Survivor Cambodia: Week 2 winners, losers

Survivor Cambodia: Week 2 winners, losers

Game Fail: Why Shirin Oskooi Lost Survivor

John Powell –

Although they have been known to be benevolent and merciful, the Survivor gods are often cruel and your actions on the island can come back to haunt you.

Shirin Oskooi’s stint on Survivor: Worlds Apart was very difficult to watch. A victim of abuse in the past, Shirin felt singled out and picked on by Will Sims. His cruel treatment and malicious words cut very deep. When Mike Holloway, the eventual Sole Survivor, came to her defense, Shirin was sincerely grateful.

With the shoe on the other foot though, Shirin stepped away instead of stepping up. It could be argued that Abi-Maria made her bed by stirring up trouble as much as she has this season but it seemed awkward for Shirin to firstly, not defend Abi-Maria or at least defuse the situation between her and Peih-Gee and secondly, joyfully joining in as the tribe openly mocked her.

You would think Shirin would have paid forward the kindness shown to her by Mike and others or at the very least might have sat silently and not condoned the jeering.

Whether her error in judgment proved to be her ultimate undoing is debatable what isn’t is that the others were under the impression that Shirin and Spencer were ignoring the social aspect, personal relationships and hardcore gaming the entire time. Unlike Spencer who had a chance at Tribal Council to apologize for his approach, Shirin was unceremoniously sent on her way.


Strategic Gameplay

You cannot blame Shirin for taking full advantage of her second chance and really stepping up her game. The problem is she might have been too public about it and she might have hit the ground far too hard and too fast, sacrificing her social game.

Understanding how he played the game last time, Shirin openly paved the way for Vytas’ exit last week. It was a good move but one that had consequences with Jeff and the other old schoolers recognizing the threats Shirin and Spencer presented.

Rating: 3 / 5


Social Gameplay

She should have bonded more and plotted a little less. Not supporting Abi set into a motion a series of events which didn’t guarantee her exit but it surely didn’t help.

Although you have to give Shirin credit for admitting her mistake and apologizing to Abi-Maria, it was too little, too late. Nothing was going to change the fact that the Ta Keo tribe wanted Shirin and Spencer to be split up.

Rating: 1 / 5

Entertainment Value

While she wasn’t the madcap and multi-faceted character we saw on Worlds Apart, Shirin’s enthusiasm and respect for the game itself has to be appreciated.

Although it is not always the best strategy, throwing punches at the sound of the bell is fun to watch. Viewers just know you are either going to burn out quickly or shake things up for the better. For her short stay, Shirin was a big part of the Survivor drama. It is just a shame her stay was cut short but the very gameplay that was so amusing.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Final Castaway Rating: 7.5 / 15

Powell’s Picks: Episode 2

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: Stephen Fishbach
No movement at all from last week. As we heard from his tribemates, Stephen is not seen as connecting with anyone socially and is increasingly singling himself out. The tribal swap may alter his fate though, especially if it allows for a fresh start.


Silver Amateur: Spencer Bledsoe
Scheming and not building relationships has put Spencer on the chopping block at Ta Keo. Like Stephen, he may get a chance to redeem himself depending on the aftermath of the tribal switcheroo coming next week.


Gold Amateur: Shirin Oskooi and the tribal switcheroo
Shirin’s weak social and strong strategic games caused her demise. In hindsight, a little restraint and patience might have paid off.

A tribal switch so early? It will be curious to see how it all turns out but it seems far too early to be mixing things up, especially when relationships and alliances have barely formed.


Bronze MVP: Abi-Maria Gomes

In some regards she dug her hole even deeper but there is no doubt she made a major move and gained some ground by taking advantage of Shirin’s mistakes and aligning with the right people.


Silver MVP: Joe Anglim

He continues to put in strong performances across the board. The question is will his efforts count for or against him in the future?


Gold MVP: Jeff Varner

Continuing to manipulate situations to his advantage, Jeff is this season’s clear mastermind. Socially and strategically, Jeff, thus far, is hard to beat.


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