyone that he had the idol was bound to bite him in the butt. That was a totally dumb move. I'm glad he used it and hope that it ends up being his downfall. I've had enough of the slimy "oil salesman".

November 06 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Russell only played his idol because he didn't get to decide who was going home. He took the chance and it didn't work out for him. I thought it was a great show when you get to backdoor someone.
Even though the previews for next week show them going after Russell, he's either going to win immunity or change things up. They never give it away.

November 06 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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