Sorry for the late update! Yesterday was my birthday so I was out celebrating and I’ve spent most of today recovering! 🙂 However, I finally got a chance to watch last night’s episode of Survivor and here’s a few thoughts on I’m The Kingpin.
So, this was the merge episode. The new tribe started out with 13 castways: 7 millennials and 6 Gen Xers. In theory, the Millennials should have been able to come together and pick off the Gen Xers one-by-one but it didn’t work out that way. It didn’t take long for it to become obvious that the Millennials were actually far more divided than the Gen Xers.
Essentially, the merge started with two Millennial Alliances.
There were the cool kids alliance: Jay, Taylor, Michelle, and Will. Jay is the unquestioned leader of that alliance, with Will as a his main henchman. Taylor, meanwhile, is still obsessed with getting revenge for Figgy and also stealing all of the tribe’s food. And finally, there’s Michelle who … well, Michelle was just kind of there.
And then there was the nerdy alliance: Zeke, Hannah, and Adam. All three of these Millennials realized that they were on the bottom of the Millennial Tribe and they sought to even things out by teaming up with the Gen Xers. Though they originally targeted Will, plans changed when Will won immunity. So, instead, they voted out Michelle and, by a vote of 9-4, Michelle became the first member of the jury.
To be honest, it wasn’t really a surprising result. Jay and Taylor are both so cocky and so full-of-themselves that it never occurred to them that they needed to any sort of damage control after blind-siding Michaela.
What’s funny is that, even if Michelle hadn’t been voted out, the Millennials would have lost a player. Jay and Taylor were targeting Adam. Why? Mostly, it came down to the fact that nether of them cared for Adam personally. Taylor wanted revenge for Figgy. Jay saw Adam as a threat. Instead of trying to stick with Adam just long enough to take out the remaining Gen Xers, Jay and Taylor let their personal feelings get the better of them, And now, they’re on the bottom of the new tribe.
That said, it’s apparent that Adam is not as strong of a player as I thought he was. Last night, he was totally erratic and nervous. Foolishly, he attempted to bond with Taylor and ended up sharing way too much information with him. Though he was ultimately saved at tribal council, Adam came close to alienating even his allies. Adam is fortunate to have an immunity idol but he needs to start playing smarter or he might end up going to the jury with that idol still in his pocket.
The great thing about Survivor is that the entire game can change in just a day! So, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode!