By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
As the finale of Survivor and the final Tribal Council looms, we would like to recognize the best and the worst of this season with Part One of our Survivor: Cambodia awards. Enjoy!
The Marissa Cooper Award
Named after The OC’s most infamous departure, this award is given to the Survivor who we wished would have stuck around a little bit longer.
Winner: Jeff Varner
A sly troublemaker and clever mastermind, Jeff could have brought even more drama if he had not been voted off so early.
The Richard Hatch Award
Given to the contestant who has masterfully schemed, outwitted their fellow players.
Winners: The Core Alliance
Jeremy, Spencer, Tasha and sometimes Kimmi schemed and maneuvered their way through the game as a unit. Not every move was perfect but they guided things along when it mattered the most and protected each other.
The Susan Richards Award
Named after the member of Marvel’s Fantastic Four and her superhuman ability to turn invisible.
Winner: Monica Padilla
She barely appeared on the series and then was unceremoniously voted off just when she started to shake things up.
The Space Ghost Award
Named after Hanna-Barbera’s intergalactic superhero who could use his Inviso-Belt to turn, well, invisible.
Winner: Vytas Baskauskas
Voted out first, we hardly even knew you, buddy.
The Russell Hantz Award
Awarded to the Survivor with the worst social game.
Winner: Abi-Maria Gomes
With her boisterous personality and inability to hold her tongue Abi-Maria rubbed so many people the wrong way it is astounding she has lasted as long as she has. Yet, there she was.
The Erik Reichenbach Award
Recognizing the most foolish strategic move of the season.
Winner: Joe Anglim’s warning, Andrew Savage and his allies not splitting the vote
As her friend, Joe warns Kelley she is about to be voted off. Kelley then plays her Hidden Immunity Idol and Andrew is sent packing because he and his allies didn’t split the vote properly.
Worst Production Member
The dishonour goes to the member of the production team who cannot pull his/her own weight.
Winner: The challenge designer
How many balancing or endurance competitions can one season have? Not nearly enough, apparently.
Best Twist of the Season
Winner: Placement of the Hidden Immunity Idols.
Putting the Idols in plain sight and making them risky to snatch under the watchful eyes of the other players was a genius move not only as far as the game is concerned but also in bringing more drama to the series.
The Like, Nice, Seriously, Whatever, Awesome Award
Awarded to the most over-rated phrase of the season.
Winner: “Second chances.” “Old School versus New School.” (Tie)
Over and over this season, we were not only reminded that Cambodia was a season of “second chances” but everything was a battle of “old versus new school”. While the first theme was certainly true, we just didn’t need to be reminded every, single, episode; the second was just simply not true at all.
Terms of Endearment Award
Awarded to the most heart-breaking moment of the season.
Winner: Joe voted out, Jeremy reunited with Val. (Tie)
The circumstances around Joe’s exit made his departure one of the saddest in Survivor history. Jeremy meeting his pregnant wife and being told he will have a son was also especially touching.
If At First You Don’t Succeed Award
Awarded to the Survivor: Cambodia player who deserves to play again.
It is a shame, Terry had to leave. He, above anyone, should be given another chance, if he wishes to play again.