If you haven’t been watching this latest series of Survivor, this won’t be of interest to you. If you haven’t yet seen the finale episode, don’t read this if you plan on watching later.
There’s lots of debate on the internets today about how immoral Dreamz was to betray Yau Man’s trust and renege on the promise he made in return for the truck Yau won. Most everyone thinks Dreamz did something truly awful when he went back on his word. I have a different opinion.
If I was a contestant in the game of Survivor, one thing that I would know about myself is that, within the confines of the game, I’d say anything to better my chances of winning. I would swear on my whatever’s life to make a promise and then turn around and break that promise if it suited my situation in the game. Absolutely everything I said to anyone in the game could possibly be a lie. I would also expect that absolutely everything that anyone in the game said to me would potentially be a lie. I am always surprised when players in the game don’t take that into consideration.
I suspect that when Dreamz initially and impetuously made the deal, he (despite his arguments to the contrary) fully expected to follow through on his promise, and only later on did he change his mind. Some people think because of this, it makes him a lesser human. It makes him a liar and betrayer. I don’t think so.
For me, anything goes within the confines of the game. Like he said, there’s “the game” and there’s “reality”. In my opinion, you can say anything in the game and it should not be taken as a representation of the way you’d behave in reality. So Dreamz, you’re okay in my book. Doesn’t that make you feel better?
As for Survivor Fiji, I thought it started out pretty weak. I didn’t like the Upstairs/Downstairs luxury vs. poverty angle and thought the show was pretty boring until they ditched that concept at “the merge”. After that, though, I thought this was one of the most strategically interesting rounds of the show yet. Many aspects and strategies and counter-strategies worked so perfectly that I actually started to wonder if the show was being “written” a bit. A few too many perfect coincidences, I thought. A couple of times when a contestant would say something bold and declarative, only to have that surety pulled totally out from under their feet. There were some fantastic, literally, jaw-dropping moments this season, all of which made for great television entertainment and made up for the lacklustre start to the season.
Reflecting on the contestants, it’s obvious that Lisi needs some psychiatric help. She reminds me of Tony Soprano’s sister Janice. Nutjob. YauMan was a real treat to watch, a great player. As was Earl. I was disappointed that Cassandra made it to the final three, as I never really like the player who succeeds solely by latching on early to a strong alliance.
Anyway, blah blah blah.