Survivor Kaoh Rong: What could go wrong?

So there is a chance I might be the worst Survivor fan out. Okay, so maybe not the worst fan, but maybe the worst fan blogger. Looking back over my highly unsuccessful blog I realised that I never even put my thoughts out on the internet about the ending of last season, Survivor Cambodia (not that anyone was reading anyways). So here I am sitting down to post about the pre merge portion of this season, only to make a quick pitstop a couple of months back.

What can I say about Survivor’s third full returnee season? Anti climatic? Is that fair? Yeah, I guess it is. Season 31 started out strong and kind of fell apart when we decided to “invent” voting blocks. Look I’m the biggest Jeremy fan. His blindside in San Juan Del Sur was traumatic to say the least, but we were promised a great returnee season. Instead it felt like a repeat of Blood vs Water where the winner literally walked their way to the million. Seriously many parallels between Jeremy and Tyson could be made, but I really don’t have the time or energy to fall down a rabbit hole, that would make me look like I don’t support or appreciate their game prowess, when it’s quite the opposite.

Okay I’m going to move on. Cambodia was cool, but things could of been taken to the next level if the underdogs came through the the final six.

Now I’m finally going to move on to this season, I think we’re in for a wild ride. These first six episodes have been solid, but the editors are really setting up a few castaways for the fall. Scot, Kyle Jason, Nick, and Debbie all think they have the game in the palm of their hands. Peter would of been grouped in with these guys if he had made the merge, but just like with Obama’s term as president, all good things should come to an end. 

So with that in mind I believe their is only five players left that could actually win, but thanks to the equal editing, in my eyes they all have as good of a chance as the next. The five people I can see winning are Aubry, Neal, Julia, Michele, and Cydney. Any of these I’d be extremely happy with, but for now not much is clear. Hell, I could be wrong and the winner of the season could be Scot Pollard. That would show for once and for all that nothing can be certain on Survivor after 15 years. 


Survivor Cambodia: “My We Will Reign Supreme”

A week out from the final, I thought I’d take the time to comment of the gameplay from the jury members, plus look at the road ahead.

Kass: For the first 16 days of Cambodia we had the opposite of Chaos kass, it was Calm Kass, but knowing she was on the outer circle of the original Bayon tribe, and with nine of them left still in the game, she made a massive move with the merge approaching. There was nothing wrong with the move, but Kass would of been thinking that the merge would come at final 12 or 11, not 13. If it had been at 11, they could of been able to get rid of Savage and Wiggles, and it would of been game on at the merge. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.

Savage: This season Jeff wouldn’t stop telling us how this was a second chance. We heard him tell both us and the contestants that they all lost the first time around and that this was a second chance to win. Somehow Andrew missed the memo. He change nothing. He is still the leader, and nothing but that. When he votes someone out it’s all good, but the minute things don’t go his way, he has been backstabbed and betrayed and the person who lied to him has no integrity. Let me say this though. Kelley doesn’t play her idol, it wouldn’t of changed the game, and I can see Savage sitting at the end. No chance of winning though, but he was the glue with most of the Bayon’s.

Kelly: What is there to say about the OG. Not much really. I don’t know what her game plan was. Lie low and win out like her first time? Who knows. At least we can tick her off the Survivor returnee bucket list.

Ciera: A fighter, that’s for sure. I know when you are on the bottom you have top make some noise to shake it up, but telling people they aren’t playing is really insulting. Everyone was playing, they just wern’t playing the way you wanted.

Stephen: Ah Stephen we were rooting for you, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU, but it wasn’t to be. At least you wen’t out swinging for the fences. Hope your demons from Tocantins have left you.

Joe: All Joe had to do was not win the first immunity challenge, but the competitor in him couldn’t do it. I’m not saying he didn’t already have a target on his back, but it grew larger with every win.

Abi-Maria: What can I say about Abi? I’m not even sure I have an opinion on Abi. She provided entertainment, that’s for sure.

Okay we are now down the final six. Not much room to move around with votes. Without even thinking about idols, you need four votes to reign supreme at the next tribal, unless you pull a 3-2-1 (hard to pull off). My prediction for the next tribal is four votes go to Kelley and two go to Jeremy, both play their idol, meaning a total revote. If Keith has immunity then Spencer goes, if Keith doesn’t win then he goes. If say Spencer was to go at final six, then Jeremy and Tasha are in trouble because it would leave the door open for Kimmi to make her big move and swing over to create a new final three. Now I know that’s a lot of fan fiction, but I expect some fireworks at these last few tribals.

Also can I take a moment to point out my pre season pick Kimmi is still in the game. Not to bad at all.

Survivor Cambodia RECAP: “Not an alliance, a voting block”

I haven’t posted about Survivor the last few weeks, but now I’m back to stay right until we have crowned a winner. While the pre-merge was so So (Kim), the early merge has been a success with more votes than ever being able to be used at ones advantage.

Unfortunately for Kass, at the final 13 no one was ready to make a move yet, and as a result her torch was snuffed. People like Jeremy, Keith, and Spencer were extremely lucky that the group didn’t start taking out big targets straight away. If this season had merged at 11 or 10, things would of been differently. Even being at 11 now why is Kimmi so hell bent on getting the three girls (three amigas or witches coven, whatever you prefer) out of the game? Does she realise she can’t win sitting next to Jeremy at the final tribal. He’s a nice guy who loves his wife, and everyone knows that. He isn’t going to leave a bad taste in people’s mouth after voting them out (aka Russell Hantz), so why let him stay in the game. The fact that he has two idols makes it even worse, but she has no way of knowing this.

Speaking of his two idols, let’s quickly talk about Jeremy’s edit. It’s just way to over the top. Without a doubt he is playing a good game, but he won’t be able to convince people to take him to the end. Jeremy’s edit reminds me of Tyson in Blood Vs Water, in this situation Tyson won, but thats only because people aligned with him, Gervase and Monica, knew that they would have even less of a shot going with anyone else. That isn’t the case in Cambodia. Stephen doesn’t want to have a repeat of his first season where he can’t get rid of “golden boy” JT, due to his immunity wins from the final 5 onwards. Once Stephen reaches his goal of sending out Joe, he will turn his attention onto his pal Jeremy, and he won’t wait until the final 5 to do so.

Stephen’s edit is also tricky. It’s been all over the place all season, that a win for him would be extraordinary. It’s possible, and I would love it, but it would be crazy. I sense that from what we are being shown of Kelley Wentworth that she has a good shot of being there at the end and winning.

At the same there are still big players left like Tasha, Spencer, and Ciera that could shake up the game and send it into a new direction.

Survivor Cambodia: “Calm Before” (Season 31, Episodes 4, 5 & 6)

Time for a catch up before the merge. What caused these three castaways to be voted out of the game?

Jeff Varner: Multiple reasons. To start with Tasha didn’t want anything to do with him from the get go. Add that to him talking to his former tribemates, it easily could of been him a week earlier. His health was a major factor, but if he wasn’t so shifty from the get go there could of been a chance of Varner pulling Woo and Abi back together as they still had a 3-2 advantage at Angkor. Instead Varner played way to fast too soon.

Monica Padilla: This ones a tough one. We wern’t shown much in the episode but she was destined to go home. Take out talk of clams and an all girls alliance, she had no hope.

Woo Hwang: He voted for Abi twice! Seams like Abi Maria was the cause of his downfall. Way not take out Savage? Because Abi wouldn’t go along with that plan.

AFFECT: This is one of the most confusing merge episodes we’ve seen in a while. In recently seasons we’ve had two sides with someone in the middle, like Sarah the President in Cagayan or Jon and Jaclyn the power duo in San Juan del Sur. Going into next Wednesday so many deals have been made a chart will make handy viewing material. Here’s one from reddit user lpkw.

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SIDENOTE: Can we just take a second to acknowledge that my post episode one pick, Kimmi, is still in the game!

Survivor Cambodia: “Drop The Angkor, Drop Your Buffs” (Season 31, Episode 3)

Before I get into the cause and affect Peih-Gee’s boot will have, I wanted to get into the tribe swap or tribe addition. While many people would say that Gabon’s downfall is the constant tribe swapping, I’m all for mixing it up as much as possible. I love this move. If it was up to be I’d have them do a tribe dissolve and swap at 16 players, another swap at 14, and a merge at 12. It would never happen, but I’d love it. Something that would of been fun for this season, and something they hadn’t done for a while, could of been a school yard pick for two reasons. It would reveal were alliances are at, and also because in recent years whenever we have a random swap, there is always a weaker one. This time we have Angkor. Let’s hope they can at least place in the next comp because I want to see someone else at tribal. It’s day 9 and we people like Kass, Joe, Stephen and Kimmi haven’t shown us how they are going to be playing. Okay onto what I’m here for.

Cause: This is the first time in Survivor Cambodia that the player voted out wasn’t targeted for reasons outside the game. Peih-Gee Law was voted out because she opened her mouth. Sure she didn’t talk as much as she did in China, and thus created less trouble, but put it this way, she goes along with the plan to vote Varner out, then he goes home. I see why she needed to turn it on Abi, but at least she could of still been in the game.

Affect: Angkor lost a relatively strong member, and someone who is good at puzzles. Down in the numbers, Abi won’t be able to sit out, like she did nearly every challenge in her season. So I wouldn’t be shocked if they are back at tribal. Saying that there are many different ways it could go. Option A: Varner, Woo, Abi regroup and take out Tasha. While I don’t think once these players merge they will stay in tribal lines, but you never know. It’s already 10 original Bayon to 7 original Ta Keo. Option B: Varner, Abi, Tasha, Varner stay on the same path they are on and take out Woo. Would be a easy vote, but a loss of strength. Which takes us to Option C: Savage, Tasha and Woo take out either Varner or Abi. Both are week, and both are unpredictable.

Side note 1: Woo telling people to be smart and not do anything crazy was funny. So was when Abi said Varner needed to go for being unpredictable. Look in the mirror maybe?

Side note 2: Abi is racking up the votes already. Nothing that would take her to the top of a all time Survivor ranking, but six votes from three tribals is impressive, seeing as last time see only received seven votes in total.

My Next Survivor Second Chance Cast

With the fan vote being a success, and the first two episodes of game play showing big moves from the get go, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get another “Second Chance” season within the next few years. With that in mind here are the ten men and women I’d want to see back for another shot at a million dollars and the title of sole Survivor.

Men: John Carroll (Marquesas), Ian Rosenberger (Palau), Brian Corridan (Guatemala), Shane Powers (Panama), “Dreamz” (Fiji), Jean-Robert (China), Ken Hoang (Gabon), Jim Rice (South Pacific), “Troyzan” (One World), LJ McKanas (Cagayan).

Women: Kelly Goldsmith (Africa), Teresa “T-Bird” Cooper (Africa), Deena Bennett (Amazon), Amy O’Hara (Guatemala), Natalie Bolton (Micronesia), Crystal Cox (Gabon), Erinn Lobdell (Tocantins), Holly Hoffman (Nicaragua), Edna Ma (South Pacific), Carolyn “Mama C” Rivera (World’s Apart).

The list I have put together has a good mix of players from all there decades of the seasons with most players coming from the middle block. out of the twenty only two made it to the final tribal, with many being voted out in the early jury phase.

Survivor Cambodia: “The Pot & The Kettle” (Season 31, Episode 2)

Shirin Oskooi, World’s Apart – 19th place, 6 Days (35 Day Total)

Long story short this week:

Cause: While like Vytas, Shirin was always going to be a target of many, it didn’t help that she overplayed (I mean it’s day six and all, and the fact that she joined on mocking alliance member Abi was what lead her out of the tribe.

Affect: Shirin’s departure will have minimal impact on the overall game, seeing as a third tribe will be added next week, but Spencer will really have to step up his game, and some people might start to be wary of Varner.

Survivor Cambodia: “A Second Chance” (Season 21, Episode 1)

Fall rolls around and we have another season of Survivor upon us. Just like the group of twenty castaways who have got a second chance to play again, I’m considering this my second chance to be blogging about Survivor. Okay, that is a bit of an over exaggeration, seeing that I didn’t have to go through a nerve racking vote that was decided by America and announced live on air, but Survivor is a show that I love, and I show that I should be writing about with more direction. I started blogging about Survivor at the start of Cagayan, but what I have posted about the show since then has been very so-so (So-Kim reference any one?). I was basically posting weekly recaps describing the show with little fanfare, and any one can do that, and many are doing it well. I knew coming into this season that I’d have to shake it up, to stand out. Every week I will know look at the cause and affect of what was shown on the show. What caused someones torch being snuffed and what effect it might have. With that, I should really get onto writing about the show.

First off, you have to feel a bit bad for Vytas, even if you aren’t a fan of his. Not only was he the first boot (he said if he knew he would of been the first boot then he wouldn’t of wanted to play, others like Tina Wesson would disagree), but he got edited in such a poor light. Normally it’s annoying when people complain about their edit, but he has a right to be annoyed when it all had nothing to do with him being voted out. Whether Vytas acted creepy around the females or not, he was always going to be the first one out of the Ta Keo tribe. All thanks to his first showing in Blood Vs Water and due to the people he was aligned with.


Survivor World’s Apart RECAP: “Joining an elite club” (Season 30, Episode 14)

World’s Apart is done and dusted, and while my body is ready for Survivor: Cambodia, I really should say a few things about tonights final.

First off, whether you love or hate Mike, winning five immunities is impressive. Out of 30 seasons it’s only been done four other times. Should winning his way to the end lessen his win? Nope. He still mades moves (e.g. forcing the tie) while not being in control. And he went the hero way of bring the worthy opponent to the end and still winning. This guy is a lock for when they next do Heroes vs Villains. To be honest Mike had votes from Hali, Joe, Jenn, and Shirin locked up so it really didn’t matter who he took.

Our runners up placers are polar opposites. Mama C is one of the few runners up where she would of been more then deserving for the title of sole survivor. Will on the other hand joins a club nobody wants to be a part of. The club includes the likes of Sherri (Caramoan), Susie (Gabon), Albert (South Pacific), Cassandra (Fiji), Becky (Cook Islands), Katie (Palau), and Mick (Samoa). All these people had no chance at winning the game, and well did very little in getting themselves to the end. Others dragged them there. As Shirin perfectly put it, Will was a dead fish.

The reunion was disappointing due to it being one of the shortest. I get that it was due to the cast announcement, but it still sucks. I laughed at Dan saying “their throwing me under the bus” as Jeff was about to play the raw footage. Dan they are only doing that after you went about bad mouthing the show and editing team. In regards to Dan I feel that he 100% does feel bad about things he said and Shirin accepts that, on the other hand Will tried to be like sorry but… There never needs to be a but.

So there we have it. 20 former contestants are heading out in the next few days to Cambodia for a second chance. I had a total Ralph from The Simpsons when T-Bird didn’t make the cut. My heart was breaking for her. Same with Shane Powers. Guy has been messed with enough times.

Well that’s it for another Survivor season. During the off season I will be posting weekly Survivor: What If’s, where I will change one vote in a season and see how I think it will impact the rest of the game. If that interests you, keep on coming back to every week.

Survivor World’s Apart RECAP: “The Full Enchiladas” (Season 30, Episode 13)

Mama C is playing to win, she isn’t in Nicaragua for second place. For the first time in the game she is without her ally Tyler, so she pulls in Mike which is a smart move. To the viewers she makes it clear that Mike will still go if he loses immunity, but if he does win at least she has someone who has her back. He thinks they are solid though.

More of Rodney complaining about not getting reward. Haven’t we heard enough from Boston Rod yet? Will had a bit off a fall which made me laugh. The Blue three have a slight lead but when they both get to the puzzle, they are stumped. It is so bad that the two teams stand there for an hour having no clue what it is. After multiple hints from Jeff, Carolyn finally gets the win…and proceeds to not give it up for Rodney.

On the reward Mike brings up the possibility of a of Mike-Mama C-Will final three. Carolyn is smart enough the say she would like that whether she means it or not. Will is to stupid to do that. If someone gives you an offer, just say yes! It means Mike will think he has a solid plan and will stop scrambling. Back at camp, Dan is talking about needing to find food. He has a spear in his hand and I thought he would go full Rupert, but instead walked 10 steps to find two melons. The fruit changed Rodney’s energy levels, calling it “the full enchiladas”.

Okay, that immunity had my heart going. Mike is the first one to get to the ball puzzle, but is going way to fast. Once he finally takes his time he is able to get through it. It was a close finish at the end with Sierra coming close, but the underdog victories continue.

At tribal Dan pays the ultimate price! Mike has constantly wanted to work with him, but time after time Dan will knock him back. Came back to bite him when Mike and Mama C choose him to take the fall from her idol play. At least her was smart enough to make a move but it didn’t matter at this point. His extra vote for Carolyn was just another vote to not count.

So now we have five. Mike is still the target, so he goes any time he loses. Sierra is in the biggest position out of the five. If Mike wins, she can go with the exciting idol players or she can go with boring Rodney and Will.