Sorry for the late update! I’m currently up at Lake Texoma on vacation and I’ve only now had a chance to watch last night’s episode of Survivor.
And what can I say? I’m not surprised that Paul was voted out. It seems like every season, a self-styled alpha male and self-appointed tribe leader ends up getting blindsided. Players like Paul might be helpful when it comes to building a shelter but they always seem to get cocky. It was unbelievably stupid of Paul to tell the women that he would abandon them if the men started an alliance. That led to all of the women joining in with David, Ken, and CiCI and voting for Paul. The final vote was 6-3. Paul, Bret, and Chris voted for CiCi. Everyone else voted for Paul.
To be honest, I don’t know how I would have voted in that situation. Paul may have been a blowhard and a jerk but, at this point in the game, the tribe needs to concentrate on winning challenges. After all, if the tribe would start working together and actually win the next few immunity challenges, no one would have to worry about who Paul would vote for at tribal council.
Now, I’m not sure that I agree with those who thought CiCi and CiCi alone lost the immunity challenge for Gen X. Gen X was running pretty far behind before CiCi started doing her thing on the balance beam. But CiCi’s performance definitely didn’t help. In fact, it was pretty selfish of her. She may have felt getting across the beam was a personal triumph but, at this point, Survivor is all about team triumphs.
That’s one reason why the Millennial Tribe is doing well. Whatever issues they have as a tribe, they work well together as a team. But that’ll probably cause them trouble after the merge and suddenly, everyone’s playing as an individual. Gen X could do well, post-merge — assuming that enough of them make it to the merge to prevent the Millennials from picking them off, one-by-one.
The other highlight of last night’s episode: Hannah’s desperate attempt to explain her actions to Zeke. During the first episode, a lot of viewers thought Hannah would be the new Aubry. That didn’t last.
Anyway, have a great week everyone!