Survivor: Game Changers Episode 7

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm


Jeff Varner found himself grasping at straws to try to stick around in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 6 before ultimately sticking his foot in his mouth by outing Zeke as transgender. It is described as desperation, but it can be and was taken as a malicious act that aside from that didn’t even make any sense on either a game or personal level. You can get away with a lot in Survivor. It has been pointed out that Zeke is not innocent in how he has treated other players either, like mocking David’s sometimes questionable mental state. But this was generally panned as crossing the line regardless of however other Survivors may have treated each other in the past. Even Jeff himself regretted saying what he did and agreed to go home without a vote as everybody made it clear that no vote was needed.

When they greet Probst, they see a merge feast. The problem is he’s also standing next to a table with a cover on it. In order for everyone else to enjoy the feast, one person from each tribe must volunteer to not take part. If there are no volunteers, they will all only get a cracker and some iced tea.

Brad immediately volunteers. Tai is the volunteer for his tribe. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad or does not really matter. In this game, I’m not leaning toward it being good for them. If nothing else, it does give them a chance to chat in peace, and they are happy to work together.

Michaela’s reputation precedes her, and she quickly becomes the target. It’s not usually this easy, but multiple people on both tribes are discussing this as if this first vote will be an easy one. Hali warns her, which is exactly what they feared someone would do.

Realizing that she may be in danger, Michaela approaches the person she thinks she can trust, Cirie, who is not one of those who is looking to get rid of her. Cirie would like the opportunity to mentor her as long a she can control herself.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on their toes while balancing a block above their heads between themselves and the frame above them. Hali, Troyzan, and Zeke drop before Jeff can even finish explaining the rules. Cirie is next, followed by Debbie and then Michaela within the first 5 minutes. Ozzy is next and then Aubry. Brad drops next, leaving four people to hit the 25 minute mark. Sarah drops immediately followed by Sierra. Tai is the last to fall. Would he have won if he had eaten the feast? Andrea wins immunity.

Sierra wants to split the votes. She wants to get rid of Michaela, but she feels Hali is way too confident and probably has an idol. This doesn’t work for Cirie, who would be happy to get rid of someone other than Michaela, making Hali a suitable sacrifice.

As the topic of hidden idols arises, Hali volunteers to dump out her bag and be strip searched if anyone wants her to do so. Nobody takes her up on that offer.

Votes
Zeke
Zeke
Michaela
Hali
Michaela
Hali
Michaela
Hali
Michaela
Hali
Hali
Hali

With 6 votes, Hali has been voted off the island. That split vote plan sure backfired. They handed the numbers over to the side that otherwise would not have had them. Cirie even instructed Michaela not to bother voting for Hali to avoid blowing her cover, and that vote didn’t matter. Hali doesn’t get why they just took out perhaps the least threatening person.

Zeke has been working with Cirie and Andrea, but he’s worried that they are just dictating to him what to do.

For the reward challenge, they will retrieve a net of wooden fish, untie them, and solve a puzzle. Reward is a day of luxury. Sarah chooses Brad, Aubry, Michaela, Cirie, and Sierra to be on her team. Andrea chooses Tai, Ozzy, Troyzan, Debbie, and Zeke. These teams seem lopsided, but they end up pretty even after the water segment. Andrea’s team forgets one of the fish and have to go back, allowing the other team to get a big lead heading into the puzzle. Zeke turns out to be the better puzzle builder, and Andrea’s team wins reward.

Zeke takes the opportunity at the reward challenge to pitch the elimination of Andrea or Cirie. Debbie plays along but doesn’t trust him. If he’s having this much trouble already, this plan cannot be successful, leaving a very dangerous Cirie alive.

Another endurance immunity challenge will have them hanging on poles. Ozzy has won this challenge twice before. Cirie quickly falls, and Brad, Aubry, Debbie, Zeke, Sierra, Troyzan, and Sarah are not far behind. Four people have made it to the 20 minute mark. Michaela is next, acknowledging that she is giving up because she can’t beat Ozzy. Andrea is next, falling all the way from the top. Two people make it to one hour. Then 95 minutes. Ozzy is the one to fall. Tai wins immunity. He is really starting to come off as a big threat, unnecessarily so.

Zeke warns Sierra that she is the target. She doesn’t trust him, so her plan is apparently to throw him under the bus and make him the target instead, something everybody can get behind. Debbie proposes a bigger threat, Ozzy. Either way, her opposing side loses a number, but Zeke is already a number they consider lost.

There are still a lot of people left, but Debbie does not trust that she has pulled together enough numbers to wait. She opts to use her extra vote.

Votes
Ozzy
Zeke
Sierra
Aubry
Zeke
Ozzy
Zeke
Ozzy
Zeke
Ozzy
Ozzy
Ozzy

With 6 votes, Ozzy has been voted off the island. Debbie’s extra vote turns out to be wasted, particularly as out of the loop Zeke votes for Aubry and Cirie just casts a random vote for Sierra to screw with people. That was the kind of vote Hali was talking about. It seems unlikely that Ozzy could actually win, but he is a challenge beast.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 6

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm


A second tribe swap in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 5 led to Sandra’s demise.

Debbie pretends that Exile was scary instead of the reward it actually was.

Varner may be the lone wolf after Sandra’s elimination, but Zeke still wants to work with him, perhaps not unlike he wants to work with everyone else.

For the reward challenge, they unspool ropes to drop a key, untie and build a ladder, cross a netsling, and launch balls into nets. Reward is pizza and soda. Nuku takes the lead on the ropes, and they just keep increasing it. Before the other tribe is even shooting, they have three balls in their targets. Brad is not so dominant hitting targets using his feet and is unable to catch up to Nuku.

The loss and the resulting crying helps solidify some of the bonds at Mana.

Ozzy performed strongly at the challenge. Whether he can be given full credit for the win, probably not, but it offers another opportunity to paint him as a challenge threat.

For the immunity challenge, they swim out to a raft, pull themselves to a series of stations, collect buoys, and solve a word puzzle. They can just send their best swimmers out to get all the buoys, which obviously gives the advantage to Ozzy. The other tribe doesn’t have anyone even a little competitive. Then they fall apart on the puzzle after building a huge lead. Mana wins immunity.

Jeff has already made his target clear. He wants to get rid of Ozzy. Sarah is onboard with that plan. Whatever talk Zeke had about supposedly being in a final three with Varner, he doesn’t actually want to get rid of Ozzy and lets him know that. So Jeff flips the script and tells everybody that Zeke can’t be trusted, except he still wants to get rid of Ozzy rather than Zeke.

Then he sticks his foot in his mouth. He reveals that Zeke is transgender in attempt to show that he is deceptive. This is about the worst possible thing he can say because everybody is angry. There is no longer any question how this vote is going to go. He’s even upset with himself because Zeke hasn’t come out to anybody in two seasons.

With that said, they aren’t even going to bother voting. Jeff has been voted off the island, and any fight he had left in him is gone.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 5

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm


JT blew up his game at the joint Tribal Council, and Survivor: Game Changers Episode 4 was just a continuation of that with his elimination.

Aubry realizes a little late that Sandra is the best player there.

He didn’t want to finish searching for the idol after he found the clue, but Tai wakes up before everybody else and resumes his search, finding yet another idol.

When they are greeted by Jeff, the other tribe’s reaction is an indication that they made the right choice in their vote. People like Brad are not happy to see who got eliminated. Jeff solidifies this with the next thing he says. Drop your buffs.

Mana (Orange): Aubry, Brad, Cirie, Hali, Michaela, Sierra, Troyzan
Nuku (Blue): Andrea, Jeff, Ozzy, Sarah, Sandra, Tai, Zeke
Tribeless: Debbie

Sandra was in control, but she’s now down in numbers alongside Jeff. Troyzan survived despite being down 5-1, so he views any change as an opportunity.

As the odd woman out, Debbie will be going to Exile Island. Now she doesn’t have to have fake blow ups about Brad anymore, at least for today.

Sandra’s the target, but Tai is the decoy target. They aren’t going to tell him, and they hope he doesn’t find out.

Remember that clue Tai found for the hidden immunity idol? Yeah, that works on his new island, too. Now he has two of them. He can really blow this thing up if he gets wind of something fishy. It’s not like he can’t use two idols at the same Tribal. He found three of them in as many days. They’re basically falling out of trees at this point.

Exile isn’t hell for a change. It’s a yacht stocked with food. Debbie is joined by Cochran. I guess that is supposed to be a reward. Couldn’t get one of the Robs or Parvati? In addition, she can choose an advantage: fake hidden immunity idol kit, one extra vote, or tribe immunity challenge advantage. Not really a choice here. The extra vote is the obvious advantage.

Zeke has formed a bond with Jeff and tells him that he doesn’t trust Tai. That is a piece of information that could backfire.

For the challenge, they will dive into the water, race through a series of monkey bars, transport heavy puzzle pieces in a sled, and solve the puzzle. Beyond having to vote out somebody, the losing tribe will receive Debbie as an added punishment. Mana takes the lead on the initial swim. They are still ahead as they get to the beach. Even if they weren’t in the lead, it wouldn’t matter because Mana solves the puzzle almost immediately before the other tribe even has a chance. Mana wins immunity.

Varner completely trusts Zeke, but Sandra doesn’t really believe it. She has a warning for the others: Debbie, Tai, and Aubry played together in a previous season, which would be dangerous after the merge. They don’t seem to be taking her very seriously, but this does get them to talking, which Tai sees and gets nervous.

Then Tai spills the beans about the plan to get rid of Sandra. Ozzy calls this stupid, but it’s not like he’s in on the alternate plan to get rid of himself.

Rather than use Tai as a tool, Sandra wants to twist the knife and make him a bigger target. A potentially compelling idea if he didn’t have two hidden immunity idols.

When they actually get there, something interesting happens. They start plotting together, and she has him whisper a name in her ear. As long as it ain’t her, she don’t care. This whispering quickly becomes an out loud admission by Tai. Sandra doesn’t even have to squeal, though she does when he isn’t looking. He tells everybody his target is Ozzy.

If everybody flips and Tai uses his idol, who goes home? That’s about as much a mystery as everything else that’s going on here. Could Ozzy really go home based on one vote?

Tai does not play either of his idols. I don’t know if that is brave or stupid. If he didn’t have reason to fear before, he does now that he’s outed someone who was supposedly on his side.

Votes
Tai
Tai
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra

With 4 votes, Sandra has been voted off the island for the first time in 94 days. For all the drama that just happened, everybody was too afraid of Sandra, with good reason, though she played the wrong angle in this case. Tai as an ally could have turned out differently than Tai as a target.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 4

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm


A twist within a twist led to two tribes voting against each other in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 3. Tai played a hidden immunity idol knowing who the other tribe wanted out (because JT told them), leading to the elimination of Malcolm.

By revealing who his tribe planned to vote for, JT intended to get rid of Sandra. Not only did that bite them, but it backfired on him as well because it got rid of his closest ally.

JT goes idol hunting and finds a clue, which is not so much a clue as a dead giveaway, leading to him quickly finding an idol.

Reward is peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cookies, and milk (just the sandwiches for second place). Troyzan sits out for Tavua. Each person in a tribe takes a stage. They throw a grappling hook to retrieve items, dig balls, balance the ball across balance beams, dig puzzle pieces, and solve a slide puzzle. Ozzy’s balance on the beams gives Tavua the lead, but his tribe falls behind on the second attempt at digging up balls. Andrea retakes the lead for Tavua on the beams again. Debbie’s awful balance puts Mana in dead last. Tavua wins reward. Nuku places second.

Sarah approaches the odd man out, Troyzan, to form an alliance, rather than just sticking with her tribe in the easy vote to get rid of him.

Debbie blames Brad because she volunteered to do the balance beam but was unable to do so. She rewrites history and says he dictated what position everybody took, and eventually she decides that it was Hali’s balance that cost them the challenge. She freaks out when they get back to camp and screams random nonsense at everybody. This has to be acting for the camera.

JT thinks Michaela is weird because she asks for a spoonful of sugar in seven drops of coffee. To mess with his head, Sandra eats all of the rest of the sugar. This strategy works and creates more tension between them.

Knowing that the idol is out of the game, Tai finds an idol clue, but he is going to save his search for the idol for later.

For the immunity challenge, they race up and over a wall, roll a giant cube, retrieve a ring of keys, unlock a chest, cross a balance beam with 100 sandbags, and slingshot them at some targets. Cirie sits out for Tavua. Debbie insists on doing the balance beam again, but then she pouts and refuses, which is good news because they didn’t want her to anyway.

This all comes down to the sandbags. They can grab as many or as few as they want, but then they have to actually hit the targets. As with the last time, Tavua dominates on the balance beams. As for Debbie, she’s still whining. Whatever lead Tavua built up, it doesn’t matter because Brad is so good at hitting targets, once again the only saving grace for his tribe. Mana wins immunity, meaning we have to deal with Debbie for at least one more episode. Tavua edges out Nuku to win immunity.

The division between JT and Michaela is the talk leading up to Tribal Council. Is Michaela too loose a cannon, or do they blame JT who sold them out last time? Malcolm leaving dug a hole for them in challenges, and taking out either of these two isn’t going to help that issue. Regardless, you have to get rid of the snake before he bites you again. Varner is somewhere in the middle between Sandra wanting to get rid of JT and Aubry wanting to get rid of Michaela.

Votes
Michaela
JT
Michaela
JT
JT

With 3 votes, JT has been voted off the island with an idol sitting back at camp because he didn’t think he needed it, while Michaela sits there drinking her mug of water. Sandra admits what Varner already knew: she was the one who sabotaged JT with the sugar incident.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 3

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm


Following an early tribe swap in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 2, the new Mana tribe got rid of their strength rather fast with the elimination of Caleb.

Tai just helped get rid of his buddy, and his name is the first one to be brought up. Debbie plays along, but she just wants to go with the easy vote of Hali like they arguably should have done last time.

The reward challenge will be run by two members from each tribe. The first person balances over/under obstacles and the next tosses sandbags at targets. Reward is snacks and coffee for the first place tribe and iced coffee for second. JT and Malcolm play for Nuku; Ozzy and Troyzan play for Tavua; Tai and Brad play for Mana. The strategy is obvious here. Everybody puts up their physical threats, except for Mana, which doesn’t have two of those anymore. Ozzy builds a big lead over the other two but drops on the balance beam toward the end. JT is no longer far behind. Tai eventually drops so far behind that there isn’t much hope. Nuku places first. After Tai finally finishes, Brad makes a huge comeback for Mana.

Ozzy’s not disappointed with the loss, though he contributed well on his part. He is happy to be the provider they can’t get rid of… for now.

JT plots to get rid of Sandra and forms an alliance with Malcolm.

For the immunity challenge, a caller will guide blindfolded teams of two tied together to find balls to be used in a maze. Sandra sits out for Nuku; Troyzan sits out for Tavua. Only one tribe will win immunity. Nuku manage to get well ahead. Tavua is behind them. Mana is bringing up the rear again, but this is all just a matter of figuring out the learning curve of the table maze. Nuku has had the lead, and they are keeping it almost the entire time. Tavua would be fine under normal circumstances, but this is a race with only one tribe surviving. With Andrea and Jeff within seconds of each other, Varner drops, and Tavua wins immunity.

There’s a twist to this twist. He will see them as one group, where they will vote out one person. Now the discussion completely shifts because instead of turning on each other, they need to try to shore up support. Someone could easily vote out someone on their own tribe, but they’ll just be sitting ducks next time. Maybe that doesn’t matter to someone like Hali who’s a dead woman walking anyway. Then there’s JT, who wants to get rid of Sandra and knows that Brad does as well.

Not content with just sitting around waiting, Tai goes idol hunting right before Tribal Council. With his tribe down in numbers, it becomes a tribe idol. I’m not sure that really helps because who do you protect? It’s just a shot in the dark.

In the middle of all this whispering at Tribal Council about how maybe they should get rid of Brad, JT goes up to Brad (on the other tribe) and tells him they are going to get rid of Sierra, which was and at least at this point still is the plan. He then goes back to his own new tribe and informs them what he just told Brad or at least that he told Brad it wasn’t him. To the extent that Brad trusts JT, they could easily get rid of him.

Tai uses his idol for Sierra. Unless they changed their plan, it’s going to blow up.

Votes
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Malcolm
Malcolm
Malcolm

With 3 votes, Malcolm has been voted off the island. As big a strategic threat as Sandra is, they needed to take out a physical threat to make up for voting out Caleb last time and even up the challenge odds. JT is immediately blamed, which is somewhat valid because he did reveal the plan, but he tried to warn them.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 2

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm


A double episode kicked off the season when two people who played too hard right out of the gates in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 1 were eliminated. First Ciera named names to the wrong people, then Tony acted strange the entire time before eventually crossing Sandra.

After a short-lived start, it’s time for a tribe swap. They aren’t just going to new tribes, but there will be three of them instead of the original two.

Mana (Red): Brad, Caleb, Debbie, Hali, Sierra, Tai
Nuku (Blue): Aubry, Jeff, JT, Malcolm, Michaela, Sandra
Tavua (Green): Andrea, Cirie, Ozzy, Sarah, Troyzan, Zeke

Caleb and Hali remain on Mana, but they are the only two from the original tribe. However, Caleb already has a bond formed with Tai from their last season together.

JT is even worse off. He is the only person from original Nuku on the new Nuku tribe.

Troyzan, likewise, is the only person from his old tribe to join five opposing tribe members on a new tribe that must start over at a new camp.

Nuku is celebrating their newfound wealth. They screwed up at the beginning, but the other tribe left things in great shape for them.

JT blatantly leaves his new tribe out in the ocean and pretends to go back to the beach to help them get something he forgot on purpose, but everybody knows he’s really helping himself to try to find an idol.

Ozzy and Cirie are now stuck with each other whether they trust each other or not.

Troyzan goes idol hunting, and he is surprised by how obvious the bottle sticking out of the ground is. What he finds is a clue, which tells him he will have to grab the idol in the middle of the next immunity challenge.

Hearing Sandra’s talk about eating goats encourages JT to go catch one and another. Then he and Malcolm become self conscious. The excuse they end up using is that they want to catch one that is not a baby and does not have a baby. The group decides to eat Tai’s chickens instead. Less cute animals without fur.

At the immunity challenge, they will pass a series of obstacles while tied together, go back and forth on a teeter totter with buckets of water to fill up a larger bucket and drop a gate, untie knots, and solve a puzzle. Mana makes the mistake of going through the first obstacle rather than over it. Nuku takes the lead on the first obstacle and keeps that through the puzzle, but the other tribes have managed to just about catch up. Nuku wins immunity. Tavua places second.

After the challenge is over, Troyzan does indeed manage to snag the idol that is tucked on the other side of the puzzle table.

First place reward is a tarp and choice of comfort. Nuku choose the body comfort, leaving spices for Tavua.

With a 4-2 numbers advantage, the choice seems simple, but it’s complicated by everybody being returning players. Hali is the obvious choice, and she knows it. Getting rid of Caleb would harm their challenge chances significantly, but the only concern is that he is too close to Tai. Debbie was technically with them as well, but I don’t know if anybody is taking that relationship very seriously.

Votes
Caleb
Hali
Caleb
Caleb
Caleb

With 4 votes, Caleb has been voted off the island. Brad even managed to convince Tai to vote for him. Seems awful early to be getting rid of a physical threat.

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Survivor: Game Changers Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm


Game Changers is an all star season of sorts. These are the players that changed the game or at least the ones they could get to say yes. There are certainly some top tier players in the mix with people who can’t win and nobody remembers.

They are split into two tribes of ten.

Mana (Orange): Hali Ford, Caleb Reynolds, Troyzan Robertson, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Aubry Bracco, Tony Vlachos, Michaela Bradshaw, Jeff Varner, Ciera Eastin, Malcolm Freberg
Nuku (Blue): Debbie Wanner, Tai Trang, Andrea Boehlke, Cirie Fields, Brad Culpepper, Sierra Dawn-Thomas, Sarah Lacina, JT Thomas, Ozzy Lusth, Zeke Smith

They start off on a boat loaded with supplies that they’ll need to start grabbing. There is also an advantage, a tool kit to which they can swim out to untie. Ozzy swims out toward that, and nobody on the other tribe even bothers to challenge him. After a lengthy delay, Caleb jumps in, but it is seeming pointless, which turns out to be the case.

Tony immediately starts out by saying he is looking for the idol. They are not sure if he is serious or not, but if he was trying to get people to start talking about getting rid of him, that mission has been accomplished.

As everybody was scrambling on the around on the boat, Sierra stumbles across the legacy advantage. It allows her to have immunity, but she must use it either when there are 13 people left in the game or when there are 6 people left.

Ozzy has already decided he wants to get rid of Cirie because she is much better at the game and blindsided him eight years ago. He starts spreading the news, eventually getting to one person who is not willing to play along, Tai.

Tony heads out to the water well, where he digs a spy bunker. Troyzan busts him, but he thinks he’s digging for an idol. Whatever he’s being accused of, it just leads to more talk about getting rid of him. Then Ciera proposes taking out another physical asset, Caleb, which worries the others that she is playing too hard too soon.

This season, if there is a tied vote, there will be no revote. Instead, they go right to a tiebreaker if they cannot agree.

For the immunity challenge, they will raft and swim out to keys, swim back over a series of obstacles, dig up puzzle pieces, unlock another set of pieces, and form a ship’s wheel puzzle. Ozzy obviously takes the lead on the swimming portion, but his tribe falls behind on the obstacles. Nuku pulls back ahead as they head into the puzzle. Ciera has done this puzzle once before and lost, and apparently she didn’t learn anything because she loses again, this time to Zeke and Cirie. Nuku wins immunity and flint.

Ciera had already started digging her grave when she was naming names, and she stood out even more by being part of the losing duo on the puzzle. The others tell her to vote for Michaela. As soon as Michaela hears that one person is going to vote for her, she freaks out.

Probst suggests an easy vote: Sandra, the two time winner.

Votes
Michaela
Ciera
Ciera
Ciera
Ciera
Ciera
Ciera

With 6 votes, Ciera has been voted off the island. That was a pretty easy first vote.

Tony felt that was pretty boring, and he wants to form an alliance with those he considers threats: Sandra, Aubry, Caleb, and Malcolm.

JT is unimpressed by Tai’s obsession with chickens.

Because Sandra has the nerve to talk to Troyzan, Tony doesn’t trust her anymore. In response to how he reacts to her, she wants to get rid of him. Knowing who Tony wants in his alliance, Sandra approaches everybody else.

Seeing Ozzy and JT getting along, Cirie scrambles to try to align with people who don’t really want to be her allies.

For the immunity challenge, they swim out to and climb a cage, lift a heavy snake over it, cross a balance beam, untie tiles, solve a combination lock, and then complete a ring toss. Reward is a fishing kit. Cirie sits out for Nuku. Probst tells them that the more people who dive for the snake at once the faster it will go, but Mana is not listening. As if they weren’t far enough behind, they drop their snake off the balance beam. By the time they arrive at the rings, Nuku has 5 out of 8. They make it 6-1. Then Malcolm gets busy with some successful tosses. He ties it 6-6. JT finally lands something to retake the lead. Nuku wins immunity and reward.

Rather than being impressed by Malcolm’s comeback, Michaela noticeably pouts.

Because Tony is so good at finding idols, the others want to split the votes. To do that, they want to get Caleb and Malcolm, two big guys who want to keep other big guys around.

Unlike Sandra, who went after the people Tony was targeting, Tony tried to solidify his alliance that doesn’t have the numbers, but he just needs one more. Caleb approaches Michaela because she hates to lose, and Tony is a lot stronger than Sandra in challenges.

Votes
Aubry
Tony
Aubry
Tony
Tony
Tony
Tony

With 5 votes, Tony has been voted off the island. Sandra remains the queen. They didn’t so much split the vote as just Sandra tossing a vote Aubry’s way. The other Aubry vote came from Tony, whose closest allies realized it was a lost cause.

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Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Winner

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm


Two people fell victims to the axe in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 13 when Will played too hard while Sunday had the opposite problem, though both led to the same result.

With six people still left, we’re in for some more quick boots. Adam Klein, Bret LaBelle, David Wright, Hannah Shapiro, Justin “Jay” Starrett, and Ken McNickle remain to fight for the million dollar prize.

David has been gathering trinkets throughout the game. He assumes there aren’t really any more hidden immunity idols left, so he creates one and leaves it for some sucker to find. Cue Jay. This is different. He’s not going to try to fake anyone out with it. Rather, he’s going to make someone feel safe and possibly sink themselves.

It’s day 36, which means that Ken can open the legacy advantage that Jessica left him. He is guaranteed immunity at the next Tribal Council. With six people remaining, that’s a somewhat reasonable reward. I was worried it would be something far more powerful.

For the immunity challenge, they will climb one obstacle before solving a combination puzzle, then do another series of obstacles before moving on to another puzzle. Jay has the lead but then foolishly leaves his combination visible for everybody else to see. He’s got a good lead by the time he gets to the last puzzle, but he has allowed everybody else to catch up and have a shot. David, who needed three attempts to get the combination right even after seeing the correct answer, comes from behind everybody else to win immunity.

Along with immunity, David wins reward, a steak dinner. He can choose two people to go with him, until Jay takes over the reward with his advantage. He invites David because he beat him and Adam because he gave him the advantage. A fair decision that I don’t think can make anyone mad and another surprisingly smart use of a rather lame reward.

Jay uses this time to form an alliance of sorts with David and Adam. He says he’s a shield who will take them to the end if he keeps winning.

Jay’s the easy target since he cost himself immunity, but the counter to that is that Bret is the most likable and has a bunch of jury friends, despite never having won a challenge.

Jay plays his fake idol. Then Ken plays his advantage. He’s safe, but he was never in any danger.

Votes
Ken (does not count)
Jay
Jay
Jay

With 3 votes, Jay has been voted off the island.

David realizes that one part of what Jay said is true. Jay was his shield, so now he fears that he is the biggest target.

For the second immunity challenge, they will maneuver a buoy through a series of water obstacles then transport pieces of a word puzzle across a balance beam and other obstacles. Ken takes the lead, but David is performing surprisingly competently for a water challenge. Bret takes the lead in transporting the puzzle pieces, but everybody else is not far behind, aside from Hannah. Ken wins immunity on the puzzle.

Adam wants to get rid of David, but he’s paranoid that he found another idol. Knowing that they are in a battle with each other, David targets Adam.

I was pretty sure Adam was wasting his time, but there’s actually another hidden immunity idol in the final five. Really? For some reason he tells multiple people, and word spreads. Hannah is not so sure she wants to play along with the David vote, but David doesn’t seem to want to believe there is an idol this late in the game.

Adam plays his idol.

Votes
David
Bret
David
Bret
Bret

With 3 votes, Bret has been voted off the island. He congratulates David on winning the game.

David doesn’t understand why he’s still standing either. Ken’s loyal to a fault, and Hannah didn’t trust Bret.

The final immunity challenge requires them to maneuver a pole through a wire maze and stack bowls on top of it. I don’t think there is such a thing as a threat here. This looks like it could be anybody’s game. Adam, Ken, and Hannah are in the lead with 10 when David’s bowls fall. Ken takes the lead as Hannah loses hers. Ken reaches his 12th out of 13 while Adam stands there watching and waiting for the wind to die down. It doesn’t. They both have to start again. Hannah takes the lead. With 30 seconds left, she lets Ken catch her. The half an hour time limit expires with a tie.

In the 5 minute tie breaker, Ken continues what was a very successful more aggressive strategy that never quite got him to the 13. He doesn’t need to get there this time, though. With seconds remaining, Ken manages to win by a single bowl.

The simple solution here is for the three to stick together. Hannah makes an effort to flip Ken, but it is an uphill battle considering how clear Ken has made what he feels about loyalty.

Votes
David
Adam
David
David

With 3 votes, David has been voted off the island. I don’t think Ken could have beaten David, but what may have been his biggest talking point (playing the game honestly) is gone now, though he can still say he was more loyal than either of the others.

Taylor claims his vote is not set and wants to know why each of them should win. Hannah wants credit for her growth and for putting them all in the jury. Ken pitches his loyalty. Adam says he was not the target and kept people safe, aside from the times those weren’t correct.

Sunday asks whether they played more like a millennial or a gen Xer. Ken is old school and not very adaptable. Adam calls Hannah a flipper and calls himself somewhere in between the two of them.

Jessica questions Ken about getting rid of David. He responds that his top alliance is his daughter.

Will respects Ken more for turning on David than for all his talk about loyalty. Then he asks about the Bret vote in which Adam was on the wrong side once again.

Zeke doesn’t think Ken did anything to evolve the game. Adam suggests that he deliberately gave up control when needed while Hannah takes credit for making all of the moves rather than Adam.

To be fair, Adam and Hannah were on the wrong side of the same number of votes (two). The difference is that Hannah’s last mistake was on day 20, not day 37.

Bret was bitter when he left and still is.

Jay questions Adam about why he turned on him.

Chris gives Adam credit for turning Ken against David. I guess it’s fair to draw that conclusion, but unless the editing was really misleading, there is nothing to substantiate that it happened and this lawyer is just really bad at reading these people.

David asks them about what they overcame to get there. Hannah and Ken discuss their social awkwardness, while Adam gives the jury the last answer of the evening that his mom has cancer. The timing of revealing that right before the jury votes may be the smartest move he has made in the game.

Adam clearly has at least a couple of votes, but they have made it clear that Hannah played the better game, if for no other reason than the Bret vote. Ken was right there every step with the person who most people consider the best player, but he won’t be getting much credit for that.

Votes
Adam
Adam
Adam
Adam
Adam
Adam

The Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X winner is Adam Klein. I don’t think he’s a bad winner, though not deserving of a unanimous vote. The previous two unanimous winners were Cochran and Jeremy, both of whom also underwhelmed me.

Adam did get to see his mother one last time, but she died days after the show finished filming.

In shocking news, Figgy and Taylor aren’t dating.

Survivor will be returning to Fiji again next season. Survivor: Game Changers premieres in March and will feature returning players Michaela, Tony, Tai, Caleb, Ciera, Cirie, Sandra, and Ozzy. Cirie and Sandra are top tier players, and Caleb was awesome before he got evaced in the most disastrous Survivor challenge.

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