Friday, April 30, 2010

Survivor Heroes vs Villains Fan Blog Part One Episode 11

Thanks guys for making this an awesome season! This is below the first of two blogs and below are some of the best writers on the net in my opinion. Enjoy everyone!


Michael Davidson
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I think this season is full of bullshitters... lord, i hope the final tribal council doesn't pan out like the one in Vanuatu, that was the dumbest jury speech i've ever heard from Chris.. what it comes down to is how good you are at it. Amanda, she's done nothing but screw up royally from the beginning.. i'll get more into it a little later, She's full of it, however she doesn't follow thru, so she's not that much to worry about. Boston Rob, full of it, but he's like Amanda (more on this one later too) Russell, he's full of it, Sandra she's full of it, Rupert, he's full of it... but Sandra! now Sandra is the deadly kind. She's yet to do anything. & like Amanda she comes up with these great strategies, & like Parvati she doesn't appear to be intimidated by anyone, & like Russell she doesn't care who she confronts, she'll face you head on... however at the end of the day she crumbles. She never follows thru on anything.. you can argue with me until you're blue in the face thats its "strategy" its not strategy. Strategy is what she comes up with, strategy would be following thru on her ideas, She's not a strategist. she's a scared little pussycat. Russell is the lion tamer & she's his little pussycat. She will slit your throat with a smile on her face, but just as she puts the blade to your threat, Russell cracks his whip & she crumbles. What she has going for her: no one knows she's going back on her plan but herself! that kind of bluffing makes her dangerous.. but again, is that really a strategy? i don't think so. To me its more of a way to secure your spot on a coat tail.



Brett Bower

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I find it interesting that SURVIVOR, as a game, is almost always referred to in one of three ways...


1) A social game

2) A strategy game

3) A numbers game



While all three of those are true, why does no one ever refer to SURVIVOR as what is truly is?


*A PSYCHOLOGICAL GAME*



Survivor is, at its core, all about psychology. My whole life, I've always been fascinated by this subject. Ever since I was a kid, I've always tried to discern why people do the things they do.


Why do they make the choices they make?


Why do they behave certain ways?


What about someone's environments/upbringing/circumstances/etc causes them to react in various ways to various situations?


The more fascinated I've become with SURVIVOR over the years, the more fascinated I've become with psychology.


Lex said it best during Final TC on All-Stars that this game is like truth serum. It exposes who we are as people to the core.


Instead of just looking at each player as a chess piece, I would be constantly trying to get into their head and learn about them as a person....to try to understand who they are as a person in an effort to understand the moves they might choose to make (and why) and figure out an effective counter move.


In the midst of a constantly swirling and shifting game, people go about trying to obtain the same two things every season - Control and Power.


Now...


I'm going to attempt to write this without bias, which is a bit hard at the moment considering Russell drunk dialed a friend of mine a few months ago and ruined the entire season. Ugh. Now granted, I avoid spoilers like the plague because it takes all the fun out of the show. But I just can't believe that players don't keep tighter lips about what happens out there when they're taping the show. Anyhoo...


It's interesting to see how Russell behaves the first time he's lost some footing this season. He thrives on a heavy diet of those two things: Control and Power.


And from my count, when Parvati played the two idols, I think that is the first time in two seasons that he has been genuinely surprised by something. He always seems to know the outcome. But not that time.


The craziest part is that it was a move that helped his own case. And still, he lets his deflated ego go on a quest for nourishment because of two things he lost - Control and Power.


He didn't lose these in the game overall.....it's kind of a personal battle out there with him. He needs constant validation that everything falls into his line of thinking and every puzzle piece is played without surprising him. Oops, Russell.


And it continued on this episode. Surprise number two for Mr. Hantz: He played an idol but didn't need to. Classic moment seeing him hanging his head and muttering - "Dammit."


But the most golden piece that happened at Tribal was when he looked to Parvati for validation. And he felt the need to explain to HER why he played it. Interesting. He unknowingly tipped his hat to the person who has been the great and powerful OZ behind his curtain.


Russell has thought all along that Parvati is his Natalie from last time. Russell is playing almost the exact same game as he did in Samoa, except this time he has the numbers and isn't fighting to turn any tides.


Parvati is playing a great game. And I'm quite surprised no one took her out LONG ago. (Randy was right. Y'all should have listened to him.)


Interesting how much Parvati has evolved in three seasons of playing. Her first time around in Cook Islands, she had no game. And she admitted it. Her only strategy was to flirt and see how far it takes her. Granted, she didn't know Survivor. At all. She had never seen a single episode. Why? Well, she was recruited as most players always are. (I believe she applied to "The Amazing Race" as the story goes)


Then, in Micronesia, she controlled the vast majority of the game. It's quite interesting to see her staying afloat this time around. The girl's got game. And it's also nice to see that the storyline of "let's take all the winners out" hasn't been a factor this season.


Which brings me to...


Sandra.


If Sandra had voted with the Heroes...and if Candice stayed with them, I could have seen an F3 of Sandra, Candice, and Rupert. (and I'm like 98% sure Sandra would win an F3 Tribal Council in this scenario)


Sandra is one to watch for sure. She has a lot of options. Those are the dangerous players in these games. The ones with too many options. If you're not going to take out the player with all the options......start taking out THAT PLAYER'S OPTIONS.


If someone is going to flip back and forth - start eliminating the places that person can flip TO.


Candice is an interesting study. Sure, she was low on the totem pole with the heroes. But this is one of those times that I can't quite see her reasoning for voting with the Villains. She is at the mercy of Russell, Parvati, and (to a tiny degree) Danielle.


Unless Candice has some scheme to try to flip it later on and maybe try to work her with Jerri and Danielle as F3.....her move this episode doesn't seem to hold much water. I think her options would have remained better if she stayed put. Plus, Sandra would have voted with them. Candice could have set up some great endgame options.


And Russell is REALLY starting to slip up. He is telling people Exactly. Where. They. Stand.


BIG MISTAKE


People can do amazing things once you accidentally tell them exactly where they stand. He did it with Candice in this episode. And more surprisingly, spelled it out point blank at Tribal to Sandra and everyone. He talks about the playing styles of each villain...yet says nothing about Sandra til she calls him out on it. That was bizarre. And I don't think that was anything strategic on Russell's part. He is getting confident and letting valuable info slip. The more Control and Power he thinks he has, the more on top of the Survivor world he feels. He starts holding his cards a little looser and starts giving doses of power to other people. And he doesn't even realize it.


This is typically where the game gets chaotic. Going into the merge with even numbers on both sides, whichever "side" wins will normally dictate the first two, maybe three boots in an old-fashioned Pagong-ing. After that, people start playing more as individuals and not along old tribal lines.


I would definitely like to see that happen.


Curious to see how the season plays out from here...



Brian Morelock


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Another exciting episode of Heroes vs Villains. I have to say in my opinion, this is one of the best seasons of survivor. I am loving every second of it. I would love it more if Russhole would get the boot. As we saw throughout this episode, Russell is so upset that he isn't in control, that he wanted to prove to Parvatti and Danielle that he was in control by finding the idol and playing it. U don't play an idol just to play it. Clearly, Russell made a horrible decision to play the idol. He may need it later in the game. He wasn't the target and he was confident he had Candice on his side so there was no reason for him to play the idol. Also, the way he spoke to Sandra at tribal was asanine. Again, he is misreading his competition. Sandra would not be an easy win if she makes the end of the game. That girl is very persuasive and knows how to make people listen. Going to the end with her would be a mistake for anyone in my opinion. There r so many flaws in Russells game, but yet he manages to stay alive somehow. A lot of it is luck. What happened with Tyson is luck, what happened with Jerri was also luck. If Jerri seen him play, she may have chosen Robs side. She knew Robs game and didn't trust him. She never saw Russell's. Also the fact that the Heroes have played terrible this season also helped him. Russell told JT both idols were played. Parv showed Amanda her idol. Amanda did tell JT Parv had it, but yet JT didn't think wait a second, Russell lied to us, lets just vote him out than we have a tie and if they revoted, Sandra probably flips and Russhole goes BYEBYE.

Ok enough with Russell, I want to talk about Candice a little. She made a huge error tonight in not listening to Sandra. Candice would have benefitted a lot more sticking with the heroes. She disappointed me big time.

Amanda should not have given Danielle back the clue, but Colby why would you not back Amanda up? The clue could have saved Amanda and the heroes all together. Colby again playing horribly this season. I will miss Amanda, she is one of my all time favorites. After 100 plus days she spent on the island, for the first time, Amanda's torch was put out. She did admit that she made too many mistakes this season. She definitely did not play as well this season as she had her past two seasons, but I still put Amanda down as one of the top survivors ever. She accomplished so much in this game and she still gets a thumbs up in my book.

So what happens from here on out? I think Parvatti is still running the show and Russell is making a lot of errors along the way. Sandra still playing a great game I am curious to see how she plays into what happens on the upcoming weeks. Before I end it, I want to put from 1 to 8 who is playing the best to worse game out of the remaining players.

1. Sandra: I think she is playing the best game. She is quietly sitting in a really good position in the game.
2. Parvatt: She impresses me more and more. She knows how to get it done.
3. Jerri: I am not that impressed, but shes flying under the radar and not really being the target. She stays out of all the conflicts that take place also.
4. Danielle: She is riding Parvatti's coattails, but she is in a good position
5. Rupert: I got to give him credit the last few weeks he has been exactly right and knew the best moves to make. It didn't work out the first week because of JT's stupidity, this time Candice flipped for whatever reason.
6. Rusell: Ok ill put him 6th. I think hes overplaying his hand and has no chance to win this game.
7. Colby: He's playing like a doofus this season. He's really disappointed me.
8. Candice: Terrible move lost a lot of points with me.

Until next week, that's it for now.

Survivor is, at its core, all about psychology. My whole life, I've always been fascinated by this subject. Ever since I was a kid, I've always tried to discern why people do the things they do.


Why do they make the choices they make?


Why do they behave certain ways?


What about someone's environments/upbringing/circumstances/etc causes them to react in various ways to various situations?


The more fascinated I've become with SURVIVOR over the years, the more fascinated I've become with psychology.


Lex said it best during Final TC on All-Stars that this game is like truth serum. It exposes who we are as people to the core.


Instead of just looking at each player as a chess piece, I would be constantly trying to get into their head and learn about them as a person....to try to understand who they are as a person in an effort to understand the moves they might choose to make (and why) and figure out an effective counter move.


In the midst of a constantly swirling and shifting game, people go about trying to obtain the same two things every season - Control and Power.


Now...


I'm going to attempt to write this without bias, which is a bit hard at the moment considering Russell drunk dialed a friend of mine a few months ago and ruined the entire season. Ugh. Now granted, I avoid spoilers like the plague because it takes all the fun out of the show. But I just can't believe that players don't keep tighter lips about what happens out there when they're taping the show. Anyhoo...


It's interesting to see how Russell behaves the first time he's lost some footing this season. He thrives on a heavy diet of those two things: Control and Power.


And from my count, when Parvati played the two idols, I think that is the first time in two seasons that he has been genuinely surprised by something. He always seems to know the outcome. But not that time.


The craziest part is that it was a move that helped his own case. And still, he lets his deflated ego go on a quest for nourishment because of two things he lost - Control and Power.


He didn't lose these in the game overall.....it's kind of a personal battle out there with him. He needs constant validation that everything falls into his line of thinking and every puzzle piece is played without surprising him. Oops, Russell.


And it continued on this episode. Surprise number two for Mr. Hantz: He played an idol but didn't need to. Classic moment seeing him hanging his head and muttering - "Dammit."


But the most golden piece that happened at Tribal was when he looked to Parvati for validation. And he felt the need to explain to HER why he played it. Interesting. He unknowingly tipped his hat to the person who has been the great and powerful OZ behind his curtain.


Russell has thought all along that Parvati is his Natalie from last time. Russell is playing almost the exact same game as he did in Samoa, except this time he has the numbers and isn't fighting to turn any tides.


Parvati is playing a great game. And I'm quite surprised no one took her out LONG ago. (Randy was right. Y'all should have listened to him.)


Interesting how much Parvati has evolved in three seasons of playing. Her first time around in Cook Islands, she had no game. And she admitted it. Her only strategy was to flirt and see how far it takes her. Granted, she didn't know Survivor. At all. She had never seen a single episode. Why? Well, she was recruited as most players always are. (I believe she applied to "The Amazing Race" as the story goes)


Then, in Micronesia, she controlled the vast majority of the game. It's quite interesting to see her staying afloat this time around. The girl's got game. And it's also nice to see that the storyline of "let's take all the winners out" hasn't been a factor this season.


Which brings me to...


Sandra.


If Sandra had voted with the Heroes...and if Candice stayed with them, I could have seen an F3 of Sandra, Candice, and Rupert. (and I'm like 98% sure Sandra would win an F3 Tribal Council in this scenario)


Sandra is one to watch for sure. She has a lot of options. Those are the dangerous players in these games. The ones with too many options. If you're not going to take out the player with all the options......start taking out THAT PLAYER'S OPTIONS.


If someone is going to flip back and forth - start eliminating the places that person can flip TO.


Candice is an interesting study. Sure, she was low on the totem pole with the heroes. But this is one of those times that I can't quite see her reasoning for voting with the Villains. She is at the mercy of Russell, Parvati, and (to a tiny degree) Danielle.


Unless Candice has some scheme to try to flip it later on and maybe try to work her with Jerri and Danielle as F3.....her move this episode doesn't seem to hold much water. I think her options would have remained better if she stayed put. Plus, Sandra would have voted with them. Candice could have set up some great endgame options.


And Russell is REALLY starting to slip up. He is telling people Exactly. Where. They. Stand.


BIG MISTAKE


People can do amazing things once you accidentally tell them exactly where they stand. He did it with Candice in this episode. And more surprisingly, spelled it out point blank at Tribal to Sandra and everyone. He talks about the playing styles of each villain...yet says nothing about Sandra til she calls him out on it. That was bizarre. And I don't think that was anything strategic on Russell's part. He is getting confident and letting valuable info slip. The more Control and Power he thinks he has, the more on top of the Survivor world he feels. He starts holding his cards a little looser and starts giving doses of power to other people. And he doesn't even realize it.


This is typically where the game gets chaotic. Going into the merge with even numbers on both sides, whichever "side" wins will normally dictate the first two, maybe three boots in an old-fashioned Pagong-ing. After that, people start playing more as individuals and not along old tribal lines.


I would definitely like to see that happen.


Curious to see how the season plays out from here...

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