April 19, 2012

Survivor: One World, "I'm No Dummy"

During the middle part of Survivor: One World, Troyzan emerged as a player and a potential threat to win the game. He appeared to have the right mix of athletic ability and smarts to move forward towards the end. It's clear this perception was false. The best players in past seasons have shown an uncanny ability to adjust their game when the odds turn against them. This week, Troyzan takes the exact opposite approach and eliminates the possibility that others will join his cause. Instead, they seem more determined to take him out, even if it doesn't benefit their games in the long run. This may seem like an obvious point, but it bears repeating since it's such a common mistake. Acting belligerent and cursing out your fellow players does not lead to a Survivor victory. You can call this the "Russell Rule", which states that arrogance to others' faces usually translates to a loss, even if you make the final Tribal Council. If Troyzan can win all the immunity challenges going forward, it will be impressive, but that's an unlikely scenario. It works this week, but Leif's exit takes away another potential ally. Kim's alliance seems headed to the end, barring an unforeseen twist in the upcoming weeks. For more details, check out my episode review for Sound on Sight.

Here are some other interesting points that I didn't address in my review:
  • Troyzan eventually settles on trying to flip the bottom four, but he begins by pushing the idea that he's more worthy than other players. This is bad strategy this late in the game against this group.
  • Kat can seem dim-witted (There's bacon on a BLT!), but she seems to understand how to play the game. It wouldn't shock me to see her make a move against the leaders at some point.
  • The face paint from Tarzan and Leif at the immunity challenge is frightening. This was not a good idea for anyone.
  • It was interesting to see the other letters from home left unread. I figured Jeff would offer some type of trade to inspire some drama and more tears. 

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