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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Knights of the Round Table' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 12th 2010 2:28AM
James goes down hard on 'Survivor'
(S20E05) In the image above, it looks like James is surrounded by a bunch of schoolyard bullies on 'Survivor.' Well, he is surrounded, but things aren't always as they appear to be. The same can be said for the strategies of some of these all-so-great returning players, too. While some strategies remain consistent (a snake oil salesman isn't going to turn into the Avon lady), others are baffling me this season.

Another dark night for the heroes

Oh, they're just playing this game so badly. Once again the villains won both reward and immunity. It's all because, not only do the heroes suck at puzzles and almost everything else, they're all into their little alliances rather than a team goal to the merge. I don't even recall what splintered the tribe which worked so well together setting up a shelter. Last week, they made a decent decision in voting out Cirie. She wasn't a powerhouse in challenges and she was indeed a sitting manipulator.

This week, I'm not so sure they made the right decision. With James going down in the reward challenge, messing his knee up bad enough to wear an immobilizer, it's uncertain how well he's going to do in challenges or whether he'll even make it through the game. Tom, on the other hand, is in good physical shape. Amanda, once a target, is decent in challenges. Rupert is only good as brute caveman roaring strength -- don't ask him to think. Colby is good at both physical and mental challenges (well, as good as the heroes get mentally). Candice is probably the weakest right now, other than James in his current condition.

An odd knight for the villains
The villains have their own little alliances. However, since they've won four out of the five immunity challenges, their in-fighting isn't having the same effect on their tribe. On the surface it looks like Boston Rob and everybody against Evil Russell. But that's not quite the case. Russell not only has Pavarti under his wing, but he also found the hidden immunity idol. We could have bet on that find, eh?

Pavarti and Russell are going to be a dangerous duo to reckon with down the line. Both are manipulators and schemers, plus they both tend to give challenges 100%. What do they need to add to their strength? Why, I believe they need a loyal doofus! And, then there's Coach! Russell first showed Pavarti the hidden idol, strengthening his alliance with her. Then he knighted Coach in his mission -- "the King and the Dragonslayer." Yes, I gagged. Doofus Coach was so beholden with the trust put in him that he would follow Russell if he had to fly into the sun. This should be interesting if they ever go to tribal council again!

What the heck is with JT?
JT was such an honored, honest, and dedicated player in his own season. It worked for him. He won a million dollars. This season, he's trying to play a schemer's game and the suit does not fit at all. He's already betrayed alliances. He's made alliances with just about everyone. No one can trust him. The only reason he hasn't got a target on him is that he's still a likable enough guy and he's the best they have in challenges. If he makes it anywhere near the end, he might lose the final vote due to all of his wishy-washy flip-flopping ways.

The challenge retreads
I'm enjoying the actual retreads of previous challenges this season. In each one, someone on each tribe has already done the challenge. It's much better than challenges which are almost the same but not quite which we've seen a lot of in recent seasons. Tonight's reward challenge was the fight for the football thrown into the basketball hoop which was even more brutal than when we last saw it. James wrecked his knee, but Jerri's got to be hurting too as Rupert rammed her face into a post. The immunity challenge had the blindfolded tribemates being shouted directions to gather heavy puzzle pieces. James, with his knee immobilized, did pretty well shouting until he got hoarse.

The tribe has spoken
I'm to the point where if the heroes lose it all, I have to say they deserve to lose. Tonight only Tom and Colby voted for James (because of the bad knee and possibly personal reasons). JT flipped again and voted with the rest to get rid of Tom, an asset to the tribe. They probably should have voted out Candice, I think.

For the good of the tribe, who should have been voted out?
Amanda10 (1.5%)
James458 (67.8%)
Colby2 (0.3%)
Tom26 (3.8%)
Candice137 (20.3%)
Rupert25 (3.7%)
JT18 (2.7%)

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Joyce N.

I HATE March Madness! Thursday's BELONG to Survivor.

March 20 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laurie

I'm surprised that I like Boston Rob this time and dislike Rupert. The Heros are Zeros with a bunch of fools playing an alliance that will instantly crack when they merge. Can't wait to see what Russell will do with them. Go Rob, Russell and Jeri!!!!!!

March 15 2010 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
panth

They would never try to unanimously vote out Russell because they all know he has the idol, as a group the wisest thing for them to do would be for them to split it between russell and parvati that way if russell plays the idol parvati leaves and he doesnt have an idol. But that won't happen, Russell has a stronger following then they are letting on, he has parvati, now Coach and don't forget Danielle who he aligned with in the first episode. Sure thats still 4-5 but with his immunity idol he can mix things up and get Boston or more wisely Sandra thrown out of the game, then leaving them in a 4-4 where they could probably swing a vote their way. Boston Rob doesn't know who he is messing with, and while I don't think Russell will get as far this time as he did last time I do think he will outlast Boston Rob and his inner posse.

Also with Coach in Russell's pocket, Russell might be able to count on Coach swinging Jeri their way. Although the Parvati Jeri feud will be a hurdle.

As for the poor Heroes they've played dumb from step one and they all deserve to be voted out.

March 14 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

And after Colby acted like such an ass about the chocolate, and wanting to "get the comp started", he immediately agrees to sit that one out. A lot of talk and not much action. Maybe they should have asked Tina back instead.

March 13 2010 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

tribal council voting
see what the heroes said when casting their votes for Tom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvQhO5G15Q

March 13 2010 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

Tom's final complete words
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LacOw6WfYTU

Tom the day after
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqphLuDH8MU

Tom's secret scene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZZD5IqHbg

March 13 2010 at 5:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

It was surprising how easily Russell sucked Coach in.

Rupert has long been my fave Survivor, but the bloom is quickly fading.

Boston Rob, on the other hand, I am rooting for all the way, but realize he isn't likely to last long with Russell gunning for him. Maybe he'll surprise us.

March 12 2010 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Russell's ego has gotten the best of him, but Coach is the dumbest brick on the show this season, with Rupert right behind him.

March 12 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Russell has a big problem. His game depends on his team losing. This way he gets to get rid of people he doesn't like. But his team is winning and likely will continue.
Can't believe Coach believed Russell will bring him along. Russell can see the suckers a mile away that's why he is so good. He does need to get rid of Rob because Rob will never trust Russell.

March 12 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

I agree with you about Rupert. He does nothing but sided with the right alliance. So next time Colby will go, then Candace and then because JT has been so wishywashy that he will likely go.

March 12 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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