'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Expectations'
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:32PM
(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.
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?