Well, wasn’t Survivor: Pulau something last night? What a turn of events, followed by another turn of events.
I am under the impression that, by law, reality show games such as Survivor are supposed to be pre-planned, from start to finish, before the contest starts, so that charges of impropriety and favouritism are more difficult to press. Last night’s change from the ordinary made me wonder whether that was planned before the game started, or whether it was a made-up-on-the-spot effort to get force the Unbeatable Team to lose a member.
Whatever the answer, it made for one of the better episodes of Survivor that I’d seen. The Reward Challenge was for the reward of food, but, it was revealed, the winning tribe of the challenge would, as would the losing tribe, have to vote out one of its members. What!!!???!!! How is that fair? What is the justification for that? Excellent!!! But that wasn’t the only surprise. The members of the winning tribe, after voting out their member (good riddance, Willard, boring Willard), were then told that they were to each vote to give immunity to one of the members of the losing tribe. What???!!!??? A second surprise?? Excellent!!! This of course resulted in the guy, Ibrahim, who was 100% destined to leave getting immunity. Who would they vote out now? How would they be able to confer?
And what a humiliating and tough day for the losing tribe (is it Ulong?). Not only do they lose a challenge that they had come close to winning, but they must suffer the indignity of having the other tribe witness their tribal council, and the even worse indignity of seeing the other team eat delicious bowls of beef stew while they sit, stewing in their own patheticness. Then the final kick is that the satiated winning team gets to screw up their plan of voting out Ibrahim. Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick. Frazier Goes Down!!! Frazier Goes Down!!!
In the end, the Pathetic Tribe votes out the much-tattooed- and-therefore-much-more-ugly- because-of-the-tattoos Angie. Apparently because she didn’t like being lost in the jungle during a lightning storm??? I guess the fact that she was one of the strongest and most consistent challenge performers on the team wasn’t relevant anymore. Probably because the members of the team has likely given up the concept of "tribe" by now and are thinking about how they each can manage to survive whenever a merging of tribes takes place. Their weak will now eat their strong.
Anyway, a good season of Survivor got even better last night. Way to take everyone out of the usual discomfort zone.