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.