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.

The Smart Thing That Russell Does

I’m a fan of Survivor. I almost feel like I should say, “I’m Diane, and I’m a fan of Survivor.” It may be an addiction, but I’m not looking for a cure, so I don’t care. The thing that drew me into the show still fascinates me. It’s personalities and how people perceive themselves and others, and how their perception does or does not square with reality. I also like to see how people endure the circumstances they are living in as they play the game.

This season there is a player, Russell Hantz, who is from Texas. This fellow has something going for him that has given him an advantage over the other players. Russell can keep his eye on his target– winning the game–and not be distracted by immediate concerns. When everybody else is griping about weather, fatigue or hunger, Russell is thinking about the game.  He just flat doesn’t care about temporary circumstances; he has a goal to reach.

I’m enjoying watching how a person can keep their wits while everyone else is being dragged around by their own emotions and physical discomfort. They let the temporary things get them off target, or they act like the temporary things figure in somehow to the overall picture, but those things don’t matter. Russell knows what he wants and that is all that matters.

Today I’m thinking about goals. I’m checking to see that I’m not distracted by things that don’t matter, but making sure that I have my target squarely in sight and that I have a plan for each day to do something that is moving me in the direction I want to go. Thanks for the inspiration, Russell.