Game Fail: Why Tyler Fredrickson, Lost Survivor
By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Once an outsider, always an outsider. Tyler Fredrickson was as sly and as cunning as they come. The problem is, everyone playing against him knew he was and being only one of two White Collars left in the game made him an easy target by the dominant Blue Collar alliance.
Rubbing salt in the wounds was the fact that Tyler’s tried and true, through thick and thin alliance partner, Carolyn Rivera, cut him loose without any warning. Even she realized Tyler would do and has done anything to win and he is a born schemer who is always plotting. He had already crossed the line by searching through Dan’s bag to uncover his secret power and in Carolyn’s mind, Tyler couldn’t be trusted to keep her Hidden Immunity Idol a secret.
Always scoping out new angles, everyone knew Tyler was one of those players who became all the more dangerous the longer he was left in the game. With the final phase commencing, it was the perfect time to vanquish a threat who would win at any cost.
Always thinking, always plotting, Tyler was often too clever for his own good. Although he probably should never have aligned with such a liability as Joaquin.
His alliance with Carolyn was a smart and secure one.
It pays dividends in Survivor to have a small core alliance you can depend on. The partnership carried him fair, almost to the end, but even Carolyn understood the potential threat her partner presented and how pairs make for easy targets.
During many instances, Carolyn and Tyler were the swing votes which gave them power in the game but also shone the spotlight on their alliance.
Tyler was perceptive enough to bust Joe pocketing the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol and use that to his advantage. Tyler also worked the tribal politics often in his favour as when ratted on Shirin to Will sparking massive, personal fight.
Rating: 4 / 5
Although he often had his pulse on which way the wind was blowing, he never seemed to have any really deep or meaningful relationships with anyone except maybe Carolyn.
Tyler was kinda just there, around camp, always in surveillance mode, which everyone noticed as he wasn’t really that discrete.
Because he didn’t have those bonds, it was so very easy for people not to place their faith in him and to view him as someone who was expendable.
Rating: 2 / 5
Tyler’s machinations were amusing to behold, how there were no rules when it came to bettering his position in the game but the ex-talent agent assistant didn’t have very much personality at all.
No highs. No lows. He was too calculating and too unemotional.
There was nothing for viewers to latch onto, to be drawn in by, except for his conniving.
Tyler was a remarkable player to follow but a dull, lackluster personality.
Rating: 7 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 13 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 11
Who played it cool and who proved themselves to be a fool? Every week John Powell makes his picks for the worst and best players of the week.
Bronze Amateur: Dan Foley
Although his advantage is public, he hasn’t really done anything to mitigate what has become an albatross around his neck.
Silver Amateur: Carolyn Rivera, Sierra Dawn Thomas
They shouldn’t have felt obligated to give away their reward to Rodney but you would think to keep the peace in the fracturing alliance and to buy some goodwill, one of them might have made the sacrifice.
Gold Amateur: Rodney Lavoie Jr.
Another episode and another bitter, angry public rant from Rodney against his own allies. This cannot and didn’t play well with the others.
Bronze MVP: Tyler Fredrickson
He did what he could to stay and set his sights on the most vulnerable person, Dan and his advantage. It was really the only play he had and did damage Dan’s standing even more.
Silver MVP: Carolyn Rivera
It was the right time to sever her ties with Tyler. It was guilt by association and Carolyn needed to prove her loyalty to the others and cut Tyler free. Even she didn’t trust him and would rather take her chances with the others.
Gold MVP: The Tribal Council Advantage
The great auction twist continues to have a direct effect on strategy and how the game is evolving.