I really disliked last night’s episode.
So far, this season of Survivor has been a season of twists that no one has really wanted. Usually, I’m okay with the silly Survivor twists because Survivor still remains Survivor — i.e., you have to make fire, boil water, win comps, and survive tribal council. But last night’s twists annoyed me for a few reasons:
- They interfered with the Merge, which is one of the most sacred Survivor traditions.
- They were needlessly complicated.
- They were stupid.
- They led to the show ending on a cliffhanger that was not a cliffhanger at all.
From the minute Jeff (who has been way too hyper this season, I miss the mean Jeff who didn’t even pretend to care) announced that there would be no tribal council this episode, I mentally tuned out. Tribal council is what the show is all about!
Okay, here’s what it comes down to. Instead of a traditional merge, the survivors were split into two tribes, a blue tribe and a yellow tribe. The competed in …. I guess you would call it the merge challenge. The blue tribe solved their puzzle first. Yay, Blue Tribe!
So, Jeff announced that the Blue Tribe was safe and now the Yellow Tribe would later compete for individual immunity. Yellow would then vote someone out and whoever was left would then join the Blue Tribe in forming a new tribe.
However, both Erika and Naseer sat out the challenge. The Blue Tribe had to choose one to join the tribe and another to send to Exile Island for two days. The Blue Tribe picked Naseer.
Here’s where we stand:
Blue Tribe: Ricard, Evvie, Danny, DeShaw, Sydney
Yellow Tribe: Heather, Erika, Xander, Tiffany, Shan, Liana
So, the Blue Tribe got their feast and, eventually, the Yellow Tribe was sent over to join them. Erika went to Exile. Erika was upset but eventually Jeff Probst showed up and revealed the really stupid part of the twist.
Jeff put an hourglass on the beach. If Erika smashes the hourglass, the results are reversed. The Yellow Tribe (and Erika) is safe an the Blue Tribe has to compete to make the merge.
“TO BE CONTINUED”
Oh gee, what is Erika going to decide? She can either risk getting voted out or she can make herself safe. That’s not much of a cliffhanger. Plus, it means all that hard work at the challenge was for nothing. I may not like Ricard but he pushed himself solving that puzzle. The Yellow Tribe, meanwhile, didn’t even come close. But now, because of some stupid twist, that doesn’t matter.
It just felt unnecessary. It felt more like a silly Big Brother twist than a Survivor thing. And I was disappointed.
Oh well. We’ll see what happens next week. If Erika doesn’t use her power to flip the results, she’s the worst Survivor player in history.