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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Expectations'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:32PM
Russell and Sandra on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
(S20E08) This season should have been a slam-dunk for some of the more savvy castaways on 'Survivor.' Instead, we're seeing convoluted alliances and bad decisions. Some folks only thinking about their own end game without realizing they actually have to remain standing into the merge. First it was the heroes tribe in a losing streak, then a few challenges back, it all flipped and the villains did the very same thing, voting out Boston Rob and Tyson.

Why? Because they're getting rid of the strong players when they should be thinking about keeping their original tribes strong at this point. Will they continue the pattern until skeletal Courtney remains the sole 'Survivor'? Oh my. That would be such a waste of a season.

Yes, gosh darn it, the streak continues! Well, that is if you consider Coach a strong player. I don't really think he is. But in comparison to what's left on the villain tribe, he could just be a dragon slayer. What's rather sad is that tonight, for the first time, he was often coming across as the voice of reason -- something he touched a bit on last week.

He wasn't the voice of reason when they chose who would sit out during the reward challenge. Making the snap decision to sit out Sandra and Courtney (again) because he wanted a pizza feast so much was a dumb move. However, Jerri's fussing about it in hindsight won no points with me. She should have spoken up right there and then at the challenge instead of throwing it all on Coach after they lost.

Then, when they went on to lose the immunity challenge, in part due to weak efforts by Courtney and Sandra, it appeared they would do the wise thing and off Courtney this week. In steps Ms. Female Snake Oil Salesman, Sandra. She's a clever player and has noticed that anyone who crosses Russell gets voted off. Why not plant the seed that Coach was bad-mouthing him? If he falls for it, she's way safe, as Coach would go, Courtney would have a larger target on her back than she (Sandra), and it might buy time for her to make it to the merge.

Russell bought it hook, line and sinker. "Coach dares cross me? He's gone!" But then even Russell had to stop and think. He'd be the only guy on the tribe and they'd lose what strength Coach brought to them. So it was back to the "vote out weak Courtney" plan for him. But there was some kind of SNAFU in communications going on. At tribal council, the vote went down like this:
  • Courtney voted for Coach (naturally)
  • Sandra voted for Coach (natch!)
  • Coach voted for Courtney
  • Jerri voted for Courtney
  • Danielle, who said they should vote the weakest, voted for Coach
  • Parvati voted for Coach
  • Russell voted for Courtney.
Oh, this is so a tribe that's not together. Mind you, the heroes tribe, for all their "family love and admiration," isn't as together as they seem either. Yes, they won both of the challenges again tonight. But there's more going on than appears on the surface. Although they made the declaration they'd all find the hidden idol, that's not what happened in its finding.

JT, knowing his gameplay this season has put him under suspicion, looked for it and found it himself. He only showed Amanda because she all but bumped into him. Then Candace found out, then he announced it to the tribe. He'd be a fool to give that idol to anyone. In a confessional, Amanda referred to him as the slimiest member of the tribe. And she wasn't talking the mud they were in during the immunity challenge! He's waffled and made alliances with too many people this season. Instead of switching up his game, JT has switched it down.

The most consistent player this season is Evil Russell who feels that if people cross him, he can wish them to the cornfield. Sandra is definitely up and coming, while Parvati is playing a decent social game albeit under the shadow of Russell. None of the heroes seem to have a solid strategy. Perhaps if Rupert plays the rest of the season covered in mud, he might do better. I don't know -- even though the villains are on a losing streak, on an individual basis, I think we're going to see more villains than heroes in the final four. Your thoughts?

If you ruled the 'Survivor' world, who would have been voted out?
Coach35 (4.2%)
Courtney352 (42.4%)
Russell306 (36.9%)
Sandra71 (8.6%)
Parvati22 (2.7%)
Danielle7 (0.8%)
Sandra37 (4.5%)

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"Douchebag. Party of one." He's not a dragon slayer. For God's sake, he's not even a pet lizard slayer. He's a pen salesman with a mullet.

Russell, however, is painting himself into the exact same position he was in in the season where he played previously. He might be lucky or skillful enough to get to the final two, but he's burning every bridge behind himself to get their, so he'll never get the jury votes needed to win. It's not just a survival and strategy game; it's a social game, too. You'd think Russell would have learned that the first time around.

April 09 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Scott's comment

There is a ton of luck to everyone's game. None of these people really ever learn much of anything, especially that and especially if they do well.

April 10 2010 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Looks like (from the preview) that JT is about to make a DUMB decision. He sure is a different player than he was last season. He is putty in Russell's hands. Silly boy!

April 09 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always liked Russell's play until last night. I was hoping we would have been surprised and they backdoored Russell. He doesn't want his team to do well. When they win, he can't work his "magic" and say who is going to be kicked off. He will be happy to go into the merge with less people than the other team so he can work his "magic" with the women from the other tribe.

April 09 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gosh, I LOVE this show. Even after 20 seasons, watching a group of people manipulate each other is completely fascinating to me. And this episode was no different. Was it as good as the last two episode in which Tyson and Boston Rob were voted out?! NO, but it was still a great episode.

I don't think Sandra did that much this episode, she planted the seed about Coach, but I think the whispering of JT to Russell during the Reward Challenge was a much bigger factor in the ousting of Coach.

I thought the vote was a strange one, but come to the conclusion that Russell pulled a "Coach move"; he already knew Coach had the numbers to be voted out, so he casted his vote for Courtney in hopes to win Coach's respect (& jury vote later).

I'm hoping that JT & the Heroes are dumb enough to hand over their Hidden Immunity Idol to Russell... it will confirm my thoughts that Russell is a HII magnet, and will get them even if he's not looking for them...

I'm also kind of hoping that this *fake "Woman's Alliance" becomes a *real "Woman's Alliance" after the merge... Parvati & Danielle meet up with Amanda & Candice, and can pick their outskirt members from Sandra, Courtney & Jerri... it's be awesome... GIRL POWER!

April 09 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the most conniving and worthless player Sandra lives to see another survivor day once more. Sandra actually contributes less to challenges than courtney, she did nothing in that mud challenge except wedge herself in there between the wood and earth.

Say what you will about Russell but he contributes to challenges and seems to have a good laugh about what he's up to. Sandra, utterly unentertaining, should've voted her off first but she got in all tight with Boston Rob, stroking his ego.

So long as Sandra gets the boot, i won't care who wins this season, but i also hate the saints and the steelers and look how thats panned out for me over the past two super bowls.

Also I think everyone knew Coach was going, Russell wants to make it 100% convincing to the Heroes that he is on the outs of the fictional all woman's alliance, heres what i wonder though, will Russell actually go over to the heroes side? If they offer the hidden immunity idol he's guaranteed to get to the top 5, unless of course a female villain gets on an individual immunity win streak but i mean, c'mon, no.

April 09 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Russell is such a little weasel and ego maniac that he thinks he has the cool, hot girls following behind him. I think the word for Russell is pimp. He is the head dawg in camp and punishes any who disagree with him. I really hope I will be able to watch his torch get snuffed.

April 09 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

finally CBS put up the tribal council voting on you tube

see what the villains said when they casted their votes which led to Coach's torch being snuffed out


April 09 2010 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Sir Yuck-Yuck's comment

Pavarti asked with a touch of arogance "what do they call the girl who slayed the dragon slayer..."
Uh, that would be Sandra.

April 09 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carolyn Reynolds

I cannot believe that all the players probably watched the last season of Survivors and still haven't a clue as to the way Russell plays the game. I can't stand him but so far he is the best game player on either team. Coach talked about loyalty, made an alliance with Boston Rob and then knowing Rob and Russell did not care for each other turned around and make an alliance with Russell too. Glad to see you go Coach.

April 09 2010 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Carolyn Reynolds's comment

Actually, last season (Samoa) and this season (HvV) filmed back-to-back. So none of the contestants had seen how Russell played as his season hadn't even aired yet when the game began.

However, you think taking a guy from the latest season to fill one of the All-Star slots and putting him on the VILLAINS tribe on top of that would be a bit of a red flag that he was probably pretty notorious...

April 09 2010 at 3:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

thank you sir yuck for posting the links i can never find them. you have heard the leaked results right. anyway jt is looking the fool next week.

April 09 2010 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sir Yuck-Yuck

your welcome sharkinc :)
and look down a few comments for another linky

April 09 2010 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

I hated when Jeff Probst said "Coach you are the first member of the jury" because that means its going to be 3 people in the finals with a 9 person jury BLAH & UGH

the 7 person jury and 2 finalists is a much better format

April 09 2010 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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