Survivor – Too Cool For School


This week’s episode of Survivor fell a bit on the predictable side and wasn’t as interesting as the past two, leaving us with a little less to discuss this week. But I still have a really good feeling about the season overall, how the personality dynamics are shaping up, and how alliances are being formed. Click through for the recap of the third episode:

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We didn’t see very much from the Favorites tribe this week, so I’ll start with them. An interesting alliance of six has formed, and is already showing cracks. Within the core six, there are three pairs – two based on having played together before, showing just how important those relationships can be. I’m not surprised to see Dawn anmalcolm02d Cochran playing together again, even though Cochran sort of screwed over Dawn last time. I am surprised to see Andrea and Phillip work together, considering what a disaster Phillip was previously. The final pair-up in that alliance of six is Corrinne and Malcolm, who have bonded being the odd ones out. Corrinne isn’t playing with anyone else from Gabon, she played quite a while ago compared to the rest of her tribe, and she hasn’t really been a part of the Survivor alumni social scene. (The ones who go to all kinds of charity events.) It makes total sense that she and Malcolm, who knows no one, would team up. This week, Malcolm and Corrinne found the Hidden Immunity Idol together. Sharing that knowledge will only bring them closer, and Malcolm is once again in a pretty good andrea02position going into the merge.

But within this six, there’s already suspicion and doubt. Andrea doesn’t trust Corrinne. She doesn’t like the “intense, one-on-one conversations” she sees Corrinne having with others, and she doesn’t like how close Corrinne and Malcolm are. I think it’s very astute of Andrea to pick up on this, but I think she was too aggressive in getting Cochran to approach Brandon about joining the alliance. They didn’t even know when they’d be going to Tribal Council, and that kid is a loose cannon. I would have held off a little, speaking only to a few trusted alliance-mates about my concern. You can lay the groundwork to replace someone without having to involve a lunatic. Corrinne is smart, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this backfired on Andrea.

challengeWater World

Indeed, the Favorites won the Immunity Challenge this week and didn’t have to go to Tribal Council. It was a pretty epic challenge of many steps, requiring  strength and teamwork. It was neck and neck, but in the end the Favorites won not only Immunity, but a reward of tarp, pillows and chairs.

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I used that subtitle last week, but it was even more fitting this week. Most of this episode focused on the Fans tribe, and specifically Shamar’s troubled relationships with everyone – including Sherri. This tribe is a mess right now.

The episode opened with Shamar screaming like a madman at the rest of his tribe, even though he’d been saved from elimination only moments before. It was angry, incoherent and bizarre.

The next day, Shamar started saying that he wasn’t happy and wanted to quit. It was hard to tell how serious he was – in fact, his behavior is so strange that I wonder how much psychological screening Shamar had to go through before appearing on Survivor. Shamar eventually agreed to stay on, purely out of loyalty to Sherri and Laura. Not because he’s a big fan of the show or anything. I find Shamar and Sherri’s relationship extremely strange. She talks about him like he’s a child – literally, like a snotty teen employee from one of her fast food restaurants. (I hope she gets handed a lot of two weeks notice letters tomorrow.) Sherri is condescending and controlling, yet she’s the only person Shamar seems to like.What’s his deal?

At the challenge, Laura showed her weakness in the challenge when she wasn’t able to swim nearly as well as everyone else. I appreciated that she knew she blew it and feared for her place in the game – it shows that Laura is self-aware and always thinking strategically. These are not things one would say of Shamar, who immediately placed the heat back on himself by blowing up at Reynold when they returned to camp. Apparently he’d asked for goggles during the challenge, but Reynold took them. He was so mad, he was going to take his ball and go home!

The vote started out simhopeple, but complicated as Tribal Council neared. Thanks to – who else? – Shamar. At first, it was easy – the vote would be split between Eddie and Hope in case Reynold gave away his Immunity Idol. Then, in the re-vote, Hope would be eliminated. But Shamar wanted Eddie to go instead of Hope, so he told her to vote Eddie if she wanted to stay in the game. Well, he was more convoluted and vague than that, but Hope got the point. It was a stupid move based on emotion and not strategy – the tribe needs Eddie to win challenges. The more the tribe loses, the more likely it becomes that a polarizing person like Shamar would be voted out. But he lacks the self-awareness to understand that.

What I don’t understand is why Hope would then tell the other girls on the tribe that Shamar had clued her into the plan. Was it because she hoped they’d then turn on Shamar and vote him out instead? If so, it was a risky move that seemed unlikely to pay off. Keeping Shamar around kept the alliance stronger, and that’s what matters. He can be voted off next time.

Laura did tell Reynold that she and Julia would vote for Shamar, but it’s hard to know if she actually was considering that plan or if she only told Reynold that so he’d hang on to his Immunity Idol. When everyone got to Tribal Council, the vote went as originally planned. Shamar, Hope and Eddie all received three votes and after the re-vote Hope was eliminated. Shamar was combative, defensive and aggressive at Tribal Council, but it doesn’t matter because he’s a vote. It’s too bad that Hope was eliminated without getting much of a chance to play, but the “cool kids” made their bed and now they’re laying in it. They alienated themselves from the group and didn’t bother to recruit a majority alliance. It was truly moronic, and they deserve this end result. The rest of the tribe would be smart to keep Eddie and Reynold on for now because they can win challenges, but voting out Hope was the right move here.

What do you guys think?


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9 Responses to Survivor – Too Cool For School

  1. Alex says:

    ‘Do you think this is a clue or the Idol?’

    Lol… how cute was that? Corinne’s from the era in which Idols were hard to find and fun to watch. I kinda like that she and Malcolm are aligned. And that the Cool Kids Alliance is already cut in half.

  2. Aaron Sirois says:

    There’s a lot of overplaying going on. Andrea is going way overboard, as is Sherri. There’s no need to worry about your end game at this point. The people you vote out now aren’t going to be on the jury. True, you need to keep a tight ship of loyal people, but there’s time to breed that loyalty instead of fostering suspicions that could cost you down the road. Although, point to Sherri, keeping Shamar along always puts the target away from her, even though she is the one pulling his leash. Phillip may think he’s this season’s Boston Rob, but Sherri is the one using his tricks.

    • Jill says:

      I agree. I think it’s always good to have an endgame in mind, but playing too hard right out of the gate puts a target on your back.

  3. Davide Maistrello says:

    I’ve come to think that when Jeff Probst says that an episode/a season is epic, his concept of epicness is generally different than ours and mostly features people going crazy/doing crazy things or yelling at each other. Shamar is really getting on my nerves, he was one of my pre-season picks to win it all but now I think he will be very, very lucky if he manages to make the merge. Why did he have to shout to members of his alliance, who did a strong job of saving him at the previous Tribal Council? Does he really care about where he is and what he is doing? Basically they’re doing a season made of fans and favourites, but the favourites are not true fan favourites, rather Probst and Burnett’s, and there are some recruits in a bunch that should be composed of true superfans (Shamar is an obvious recruit, but even Julia, Reynold and Allie did not apply voluntarily through the whole process, I think).

    I loved the Immunity Challenge, I really did. I love more or less every water challenge because they enlighten skills and disabilities of players. I even kind of felt for Shamar when he asked for the goggles as he couldn’t watch underwater with contacts (I have more or less the same problem, I use to wear corrected goggles while swimming because I am myopic); Laura didn’t perform well, but I think Eddie did even worse. He failed to grapple the hook at least five times! Why no one brought it up? And why they didn’t let Reynold throw the hook for the whole challenge?

    The Tribal Council was hectic, but in the end it left me a little disappointed. I don’t mind about Hope being voted out, she failed to impress me in any way, but I can’t believe that the core alliance chose to keep Shamar. I mean, they’re up in numbers six to two now! I understand that he can be helpful in challenges, but we’ve seen better performances by Reynold (who I’ve comed to like) in these last two challenges. I found interesting that they’ve eliminated only girls until now. This will do for great post-merge Immunity Challenges if all the physical powerhouses (Reynold, Eddie, Erik, Malcolm, Brandon…) manage to make the merge!

    I think this was a good episode, but nothing more. However, I’m still extremely excited about this season! I can’t wait for next episode!

    • Aaron Sirois says:

      I think we’ll see an over-correction post merge. They vote a lot of women out now, and then the men all go one after the other because they’re the threats. It leaves the door open for a woman to take advantage and win the whole thing. Andrea, maybe? Someone like Sherri could do a lot of damage post merge as well, especially if she maintains the ability to get such an outspoken and opposed group to vote the way she wants.

    • Scott says:

      Keeping Shamar was the safest choice; six loyal numbers is much more powerful than five with outsiders ready to flip post-merge.

      • Davide Maistrello says:

        Yes, but Shamar seems to be kind of a wild card here. I’m not saying he won’t be loyal to the cause of the core alliance, but I don’t really see him as a reliable member right now.

      • Jill says:

        I agree with you Scott, but I think it would be wise to vote out Shamar next. The tribe still needs Reynold and Eddie for challenges.

    • Jill says:

      I love water challenges too!

      After her elimination, Hope said that the foursome thought they had Matt (with the beard) and hoped they had Michael as well. So maybe they weren’t as arrogant as we’d thought.

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