John Powell – GlobalTV.com
As a father, there is nothing I wouldn’t sacrifice for my son. In those circumstances, it is never a question of choice and there is no regret. When someone is truly a part of you on every level imaginable, as a child is, there is really no decision to be made. You always do what is best for them even if it means forfeiting your own hopes and dreams. That’s what it means to be a parent.
The irreplaceable love and support of family, friends are worth more any million dollar prize, any fame and any fortune. It is disheartening that Terry Deitz’s second chance ended the way that it did but like another former castaway, Jenna Morasca, he unquestionably made the right decision to leave the game and return home to be where he was needed the most.
Before departing the island, Terry was playing a very strong game. Respected for his resilient work ethic and intensity during the challenges, Terry was also playing a compelling social game, a far better one than he executed in Panama. While it is true the tide might have been turning against him with some like Kelley working hard to target Terry, we will never know if those factors would have sent him packing or if things would have somehow flipped in his favour.
Woo, on the other hand made all the same mistakes he did during his last visit to the island. He continually trusts all the wrong people, backing all the wrong horses. First, he supports the new school alliance. They are taken down. Next, he keeps voting against Abi-Maria when she is in the core alliance. Finally, he sides with Andrew and the original Bayon alliance. Woo’s bad judgment is what cost him the game last time and cost him the game again.
Right from the start, Terry knew the chink in his armour was his social game. Fantastic in challenges, a good provider and worker and not too shabby at strategy either, the social aspect is what he needed to improve upon. With many younger, next-gen, new school players scattered about the game, Terry had to work some magic to fit in and evolve his Survivor game.
Terry was doing well in that regard until the tribal switcheroo halted any momentum he had gained. He went from extending his power within the tribe to being in the minority at the new Ta Keo, along with Kelley. Instead of working a new alliance with Terry like Savage and Tasha did at Angkor, Kelly threw him under the bus, leaving Terry twisting in the wind.
Anticipating the merger, everyone else solidified their alliance and in doing so, strangely left only Terry out of the loop. Odd that. Terry appeared to be the one on the chopping block at Ta Keo but that scenario never got the chance to play itself out.
Strategy was never Woo’s strong suit, challenges were. As on Cagayan, Woo let others make his moves for him in Cambodia, never really taking the lead when it came to scheming and conniving. His game was always at the mercy of others so much so he had to plead his devotion to the core alliance at Angkor to save his hide.
Rating (Terry): 3 / 5
Rating (Woo): 1 / 5
A member of the old school alliance that fell quickly under fire, Terry comforted Abi-Maria when everyone else was tearing her down. That act of good will and decency also allowed him to cross the strategic lines that had been established. It was one of the reasons why Jeff and Abi-Maria decided to turn on the new school alliance and boot Shirin.
At the original Ta Keo, Terry’s social and political status were both stable. He was comfortably walking the line between new school and old school. Everything changed though once the two tribes were split into three and all of Terry’s progress was swept out to sea.
A mostly harmless player, Woo was never really considered a strategic threat, just a challenge rival. His outgoing personality bought him a lot of political currency but he once again he selected the wrong allies and didn’t evolve either his social or tactical games when he needed to.
Rating (Terry): 3 / 5
Rating (Woo): 2 / 5
Well-rounded and well-balanced, Terry is the type of player and personality you can become invested in quite easily as a fan and a viewer. The fact that he recognized his flaws and had a plan to improve himself as a player was interesting to watch.
An ill-fated underdog at the new Ta Keo with everyone apparently allying against him, Terry’s plight would have been compelling. Would he have been able to turn the tables and shatter that alliance? Would Lady Luck smile on him? Could the merger or switcheroo save him? Those questions will forever remain unanswered.
There is no doubt Woo is a great guy. He has a very good heart, to a fault at times. Regrettably that quality doesn’t always translate well to Survivor. His gameplay aside, you cannot help but to pull for the decent people especially when they are surrounded by sharks.
Rating (Terry): 3 / 5
Rating (Woo): 3 / 5
Final Castaway Rating (Terry): 10.5 / 15
Final Castaway Rating (Woo): 6 / 15
Powell’s Picks: Episode 6
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: Kassandra “Kass” McQuillen
She cannot contain her ego. Publicly pushing the return of the “Chaos Kass” side of her and even reveling in it will not sit well with the other players who are trying to trust her despite her infamous reputation. Her stock is dropping despite her new alliance.
Silver Amateur: Andrew Savage
Some really bad decisions this episode. Turning on Spencer and his willingness to sacrifice Ciera has had a massive impact on his game. Can he recover from his mistakes and rise to the top again? We shall see.
Gold Amateur: Woo Hwang
He just didn’t learn from his mistakes.
Bronze MVP: Terry Dietz, the Survivor producers
Whether on-screen or off-screen, kudos to Terry and the producers for raising awareness of how important it is to be an organ donor.
Silver MVP: Spencer Bledsoe
It was no easy task for Spencer to place his trust in his Survivor nemesis Kass. That decision in conjunction with the moves made by Kass flipped things at Ta Keo.
Gold MVP: Ciera Eastin, Kassandra “Kass” McQuillen
Ciera stepped up her game in a major way and in doing so shifted the tribal politics, with help from Kass.