Is it just me, or was Wednesday night’s episode of Survivor kind of dull? There was a challenge for individual immunity and team reward, two Tribal Councils and two players were voted out. One was even sort of a surprise. So why so dull? Maybe because we’re six episodes in and I still don’t like anyone enough to root for them to win. Maybe because I still feel like either no one is playing the game, or no one is playing the game nearly as well as they think they are. And maybe because six episodes in, people still end up doing and saying stupid, stupid things.
OK, let’s talk challenges. The tribes competed, one at a time, for individual immunity this week. I actually like this twist, because it creates a new element in the game when things can be a little slow before the merge. And it’s a whole lot better than the alternative, which is a Tribe A vs. Tribe B challenge that still results in both tribes going to Tribal Council. I always hated that. Espada competed first, and unfortunately Holly won immunity. I just do not like that woman. I didn’t like the way she was whining and contemplating quitting two minutes into the game, I didn’t like the way she drowned Dan’s shoes and then fessed up to it, and I don’t like the way she has turned on her original tribe without even thinking about where her place is in the pecking order with the new kids. I don’t like her.
Back at the Espada camp, the vote should have been easy. Yve is young(er), fit and wanted to play Survivor. Dan is old, weak, can’t walk and had no idea why he was on Survivor. He actually said “Why in the world am I doing this?” Well Dan, I can tell you why. You were out at a bar in Miami having a good time, and some cute girl from CBS casting came up and said “Have you ever thought about being on TV?” and because you foolishly agreed to leave behind your Ferraris and martinis to come play Survivor. That is what happened, and it took a spot away from someone who might have actually given a damn about the game. This is the risk CBS takes when they recruit people for reality TV.
Because Jill won individual immunity and Marty had an idol, the rest of La Flor had to choose someone else to send a few votes to. The obvious choice seemed like Jane, but she’s been adopted by the youngins as some sort of wacky aunt from the South. Instead, Brenda (who is looking like the one to beat this season) decided the votes would be split between Marty and Kelly B. Poor Kelly B. I don’t know what she could have done differently this season. It seemed like no matter what, everyone thought she was a threat because she’d get a sympathy vote if she made it to the end. Still though, I thought if Marty failed to play his idol he’d be heading home.
Oh Marty. So, so arrogant. Marty was so sure he still had Jane under his thumb that he actually whispered “Vote Brenda” to her during tribal council. Dude. Come on. That ship has sailed. When Brenda started to personally attack Marty though, I thought he’d read the signs and play the idol. She obviously doesn’t like him. I would have played it. When the time came and Marty sat tight, I was sure he was through, destined to join James in the League Of Dudes Eliminated With Idols In Their Pockets. But when the votes came in at three for Marty, three for Kelly and two for Brenda, everyone turned around and voted for Kelly B. Now Marty and Brenda are out as enemies, and Marty still has that idol sitting in his pocket. So even though this episode was a let down, things could get real interesting from here.
Would you have played the idol if you were Marty? Did La Flora and Espada vote out the right people? Did you find this episode boring too? Will Marty’s claim to be a grandmaster in chess help him out at all? Will we ever hear Kelly Purple speak? (That girl is getting an even more invisible edit than Brett from Samoa.) Let me know in the comments!