Survivor 30: The Search For Someone Likeable.
As I watched tonight’s episode of Survivor, I found myself wondering if there was anybody on the beach who was, at this point, remotely likable. At this point, I find myself liking Tyler and Sierra almost be default. Neither one of them says much and that makes them a nice change for everyone else in the Merica Tribe.
Before tonight’s episode, I would have said that I liked Will but tonight, we saw a new side of Will. I understand why Will was mad. As a result of being the first to bid at the annual Survivor auction, Will was given the location of a secret stash of food. He could have kept it all for himself but instead, he decided to share with everyone else.
So, of course, everyone decided that Will must have been holding out on them and the only reason he gave them the food was to distract them from whatever else it was that he had been given.
Interestingly enough, even though Mike was the one who started the rumors, Will blamed Shirin. He went off Shirin and soon, he went from insulting her as a player to insulting her as an individual. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I don’t like Shirin but even I started to feel sorry for her.
At the immunity challenge, Will requested to get a letter from home. (The letters were offered up as a prize at the Survivor auction. Since Will was back at the camp digging up his food stash at the time, Will was the only one who didn’t get a chance to even bid on his letter.) Will offered to sit out the immunity challenge in return for the letter.
Jeff asked if anyone had any objections.
Shirin raised her hand. I understand that Shirin was mad but I still think that was a stupid move on her part. If someone’s willing to give up immunity, you let him do it.
But no matter! Neither Will nor Shirin won immunity. Instead, it was won by Mike. And Mike was lucky to win because if he hadn’t, he probably would have had to sacrifice his immunity idol in order to not be sent to the jury. As we saw at the start of tonight’s program, Rodney is plotting to get rid of Mike. Of course, Rodney decided to talk to everyone about his plan while Mike was apparently standing two feet away.
(And, of course, this led to Mike having a meltdown after the Survivor auction and confronting Rodney on his scheming. Mike is a surprisingly strong player but sometimes, he still does incredibly stupid things.)
With Mike winning immunity, the tribe voted out Jenn instead. It wasn’t a particularly surprising situation. Personally, I would have preferred to have seen Jenn voted out last week. Joe probably could have won immunity this week and forced the rest of the tribe to choose between Rodney and Mike.
At tribal, Shirin talked about her abusive childhood. Will said that it didn’t matter. And it was, at this point, that I pretty much lost whatever respect that I once had for Will. Ever since the season began, I assumed that Will was a likable guy who would probably be one of the last people sent to the jury. But after tonight’s episode, Will showed himself to be no better than Rodney or Dan.
Speaking of Dan, he won an advantage at the Survivor Auction and I’m not happy about it. He has an extra vote. Which is to say that, if he chooses to, he can cast not one but two votes at some future tribal council. I think that’s an unnecessary complication.
Plus, I can’t stand Dan.
So, to sum up, Jenn is now on the jury with Joe and Hali, Rodney and Mike are enemies, Will and Dan are jerks, Shirin is still annoying but I do have a little more sympathy for her than I did earlier, Carolyn is content to go along with the majority, and Sierra and Tyler are — well, they’re there.
And I have to admit that there’s a part of me that really thinks that Tyler might end up sneaking into the final three? Why? Because for someone who never does anything, he certainly gets a lot of closeups. It’s as if the editors are trying to make sure that we don’t forget that Tyler is there.
We’ll see what happens!