Recapping a reality television show for 40 seasons has its drawbacks. The first is a lack of self-esteem. Rather than creating persuasive text to influence people’s minds and hearts, you choose to spend the majority of your professional life opining about people like Benry and Papa Smurf and cracking jokes about balls and poles while competing. It’s not quite worthy of a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece.
If you ever decide to do the math and analyze how many hours you’ve spent watching and writing about that particular TV show, you’ll feel a sense of personal dread creeping in. It would have been so much better if those hours had been spent learning a new language, pursuing a law degree, or spending time with loved ones. That Skinny Ryan scribbled “Die Jerks” on his Outcasts tribe buff and then proceeded to write a thousand words about it had me distracted.
Due to the fact that I’m accustomed to suppressing or ignoring my emotions, the most difficult part of rehashing the same show over and over again is attempting not to repeat myself. I’m sure it’s happened to you. There are a few words that appear more frequently in my recaps than others — knee socks, Medallion of Power, Fishbach — but I make an effort to avoid repeating myself.
FBack at the Beaches: So Many Blindsides, So Little Time
Is it just me, or did the Survivor 42 board that opened the episode fall back into the ocean and make me laugh? Yes? Then we can go on to the next topic. That’s alright because the first few minutes of the program weren’t even the most interesting. It’s hard to compete with random interspliced images of Romeo looking like a guilty child sneaking his hand into the cookie jar, although this time, his hands were all over the rice in the pot.
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This is not a challenge to the reigning King Food Hoarder Chappies from Survivor: South Africa, but it was nonetheless fascinating to witness the scrawniest contestant simply kind of say “Screw it!” and help himself. You do realize this is a one-on-one game? You may also check out an exclusive deleted clip if you’d want to see more Romeo eating.) As a result of all the attention focused on them, Romeo and Maryanne appear to be in a much stronger position than they were before. So they’re free to do anything they want: sit back, eat other people’s rice, and rip out their toenails.
Another thing: How do toenails come off twice or three times a year? In that vein, does anyone happen to have a barf bag lying around? Is anyone familiar with why barf bags are no longer available on planes? At 30,000 feet, did individuals suddenly cease barfing? What should one do if they begin to feel nauseous during a flight? That said, I still miss the comfort and safety net of a well-placed barf bag on the plane. Anyway, nails-free toes. Gross.
Seeing Survivor’s ridiculous plot twists fall flat is a great source of Schadenfreude. It’s as if the cosmos is telling Jeff Probst, “Survivor is fine the way it is.” In many cases, these modern-day twists merely serve to disrupt or even discourage dangerous gameplay and take away from the drama of the game. The Do or Die twist almost made an appearance in this episode, but the Survivor gods intervened.
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The Do or Die twist fails to produce a victim this season, as it did last year. This time, it’s Lindsay’s turn to be a casualty of the fatal game of chance. There are just a handful of people who are willing to risk their lives to compete in the immunity challenge, and she is the only one of them. As soon as her toes touch the sand, she immediately regrets her decision. There was no need for her to participate in the challenge if she was not at risk of being sent home. However, as she is the first to confess, she was overtaken by the competitor in her. As a result, Jeff’s mysterious lockboxes hold the key to her fate as she enters the tribal council.
Because it emphasizes the brief thrill of a game of chance above more interesting and lasting social and strategic factors, this plot surprise is truly awful. The Kula Kula camp has some exciting ideas in action as well. A decoy boot is a simple chore for Mike since Romeo’s ration-stealing hasn’t exactly made him popular with the rest of the tribe. Drea, however, is Mike’s main aim; she’s a dominant player with a good chance of winning the season as a whole. In order to get her to accept Romeo’s plan, he needs to make her feel at ease.
A constant pot-stirrer, as usual. Thoughts on his own are a hallmark of Omar’s personality. After the defeat of Hai, he thinks Mike is becoming overconfident. (I myself would have said “Mike’s on his Hai horse” instead of “Mike’s on an Hai high”). As a result, Omar is concerned that Mike may be playing more aggressively than he appears to. Mike has an idol in his back pocket, and Omar knows that it’s too risky for him to go for him right now. The entire scheme would implode if Mike took on the role of his hero, and Omar’s meticulous planning would be revealed. That idol could be taken away from Mike if there was a way.
Since Drea’s first meeting, she’s had access to a plethora of advantages. Her ability to ask someone if they have an idol is one of those advantages. If they have, the person can’t lie and must hand it over. Drea resolves to notify Omar about her power, as has become a reoccurring topic this season. Drea’s instincts are correct at the time, therefore this is a waste of time and a disappointment. She can use Mike’s idol to defend herself if she feels the tribe is closing in on her. Nobody else should know about this. Because knowledge is power, the moment she reveals her plans to Omar, she opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
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By Far, Jonathan’s Fatigue Is the Least Convincing Sob Story.
This episode begins with everyone besides Romeo and Maryanne complaining about Romeo’s lack of effort at camp. According to Jonathan, “I have no idea what he does.” Jonathan asks Romeo, “How long have I been lying here?” a few minutes later in the episode. In a confessional, Jonathan admits that he has a harder time on the island due to his enormous hunger, which he needs to maintain his enormous body. No one knows how difficult it is for him, he laments.
To be sure, bigger guys like Jonathan need more food to stay alive in the wilderness. It’s Jonathan’s fault, of course, for getting up at ridiculous hours to work out in order to achieve wax-sculpture-like physiques and break pull-up records. It’s a good idea to sit on the couch and eat moderate amounts of food before going into the game if you truly want to have a smoother experience of it. Jonathan’s caloric deficit may be his undoing because he couldn’t live like a normal human and instead chose to exercise like he was competing in the Olympics.