Review: Survivor Samoa - Tastes Like Chicken
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 13th 2009 1:02AM
(S19E09) If you haven't watched this episode of Survivor, stop right now. Watch it. Oh, don't go by the expression on John's face. That's the face I had when the show started. Yet now I'm downright perky and alert. For me, this started off being a real iffy season. But, as folks really play the game, I'm all excited about it all over again. Some play it poorly, but there are a few movers and shakers this season.What can I say about Evil Russell? You know that I don't want to like him -- he's a misogynist, nasty, and evil. It makes me feel a bit tainted to be cheering him on. But, dang it... I think he's the first player since Richard Hatch (in the first season) who has seriously played the game of Survivor. He's working all angles. He's playing a mental, physical, and strategic game. He's working the crowd the best he can, thinking ahead, and scheming all the way.
When he found the third hidden immunity idol tonight (the second for him) without a clue and with no assurance that one even existed, I was floored. I saw his logic in where he was searching for it. But I don't know if I would have thought of that strategy in the search if it was me in Samoa. Hats off to the bad dude, he rules. Thankfully, he decided to use it to save his butt tonight. Even Erik on the jury and the ex-Galu people had to smile in amazement after they got over their shock. It's incredible.
Laura is definitely playing the game, too. But her approach is more winning challenges. She's a tough lady. I think, outside of Russell, she's the most dangerous person in the game. She rocks in challenges, yet her sneak factor isn't quite as advanced as Russell's is. She's not thinking ahead. But what really gets me about Laura is that, at times, in looks and the way she purses her lips, she reminds me of the Lily Tomlin "Ernestine" character -- "One ringy-dingy... oh? Russell has another idol? That's just not possible. Are you the party to whom I'm speaking?"
Had the Galu folks listened to John, they would have split the vote and rid themselves of a Foa Foa. Why pay any heed to what a rocket scientist might say? He was right. But they listened to Dave instead. Now they're down another member and they don't seem to have a clue that Shambo (who is still left out of everything) has already left them for Foa Foa. Yes, she voted with them tonight, but the Foa Foa Four didn't need her vote. I can bet it was Russell's idea to have her vote with them to keep up appearances.
I wanted to see the show even out the numbers. Right now Galu has five and Foa Foa has five if you consider the Shambo swing. Shambo is kind of a lost cause in challenges, but she's a number. I don't know if Russell can keep working his idol mojo, so the Foa Foa contingent better start winning or they'll fall. Once Russell is out of there, it's probably game over for any Foa Foa left. Tonight's show was a classic blindside of Kelly and amazing gameplay for Russell. I want more! How about you?
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|Yes, he's playing an amazing game||364 (80.5%)|
|No, he's a slimeball||38 (8.4%)|
|I hope not!||50 (11.1%)|