Survivor 37.8 “You Get What You Give”

So, here we are!  We’re 8 episodes into this season of Survivor and I still really can’t say that anyone’s really a front-runner to win.  Unlike previous seasons, no one is really dominating the game.  I guess you could argue that Dan is coming on strong but he has absolutely no social game.  Many of the castaways also view Christian as being a threat to win but it seems to me that Christian’s success has been due more to luck than strong game play.  Angelina is also coming on strong but, if she does make it to the end, the jury is going to hate her.  If I try hard enough, I can imagine either Nick or Davie making a good case for themselves if they make it to the end of the game but still, it’s even easier to imagine them getting voted out over the next couple of weeks.

If there’s anything that is clear after last night’s episode, it is that were back to the game being David vs. Goliath.  Remember the secret, 6-person alliance that looked like it might change the game?  Thanks to Mike, that’s pretty much dead.  Fearful that Gabby couldn’t be trusted, Mike returned to the Goliath side.  While I loved Mike on The Amazing Race, I haven’t been a huge fan of his gameplay on Survivor.  He is just so wishy-washy!  Pick a side and stick with it, Mike.

So now, we’re back to it being the old Goliath Tribe vs the old David Tribe, with only Alec expressing any real reservations about it.  We’re also down two immunity idols.  Davie used his immunity idol last night and then Dan used his.  What’s interesting is that neither immunity idol was used to protect the people who had them.  The Goliaths were planning on blindsiding Christian by saying that they were all going to vote for Angelina.  However, the Goliaths really overplayed their hand in the hours leading up to tribal council and the Davids quickly figured out what their plan actually was.  So, Davie used his idol to save Christian.  Then Angelina, realizing that she now actually was at risk, begged Dan to use one of his immunity idols on her.  In fact, she looked right at him and said, “Dan, please.”  That put Dan in a bad position because it revealed to everyone that he had at least one immunity idol and, naturally enough, that’s the sort of thing that could make him a target of a future blindside.  So, Dan went ahead and played one of his idols for Angelina.

And the end result was that John was voted out.  Arrogantly assuming that the Davids didn’t have any idols, the Goliaths cast all of their votes for Christian.  Unlike the Goliaths, the Davids were smart enough to split their votes between two targets.  Two voted for Angelina and three voted for John.  As a result, John was sent to the jury and both Christian and Angelina get to stay for at least another three days.

Personally, I think Dan and Davie might be miss those immunity idols over the next few tribal councils.

Lisa Marie

The 2nd member of the jury, John


Survivor 37.7 “There’s Gonna Be Tears Shed”

Hi y’all!

Well, last night was the merge.  Three tribes are now one big tribe.  Tribal immunity is dead and now, it’s all about the individual game.

Still, there are alliances.  As soon as the tribes came together, all of the former Goliaths pretty much got back together while all of the former Davids found themselves on the bottom of the new tribe.  There were 7 Goliaths and 6 Davids on this new tribe and many Goliaths — especially Dan and Kara — assumed that they would pick the Davids off one-by-one.

Still, as soon as the merge happened, other sub-alliances started to form and old dramas continued to play out.  Carl continued to get annoyed with Elizabeth.  Dan was so happy to be reunited with Kara that he promptly revealed that he now has two immunity idols.  Angelina decided that she was the new head of the Goliath alliance and started trying to give orders about who should be targeted, much to the annoyance of Dan.  Meanwhile, Alec, Christian, Mike, Gabby, Alison, and Nick formed a 6-person alliance.

The immunity challenge was a good one and one that I don’t think the show has ever done before.  The castaways had to swing a long pendulum through a frame around a statue while standing on a beam.  If the pendulum ever stopped swinging or if the statue fell off the frame, you were out of the competition.  The challenge ultimately came down to Elizabeth and Alison, with Alison holding on long enough to pull out the win.  In fact, Alison looked so strong in the challenge that I’m starting to think that I may have underestimated her during the first few episodes of this season.  Based on last night, she’s looking like she could be a strong enough player to make it to the final three.

After the challenge, Angelina decided that the Goliaths should target Christian.  However, back when they were divided into three tribes, Christian previously bonded with all of the men on the Goliath Tribe and Dan decided that he didn’t want to vote out Christian.  (As well, Dan resented Angelina telling him what to do.)  So, Dan changed the target to Elizabeth.  Angelina got mad because she wasn’t consulted so she promptly went to Elizabeth and told her that the Goliaths were targeting her.

Elizabeth decided that her best bet would be to blow up Angelina’s game at tribal council.  Elizabeth not only revealed that Angelina had told her that she was the target but she also encouraged all the members of the Goliath Tribe to punish Angelina by voting her out of the game.  Of course, it didn’t work.  Every member of the Goliath Tribe voted for Angelina.  Oddly, so do every other David.  I mean, the Davids really had nothing to lose by at least voting with Elizabeth.  If one member of the Goliath Tribe — like Alec, for instance — had flipped, they could have voted Angelina out.  So, I’m a little bit surprised that none of the Davids, with the exception of Elizabeth, were willing to at least make the effort to pull off a blindside.

Then again, when Lyrsa was voted out, Elizabeth lost her only strong ally in the game.  Much like Natalie, she just seemed to rub people the wrong way.  Traditionally, the first person voted out after the merge is usually someone who hasn’t bonded with any of the members of the new tribe.  This season, that person was Elizabeth.

So, Elizabeth becomes our first juror but, judging from the preview of next week’s episode, it appears that she has succeeded in putting a target on Angelina’s back.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

The first member of the jury, Elizabeth Olsen

Survivor 37.6 “Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?”

Hi y’all!

So, next week is the Merge and it really can’t come a minute too soon!  From the start of this game, one tribe has always been obviously weaker than the other tribe.  The members of the David Tribe may have been more likable than the Goliath Tribe but, when it came to immunity challenges, the Davids were pretty much helpless.  Then, after the two big tribes were split into three small tribes, the Tiva Tribe emerged as being essentially unbeatable while the Jabeni Tribe has emerged as clearly the weakest of the new tribes.

Last night, for the second time in a row, Jabeni was sent to Tribal Council.  Though Mike would have personally preferred to have voted out Angelina, he decided to vote for Lyrsa instead.  Mike apparently figured out that, after the Merge, he could justify voting out Natalie to the other former Goliaths but that he wouldn’t be able to justify voting out a second Goliath as well.  Realizing that it would either be him or Lyrsa going home, Nick joined in with Angelina and Mike and Lyrsa was voted out by a vote of 3-1.

While the Jabeni Tribe was suffering through their own drama, there was conflict on the Vuku Tribe as Carl and Davie both got annoyed with Elizabeth and her determination to rebuild the shelter.

Finally, on the Tiva Tribe, Christian continued to bond with the boys (the brochachos, as they called themselves for some reason) while Gabby continued to freak out over practically everything.  Gabby finally approached Alison and tried to get an alliance going with her.  Alison seemed receptive to the idea but, honestly, I don’t trust her.  Alison comes across as being very cold, despite her claim of being the most empathetic person in the world.  And Gabby came across as being way too neurotic to pull off the big move that she was thinking about making.

In the end, it’s probably not going to matter that Elizabeth got into a fight with two former Davids and or Gabby tried to start an alliance with Alison.  Next week is the merge, which means that the entire game is going to reset once again.

Here’s who will be on the new, merged tribe:

Carl (Former David, Former Vuku) — I still don’t feel that I know Carl but he does have one potentially huge advantage.  After going to Exile Island, he has the power to cancel out an immunity idol.

John (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — John is this year’s wrestler.  He’s a charismatic and athletic guy.  He’s the type of guy who always does better before the merge than after because, once it becomes an individual game, he’s going to have a huge target on his back.

Christian (Former David, Former Tiva) — Everyone loves Christian, which could be his downfall.  No one wants to sit next to him in a final three situation.  Christian has got an alliance with Gabby and he had one with Nick before the tribal shakeup.  After the merge, we’ll find out if that alliance still exists.

Kara (Former Goliath, Former Vuku) — Kara was close to Dan before the tribal shakeup and I imagine that, after the merge, she’ll go back to being a strong member of the Goliath alliance.

Angelina (Former Goliath, Former Jabeni) — Will Angelina ever get a jacket?  Angelina’s problem is that she thinks that she’s a lot more clever than she thinks she is.  If anyone’s going to try to betray their alliance and get voted out as a result, it’ll probably be Angelina.

Alec (Former Goliath, former Vuku) — Alec is a wildcard.  He was a member in good standing of the Goliath Tribe but, right after the tribal shakeup, he teamed up with two members of the David Tribe and voted out Natalia.  It’s hard to say where he’ll end up after the merge.

Elizabeth (Former David, former Vuku) — Elizabeth may be in trouble.  Not only was her closest ally, Lyrsa, voted out of the game but she’s also gotten on the nerves of both Davie and Carl.  I have a hard time imagining Elizabeth lasting much longer.  She’s just not very good at the social aspect of this game.

Gabby (Former David, former Tiva) — Gabby managed to make it to the merge!  Gabby needs to calm down a little.  She’s got a strong ally in Christian but her insecurities are her worst enemy.

Alison (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — Last night, Alison assured us that she’s the most empathetic person on the planet but I don’t buy it.  Gabby tried to stat an alliance with Alison so we’ll have to see if that actually happens or if Alison just goes back to her former Goliath tribemates.

Dan (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — Dan has got two immunity idols and an incredibly cocky attitude.  I could easily see him getting blindsided and going home with those two idols still in his pockets.

Davie (Former David, former Vuku) — Davie has got one immunity idol but he may need to work on his social game a little.  His argument with Elizabeth last night was a good example of how not to maintain an alliance.

Mike (Former Goliath, former Jabeni) — We all remember Mike from The Amazing Race.  To be honest, I’m a little surprised that Mike hasn’t really been much of a factor this season.  He’s not good at challenges and he really doesn’t seem to have a good head for strategy, either.  He’s got an alliance going with Nick but will it survive the merge?

Nick (Former David, former Jabeni) — Nick seems like he could be a strong player but I worry that he sometimes comes on a bit too strong.  Before the tribal shakeup, he had the Mason-Dixon alliance with Christian.  After the shakeup, he formed the Rock Star alliance with Mike.  If he can bring Christian and Mike into an alliance with him, he could be in a good spot.  If he can’t, he’s going to struggle after the merge because it’s usually the obvious schemers that are the first ones voted out of a new tribe.

We’ll see what happens next week!

Lisa Marie

Survivor 37.5 “Jackets and Eggs”

So, last night, the Jabeni Tribe went to tribal council for the first time and, by a vote of 3-2, Natalie was voted out over Lyrsa.  In the end, Mike decided to join with Nick and Lyrsa and he voted out his fellow Goliath tribe member,

And really, it’s not a shock.  It’s always a risk to blindside a member of your own tribe but I’ve got the feeling that no one is going to hold it against Mike.  From the minute this game began, Natalie has been getting on everyone’s nerves and the fact that she made it this far was more due to luck than any strong game play on her part.  With each season, Survivor becomes more and more of a social game and Natalie’s toxic personality managed to get on everyone’s nerves from day one.

It wasn’t a shock to see Natalie get voted out but it was still a lively tribal council.  It all came down to jackets.  Angelina really wants someone to giver her a jacket and she told Natalie that she wanted to vote out Lyrsa just so she could get her hands on Lyrsa’s jacket.  Natalie then got the bright idea to attempt to blackmail Nick into giving Angelina his jacket.  Natalie asked him if he was willing to give up a chance to win a million dollars just so he could keep his jacket.

Considering that Nick and Mike have a side alliance going in the Jabeni Tribe, that was a dumb move.  With Mike already wanting to get rid of Natalie, he was more than willing to join with Nick and Lyrsa and blindside her.  As Natalie left, Angelina was reduced to begging Natalie for her jacket.  Natalie, however, decided to keep the jacket for herself.  So, I guess Angelina will have to be cold for a little while longer.

As for the other tribes, Christian’s charm offensive has worked wonders and he is now a fully accepted member of the Tevi Tribe.  Gabby, however, still feels like an outsider and would probably have been in trouble if Tevi had gone to tribal last night.  During the immunity challenge, Dan managed to find another idol so he now has two immunity idols.

Meanwhile, on the Vuku Tribe, Kara is desperately trying to bond with the other tribe members but none of them seem to trust her.

There weren’t many surprises in last night’s episode but it was still a fun tribal council and at least Natalie finally got voted out.  (I was worried that someone would drag her to the end because they figured no one would vote for her to win.)  It’s just occurred to me that, for two weeks in a row, we’ve had tribal councils where the outnumbered Davids managed to blindside a Goliath!  So, let’s give credit to Survivor for managing to stay on theme!

Next week, it looks like Alison is going to try to make a big move and try to form an alliance with Gabby.  I’m not sure how that will work out.  I can imagine Gabby running off and telling Christian and then Christian telling Dan and then Alison getting voted out at the next tribal council.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

P.S. For those keeping track: Dan has two idols.  Davie has one.  Carl has a special power that he can use to cancel one of the idols.

Survivor 37.4 “Time to Bring About The Charmpocalypse”

Last night’s episode of Survivor was kind of strange.

The episode started out with Bi (of the David Tribe) announcing that she was leaving the game because she had sprained her MCL and, as a professional athlete, she couldn’t risk aggravating the injury.  I can see her point, though I have to wonder if she would still left if she wasn’t sitting at the bottom of the totem pole on the David Tribe.  (Bi was a part of the alliance that got blind-sided at the end of the second episode and she seemed to be especially upset about it.)

Bi, the fourth person to leave Survivor 37

Anyway, with Bi leaving, this led to Survivor basically skipping whatever it was that they had planned for the next immunity challenge and they went straight to the traditional tribal shakeup.  Tribal shakeups can be fun but, because of Bi leaving, it happened way too early this season.  I still feel like I’m getting to know these people and suddenly, everyone’s on a new tribe.  It definitely gave last night’s episode something of a chaotic feel.  I was struggling so much to keep track of who went where that I almost missed who won immunity.

There’s three tribes now.  I’m not really a huge fan of the three tribe thing, just because tribal dynamics are usually more interesting when there’s a large group of people instead of just five.  With 16 players and 3 tribes of five, that meant that one castaway was left out.  Carl was sent to Exile Island and told that he would join whichever tribe got sent to the next tribal council.

That actually worked out well for Carl because, on Exile Island, he found a pretty neat little advantage.  He now has the power to nullify someone’s immunity idol.  The catch is that, when he uses the nullifier, he has to do so while he’s voting and he has to say who he’s nullifying.  Right now, Davie and Dan have idols but Carl doesn’t know that.  So, if Carl uses his nullifier, he not only has to use it on the right night but he also has to use it for the right person or this potentially huge power will be totally useless.

As for the new three tribes they are:

Vuku Tribe

Natalia (Former Goliath)

Kara (Former Goliath)

Alec (Former Goliath)

Elizabeth (Former David)

Davie (Former David)

Jabeni Tribe

Natalie (Former Goliath)

Angelina (Former Goliath)

Mike (Former Goliath)

Lyrsa (Former David)

Nick (Former David)

Tiva Tribe

John (Former Goliath)

Alison (Former Goliath)

Dan (Former Goliath)

Christian (Former David)

Gabby (Former David)

On the new Jabeni Tribe, Natalie annoyed her new tribemates while Nick — no longer on the same tribe as his former ally Christian — attempted to form a new “Rock Stars” alliance with Mike White.

Meanwhile, on the new Tiva Tribe, Christian and Gabby are fortunately still together.  Gabby is feeling very insecure about fitting in with her new tribe and is scared that she’s going to be sent home.  Fortunately, Christian was there for her.

Finally, on the Jabeni Tribe, it looked like either Elizabeth or Davie were pretty much doomed when the Jabeni Tribe lost immunity.  However, Alec decided to betray his former Goliath tribe mates and he joined with Elizabeth and Davie to vote out Natalia.  Natalia was beyond angry and yelled at Alec for smiling after she was voted out.  It was actually a pretty fun tribal council, as we watched Natalia go from being arrogant and cocky to realizing that she had just been blindsided.

With Natalia gone, Carl joined the Jabeni Tribe, which now means that the Jabeni Tribe is the only tribe to have a majority of former Davids.

Next week: More paranoia and another storm!

Lisa Marie

Natalia, the fifth person to leave Survivor 37

Survivor 37.3 “I Am Goliath Strong”

Well, Jeremy certainly managed to screw that up!

I mean, really Jeremy should have been in a great position last night.  Yes, Goliath was going to tribal for the first time.  And yes, somebody would have to be voted out.  However, Natalie was the obvious target.  She has no social skills.  She’s terrible in challenges.  She does little around camp other than glare at people and try to give orders.  Natalie was such an obvious choice that it was pretty easy to guess that she wouldn’t be going home last night.

Instead, it was Jeremy.  Yes, the same Jeremy who was always good at challenges and who always seemed to be working hard around camp.  It’s not so much that Jeremy was blind-sided as the fact that the entire tribe voted to kick him off the island.  Goliath may have lost the immunity challenge but, for the most part, they were united at tribal council.  Natalie got Jeremy’s vote.  Everyone else voted for Jeremy.

Jeremy’s downfall was that he not only allowed himself to get paranoid but he also let everyone else know that he was paranoid.  Survivor‘s a tricky game.  On the one hand, you have to be paranoid to win.  On the other hand, if you’re too paranoid (especially during the pre-merge part of the game), chances are that your tribe will vote you out just because they’re sick of you and all of your drama.  I think that’s what happened to Jeremy.  The Goliath Tribe said, “We can either keep Natalie, who is annoying but at least doesn’t talk to anyone or we can keep Jeremy, who calls tribal meetings and won’t stop telling everyone what to do.”  In the end, the tribe decided that they were strong enough that they could afford to lose Jeremy and they’re probably right.

As for the David Tribe, they may have won immunity but they’re still a group that doesn’t seem to have really come together.  Gabby appears to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and it looks like Christian may have to eventually choose whether he wants to be allied with Gabby or allied with Nick.  As well, Bi — the strongest physical player on the tribe — injured her knee last night so her days on the beach could be numbered.

So, the lesson of last night’s Survivor was to know when to keep quiet.  If Jeremy had kept quiet and resisted the temptation to have that tribal meeting, he probably could have gotten rid of Natalie.  Instead, he became the third person to leave Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

Lisa Marie 

Jeremy Crawford, the third person to leave Survivor David vs Goliath

Survivor 37.2 “The Chicken Has Flown The Coop”

Well, on last night’s episode of Survivor, we finally made it to tribal council!

Despite the terrible weather and a strenuous immunity challenge, nobody had to be medically evacuated last night.  That’s a good thing.  Unfortunately, the David Tribe lost their second immunity challenge in a row and they’re now down two people.  I really hope this entire season won’t just be the Goliath Tribe decimating the David Tribe.  I mean, the whole point of the David vs. Goliath story is that David may have been smaller and weaker but he still won the battle because he had faith.

However, as of right now, the Goliath Tribe appears to be practically unstoppable.  Not only do they have the strongest physical players but they’re also more focused and united than the David Tribe.  The Goliath Tribe works well together.  Oh sure, everyone’s sick of Natalie and her attitude.  And a lot of people on the tribe are paranoid about Dan and the possibility that he has an idol.  But so far, the Goliath Tribe is working well together and it really does seem like they might be unstoppable.

Meanwhile, over on the David Tribe, they still haven’t recovered from the shock of losing Pat.  No new leader has emerged and, as we saw during last night’s immunity defeat, they have no idea how to work together as a team.

When the David Tribe lost immunity, Carl seemed pretty confident that everyone would agree to vote out Lyrsa.  In fact, he was so confident that I immediately guessed that there was no way that Lyrsa would be voted out.  Instead, Elizabeth rallied enough tribe members together to get rid of Jessica.

Why Jessica?  I’m not sure.  Physically, she seemed like more of an asset than Lyrsa but I don’t think she had really bothered to bond with anyone else in the tribe.  She also had one the worst cases of resting bitch face that I’ve ever seen on Survivor and, especially early in the game, being unlikable is never a good strategy.

(Jessica, incidentally, was the youngest castaway this season.  She was 19, which means that this won’t be the season that a teenager wins Survivor.)

Since it’s early in the game, it’s still a bit difficult to keep track of who is who and who is working with who.  Here’s how last night’s vote broke down:

Voting for Lyrsa: Bi, Carl, Davie, and Jessica

Voting for Jessica: Christian, Elizabeth, Gabby, Lyrsa, and Nick

Right now, those who voted for Jessica are at the top of David Tribe while those who voted for Lyrsa are at the bottom.  Both Bi and Carl appear to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

In other news: Nick and Christian have formed a side alliance, the Mason-Dixon Alliance.  Nick was really excited about coming up with a name for his alliance, which leads me to suspect that Nick would be a better fit for Big Brother than Survivor.

Davie found a second immunity idol!  So, now, Davie and Dan have the two immunity idols.  There may or may not be more idols out there.

And that’s it for now!

Lisa Marie

Jessica Peet has her flame snuffed as she becomes the 1st person vote out of Survivor 37.