Hi y’all! Happy Thanksgiving!
To be honest, this has been a confusing season of Survivor. Almost all of the castaways are difficult to read. Sometimes, they’re brilliant and sometimes, they manage to make the dumbest mistakes possible. Almost every season of Survivor is edited so that, no matter how random the game may be, it still appears as if there’s some sort of central storyline, whether it’s a story of redemption or a story about an underdog proving that they can play the game or a story about a villain who is so clever that they become an antihero.
We’re nearly finished with Survivor 35 and no real storyline has developed. Right now, everyone is obsessed with getting rid of the Healers but the most obnoxious of the healers has somehow managed to avoid being targeted. It’s been a strange season. Last night’s tribal may have featured some excitement but the end result was what everyone thought it would be at the beginning. Cole failed to win immunity so Cole was sent to the jury. Will anyone be smart enough to notice that, since Cole didn’t use the immunity idol that Ben swore that he had, that means someone else has to have it? Probably not. After all, it appears that they didn’t notice Lauren’s missing vote at the last tribal council.
These are not strategic geniuses. They don’t pay attention to details. Chrissy may think that she’s the best strategist in the history of Survivor but so far, she’s just gotten lucky, Ben may think that he’s in charge of a huge alliance but there really isn’t an alliance. Instead, there’s just a bunch of people hanging out together. Nobody seems to be thinking more than few steps ahead.
Last night was full of “What were they thinking moments?”
Ryan decided to tell both Devon and Ben that he has an idol. What was he thinking!?
Ben decided that he wants Devon to be his biggest ally, despite the fact that they have nothing in common. What is he thinking!? (Of course, Ben and Devon also discovered that Ryan told each of them about the idol and then swore that he hadn’t told anyone else. Bad news for Ryan.)
Joe’s decided that the best way to get to the end is by being so obnoxious that everyone will assume that they can beat him. That may be true but is Joe playing to be in the final three or is he playing to win? When asked what his strategy was during the final jury, is Joe going to say, “Oh, I just decided to get on everyone’s nerves.”
Last tribal, Dr. Mike voted for Joe as a way to show that he would be loyal to Ben. This tribal, Mike suddenly attacked his newfound allies and wasted his idol on himself. What was Mike thinking!?
Ben decided that the votes would be split between Cole and Mike. Everyone else told him they’d rather vote for Joe. Ben ordered them to vote for Cole and Mike. What is he thinking? Now, the entire tribe resents him from ordering them around and they’ll probably be quick to turn on him once the last healer is gone.
Is there any strategy at all going on during this season of Survivor? This is a confusing one.
Anyway, again, the final results of Tribal were that Cole was voted out and Dr. Mike played his idol for himself. If the healers had been smart, they would have cast their three votes for Ben and hoped that maybe playing the idol would have put Ben in trouble. (It wouldn’t have worked but still, it would have been worth a try.) Instead, Mike played his idol on himself and then he and Joe both voted for Cole. Why? Why, when you’re that far on the bottom and you’re playing an immunity idol, would you at least not take a chance and vote for the people who want you out?
I don’t understand it at all.
It’s been a strange, strange season. But I’m enjoying writing about it! On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to all of you for reading and commenting! I hope all of you are having a great day and have a wonderful night!