RHAP blogger Michel Trudeau recaps the story and the edit of Survivor 27 Blood vs Water, episode 27, The Dead Still Can Talk
In this week's RHAP Survivor podcast, John Fincher had some strong views about the massage between Laura and Aras. RHAP blogger Sarah Freeman offers up an alternative take.
While the Culpeppers and Codys struggle to create a playbook for Blood vs. Water without destroying their own games, Caleb makes a tweak to standard Survivor strategy.
The game and the story is coming down to connections, who is counting on them and who is making new ones.
This episode was cray cray, but damn was it entertaining. I don’t even know where to begin from. First off, when I get on survivor (hopefully next year) apparently I need to take a masters level class on puzzles beforehand. But the highlight of the night was obviously tribal council.
During Philippines and Caramoan, I competed in a little Survivor game of my own: a fantasy league against two of my oldest friends, brothers Eric and Scott. We drafted our teams auction-style (in the spirit of Survivor's greatest reward challenge, of course), with each captain getting $100 total to bid on players.
Blood vs Water has settled into an all too familiar pattern of one tribe losing all the challenges while the other carelessly avoids Tribal Council. Can Rachel actually make use of Redemption Island to salvage this season?
Colton Cumbie doesn’t deserve the honor of a Buffington Post analysis. We’ll save that for the people who compete. People like Brad Culpepper.
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.
The story comes down to those who play Colton’s game and those who play the social game. While it’s quite presumptuous to say that some players are eliminated, it feels like many fell out of contention in this episode. The story can still have a surprising twist but, to borrow from Todd, there are quite a few players that are on the little bike, pedaling fast to catch up to the front runners.
Last season, Francesca Hogi became the first-ever contestant to be voted out twice. This season, Colton Cumbie emerged with an even more embarrassing record: the first-ever player to quit twice. I could not be more disappointed. I was very excited to see Colton play this season, almost in spite of myself. I wanted to see if he changed. I at least wanted to see him flame out in a spectacular Tribal Council. We were robbed.
New alliances are popping up all over the place this week, and battle lines are being drawn, not just between blood and water, but also between old school and new school.
Here’s what’s great about the Loved Ones twist—for the first time in 27 seasons of Survivor, there’s a real incentive not to Pagong. There’s a valid strategic argument for working with the other tribe after the merge, because each of these players has real and deep vested interests in relationships on both sides.
This week let’s open it up to the masses! I’m going with comparing each pair to a movie Cop-ish pair. Keep in mind this is not a thesis paper for a Harvard class, so some of the comparisons are going to be strong and some are going to seem like a litttttttttttle bit of a stretch.
We have been presented with two conflicting ways to play the game. Some want to play hard and fast while others want to be patient and avoid the drama. What’s the most fascinating aspect of this duality is that both come from advices given by Monica. She told Brad that he had to “hit the ground running” but she also told Colton that Survivor requires patience since it lasts 39 days.