September 28, 2012

Survivor: Philippines, "Don't Get Blinded by the Headlights"

After 24 seasons of Survivor, it would seem obvious that players would recognize certain universal rules. In a tribe with only five players, cuddling up to one of them is not wise. Ever since Rob and Amber controlled Survivor All-Stars, even the possibility of a couple forming can be enough. Apparently, Malcolm and Angie haven’t studied previous seasons. Although both lived to see another day, this connection jeopardizes Angie’s chances. Over at Kalabaw (the red tribe), Penner is desperate to find the immunity idol to save his skin. Thinking like a guy who’s actually watched this show, Penner figures out the trick and locates the idol on the rice container. Penner doesn’t appear to be connecting with his tribe mates, so this might be his only salvation when they go to Tribal Council. After a strong premiere, this episode lacks the same excitement and feels pretty familiar. For more details about this episode, check out my full review for Sound on Sight.

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

  • Mike Skupin's only screen time involves yet another injury to his hand. Judging by the previews, we're in for more of the same next week. That guy takes the phrase "injury prone" to a whole new level.
  • I may have given Malcolm too much credit last week as a contender. His "but she's hot!" response to being called out about cuddling up to Angie shows that he might not be ready to take over this game. 
  • With three hidden immunity idols in play, chaos may loom once the game switches to two tribes. Only one has been located so far, but it's only a matter of time before RC figures out the clue at Tandang. 
  • Roxy seems like a nice girl and has been gracious in her exit interviews about being voted out. Even so, I'm not sure that speaking in tongues on the beach is the best strategy for winning the game. Survivor tends to frequently cast devoutly religious players, though two have already exited this time. It's tricky to be yourself and stick with your beliefs without alienating others in the tribe. It didn't lead to her exit, but it may not have helped her connect with players like Denise. 

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