Survivor 22 – Redemption Island: A Mystery Package
However, this is the only thing I’m relieved about really. And I’m pissed at Jeff Probst. I’m pissed at him, because after two disappointing non All-Stars seasons (Samoa and Nicaragua) I had high hopes for this season, the cast seemed very interesting and Probst promised this season was going to be in the Top Five. Or did he mean the Top Five of the worst seasons ever?Seriously? Is there anything to redeem this season at all? First, the most interesting female players are voted out, then Matt is a huge disappointment, and finally the most painful to watch pagonging ever, painful to watch because the winning people are not playing the game a single bit, and the people that are trying to do so are getting picked out one by one with no possibility to do anything, as the other idiots refuse to play the game and just want to hand out a big fat check to Rob, because they’re brainwashed this way.
Yes, it was a long sentence, I know, almost as long as my frustration is intense right now.
Seriously, what’s wrong with those girls? Do they all secretly hope they’ll be the one next to Rob in the final? So this is why they won’t gang up on him together when every member of Zapatera, one by one, show them their options and show them what Rob’s doing? What about Grant? More on him in his paragraph.
So seriously Probst, why did you lie to us like that? Or are you just so in love with Rob that you too just spent the entire season drooling over him and not paying attention to anything else? (yes, I’m foolish and pretentious like that, talking to Jeff Probst as if there was the slightest chance on earth he reads this)
– Julie Wolfe is the second member of the jury: The editing has a huge influence on how we perceive these people and the game (more on that next paragraph). Take Julie, I really disliked her at the beginning, I thought she wouldn’t be interesting at all, and that she should be one of the first ones to be voted out. 11 episodes in, I really like her and I really wish she had stayed longer. Also, I want to mention one thing she said as she was leaving the game (we see more in the Ponderosa video clips on cbs.com) is something we almost never hear anymore on Survivor (I admit it would get old if we heard it every season), it is how much this experience has changed her life and gave her a new outlook on things. On Ponderosa, that scene where she watches the sunset from the pool was very moving somehow. First I really had my reserves about her, but now I think she’s a genuinely good person.
– Matt Elrod lives another day: Ok, Matt, the “God this, God that” is really getting old. You’re tired of being on Redemption Island? You just have to let other people win and your torture will end automatically. Thing is that it seems more and more obvious that Matt will be the one re-entering the game once again. Why am I saying this? Well, the edit makes me say that. See, pre-merge, it made sense that the editing focused so much on him as his run at Redemption Island was pretty amazing and that he’ll end up re-entering the game only to be send to Redemption Island again at the next vote. But the editing still focuses on him a lot, we barely saw Mike for example. So it can only mean one thing: his story is not over yet. And seriously, at this stage, is by any chance, he manages to make it to the final, I don’t see how he’s not winning it all. Will it be fair? At first, I’d be inclined to say that it isn’t, after all he hasn’t really played the game (and the little he has played it, he really sucked at it). Then, again, Ashley and Natalie are not playing it either, they’re ostentatiously refusing to play it, and Matt definitely deserves to win over them. Still, is it fair that somebody that got voted out not once but twice gets to sit in the final and win the game?
Well, when they had the Outcasts twist in Pearl Islands it was definitely unfair, because the other players didn’t know the people they were voted out would have a chance to come back. This time they know, so that fact has to play a part in their strategy, and it does to a certain extent, Mike and David were sent to Redemption Island by Rob so that they beat Matt. So if Matt wins, on the one hand, yes it is somewhat unfair. On the other hand, that would never have been an issue if Ometepe hadn’t been a bunch of clowns and tools. And I have to admit that I would love it if Rob was beaten by Matt, maybe only that could redeem this season at this point.
The Murlonio/Mariano Tribe
– Ralph Kiser sent to Redemption Island:What can I say really? His only chance to not be voted out was to win every immunity at this point. Sad.
– Steve Wright sent to Redemption Island: A little bit like Julie, I disliked him at first, but I really came to like him in the last few episodes. What’s infuriating, is that just like with Julie, he tried to play the game, he tried to make big moves, but there just was nothing he could do.
Andrea is obviously next to go, unless Rob decides to send Grant to Redemption Island.
At Redemption Island, I doubt Steve will survive the next “duel”, if more than one person is eliminated, anyone of the three remaining ones could go.
Final and Winner:
For a while now it has looked like the final will be: Rob, Natalie and Phillip, in that case, as painful to watch as it can be, Natalie has every chance to win (unless Phillip reveals that he’s the best actor on Earth). However, that Matt edit, makes me believe more and more that he’s going to be the winner.
And you? What do you think? Who do you think is out next, will come back from Redemption Island and who will win it all?