Episode 5: “We Hate Our Tribe”
Episode five may have been the most predictable episode of the season so I won’t spend too much time analyzing it. However, there is always something to be brought to the table in my strategy blog
At the beginning of the show we were treated to another fun redemption duel. This one was a face off between two time duel winner Matty, and Kristina. Kristina who paved her own poor fate to redemption did not really fair at all on the duel losing handily on a cube puzzle. During the challenge Matty was able to have a short discussion with Rob, who placed the blindside on him more than a week earlier. It felt as if it was a statement win for Matty, who appears to be looking really strong on these duels. If this kid can find his way back into the game it becomes trouble not only for Rob but everybody in general. Assuming the re-entering of the game is around the beginning of the merge, there should be a lot of loose cannons in the game to deflect attention, and possibly gain his vote. His physicality and good guy personality would make him a winner on a jury vote. I’m pulling for you Matty! Meanwhile moving to the other side of the game, this episode lacked drama. Zapatera and their fat ego’s failed to win the immunity challenge. Therefore Stephanie or Krista were going to go home. The six person power alliance (Steve, Julie, David, Ralph, Mike, and Sarita) appears to not want to fold at all. However Mr. attorney boy Dave continues to vote with the majority, though I guarantee you he is at the bottom of their totem pole. He is trying to play cool, and I get it. However there is a point where either he or other members of the alliance should at least listen to outside views. Eventually Krista was voted out, and called out the alliance stating, “they have to play the game eventually.” This is true, but at the same time they’ve gone this far, they should just make the easy vote and take her out. Survivor can be mental sport, the more hard votes the more repetitions you get the better one can grow. Zapatera is living high because even if they lose they can pick off their own members from outside their power alliance, while being cocky. It’s a HUGE luxury in the game to do this now, but could be a curse later. I have said it on pretty much every blog thus far, but they are playing a one minded game and when Boston Rob gets a hold of them they are pretty much done in that mentality.
This season started out with the theme of “redemption” with both the island and the return of Russell and Rob. However since then this wacky season has played out very unfavorably for some. Fortunately for them only three people have officially left the game, and leaves room for some fantastic comeback stories. Most of them will fall short if not all. But this is what makes the game fun. No matter how far down one can be, there is always a chance for redemption in Survivor.
Stephanie and Krista
Krista may have just been ousted but she still has a chance on redemption. They both have been on the outs since aligning with Russell early on in the game. If Stephanie can use her wit and determination to try and stay alive, and Krista can get back in the game.. they become HUGE wild cards. In the previous episode we seen them motion to Rob that they would jump ship and join him. Not only do I think they would do that, but I also think they could regain numbers and vote him out. This redemption story is very unlikely at this point, but both girls want to play. Give them at least a chance to make things happen and I think they could.
This guy is an absolute lunatic. I don’t think I could say much more about this wannabe CIA agent weirdo. Regardless of what we think about him, he could play a big role in the development of this game. Phillip doesn’t get voted out because he creates havoc. A player like Rob feeds off of havoc and likes to let it unfold on his tribe. Phillip has been laughed at, scolded, put down, and pretty much thrown under the bus as a pawn to everyone. In episode five Phillip had conversations with Andrea about possibly teaming up. Phillip could never win this game, but he could be a fun story of somehow surviving and screwing other peoples games up. It would at least redeem him in a sense of being a real player, not a comedy reel.
Matty has won every redemption duel so far and appears to be gaining strength. He made some mistakes early on by being too nice of a guy, and aligning with a pretty girl. It ruffled Rob the wrong way, and that’s all it can take in this game. As I have already mentioned though, Matty can play a huge swing in this season if he continues to win out. If Matty makes it out of redemption back into the game, I believe he wins “fan favorite of the year.” That usually also spells jury favorite as well.
The road to redemption will be long for these four, but I believe at least one of them will have something to say about letting Rob clean house on Survivor.
Player Of The Week: Rob Mariano (3rd Win)
Player Of The Week Standings:
1. Rob – 3 Wins
2. Matty – 1 Win
3. Russell – 1 Win (Eliminated)