Sorry, I’m running a little late with this Survivor update. I actually missed the first 15 minutes of the show tonight, because I was outside trying to stop a cat fight before it happened! It gets even worse — I actually forgot to set the DVR to record the show! I think that’s like the first time, in at least four years, that I’ve forgotten to set it.
Anyway, despite all of that drama, I am now officially caught up on what happened tonight. So, here’s a few thoughts.
Tonight was the family reunion episode. During the first few seasons of Survivor, the family reunion episodes always made me cry but, lately, I’ve gotten pretty cynical about them. As a lot of you pointed out in the comments last week, the castaways always act as if they’ve been away from home for years or as if they’ve just been released from captivity. In truth, it’s only been a few weeks.
Add to that, the Survivor producers always go a bit overboard trying to use the reunion episode to create drama. Whenever Jeff says, “You can pick one person to go with you,” I cringe. If I was ever on Survivor, I would probably specifically try to lose the loved ones challenge because it really isn’t worth the trouble that it always seems to lead to.
This season, the castaways competed in teams to see who would get to spend time with their loved ones. The team of Culpepper, Aubry, and Andrea won. Over on the losing team, Michaela kicked a box in frustration and was sharply reprimanded with her mother. That’s one reason why I like Michaela. She may not be the strongest player but she never holds back on how she’s feeling. The winning team then decided to take Sarah and Cirie with them on their reward. Tai, Troyzan, Sierra, and Michaela went back to camp alone.
Up until this point, I thought that the reward challenge might lead to some people flipping on their alliances. Michaela certainly did seem upset when she was not selected to go on the reward. Culpepper’s wife, Monica, even said that she thought Michaela might flip.
(A big deal was made about the fact that Monica had played the game before and would be advising Culpepper. I’ve always thought that Monica was an overrated player and her advise to Brad was nothing that he shouldn’t have been able to come up with on his own. It kinda reminded of how, on Big Brother, it’s always assumed that returning housesguests are somehow experts on how to play the game when, actually, they seem to be as clueless as everyone else.)
But, for all the talk of people flipping, no one did. Despite Zeke being blindsided last week, Culpepper’s alliance is still in the minority. When Culpepper won the immunity challenge, the target was taken off of him and redirected onto his closest ally, Sierra. It wasn’t even a close vote. Sierra got 6 votes while she, Culpepper, and Troyzan all voted for Andrea. Sierra gave her legacy advantage to Sarah.
To be honest, I’m not really surprised. It felt like Sierra’s time to go. She was in the minority alliance and she’s been playing the game hard. She was never really as strong a player as she thought she was but, still, she was dangerous enough that it makes total sense that no one would betray their alliance to keep her around.
Plus, now that Sierra’s gone, I won’t keep getting her mixed up with Andrea. That’ll make it a lot easier to write these recaps!
All in all, this really wasn’t a very dramatic episode. But next week looks good!