First off, an apology. As I wrote last week, I was under the impression that Survivor would not be aired this week because of basketball. It turns out I was wrong and I really don’t know anything about how basketball games are scheduled. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused for our readers.
Now, on to tonight’s episode:
Wow, we really dodged a bullet tonight, didn’t we? For most of tonight’s episode, I was dreading having to spend the rest of the season watching the obnoxious bromance between Rodney and Joaquin but, fortunately, the Escamera Tribe stepped up and put an end to all of that.
Thank you, Escamera!
(And I say that as someone who actually liked Joaquin. But, seriously, when he and Rodney got together, they were the worst. They were the Bromance of Doom.)
Ever since this season began, it’s been a competition between Max, Shirin, Dan, and Rodney to claim the title of most annoying survivor ever.
At first, Dan was in the lead with his inability to stop talking. Then Max and Shirin started to wander around naked and they briefly surged to a tie for most annoying. However, over the past three episodes, Rodney has proven himself to be the champion.
Seriously, Rodney is the worst. When the season started, I thought he was just going to be another Boston Rob wannabe but he has since proven himself to be perhaps the most sexist and arrogant jackass in the history of Survivor.
What made Rodney’s presence in the game even worse was that he seemed to be in it for the long run. It wasn’t that he was a good player or anything. Instead, it just seemed like everyone else was too stupid to be able to stop him.
That’s what made tonight’s episode so enjoyable, because the entire episode was pretty much devoted to making us hate Rodney and then allowing us to watch as Rodney’s latest scheme blew up in his face.
Rodney, after all, is the one who came up with the plan for Escamera to throw the immunity challenge so that they could vote Joe out at the tribal council. However, he didn’t take into account just how much Mike, Dan, and Sierra dislike him. (Sierra so dislikes Rodney that she was apparently even willing to ally herself with Dan, who she really can’t stand…) When Escamera went to tribal, Sierra voted with Dan, Joe, and Mike. As a result, Rodney’s number one ally — Joaquin — was voted out of the game.
To be honest, I wish they had just gone after Rodney but I imagine that Dan and Mike probably weren’t comfortable voting out a former member of the Blue Collar Tribe. As Joaquin left tribal council, Rodney did not look happy. Next week, the two tribes are going to be merging so it’ll be interesting to see who both Rodney and Sierra team up with.
As far as the upcoming merge goes, the majority of the members of the new tribe will be former Blue Collars followed by No Collar and White Collar. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Rodney allied with the remaining White Collars while Sierra went over to the No Collar Tribe.
As of right now, No Collar Jenn and White Collar Carolyn will both be going into the merge with immunity idols.
Finally, judging from how the last few episodes have been edited, I have a feeling that both Tyler and, strangely enough, Shirin will be around for a while. Though Tyler hasn’t done much so far, the show’s editors always seem to want to make sure that we remember that he’s around. Meanwhile, tonight’s episode devoted a lot of time to Shirin talking about losing Max at the previous tribal council. If Shirin was as doomed as I previously assumed, I’m not sure if editors would have devoted as much time to her.
Well, that’s it for now. I can’t wait to see how the merge plays out!