And………were back! It’s been a tale of two completely different tribes. The Veteran tribe has lived up to expectations as they have dominated every aspect of the game, including the final act and destruction of Colton, to the utter disgust of one Jeff Probst. It’s always great when Jeff Propst deservingly shames and kicks the person when their down like he did with Colton. Redemption Island was pretty entertaining, as we saw the Colton implosion and the seldom seen “F you” parlayed with saying the persons full name, “F you Brad Culpepper!” by Marissa. The Vets in a competition you would think they would be huge underdogs in, because the Rookie’s seemed to have more brute on their squad, but once again they were victorious, because the mothers absolutely dominated their daughters. Seriously, did they shoot up Katie and Ciera with Valium before they started the comp? I also liked Vytas comically acting like an old school wrestling bad guy with trying to cheap shot his brother, which of course immediately led to his demise in that comp. With the Vet’s securing another victory, the Rookies naturally weakened their tribe by voting out a dumbfounded John. This week my arbitrary comparison will be to compare each partnership to a famous(ish) movie soundtrack. If you go to youtube and look up any survivor player by name, their video is usually accompanied with some cheesy song being played with it. So let’s take that format, but choose movie soundtracks to symbolize each pair. Look, I’m going to prepare everybody now; I have Brad as Captain Jack Sparrow. I know this will be hard to take, and some death threats may ensue, but let’s get through this together. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!
Without further ado, I give you Survivor the soundtrack:
Rachel scored by the Last of the Mohicans:
This soundtrack was chosen because it fits Tyson well this season. Like the Daniel Day Lewis character in Mohicans, Tyson is a true, fully equipped survivor player, maybe a dying breed, with the singular focus of winning this game. I’m not trying to do a cheesy, NBC Olympics pre-taped video segment on the virtues of Tyson like he is a saint or anything, but he has shown a more noble side to himself this season. Tyson this episode at Redemption Island, standing up and pointing at the rookie tribe, telling them to watch out, was fantastic. Tyson’s likability rating, I’m sure is going through the roof so far this season and he is emerging as the frontrunner in this game for me. It’s still early in the game and so it’s hard to foresee how the game will completely unfold, but I’m having a hard time seeing a scenario where Tyson doesn’t make it to at least the final 5. Rachel earned a lot of points in many males eyes I believe when she didn’t give Tyson the “you better get down here and take my place” look. I think it was selfless and showed a lot that she knows Tyson deserves this opportunity. It also probably helped that CBS hired Todd from Breaking Bad to stand behind her off camera with a creepy look and a gun pointed at her, in case she tried to get Tyson to switch places. In the end Rachel is done with Survivor, but Tyson had one more thing to say to her:www.youtube.com/watch?v=
· Tina/Katie scored by Steel Magnolias: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Colton scored by The Bodyguard: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
· Laura/Ciera scored by Edward Scissorhands: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uil_
· Gervase/Marissa scored by Stripes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
· Brad/Monica scored by Pirates of the Caribbean: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
· Aras/Vytas scored by Top Gun: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl-
· Candice/John scored by Basic Instinct: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
· Hayden/Kat scored by Gladiator: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-
Unlike any season of Survivor before, when the merge happens we will have dynamics and chaos like never before. Survivor can always be seen like a chess game but this season especially. This upcoming week will be about setting up the next few moves in the game. The obvious targets will be Katie, Ciera or Brad on the rookies team and Laura and maybe Kat on the Vet team. The one benefit the rookies have in continuing to tank the competitions is that if their secure in their own spot in the game, they can then plot how to weaken the strong players on the Vet team by taking out their loved ones. This has been a very fun season of Survivor so far and I hate to admit it, but all the twists this season have added some real entertainment and made this season stand out as one of the stronger seasons potentially moving forward. Let me know if you have some soundtracks that would have also worked! Thanks for making it this far.