Want to read my analysis of the previous episode before this one? You can do so here.
Apologies – I had some trouble with my recording tonight (damn you toddler playing with the remote control, do it again and you’re going in the cage with Chester) and so I missed the whole portion of the episode between Aganoa winning immunity and tribal council. As such I have not seen any of the big discussions and plays leading up to tribal. As a result this is only a third of a post. I’ll have the rest of the post up by Wednesday evening so be sure to come back then, or better yet subscribe, to read what I have to say after watching the entirety of the episode.
The Ol’ Flippity-Dippity
Well, I don’t know what to say. From the point of view of the average tv audience person, wow, what a twist. From the point of view of the player, and dare I say, the fans, what the fuck is this game? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode of Survivor where the contestants don’t actually know what they’re writing down names on a parchment for. I don’t want to dwell on this too much because the idea of my Drop Your Buffs! analysis is more that I analyse the gameplay than I critique the show, but I will say that I’m not sure that I’m happy about this. I know the game is supposed to have an element of surprise, that you don’t know what could happen at any given time, but in this instance the contestants have been tricked, and that doesn’t sit comfortably with me. Let me know your thoughts below.
So where does this leave our main players?
At this point I usually discuss where each of the remaining players of the ‘losing’ tribe are at and consider what their best moves are. With tonight’s double tribal that would mean fourteen contestants to discuss so instead I will just discuss what I consider to be the main players of interest. So come back in the next couple of hours once I’ve managed to watch the episode in its entirety and I’ll have my thoughts on where to from here for Kylie, Nick, Sam, Conner, Flick, Andrew, Barry, Matt and maybe a few others.
Until then, I got nothing for you, head back to camp.
– Russell Feathers