Krashing Down Survivor: Episode 4

Episode 4: “Don’t You Work for Me?”

Episode four was a huge episode in the scheme of this season of Survivor for a few reasons.  Zapatera had just thrown a challenge to boot of Russell Hantz, and desperately needed to win the next one to regain momentum.  Meanwhile the legendary Russell was on pens and needles trying to remain in the game at redemption.

Keep Your Ego’s At Home

Going into the duel it would be Russell versus Matty.  Matty had come off the first ever victory defeating Francesca the show prior.  As like last episode two castaways from each tribe were in attendance to watch the duel.  Ralph and Sarita went for Zapatera while Kristina and Phillip went for Ometepe.  The challenge was to stack blocks domino rally style while weaving through obstacles.  The blocks had to all fall in line to trigger a ball at the end of the course granting redemption to the winner.  It was a close battle, but Matty came through after two tried on the blocks thus eliminating Russell Hantz for good.  I was really upset to see the legend of Survivor go.  Russell left in tears trying to cover himself in shame, and I actually felt bad for him.  People can love or hate the guy, but his passion for the game of Survivor is what the game used to be about.  Nowadays a lot of pretenders show up on this program.  Models, actors/actresses, and other professionals use this show to propel their status rather than play the game right.  Russell is a threat and a hard guy to play with at times, but the way Zapatera continuously put him down was just wrong.  Ralph decided it would be cute to stomp on Russell while he was down revealing to everyone there he found an idol and Russell didn’t.  WHAT AN IDIOT.  Who is that dumb?  Ralph has power in this game.  He has an idol, an alliance, and numbers.  Why, why, why sit there and tell the other tribe?  I hope he gets voted out ASAP.  Power in this game is important, the last thing you want to do is flaunt it to look cute on television.  In fact, from what I’ve read most people think he’s an absolute idiot.  Nice job on casting once again Survivor. I truly thought he’d be a power player, and I guess he still is.  But he wants to do everything in his power not to be obviously.  Immunity idols are both powerful and a curse.  If people know you have an idol, that you don’t want to know you have one, you’re in trouble.  Not only does it hurt Ralph but it puts a target on his entire alliance’s back.  When this happens someone intelligent has to  step in within the alliance and take him out.  If you let a negative force lead your squad then you are a weak player.  Boston Rob will demoralize that alliance post merge.

Ometepe Or Boston Rob’s?

Without big Russ in the game anymore a lot of the attention shifts over to Boston Rob and his squad.  I find it hilarious that the entire tribe of Ometepe is so willing to just listen to his orders and follow his footsteps.  Kristina’s biggest mistake in the game was not at least pretending to follow!  Ometepe once again lost immunity at a crucial point in the game.  They needed this to ensure a tie in numbers but instead were to fall two short.  The vote would be between the two outcasts of the tribe Kristina and Phillip.  Phillip is absolutely insane, and provides nothing at challenges.  Makes it an easy pick right? WRONG.  Rob targeted Kristina as a threat and all his girls followed suit.  However the plan like other weeks was to split the votes between Kristina and Phillip.  Why?  Because Rob found an idol and people would not believe he had it.  Pretty clever of Rob, I hope he is smart with the idol and I think he will be.  However I believe Ometepe needs to get rid of weak players rather than strategical one’s.  At this point of the game for tribe unity Phillip is a cancer and he has to go.  Rob didn’t see it this way, thus Kristina got the boot.  It would have only taken one changed vote to swing it, but nobody wants to deify Rob.  The problem here is Rob still has not learned in four seasons he cannot call the shots on every vote.  Grant, Natalie, and Ashley all seemed to have their doubts about this vote.  Yet they still follow a leader I don’t think they fully understand.  Unfortunately for Rob I don’t think he knows how to play in the shadows from time to time, and it’s why he has not won this game.  I can see Grant trying to place a hit on Rob sooner or later.  Regardless I think Ometepe if they keep their core players together they could be dangerous post merge.  The biggest factor of that however, is to win challenges which they are not doing.  Stephanie and Krista from Zapatera would be sure to jump on board after the merge if they hang around. I can’t wait for next week already!  Can Matty make it three in a row at redemption?  He is a good guy, but not the best guy for Survivor.  Regardless I’m still pulling for him, lets see the good guy make a comeback story!

Player Of The Week: Rob Mariano (2nd Win)