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Review: Survivor Samoa - The First 27 Days

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 27th 2009 2:02AM
Russell boasts about his strategy on Survivor Samoa
(S19E11) Oh my. Evil Russell from Survivor looks like some sort of deranged Buddha gone bad in this screen capture from tonight's episode. Tonight, like every Thanksgiving episode, was the clips show boasting previously unseen footage. It's not surprising that they do this each year. With the format of the show, they can't run a real repeat. And, if they were to air a new episode on the holiday, many folks would end up missing it. I'm usually disappointed with the footage shown, but tonight we did have a few surprises and interesting bits -- nothing earth-shattering, mind you.

One surprise for me was that Russell actually admitted his wealth and how he earns his living to Mick. I wasn't aware that he trusted Mick that much. In other footage, he was scheming with Natalie about getting rid of Mick and Jaison, making for a final three of him, Shambo, and Natalie. No matter who he's with, if Russell makes the final two, he should win merely for his gameplay. No one else seems to be constantly playing the game like Russell. Slimy and creepy, but the man knows his Survivor and thinks moves way ahead.

The status of the chicken Shambo lost was updated. Okay, Erik (brave hunter grunt that he is) decided he will be the fierce warrior to capture the errant chicken. In the end, Shambo was the one to get it, albeit using Erik's trap. I think the best thing about this whole segment was the editing as they cut to the caged chicken watching Erik chasing the escaped one -- he looked really concerned! But then, in another segment, Russell in his ongoing quest for chaos, let the chickens out. We haven't seen the repercussions from that yet, but I'm sure we will.

Other than those bits, I wasn't all that impressed with the other segments. Okay, Jaison has issues. He threatened John because John didn't follow the rules in a challenge. Immediately regretting his words, he seems haunted by his own past. Okay, Russell is odd. He took the chance and wore his hidden immunity idol while stalking sleeping castaways and talking with Dave in the dark. Huh? Okay, Shambo is a shambles. But we knew that. Laura did honestly seem to be trying to be nice and in no way did she "intrude on a private moment" with Shambo. Shambo decided to have her "private moment" in front of her. Laura did the only decent thing to do in trying to make her feel better.

I'll be happy when a real episode returns next week. How about you?

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Joyce N.

Last weeks Survivor was the only show missing a review. Not much you can do when your computer crashes. Jackie is back online and did her Amazing Race review and will be back for Survivor tomorrow.

December 09 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Jackie had computer problems that have since been fixed. She'll be back for this week's Survivor. Also for tonight's Amazing Race.

December 06 2009 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce N.'s comment

How about last weeks???? + this weeks????
And it's about time you told us what happened...
I have been checking every day and all I would
see is Russ looking like a deer in the headlights...

December 09 2009 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So you can recap the clips show, but you don't bother with the new episode. What gives?

December 06 2009 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck


November 28 2009 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't agree that Laura was condescending to Shambo. I think the only mean girl on that tribe was Shambo. She wanted to be the strongest, fittest toughest person out there and found out Laura was stronger and had more survival skills. Shambo attacked Laura and the other women all the time. CBS didn't show any footage at all of the other women being mean to her and they would have if they had any. But they had plenty of Shambo making snide remarks about the other women. I thought Shambo would be my favorite but I detest her now.

November 27 2009 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually thought this was a pretty good show compared to past flashbacks - few more revelations about their relationships and strategies. We actually got to see and hear Brett more in this episode than all the others combined. I dunno....he looks like a contender to me. And I actually got some respect for Shambles - I like her spunk and genuineness. Dave still a bozo. And Laura was anything but ministerial - my cat has more compassion.

November 27 2009 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree Laura was trying to be nice, but showed little compassion in doing so - she has been condescending towards Shambo since day one and couldn't bring herself to be genuine in this situation. It seemed more dismissive than anything. Laura was trying harder to get Shambo off the topic so she wouldn't have to hear it anymore, albeit nicely to an extent, but it was still obvious that she wasn't being compassionate.

November 27 2009 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I REALLY dislike Russell and think he has made SOME dumb moves. As much as I dislike him, I have to admit his gameplay is getting to me. It's not just that he is playing this game so well, it's that he plays these people so well. He plays with their minds. Taking Erik's chicken trap victory away from him by opening a crate door and then sitting back to watch the chaos that will likely ensue is genius! Keep them all flapping with the little stuff while Russell giggles to himself as he plots.

I absolutely detest this guy. But...... ARRRRRGGGGGH! I think maybe he does deserve to win. There, I said it!

Now I need mouthwash.

November 27 2009 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I enjoyed seeing this episode. They showed a lot of Russell and Shambo. I am actually starting to like Shambo a lot more. I have always liked Russell.
I don't think he's planning to get rid of Mick. When he and John were discussing it, I was thinking about when John made him promise he would get rid of one of his team if he voted out Laura. I think he's telling John one thing and Shambo and Russell will get the rest of the team to get rid of Dave.

November 27 2009 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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