Game Fail: Why Andrew Savage Lost Survivor
John Powell – GlobalTV.com
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…and usually do on Survivor. The Survivor gods can be cruel that way.
Andrew Savage was a victim of circumstance. Kelley Wentworth wisely played her Hidden Immunity Idol, the majority alliance made the fatal mistake of not splitting their votes and the balance of power was altered, at least for this week’s Tribal Council.
For better and for worse, Savage was the public face of the core alliance. Sometimes that worked to his advantage, such as when other players share information or were looking for a secure port to ride things out. That also made him a considerable threat throughout the season. When Kelley played the Idol, there were no moves left for him to make. It was Checkmate. Game over.
Mirroring Kass’ departure, when Andrew stepped up to the plate there was always that chance he would become the MVP target but it is far better to go down swinging than to ride the pine the entire game.
It wasn’t Savage who failed the alliance. It was the alliance who failed him. Not splitting such a perilous vote between Ciera and Kelley was a tragic miscalculation. Savage paid the price for that blunder.
Always thinking, always planning, Andrew had his finger on the pulse of the tribal politics at all times. He was alerted to the threats Stephen and others posed early on and kept a very close eye on them.
Even with the odds stacked against them, Andrew and Tasha wheeled and dealed their way out of danger when the new Angkor was formed. They shrewdly took advantage of the tension between Abi-Maria and Peih-Gee and used it to their benefit. They took out Peih-Gee and then Jeff.
When the tribes were shuffled for a second time, Andrew sagely bridged the gap between his former Angkor allies and original Bayon tribemates. Although his plan to send Spencer packing failed and worse, blew up in his face, he expertly mitigated the fallout.
With the original Bayon alliance reforming following the merge, Andrew and Jeremy worked their magic behind the scenes to get Kass out. Whispering the right word in the right ear, he turned up the mind games. He lit a fire under Joe and secured his loyalty by alerting him to Stephen’s fixation with voting him out.
Rating: 4 / 5
On Pearl Islands, Andrew was the heart and soul of the Morgan Tribe. He was the one others looked up to, the one who rallied the troops, the one who refused to quit no matter how bleak things were.
In Cambodia, Andrew was still a guiding force but heightened his social game by not just entering into an alliance with people like Jeremy, Tasha and others but also getting to know them as people.
Andrew had his fair share of personal lapses though. His social game wasn’t perfect. The way he mishandled his relationship with Spencer resulted in him having to needlessly smooth things over. Andrew wasn’t always aware of the collateral damage his moves might cause.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
Andrew is everything you want in a Survivor castaway. Whether working a strategy, working hard to camp or competing in a challenge, he plays hard, risks it all, fighting right to the bitter end.
He may not always wear the white hat in some people’s minds, nevertheless, there is no doubt Andrew lives and breathes the Survivor game. He is a formidable ally and foe.
Andrew’s second chance was just as gripping and eventful as his first crack at the million dollar prize. To his credit, he not only he finally make it to the jury but he had an indelible impact on this season’s game.
Rating : 4.5 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 12 / 15
Powell’s Picks: Episode 8
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: Ciera Eastin and Kelley Wentworth
Being in the minority, the underdogs, you would think they would bite their tongues, choose their words more carefully and filter their reactions better at Tribal Council. Ciera did try to dress some of the wounds during the Reward Challenge only to rub salt in them during Tribal.
Silver Amateur: The Majority Alliance
Not playing smart, not splitting the vote cost them a very valuable ally.
Gold Amateur: Andrew Savage
The risk of playing a very assertive game is you make yourself a clear and present danger.
Bronze MVP: Joe Anglim
Continues to deftly dodge bullets and win precious Immunity Challenges.
Silver MVP: Minority Alliance
They skilfully outplayed the Majority Alliance this week. Unfortunately, they still don’t have the numbers so they may have won the battle but still might lose the war.
Gold MVP: Kelley Wentworth
The right move at the right time. Sometimes timing is everything.