LAST EDITED ON 04-04-10 AT 07:54 PM (EST)
I'm always amazed at the importance given to challenges as I see in the two lists. Winning challenges isn't the key. I'd even say that, when a tribe is up 8-5, losing is a valid option.
1- Russell: He has been making the moves. Coach was heard saying that Russell was a big man for not going after Rob immediately like Rob had done. Parvati called him a Hero. Not bad for the biggest villain ever.
2- Parvati: She had to convince Jerri to commit and she got the confessional to talk about it. Russell thinks he can't beat her for the million. Is he right?
3- Candace: She scored the second point and she’s the one that bridged the gap during the immunity challenge, catching up and passing Courtney but I prefered that Jeff told us: “She learned something from her first time”. Can she split JT and Amanda? It would be to her advantage. We knew she was close to Colby but I didn't know she was that close!
4- Danielle: Her influence on the alliance was shown a bit more in this episode when she helped Russell and Parvati convince Jerri. She plays a role in the story but it isn’t her story
5- Jerri had a very interesting episode and we really felt her turmoil. Did she make the right decision? Being 5th in an alliance solely led by Rob isn’t a very good position. Being 4th with Russell and Parvati, there could be more room to create conflicts and find an opening.
6- JT: He's the leader of the Heroes. He's been running circles around these weak minds but, if Candace gets closer to Amanda as we have seen lately...
...it could be trouble for JT. When he talked about the tribe being a family and using the idol against the Villains it made him look very naïve.
7- Colby had a great episode if we forget that, of those 3 huge tribal councils he survived, he didn’t do a thing to save himself.
8- Amanda: She had a very poor episode, being portrayed as the Heroes party-pooper or, as MissMyth put it, the Eve that couldn't resist the idol temptation. She also didn't even get a chance to tell us how losing her big brother affected her.
9- Coach: He had trouble coping with Sandra’s criticism during their first tribal council, how will he survive being called a "little man" by Rob? Jerri’s confessional sounded like the epilogue to Coach’s story on Survivor: “That guy is so naïve…I don’t see someone who gets it like in the grand scheme of this game.”
10- Sandra: The key to being a good follower is to know when the power shifts. She should have gone with Russell but getting her hair done was more important,
11- Courtney: In China, she had the flair to see that Todd was in charge. She disappointed me by being so firmly against Russell and Parvati. I guess the Steven-Tyson-JT connection was very attractive but, with Tyson gone, she had to jump ship.
12- Rupert: He only tells us that it's good to be a Hero. He has no story of his own.
Booted- Rob: The guy that saved Sarah by voting out Hunter claims he always thought of tribe strength! Laughable. He had to sacrifice Courtney. It would have given him a few days to regroup.
"Amanda... proved in Micronesia that she is good at puzzles..."
I guess that's why Eliza did all the puzzles for them and that Airai won all the challenges after the swap!
"She runs the Heroes and the Heroes are looking to me like the final alliance in this game."
JT has been running circles around her and I see the Heroes as an afterthought both in recaps and in scene presentation.
"3. Candice...has a good shot at this though she has never been in control."
Being in control is over-rated. Anyway, trying to take charge would have been suicidal. I have admired her strategy up to now. She has navigated through very rough waters.
"4. Colby...they would have been sunk if James were there instead of Colby."
Are you sure about that? James would have been an impressive shot blocker in the 1st challenge and, if Amanda is so great, he could have been on the puzzle!
"6. Parvati...Not much of a past champ in my book."
She's been caled the most dangerous player of the tribe both in Malakal and in the Villains. That is saying a lot in my book.
"7. Rupert- His pinkie toe is the only weakness the Heroes have."
Really? You're not bothered that they don't have enough brains to go around?
"9. Danielle...is not a player, and Rob totally dismissed her in his interview.
Jealousy is an ugly thing. I see a player that, in 2 seasons, has remained very calm under pressure. That is key in this game.
"11. Jerri- She will have to explain it to me how going with Russell was the better play."
Look up, I explained it already.
"Not knowing Russell's game was a huge advantage for him."
That's only looking at 1 side of the coin. We know that, when returning players are concerned, cliques are the most important thing, that survivor alumns stick together. Russell never had a chance to party with these people before and that's where these alliances are formed. He had a huge disadvantage there and, as far as his supposed advantage is concerned, Jeff going straight to him in the season opener, calling him one of the most notorious villains ever should have been enough to alert everyone.
"Russell never gets his chance if Rob doesn't help the villians win so many ICs."
Maybe or maybe Russell gets Rob out earlier. If Rob isn't the MVP, does he get enough people on his side? They could have voted him out after medical treated him if they had lost that challenge. Rob winning challenges was good for Rob up to a certain point. When it gets close to the merge, you ALWAYS need more than challenge ability.