April 25, 2012 06:49 PM by Ryan Haidet
For the last several episodes of Survivor: One World, the main objective of the female alliance was to get rid of Troyzan. His Immunity victory and hidden Idol saved his skin at two Tribal Councils, but this week he couldn’t spare himself. The women got what they wanted and sent jungle boy out of the game for good. What a bummer. Troyzan, the underdog, was by far the most interesting player left in the game. Now he’s gone. Yup. While some fans are thrilled to see his cocky ass booted from the game, you can all thank his elimination for leaving the most boring castaways alive in the game. Although I am not a huge fan of Redemption Island, Troyzan’s elimination is a moment when I wish it was alive this season. This just sucks. Oddly, now I think I’m rooting for Kat to win the game. I never ever thought I would imagine myself saying that. She’s the only person left that I enjoy watching even though she really does need a wake-up call in the game. What else happened in tonight’s episode? Read on to find out!
Revealing Reward Challenge
I love when challenges reveal a lot about the status of the game. As we have seen time and time again, the castaways were foolish enough to clearly indicate their true alliances and pecking order. It amazes me every time this happens that the contestants don’t try to shield their strategies a little better when answering questions about their tribemates. Here’s how it broke down:
- Christina was stunned to learn the tribe voted her as the person who doesn’t deserve to be there.
- The majority said they would trust Kim with their life.
- Troyzan was the first person eliminated. Shocker!
- Kat was voted as the person who most needs a wake-up call in life.
- Tarzan was eliminated second.
- Sabrina was voted as the person who does the least for the tribe.
- Chelsea, Kat and Sabrina were eliminated next.
- Kim was named the person they would most like to be stranded on an island with.
- Christina was eliminated next.
Each one of those reveals something very significant about the game. It showed Christina that nobody really likes her even though she’s been voting their way. Kat is being dismissed by all the other players as a moron. Sabrina isn’t in everybody’s good graces. Most importantly, it proved that Kim is the biggest threat. She had everything positive said about her character — and it even helped her win the challenge. I really hoped this would send a message to those players at the bottom of the totem pole just like it did with Paschal and Neleh back on Survivor: Marquesas. Nope.
Anyway, Kim chose to take Alicia and Chelsea on the Reward with her, which featured a helicopter ride to a private island with a picnic. Kat was devastated that Kim didn’t choose her since they had made an agreement to select each other. Kim was instantly apologetic and said that it was only because Chelsea hasn’t really had the chance to eat.
Back at camp, Kat was complaining to everybody else that Kim was making excuses for not selecting her to go on the Reward. Troy tried pounding it into her head that it’s because she’s near the bottom of Kim’s grand plan. “You need to wake up,” he told her before she got up and walked away from the conversation. She started crying in confessional saying how much she hates being labeled as a follower. “I don’t want to go down as a weak player and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that’s not the case,” Kat said. “If that happens to be me voting Kim out then fine.”
When Kim came back to camp from her Reward, she pleaded Kat to come talk with her. It was almost pathetic to watch. Kim knew she was in hot water and tried to cover her tracks with that smug look on her face. Kat admitted that she was furious with the situation and made sure Kim knew it.
The tribe erupted into a hectic pig hunt on day 29 when one hobbled into camp. It was so ridiculous to watch the scene because they could have grabbed that pig many many many many many many times. It just trotted around them slowly — several times within reach. But instead of proving they really wanted to catch it, a few of them (Alicia, Kim) ran away from it squealing. Shouldn’t the pig be doing that? Even worse, when they came back from the Immunity challenge, the pig was laying in their camp like nothing had happened.
Troy Turns His Back On The Challenge
At the slip-and-slide Immunity challenge, Troy lost in the first round to Tarzan. Naturally, this brought a massive cheer from the women as he walked off the course disgusted. For the rest of the challenge, Troy didn’t even turn around to watch it play out. Instead, he had his back to the action and stared at the ocean, sand, his feet or whatever would keep his attention off the challenge.
Again, Kim proved to be the biggest threat in the game by winning Immunity.
A Little Too Late
Just in case Troy did have another hidden Idol, Kim thought it would be best for them to split the votes once again. But instead of sending a few votes Tarzan’s direction, they decided Christina was the best second choice. Even worse, Sabrina told Christina she would be getting some of the split votes. This actually did wake Christina up, albeit too damn late, because she now saw that if Tarzan did have an Idol that she was their expendable player. Then in confessional, Alicia crossed the line when she compared Christina to the special ed students she works with. Just moments prior to that, she said that Christina’s IQ is a 0. Alicia, you’re a dope. Just keep your big mouth shut. It’s not funny. You’re hurtful. I hope people hold you to your words once this game is said and done.
On the other end of the spectrum, Kat was suddenly having a leadership crisis. She was upset that Kim was basically telling her how to vote against Troy because she wanted to be viewed as the person calling all the shots. She wanted everybody to see that she isn’t a follower, but the one with power. Ummm… OK. Prove it then and do something other than follow. D
But instead of stepping up as a non-follower, Kat did what the rest of the group wanted and helped send Troy packing at Tribal Council. In his last moments, Troy leaned down and whispered to Kat, “Do it.” I seriously hope Kat finally wakes up and breaks Kim’s plan apart. Kat, although I find your comments and strategies frustrating as hell, you’re the only hope to make this season worthwhile.
What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode? Are you happy or bummed out that Troy was voted off? Do you think Kat has any chance of winning the game? What do you think of this season overall? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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