Survivor Redemption Island Recap 4/13/11
Posted by ImaJustSaying on April 14, 2011
by jeff.probst on April 14, 2011
Thanks once again to everybody who joined us for the “interactive living room” twitter session last night! It was our biggest yet!
Okay, onto the blog!
Today’s blog will be stream of consciousness, with no proof reading, so bear with me..
Was he a moron? What would you have done? I felt like he was in a really tough spot. Going against your old alliance and joining the other side is a risky move. Obviously, staying with someone as dangerous as Rob is also a major risk. I think the only mistake he made was sharing his inner monologue with Rob. That’s the lesson I learned – when playing a game like Survivor, you don’t have to be so honest, God will understand.
But I must say, his faith in his God is pretty impressive and inspiring. Love the absolute commitment.
Julie complained about how unfair it was for Ometepe to vote out Matt again so soon after coming back into the game. I do not believe Julie would have taken mercy on Matt if she were in the same situation. Not one bit. She didn’t hesitate to get rid of Russell. She would have done the same with Matt and it would have been okay, it’s part of the game.
When Ralph was trying to forge his way in with Ashley and Natalie, he was trying so hard to get something going. The only thing Natalie could safely offer, without risking saying anything wrong, was:
Natalie: It’s a hard game.
Damn! The insincerity of that lame ass line would have prompted a major response from me. There is no chance I could have contained myself at that point in the game.
“It’s a hard game.” Screw off.
They’re doing everything they can to try and find a way into the tight Ometepe group. That’s what you have to do in this spot. You have no other option. You have to stir things up, try to get someone riled, try to start an argument, anything at all.
Sitting back and saying, “I understand” is bullshit. It gets you nowhere.
The only problem facing Zapatera is Boston Rob. Without Rob, Ometepe would have no clue what to do. That’s clear by the way Rob is able to keep them in line.
For all the concern we had that both Rob and Russell would be voted out early – Rob has done an amazing job of not only staying in the game but staying in control. There are a few key factors to his success:
a. He has an incredible knowledge of the game and the key elements required to control your fate.
b. He’s a naturally gifted strategist. His “us” vs “them” while keeping himself clean is so brilliantly executed.
c. The luck of drawing the Ometepe buff. Rob would not have been as successful on Zapatera. He is relying on the naïve nature of his tribe. Everybody on Ometepe will take offense with me saying this, but without Natalie and Phillip, Rob is dead because Ralph, Julie, David and Steve would not have responded the same way.
NATALIE GETS MADE
The scene between Rob and Natalie where she reports on the actions of Ashley was straight out of the Godfather. Natalie just became “made.” That is what they call it when you earn your mafia stripes, right? Natalie just made a HUGE move. She locked in her alliance with Rob when she could have made a move and gotten him out of the game. From this point forward Natalie’s fate is linked to Rob.
Phillips story about his meditation with his great, great, great, great, Grandfather was 100% legit. Even the 99th mispronunciation of his own tripe, “Ometepe” was legit. There is nothing about Phillip that is a put on, at least as far as I can tell.
As for whether or not he was actually a former federal agent, I will get to the bottom of that during the live reunion show Sunday, May 15th. Mark it down.
I loved this challenge. I love individual challenges later in the game because there are always people fighting to stay in the game. I also love it when people let go of their humility and get in the mud.
Day to day motivation is a big factor in this game:
Grant & Rob wanted it from the word go but for different reasons:
Rob wanted to protect himself and remain in control because he understands you are NEVER safe unless you have immunity. Even with a hidden idol, if you don’t play it you can get blindsided.
Grant wanted it for his tribe because he is playing the “team game.”
The three Zapatera all wanted it because they needed it.
Ashley, Andrea, Natalie & Phillip – they didn’t fight because they aren’t worried and for now they don’t have to be.
When the low man on the other tribes totem pole tells you that he enjoys being the low man, you know you are in trouble.
Phillip embodies the loyal soldier. At this point I truly believe Phillip would fall on a sword for his tribe because in his mind he is part of an important group. What he doesn’t understand is he is being played by one of the best and the only way this ends well is if Rob gets blindsided and Phillip ends up in a final with himself.
MIKE AT REDEMPTION ISLAND
Mike will be tough. Mike could be on Redemption for a while. He is an amazing competitor and from what I can tell an audience favorite.
I love these challenges as well! Love when we give them the chance to sit out and eat rather than compete for immunity.
I’m always amazed at who chooses to eat and why. You are so close to $1million dollar pirze. I would never give up a shot at immunity for a burger. But I think it makes perfect sense that Steve and Phillip did.
Steve knew he wouldn’t win and Phillip believes he doesn’t have to win. Turns out both are right.
Phillip is pure gold. Straight out of the river bed.
If there has ever been a more fascinating Survivor contestant, please share.
David brought up a great notion – that at this point, the best move for a Zapatera may be Redemption Island where you can control your fate.
I don’t think we’ve even touched what RI will bring to this game. For those of you on the fence, give it a chance. Let’s see where it goes.
Next week.. one of the most “water cooler” worthy tribal councils in quite some time.
From CBS : Some of you — okay, all of you — have said that you think Phillip is nuts, but he’s self-aware enough to realize that. He explains his strategy in this un-aired extended scene: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/video/?pid=JvY9g4IqSe1N60iozHE6X_Vs8VslOFtk