'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'I'm Not a Good Villain'
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:23AM
(S20E07) Colby Donaldson survived last week's tribal council on 'Survivor' only because James hurt his knee beyond hope for healing within the game's timeframe. Surrounded by those who want him out due to his lackadaisical efforts in challenges this season and being on the minor alliance, it's time for Colby to get playing the game. Heck, it's time for the entire heroes tribe to start playing.
JT isn't Mr. "I Broke My Tooth, Yet Kept Fighting" this season. Rupert has some sort of enhanced caveman rush into things, but has a broken toe and isn't really athletic. No one seems to be good with puzzles. What is going on here? The villains have been trouncing them at every turn. It's not just Colby who needs to step his game up. But he's the one on the hot seat due to the alliances. Can he do it?
We're down to five heroes and eight villains. Only due to the double tribal council last week did the villains lose someone -- Tyson in the supremely evil, yet totally effective, Russell-engineered blindside. Just like last season, I'm kind of despising this snake oil salesman in 'Survivor' buffs. But, dang. The guy is so good at scheming and puppet-mastering. He proved it once again tonight. Plus, he really attracts the coolest descriptions of anyone ever on the show. Rob called him a "hobbit on crack" while Courtney dubbed him a "bandy-legged troll." Perfect!
Rob definitely has Russell's number. I was thinking the first few episodes that if only they worked together, the two could rule the game well into the merge. However, with the divide growing, I don't think it ever could have worked out. Rob realizes that Russell will stop at nothing to win the game. Once again, Russell is playing the most excellent scheming game, yet perhaps not the best social game. Even those who trust him don't really trust him.
So, all will remain not so hunky-dory within the villains tribe if they keep winning. But, the divide will split wide open if they lose. How were they to know that Colby and the misfit heroes castaways would become family? Oh my. The heroes actually won reward, had their "we are a family" epiphany, and even got a clue for the hidden idol. Now, if I were there, I'd secretly look for the idol for my own protection. Their "one for all, all for one" philosophy won't save anyone's butt in the next tribal council.
After the water basketball reward challenge, the immunity challenge had them scrambling an obstacle course and solving a dreaded puzzle. Amazingly enough, the heroes won once again. In watching both challenges, it's evident that Colby does still have it in him. He was the star. I'm sure they'll quickly forget that if they go to tribal as a tribe again, don't you?
Chasm time over at the villains! Russell and Rob both tried to work their mojo on the two floaters -- Jerri and Coach. Jerri let herself get sucked into the Russell zombie trance. Coach, although he certainly has lied in the game before, was on his honesty and loyalty kick. So he did what any brave man would do. He agreed with both plans but tried to push his own agenda of voting out Courtney, the weakest player. Normally, with so many on the tribe, I'd say the weakest should go. But with the heroes decimated and such a riff, either Rob or Russell need to go. They can't play nice together, so the island must be turned around and one must be taken home.
In a way, Rob and Russell are both playing the same sort of strategy in the game. Rob comes off as nicer while Russell as evil. But if you think to the end game, more people like Rob. He'd stand a better chance to win the million, especially if he plays a good strategic game, keeps being the star in challenges and plays provider. Although the others aren't aware that Russell lost last season due to his lack of a social game while masterminding an excellent working strategy, it might just happen again. He's such a sneaky snake that he's not likely to win a popular vote no matter how well he plays.
At the tribal council, Rob kept his little alliance votes while Russell kept his. Jerri went to the dark side and voted for Rob. Coach, brave dragon slayer warrior that he is, cast a sole vote for Courtney. That was the coward's way out indeed. He may as well cast his vote for Rob. Had he voted for Russell, it would have forced a tie-breaker. It's another notch in Evil Russell's belt. "If you're gunning for me, you've got to go," said Russell. Once again, in a new season with experienced players, he does it again. Russell is good, but perhaps not in a good way.
|Of course! The game is about ME winning!||354 (79.2%)|
|No, we agreed to either all look together for it.||82 (18.3%)|
|I don't know. What idol?||11 (2.5%)|