May 15, 2012

Survivor: One World, "Perception is Not Always Reality"

We've reached the end of Survivor's 24th season, and there were no big surprises. Kim's domination throughout the individual portion of the game has been so complete that I figured she would lose. The jury had to be bitter, right? Amazingly, this was the nicest jury we've seen in the history of the show. With the exception of the lunkhead Troyzan, the questions are mostly harmless and involve upbeat speeches. Kim wins both immunity challenges, so she decides who to take to the end. Instead of choosing the weakest players, her decision to stick with her powerful alliance is surprising. It's a risky move in one sense but ends up being the right choice with this group. Her 7-2 victory ends an amazing run, but it doesn't provide thrilling drama. For more details, check out my review of this episode for Sound on Sight. I also wrote a separate post about the reunion that is located here.

Here are some other interesting points that I didn't address in my review:

  • Alicia's tribal council speech is the classic "my question is... I'm awesome" statement that's common on Survivor. She probably would have gotten a few votes at the end, but that would have come from the same people that voted for Sabrina. I can't see a scenario where she gets more than three votes.
  • The music guys went out of there way to try and create drama during the Final Tribal Council. The piano didn't stop for like five minutes straight! It was hard to even focus on what Tarzan and Kat were saying while the piano kept telling us what to feel.
  • Christina seemed really focused during the final immunity challenge. I understand that she was trying to stay off the radar, but even winning one individual challenge might have changed the perception of the jury. She took the coattails strategy to the extreme and basically drifted into nothingness at the end.
  • This season wasn't great, but I don't believe the problem was the One World twist. It might have worked if players were more willing to take chances. 

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