Just a few thoughts on last night’s episode of Survivor:
On the whole, I thought it was a good episode. The challenges were fun to watch. We learned more about Ben and Ryan. Despite all expectations, Chrissy is apparently emerging as a power player.
Soko went to tribal council and Roark was voted out by a vote of 3-2. It was a blindside, in that Roark was convinced that she had the votes to get rid of Chrissy. But Ryan decided that he’d rather be allied with Chrissy than Roark and he voted with JP to send Roark out of the game.
It’s always nice to see a blindside but it would have been more powerful if I actually felt like I knew anything about Roark. All I know is that Chrissy didn’t have much respect for her and Roark didn’t know how to read Ryan’s intentions.
As for the other tribes, over on Yawa, Cole has suddenly turned out to be not just stupid but annoying as well. Lauren, who doesn’t seem to have much patience for anyone, is clearly getting sick of him. Even Jessica seems to be over him. Judging from the previews for next week’s episode, it appears that there’s a good chance that Cole’s going to be medically evacuated.
With the help of Jessica, Dr. Mike found an immunity idol. Mike made a point of saying that the idol is his but I’ll be curious to see if Jessica feels the same way.
However, in the end, this episode was dominated by Ben. Up until last night, Ben had been a quiet presence. I tended to think of him as just being this season’s cowboy. But last night, he spoke movingly about his PTSD and it brought tears to my eyes. On a game level, I assume that the attention given to Ben is an indication that he’s going to go far in this game.
Right now, I guess my three favorites are:
Ryan/Chrissy, because they’ve both been underdogs since this seasons started
Dr. Mike, because I thought it was cute that he went searching for an idol specifically because his daughter told him to
Ben, because of last night’s episode.
So, as early as it is, my current preferred final three would be: Ben, Mike, and then either Ryan or Chrissy.
What did everyone think of last night’s episode? Were you as moved by Ben as I was or do you think I’m going overboard? As always, I look forward to any and all comments!