I Like How Survivor Ended!

I think this was one of the most interesting seasons of Survivor ever. The personalities were fun to watch, from Colton who was a lightening rod with his selfish, manipulative and seemingly racist (says he’s not?) comments, to Kat, who was crushed when she was voted out by people she trusted and the way she handled it. Did you see that? She, at the young age of 22, told the folks on the jury that life is too short to stay angry, that we need to forgive and get on with life.

Initially, I thought Colton would be back on a new season as his mean ol’ self. After seeing his mother’s reaction to his behavior at the Reunion, I’m not so sure. If he comes back he may try to tone himself down a little. He had absolutely no consideration for anyone’s feelings but his own. I was torn between being fascinated by such callous behavior and wanting him to be gone, or shut up, because he was hurting people.

I’m glad the women got it together enough to get it down to three women at the end, although I’m not as sure as I was when Tarzan was still there that he would have been able to get enough votes to win if they kept him til the end.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a group of people on Survivor, who for the most part, had affection for each other despite their idiosyncrasies. It’s got to be hard to be in difficult circumstances with people who you don’t know, you are competing against, but yet, you need them and they need you. For them to see past things like Tarzan’s crotchety self, to his good side just rarely seems to happen on this show. It also doesn’t happen often that so many of the contestants realize that it’s a game and they are supposed to play it like poker. Finally, someone used that analogy that this is like a poker game. I’ve been thinking that for years and wondering why they get so mad when they are outplayed? That’s what is supposed to happen.

It was refreshing to see contestants have good things to say to and about each other at the end. I especially like how Tarzan (Greg Smith) and his wife Terri’s relationship was inspiring to Chelsea. She said she didn’t know love like theirs could exist, and I’m sure other folks felt the same way.

I also liked how it came down to the last three women who had an alliance from the beginning. I like that Kim stayed true to Sabrina and Chelsea, even though she felt like she was risking losing the game, and with that the money.

The next game will be in the Philippines. The only thing is, we have to wait until September!

Tarzan Could Win This Thing

I’ve been watching the women on Survivor play a really good game by using their brains. It’s been pretty refreshing and I’ve had my favorites among them. I’d like to see Sabrina, Kim and Chelsea in the final three.

The only time I had another favorite player was when they were ganged up on Troyzan. He was such a fighter that I began to pull for him, but they took him out, so I’m back to my original three favorites.

I think though that these smart women are over looking something. It looks like they are all distrusting each other so much that they have missed this one man who they have left alone. Tarzan is just coasting along, quietly staying in the game while they look at each other and squabble about which woman ought to be voted out next. If they don’t get rid of him pretty quick, you know what’s going to happen. He will be the one man who all the men that they voted out will vote for. The women who are shocked and angry (wow, Kat certainly was rattled last week!) will likely also vote for him.

Details, Ladies. It’s all about the details. Let’s hope they wake up and get that done tonight.

I Wonder What Russell Hantz Thinks?

If you are a Survivor Fan, you know who Russell Hantz is – the fellow who could get two or three people under his control and use them to control the whole tribe. I wonder what he thinks about this upstart named Colton Cumbie? This is truly one of, if not the most, fascinating seasons ever!

I’ve been watching how each tribe talks about and treats the other tribe. There are several things to watch, but this is definitely the most interesting. At first, the men said the women were controlled by their emotions and not thinking logically. They said this because the women were a mess in challenges, and didn’t have any sense of cohesion going for them. It looked like a totally unorganized tribe of women was going to be decimated. That’s not fascinating.

However, there’s this guy, Colton, who is gay and said he didn’t fit with the men, so he kept trying to hang out with the women. (This is the first season that both tribes have been set up within view of each other.) He was telling the women that he didn’t fit with the men and he wanted to hang out with them and there was all this “I love you!” and “I love you, too!” talk. That was my first clue that he was going to be a problem if he turned on someone. Any time someone is so quick to “love you” my alarm bells – the ones that say “Manipulative, Vengeful Person Ahead”  – go off.

Well, the women told Colton he was going to have to go home and work things out with his own tribe, that he wasn’t part of their tribe, and it wasn’t right for him to be over there all the time. So, Colton stayed away from the women.

Then one of the women found a personal immunity idol, but it had a note with it stating that it had to be given to a member of the other tribe before the next tribal council. She gave it to Colton.

In the meantime, at the men’s tribe, there was a group of young fellows who thought of themselves as the ‘muscle guys’. They planned to get rid of what they thought of as the ‘misfits’ on their tribe and go to the end and win the million. There were two problems with this. These guys had more muscles than brains because they didn’t seem to realize they didn’t have good solid numbers to control anything. The second problem was Colton. He had an idol and he let the ‘misfits’ know and got them all around him. At that point he was controlling most of the tribe.

So, after saying the women were controlled by their emotions and thinking they were going to have an easy go of things, the women started winning, the men had to go to tribal council, and guess who was a goner? One of the ‘muscle men’. Guess who controlled that? One of the ‘misfits’. The one named Colton.

This is the part that made me wonder what Russell thinks. Last night, after being beaten three times in a row on challenges, the men won tribal immunity. The women were going to have to go to tribal council again. But then there’s Colton. He controlled who went to tribal council. What? How? Why?

He said he didn’t like – no…that’s not what he said. He said he “hates” this one man, Bill, and wanted him gone and he wanted him gone NOW. Everyone knew Colton had the numbers on his side, so everyone – with Leif thinking he had no chance (because he was caught in a betrayal and Colton chewed him out royally) and might as well vote with everyone else, and Bill thinking that Leif was going to be voted off – all agreed to go to tribal council. The women were shocked to see the men come over and hand them the immunity idol, but their shock was nothing compared to the look on Jeff Probst’s face when he saw a tribe of MEN walking into tribal council.

So, the men, who thought the women were controlled by their emotions, are now all being controlled by a man, who is playing according to his own emotions. He’s a man who said he didn’t fit in, and who also said he gets what he wants, that he is able to make people do what he wants them to do.

In my opinion, Russell Hantz knocked Johnny Fair Play off the throne as the most villanous player. I hope Russell didn’t get hurt when he was knocked off the throne by Colton last night. I’m not that far from Dayton, TX, and I think I heard him scream.