John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Watch one boot, get one free are always my favourite Survivor episodes. This double header though was a little different in the sense that the tribe was divided into two groups for two tribal councils.
So devious that.
One boot was a complete surprise tonight, all things considered and one was fairly predictable. Evvie was on everyone’s radar as not only a dangerous player but also she was a part of the very visible minority alliance. Naseer seemed entrenched with the over-reaching core alliance, however, with the tribe divided into two his allies, support system were not there and so he was voted out with immunity in his back pocket once Ricard and Shan decided he was too dangerous to keep around and Erika, Heather agreed.
The spanner in the works though is that if Erika didn’t win immunity Shan was going to gladly throw her to the wolves. Torontonian turning on Torontonian? Say it isn’t so, Survivor gods! This is not what we canucks from the Great White North want to see.
Although she was once again a major part of the episode and a major part of the strategic happenings, Shan’s stock is starting to slowly but surely drop as Erika’s is starting to rise. It is simply one of those circumstances where if one person says something about you, well, that’s just their opinion. If, however, a number of people say the same thing there is probably some truth to what they are saying. The other players are arriving on the same page when it comes to Shan’s position in the game and that spells bad news for her and anyone associated with her, like Ricard. Their rogue move of taking out Naseer instead of Heather will assuredly be an action that has an equal and opposite reaction. As long as Xander can keep himself safe the others will have to made some very, very hard choices. Those choices could be Shan and Ricard.
The one quote that still echoes from Who’s Who in the Zoo though is Deshawn assuring everyone that he is there to play his own Survivor game. He may not have turned his back on the core but it appears that day is coming and will be coming soon especially with a whole bunch of close duos in the final eight. It will be time to break those couples up and disrupt those power bases before it is too little, too late.
Moment # 5: A bug drops on Tiffany at tribal.
Moment # 4: The core leaves Xander and Erika to strategize.
Moment # 3: Shan and Deshawn argue.
Moment # 2: Shan and Ricard bicker again.
Moment # 1: Naseer and Heather argue.
Naseer Muttalif and Evvie Jagoda
One was a driver and the other was a passenger. Evvie dug hard and dug deep in the game. Whether you found her personality to be off-putting or not, Evvie hit the ground running and never, ever stepped off the gas. You have to admire that level of drive and determination.
Nasser, was the complete opposite. He followed the group evidently confident in that either his immunity or his survival skills would keep him safe. How very wrong he was.
Evvie was a powerhouse. Sure, not all of her plans came to fruition but she was scheming, wheeling and dealing all day, every day. Whether it was trying to get her tribe to vote out Abraham, bonding with Deshawn or working with her alliance to pull off the phony immunity idol ruse, Evvie’s wheels were always turning especially when she was on the bottom of the pecking order.
Naseer wasn’t much of a power player. His opinion wasn’t clearly valued by those in power. He went with the flow and that’s about it.
Evvie Rating: 4 / 5
Naseer Rating: 1 / 5
Evvie was never one to sit back and just let things happen. When she did have power she was aligning a support system and stoking that fire. When she didn’t have the power she was still working those angles with anyone she could.
The reason many liked Naseer wasn’t just because he took care of them with his survival skills but he is a fairly decent guy.
Evvie Rating: 3.5 / 5
Naseer Rating: 3 / 5
Evvie does deserve a second chance to show what she can really do in the game. She was pinned down at the bottom so much we never saw her true capabilities as a player. She was a mover and a shaker though and that makes for great Survivor television.
Naseer is a great guy but he may be too nice a fellow to be playing such a cutthroat game as Survivor.
Evvie Rating: 5 / 5
Naseer Rating: 2 / 5
Final Evvie Rating: 12.5 / 15
Final Naseer Rating: 6 / 15
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.
Shan still cannot pull back and because of that, the target on her back is getting bigger and bigger. Nobody will be able to ignore it soon.
Danny’s own allies are now calling him wishy-washy. The trust in him is eroding.
Naseer couldn’t contain his ego or his arrogance.
Deshawn explored the various angles and eventually did what was best for his game.
She deserves an Oscar for that performance at camp and tribal council. Hey, at least she is finally playing the game.
Ricard’s scheme played out exactly how he wanted it to in each and every way this week.