They Hate Me ‘Cause They Ain’t Me
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Survivor this week is all about mess: messy gameplay and messy feedback. But this episode can be about help: supportive tribemates and supportive mementos. Survivor is at its finest when it’s balancing this line with out veering too far in a single route. It’s managed fairly nicely this season, thus far, at the very least.
Returning from Ua’s tribal council, the place Brad was blindsided, Genie is pissed. Ricard, Shan, and JD stored her out of the loop on axing Brad, so she rightfully airs her grievances in a tense post-tribal scene. Still, it’s Ricard who drops the perfect line of the bicker.
“How are you gonna write down two of our names, and you’re mad at us?” he laments to Genie. Genie wrote Ricard’s title down on the first tribal council, and he’s nonetheless holding it over her forward.
Ricard is publicly operating the tribe alongside Shan. It’s working of their favor because the Ua tribe continues to downsize, they usually’re nonetheless standing, but it surely’s nonetheless unclear in the event that they’ll be capable of journey this energy wave previous the merge the place it should truly matter. If JD and Genie make it that far, they may simply align with one other tribe and activate Ricard and Shan for being withholding.
Still, the merge is days away. We’ve received our first reward problem of the season to attend. Ua wins and receives the respect of getting a Fijian man go to their camp and provide recommendations on mastering island life. This is a typical reward and one which’s truly useful for the tribe. It’s Yase’s prize for coming in second that really shocks me: meals within the type of one colourful blue fish. Honestly, it’s a little traumatizing to see a dead-ass aquamarine fish simply sitting on a platter within the scorching solar whereas Probst proclaims the problem. They killed Rainbow Fish and with it reminiscences of my childhood.
Though they lost, Luvu nonetheless receives a really particular second. Heather can’t end her leg of the impediment course, which requires tossing a ball by means of an overhead observe and excessive stepping by means of a rope course to catch the ball earlier than it drops. She falls to the bottom in tears after the loss, and her teammates consolation her. “You don’t have to apologize to us. We win or lose together,” Danny says. In a sport the place anger, pointing-fingers, and backstabbing are inspired, it’s good to see a group rally round their crestfallen participant as an alternative of slicing them additional down. Even extra spectacular, Survivor doesn’t instantly bounce to scenes of Heather’s teammates speaking behind her again. After years of pulling these shady strikes, maybe the present actually is invested in spotlighting resilience over division.
Or possibly they’re simply going to spotlight each as a result of the second half of the episode is all about manipulation.
Luvu, feeling their first style of defeat, is stressed to play the personal sport. They’ve but to lose an immunity problem and go to tribal council, however Erika needs to point out she’s extra cutthroat than her teammates would possibly assume. So she proposes to Deshawn it’s time to vote out Sydney for being a hothead. However, Deshawn is healthier aligned with Sydney and Danny and tells them about Erika’s proposal. It backfires for Erika. Deshawn and Danny determine to throw the immunity problem and vote her out.
This week’s immunity problem entails a water race, a hidden key, and a hoop toss. It’s comical watching Danny and Deshawn attempt to throw the immunity problem (Danny actually re-ties knots that must be untied), however they’re no match for Naseer and his glorious ring toss expertise. The man unknowingly saves his group from a much-wanted loss. Amazing!
So Yase wins, Luvu (in opposition to their needs) is available in second, and Ua is headed proper again to tribal council.
It’s clear to everybody on Ua that both Genie or JD are going house, however Shan isn’t prepared to danger something, and, oh boy, does the Mafia Pastor ship one hell of a sermon.
But first, a bit of Survivor backstory for the beginner viewers. In season 16, Fans vs. Favorites, a.okay.a Micronesia, 4 queens modified the course of Survivor historical past and emerged as homosexual icons in my life. With their alliance having lost within the remaining 5 immunity problem, Parvati Shallow, Amanda Kimmel, Natalie Bolton, and Cirie Fields persuade the only remaining male castaway and winner of the immunity problem, Erik Reichenbach, to provide them his immunity necklace as a token of belief. A bit naive, Erik agrees to surrender immunity just for the ladies to vote him out seconds later. And that is how these Survivor girls got here to be referred to as the notorious Black Widow Brigade.
Now again to Season 41. Shan concocts the same plan. She’ll feign paranoia that JD and Genie are voting her out, which is able to trigger JD to provide his further vote to her as a token of belief that they’re nonetheless aligned. JD, a self-proclaimed Survivor superfan, even states in a testimonial throughout their dialog scene that he doesn’t need to change into “one of the dummies” who ruins the sport of Survivor. Except he will get caught in Shan’s entice and provides away the benefit. Oh no!
Obviously, Shan, Ricard, and Genie vote JD out at tribal later that evening. It’s an excellent play by Shan and proof she may be on the receiving finish of a winner’s edit. It’ll be fascinating to see how this performs out and if the additional vote benefit will matter in the long term. Either means, it’s a thrill to observe a brand new Survivor murderer emerge in Shan.