Survivor 37.6 “Aren’t Brochachos Just Adorable?”

Hi y’all!

So, next week is the Merge and it really can’t come a minute too soon!  From the start of this game, one tribe has always been obviously weaker than the other tribe.  The members of the David Tribe may have been more likable than the Goliath Tribe but, when it came to immunity challenges, the Davids were pretty much helpless.  Then, after the two big tribes were split into three small tribes, the Tiva Tribe emerged as being essentially unbeatable while the Jabeni Tribe has emerged as clearly the weakest of the new tribes.

Last night, for the second time in a row, Jabeni was sent to Tribal Council.  Though Mike would have personally preferred to have voted out Angelina, he decided to vote for Lyrsa instead.  Mike apparently figured out that, after the Merge, he could justify voting out Natalie to the other former Goliaths but that he wouldn’t be able to justify voting out a second Goliath as well.  Realizing that it would either be him or Lyrsa going home, Nick joined in with Angelina and Mike and Lyrsa was voted out by a vote of 3-1.

While the Jabeni Tribe was suffering through their own drama, there was conflict on the Vuku Tribe as Carl and Davie both got annoyed with Elizabeth and her determination to rebuild the shelter.

Finally, on the Tiva Tribe, Christian continued to bond with the boys (the brochachos, as they called themselves for some reason) while Gabby continued to freak out over practically everything.  Gabby finally approached Alison and tried to get an alliance going with her.  Alison seemed receptive to the idea but, honestly, I don’t trust her.  Alison comes across as being very cold, despite her claim of being the most empathetic person in the world.  And Gabby came across as being way too neurotic to pull off the big move that she was thinking about making.

In the end, it’s probably not going to matter that Elizabeth got into a fight with two former Davids and or Gabby tried to start an alliance with Alison.  Next week is the merge, which means that the entire game is going to reset once again.

Here’s who will be on the new, merged tribe:

Carl (Former David, Former Vuku) — I still don’t feel that I know Carl but he does have one potentially huge advantage.  After going to Exile Island, he has the power to cancel out an immunity idol.

John (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — John is this year’s wrestler.  He’s a charismatic and athletic guy.  He’s the type of guy who always does better before the merge than after because, once it becomes an individual game, he’s going to have a huge target on his back.

Christian (Former David, Former Tiva) — Everyone loves Christian, which could be his downfall.  No one wants to sit next to him in a final three situation.  Christian has got an alliance with Gabby and he had one with Nick before the tribal shakeup.  After the merge, we’ll find out if that alliance still exists.

Kara (Former Goliath, Former Vuku) — Kara was close to Dan before the tribal shakeup and I imagine that, after the merge, she’ll go back to being a strong member of the Goliath alliance.

Angelina (Former Goliath, Former Jabeni) — Will Angelina ever get a jacket?  Angelina’s problem is that she thinks that she’s a lot more clever than she thinks she is.  If anyone’s going to try to betray their alliance and get voted out as a result, it’ll probably be Angelina.

Alec (Former Goliath, former Vuku) — Alec is a wildcard.  He was a member in good standing of the Goliath Tribe but, right after the tribal shakeup, he teamed up with two members of the David Tribe and voted out Natalia.  It’s hard to say where he’ll end up after the merge.

Elizabeth (Former David, former Vuku) — Elizabeth may be in trouble.  Not only was her closest ally, Lyrsa, voted out of the game but she’s also gotten on the nerves of both Davie and Carl.  I have a hard time imagining Elizabeth lasting much longer.  She’s just not very good at the social aspect of this game.

Gabby (Former David, former Tiva) — Gabby managed to make it to the merge!  Gabby needs to calm down a little.  She’s got a strong ally in Christian but her insecurities are her worst enemy.

Alison (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — Last night, Alison assured us that she’s the most empathetic person on the planet but I don’t buy it.  Gabby tried to stat an alliance with Alison so we’ll have to see if that actually happens or if Alison just goes back to her former Goliath tribemates.

Dan (Former Goliath, former Tiva) — Dan has got two immunity idols and an incredibly cocky attitude.  I could easily see him getting blindsided and going home with those two idols still in his pockets.

Davie (Former David, former Vuku) — Davie has got one immunity idol but he may need to work on his social game a little.  His argument with Elizabeth last night was a good example of how not to maintain an alliance.

Mike (Former Goliath, former Jabeni) — We all remember Mike from The Amazing Race.  To be honest, I’m a little surprised that Mike hasn’t really been much of a factor this season.  He’s not good at challenges and he really doesn’t seem to have a good head for strategy, either.  He’s got an alliance going with Nick but will it survive the merge?

Nick (Former David, former Jabeni) — Nick seems like he could be a strong player but I worry that he sometimes comes on a bit too strong.  Before the tribal shakeup, he had the Mason-Dixon alliance with Christian.  After the shakeup, he formed the Rock Star alliance with Mike.  If he can bring Christian and Mike into an alliance with him, he could be in a good spot.  If he can’t, he’s going to struggle after the merge because it’s usually the obvious schemers that are the first ones voted out of a new tribe.

We’ll see what happens next week!

Lisa Marie

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Survivor 37.5 “Jackets and Eggs”

So, last night, the Jabeni Tribe went to tribal council for the first time and, by a vote of 3-2, Natalie was voted out over Lyrsa.  In the end, Mike decided to join with Nick and Lyrsa and he voted out his fellow Goliath tribe member,

And really, it’s not a shock.  It’s always a risk to blindside a member of your own tribe but I’ve got the feeling that no one is going to hold it against Mike.  From the minute this game began, Natalie has been getting on everyone’s nerves and the fact that she made it this far was more due to luck than any strong game play on her part.  With each season, Survivor becomes more and more of a social game and Natalie’s toxic personality managed to get on everyone’s nerves from day one.

It wasn’t a shock to see Natalie get voted out but it was still a lively tribal council.  It all came down to jackets.  Angelina really wants someone to giver her a jacket and she told Natalie that she wanted to vote out Lyrsa just so she could get her hands on Lyrsa’s jacket.  Natalie then got the bright idea to attempt to blackmail Nick into giving Angelina his jacket.  Natalie asked him if he was willing to give up a chance to win a million dollars just so he could keep his jacket.

Considering that Nick and Mike have a side alliance going in the Jabeni Tribe, that was a dumb move.  With Mike already wanting to get rid of Natalie, he was more than willing to join with Nick and Lyrsa and blindside her.  As Natalie left, Angelina was reduced to begging Natalie for her jacket.  Natalie, however, decided to keep the jacket for herself.  So, I guess Angelina will have to be cold for a little while longer.

As for the other tribes, Christian’s charm offensive has worked wonders and he is now a fully accepted member of the Tevi Tribe.  Gabby, however, still feels like an outsider and would probably have been in trouble if Tevi had gone to tribal last night.  During the immunity challenge, Dan managed to find another idol so he now has two immunity idols.

Meanwhile, on the Vuku Tribe, Kara is desperately trying to bond with the other tribe members but none of them seem to trust her.

There weren’t many surprises in last night’s episode but it was still a fun tribal council and at least Natalie finally got voted out.  (I was worried that someone would drag her to the end because they figured no one would vote for her to win.)  It’s just occurred to me that, for two weeks in a row, we’ve had tribal councils where the outnumbered Davids managed to blindside a Goliath!  So, let’s give credit to Survivor for managing to stay on theme!

Next week, it looks like Alison is going to try to make a big move and try to form an alliance with Gabby.  I’m not sure how that will work out.  I can imagine Gabby running off and telling Christian and then Christian telling Dan and then Alison getting voted out at the next tribal council.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

P.S. For those keeping track: Dan has two idols.  Davie has one.  Carl has a special power that he can use to cancel one of the idols.

Survivor 37.4 “Time to Bring About The Charmpocalypse”

Last night’s episode of Survivor was kind of strange.

The episode started out with Bi (of the David Tribe) announcing that she was leaving the game because she had sprained her MCL and, as a professional athlete, she couldn’t risk aggravating the injury.  I can see her point, though I have to wonder if she would still left if she wasn’t sitting at the bottom of the totem pole on the David Tribe.  (Bi was a part of the alliance that got blind-sided at the end of the second episode and she seemed to be especially upset about it.)

Bi, the fourth person to leave Survivor 37

Anyway, with Bi leaving, this led to Survivor basically skipping whatever it was that they had planned for the next immunity challenge and they went straight to the traditional tribal shakeup.  Tribal shakeups can be fun but, because of Bi leaving, it happened way too early this season.  I still feel like I’m getting to know these people and suddenly, everyone’s on a new tribe.  It definitely gave last night’s episode something of a chaotic feel.  I was struggling so much to keep track of who went where that I almost missed who won immunity.

There’s three tribes now.  I’m not really a huge fan of the three tribe thing, just because tribal dynamics are usually more interesting when there’s a large group of people instead of just five.  With 16 players and 3 tribes of five, that meant that one castaway was left out.  Carl was sent to Exile Island and told that he would join whichever tribe got sent to the next tribal council.

That actually worked out well for Carl because, on Exile Island, he found a pretty neat little advantage.  He now has the power to nullify someone’s immunity idol.  The catch is that, when he uses the nullifier, he has to do so while he’s voting and he has to say who he’s nullifying.  Right now, Davie and Dan have idols but Carl doesn’t know that.  So, if Carl uses his nullifier, he not only has to use it on the right night but he also has to use it for the right person or this potentially huge power will be totally useless.

As for the new three tribes they are:

Vuku Tribe

Natalia (Former Goliath)

Kara (Former Goliath)

Alec (Former Goliath)

Elizabeth (Former David)

Davie (Former David)

Jabeni Tribe

Natalie (Former Goliath)

Angelina (Former Goliath)

Mike (Former Goliath)

Lyrsa (Former David)

Nick (Former David)

Tiva Tribe

John (Former Goliath)

Alison (Former Goliath)

Dan (Former Goliath)

Christian (Former David)

Gabby (Former David)

On the new Jabeni Tribe, Natalie annoyed her new tribemates while Nick — no longer on the same tribe as his former ally Christian — attempted to form a new “Rock Stars” alliance with Mike White.

Meanwhile, on the new Tiva Tribe, Christian and Gabby are fortunately still together.  Gabby is feeling very insecure about fitting in with her new tribe and is scared that she’s going to be sent home.  Fortunately, Christian was there for her.

Finally, on the Jabeni Tribe, it looked like either Elizabeth or Davie were pretty much doomed when the Jabeni Tribe lost immunity.  However, Alec decided to betray his former Goliath tribe mates and he joined with Elizabeth and Davie to vote out Natalia.  Natalia was beyond angry and yelled at Alec for smiling after she was voted out.  It was actually a pretty fun tribal council, as we watched Natalia go from being arrogant and cocky to realizing that she had just been blindsided.

With Natalia gone, Carl joined the Jabeni Tribe, which now means that the Jabeni Tribe is the only tribe to have a majority of former Davids.

Next week: More paranoia and another storm!

Lisa Marie

Natalia, the fifth person to leave Survivor 37

Survivor 37.3 “I Am Goliath Strong”

Well, Jeremy certainly managed to screw that up!

I mean, really Jeremy should have been in a great position last night.  Yes, Goliath was going to tribal for the first time.  And yes, somebody would have to be voted out.  However, Natalie was the obvious target.  She has no social skills.  She’s terrible in challenges.  She does little around camp other than glare at people and try to give orders.  Natalie was such an obvious choice that it was pretty easy to guess that she wouldn’t be going home last night.

Instead, it was Jeremy.  Yes, the same Jeremy who was always good at challenges and who always seemed to be working hard around camp.  It’s not so much that Jeremy was blind-sided as the fact that the entire tribe voted to kick him off the island.  Goliath may have lost the immunity challenge but, for the most part, they were united at tribal council.  Natalie got Jeremy’s vote.  Everyone else voted for Jeremy.

Jeremy’s downfall was that he not only allowed himself to get paranoid but he also let everyone else know that he was paranoid.  Survivor‘s a tricky game.  On the one hand, you have to be paranoid to win.  On the other hand, if you’re too paranoid (especially during the pre-merge part of the game), chances are that your tribe will vote you out just because they’re sick of you and all of your drama.  I think that’s what happened to Jeremy.  The Goliath Tribe said, “We can either keep Natalie, who is annoying but at least doesn’t talk to anyone or we can keep Jeremy, who calls tribal meetings and won’t stop telling everyone what to do.”  In the end, the tribe decided that they were strong enough that they could afford to lose Jeremy and they’re probably right.

As for the David Tribe, they may have won immunity but they’re still a group that doesn’t seem to have really come together.  Gabby appears to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and it looks like Christian may have to eventually choose whether he wants to be allied with Gabby or allied with Nick.  As well, Bi — the strongest physical player on the tribe — injured her knee last night so her days on the beach could be numbered.

So, the lesson of last night’s Survivor was to know when to keep quiet.  If Jeremy had kept quiet and resisted the temptation to have that tribal meeting, he probably could have gotten rid of Natalie.  Instead, he became the third person to leave Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

Lisa Marie 

Jeremy Crawford, the third person to leave Survivor David vs Goliath

Survivor 37.2 “The Chicken Has Flown The Coop”

Well, on last night’s episode of Survivor, we finally made it to tribal council!

Despite the terrible weather and a strenuous immunity challenge, nobody had to be medically evacuated last night.  That’s a good thing.  Unfortunately, the David Tribe lost their second immunity challenge in a row and they’re now down two people.  I really hope this entire season won’t just be the Goliath Tribe decimating the David Tribe.  I mean, the whole point of the David vs. Goliath story is that David may have been smaller and weaker but he still won the battle because he had faith.

However, as of right now, the Goliath Tribe appears to be practically unstoppable.  Not only do they have the strongest physical players but they’re also more focused and united than the David Tribe.  The Goliath Tribe works well together.  Oh sure, everyone’s sick of Natalie and her attitude.  And a lot of people on the tribe are paranoid about Dan and the possibility that he has an idol.  But so far, the Goliath Tribe is working well together and it really does seem like they might be unstoppable.

Meanwhile, over on the David Tribe, they still haven’t recovered from the shock of losing Pat.  No new leader has emerged and, as we saw during last night’s immunity defeat, they have no idea how to work together as a team.

When the David Tribe lost immunity, Carl seemed pretty confident that everyone would agree to vote out Lyrsa.  In fact, he was so confident that I immediately guessed that there was no way that Lyrsa would be voted out.  Instead, Elizabeth rallied enough tribe members together to get rid of Jessica.

Why Jessica?  I’m not sure.  Physically, she seemed like more of an asset than Lyrsa but I don’t think she had really bothered to bond with anyone else in the tribe.  She also had one the worst cases of resting bitch face that I’ve ever seen on Survivor and, especially early in the game, being unlikable is never a good strategy.

(Jessica, incidentally, was the youngest castaway this season.  She was 19, which means that this won’t be the season that a teenager wins Survivor.)

Since it’s early in the game, it’s still a bit difficult to keep track of who is who and who is working with who.  Here’s how last night’s vote broke down:

Voting for Lyrsa: Bi, Carl, Davie, and Jessica

Voting for Jessica: Christian, Elizabeth, Gabby, Lyrsa, and Nick

Right now, those who voted for Jessica are at the top of David Tribe while those who voted for Lyrsa are at the bottom.  Both Bi and Carl appear to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

In other news: Nick and Christian have formed a side alliance, the Mason-Dixon Alliance.  Nick was really excited about coming up with a name for his alliance, which leads me to suspect that Nick would be a better fit for Big Brother than Survivor.

Davie found a second immunity idol!  So, now, Davie and Dan have the two immunity idols.  There may or may not be more idols out there.

And that’s it for now!

Lisa Marie

Jessica Peet has her flame snuffed as she becomes the 1st person vote out of Survivor 37.

Survivor 37.1 “Appearances are Deceiving”

Yay!  It’s time for a new season of Survivor!

So, here’s the one thing that is almost always true about every episode of Survivor.  It’s difficult to really predict anything based on the first two or three episodes.  It takes a while to get to know who everyone in the tribe is.  There’s always a lot of dead weight that gets cut in the days leading up to the merge and, occasionally, a potential power player will get cut as well.  That’s why it always amuses me when Survivors make alliances during their first day on the island.  Survivor is a game that changes quickly.  It’s not a game where you can make a random alliance and then ride it all the way to the end.

Of course, every season of Survivor has a theme.  This season’s theme is David vs. Goliath, which looks like it’s going to just be a replay of the old Brains vs Brawn or Blue Collar vs White Collar themes.  The idea is that the David tribe has had to struggle for everything that they have in life while the Goliath Tribe apparently hasn’t.  I don’t know.  That seems really vague to me.  I know that the whole point is that David may have been smaller than Goliath but, as Nick pointed out last night, David eventually became king of Israel.  Of course, David was miserable for most of his reign, as his family and friends all proceeded to scheme against him and kill each other.  But anyway….

(Plus, what if the Goliath Tribe just totally destroys the David Tribe?  That’s not going to be a very good message!)

Since it’s only the first episode, we really don’t know much about the majority of this season’s survivors.  Here’s a few of my first impressions.

David Tribe

Pat — Pat was Mr. Blue Collar construction guy.  He got on everyone’s nerves while they were making the shelter but he won them over by giving them protection from the rain.  It seemed like Pat could really be a leader on the tribe but, as we’ll discuss shortly, that’s not going to happen.

Carl — Carl’s a truck driver from Houston.  I liked Carl.  If I had to transport something, I’d hire him.  He seems to have a good, no-nonsense attitude.

Christian — Christian was rather rudely referred to as being “Big Bang Theory” by the members of the Goliath Tribe.  I get the feeling that Christian’s going to be around for a while and we’re all either going to hate him or love him.  During last night’s episode, he formed a “nerd alliance” with Gabby.

Bi — Bi seems like she could be a strong player.  She didn’t get to do much last night but she’s an MMA fighter so, in theory, she should be enough of a physical asset to make it to the merge without getting voted out.

Elizabeth — Elizabeth’s from Texas and she wears a cowboy hat.  She and Lyrsa formed an alliance that I’m predicting will fall apart next episode.

Gabby — Gabby wears glasses and talks a lot.  She formed a “nerd alliance” with Christian.

Jessica — Jessica is 19, because Survivor is determined that a teenager will win eventually.  She’s telling everyone that she’s 22.

Davie — I like Davie.  He’s kinda goofy and seems like he’ll be fun.  Of course, being goofy and fun usually works better on The Amazing Race than on Survivor.

Lyrsa — Lyrsa is from Puerto Rico and has purple hair.  She formed an alliance with Elizabeth, based on the fact that they have nothing in common.  That’s an interesting strategy.

Nick — Nick got a lot of screen time last night so I assume he’s going to be around for a while.  I’m going back and forth on Nick.  At first, he seemed like a strong player but then he was lazy at camp but then he told a sad story and his tribe felt badly for him.  I get the feeling that show is setting Nick up to be a villain but it’s still too early to tell.

Goliath Tribe

Natalia — Natalia made no impression on me.  Hopefully, she’ll be voted out soon because her name is way to similar to Natalie’s and that could get confusing.

Natalie — Natalie is the oldest member of the Goliath Tribe and doesn’t seem to be impressed by anyone else on the tribe.  Everyone seems to be scared of her so she’ll probably be voted out soon.

Jeremy — Jeremy is an attorney from New York and …. well, that’s all I jotted down about him.   Maybe he’ll make more of an impression next episode.

John — I kind of liked John.  He’s a professional wrestler and he seemed to have a good sense of humor about himself.  I’ll be interested to see what he does for the rest of the season.

Kara — Kara is this season’s flirtatious blonde.

Angelina — Angelina made no impression on me.  I didn’t even write anything down about her in my notes.  As I said, it’s the first episode and it takes a while for people to make an impression.

Alec — Alec is this season’s hot bartender.

Alison — So far, Alison appears to be the least likable member of the Goliath Tribe.  Her smug story about growing up in a “middle to upper middle class” household was torture to sit through.

Dan — Dan is a SWAT team member and he seems like he could do well in the game.  He’s personable and in good shape.  Plus, he found an immunity idol!  He and Kara appear to have a potential showmance going.

Mike — Poor Mike!  I remember Mike from his two seasons of The Amazing Race.  He never really seemed like a Survivor guy so I’m a little surprised to see him on this season.  Unfortunately, Mike alienated his tribe by being too obvious about searching for an immunity idol.  Plus, they all seem to think he’s rich because he’s a screenwriter.  Speaking as someone who knows a few screenwriters, I have to say that’s hilarious.

As for the episode itself, it was a typical first episode.  Shelters were made.  There were frequent shots of ominous rain clouds.  David won the first reward challenge but then Goliath won the challenge that matters, the immunity challenge.  However, the David Tribe still didn’t have to go to tribal because Pat seriously injured his back during the return journey to camp and he was medically evacuated from the show!

(For the record, this is the first season in which the first episode did not end with a tribal council.)

Pat looked like he was in a lot of pain so I was glad to hear that he made a “full recovery” after being evacuated.  Still, the David Tribe is going to miss him.

Anyway, I’m definitely excited about not only watching this new season of Survivor but also covering it here at the Reality TV Chat Blog!

To quote Kaycee from Big Brother, Let’s Go!

Lisa Marie

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