May 14, 2006 09:52 PM by Joe Blackmon
Terry Deitz was one of the greatest competitors to ever play the game of Survivor. He seemed destined to join the likes of Tom Westman, who dominated the game on his way to becoming the ultimate survivor during Survivor Palau. However, after winning five straight immunity challenges, Terry wound up losing the last two immunity challenges. But was the final immunity challenge fair or did it put Terry at a huge disadvantage?
The final immunity challenges on Survivor are often balance challenges, which seem to favor female competitors. The Survivor Panama Exile Island final immunity challenge seemed even more unfair than normal to male competitors. The immunity challenge involved balancing on a series of ever diminishing in size floating platforms. Heavier male contestants like Terry and Aras sank the platforms into the water, making it more difficult to balance on a wet platform.
Even if the challenge was unfair though, Terry didn’t outlast Aras, who was at a similar disadvantage. Plus, it is very difficult to create a challenge that isn’t unfair to some degree to at least some contestants. For example, a very physical challenge would have been unfair to Danielle. However, considering how Terry dominated the game, it did just seem wrong to put him in a final challenge, where the odds were heavily stacked against him. Terry fans will likely not be happy by the results, and we wouldn’t be surprised if someone starts a petition.