John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Jeff Probst reminds the players every single season that you never give up when playing Survivor. You battle, scratch and claw to the very bitter end. Whether it is at Tribal Council or during a challenge, Survivor is a game where you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse in a matter of mere moments. The pages of Survivor history are filled with amazing comebacks.
At the end of last week’s episode things didn’t look good for anyone outside of the Kama alliance. Kama took out one of their own, Joe Anglim. Dan ‘Wardog’ DaSilva, Lauren O’Connell, Kelley Wentworth and David Wright though weren’t part of that decision as they were next on the chopping block and so too was Kama exile Aurora McCreary.
What a difference a week makes. Fed up with Ron Clark and Eric Hafemann calling the shots, Victoria Baamonde, Julia Carter and Gavin Whitson have broken ranks aligning themselves with David, Kelley, Lauren and possibly Aurora. Kama members Julie Rosenberg, Rick Devens and Ron are now on the outside looking in.
Extinction Island returnee Rick was offered a chance to rejoin the Manu-Lesu alliance through Wardog and his partner in the game, David, who stayed loyal and never voted him out. Rick refused and went as far as to demand the other part of the special idol back from David. David smartly refused. Methinks that Rick is probably regretting his rash, emotional decision right about…now.
Survivor Scoop – Week 7: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor: Edge of Extinction Moments are…
Moment # 5: David’s Speech at Tribal Council
Moment # 4: Aubry Finds a Clue
Moment # 3: Julia and Gavin Take Control
Moment # 2: Rick Turns Down David
Moment # 1: Lauren’s Medical Emergency
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Week 7: Game Fail – Eric Hafemann
“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception,” wrote Niccolò Machiavelli in his book The Prince. That lesson was somehow lost on Eric. Instead of appealing to everyone’s sense of loyalty, friendship and basic self-preservation, he threatened the Kama alliance with the chance of missing out on the family visit. That one overly aggressive strategic move on his and Ron’s part shattered the alliance.
Eric had a strong strategic mind though, what he failed to do was conceal it as well as apply it passively. His pride at being a mastermind was his downfall.
Rating: 3 / 5
While many did play alongside Eric, we as viewers got the feeling that they never fully trusted him because of his overall attitude and brash gameplay.
Rating: 2 / 5
Eric could have been a conniving, calculating power player, one that people loved or hated. He never reached that status though because Kama rarely visited Tribal Council so there really wasn’t any build-up to his grand exit.
Rating: 2 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 7 / 15
Week 7: Powell’s Picks
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: Ron Clark
His scheme to pressure the Kama alliance and not guide them along with a wink and smile has imploded his game.
Silver Amateur: Rick Devens
David never betrayed him yet he turned his back on him. Now he is at the bottom of the pecking order.
Gold Amateurs: Eric Hafemann
Ego and aggressive gameplay sent him to Extinction Island.
Bronze MVP: Aurora McCreary
She fought very hard for Immunity. She could be part of the new ruling alliance as it doesn’t seem Kama did anything to possibly win her back.
Silver MVP: David Wright
Another very strong episode for David who worked hard to twist things back in his favour.
Gold MVP: Gavin Whitson, Julia Carter and Victoria Baamonde
The trio made a big move changing up the game by taking control of it.
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