John Powell – GobalTV.com
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Tribal switcheroos don’t always work to the benefit of the game or the drama on Survivor. There are times where a switch can even the playing field making the game far more interesting and there are times like this season on Survivor: Ghost Island where some would argue they can put a particular tribe or alliance at a disadvantage. A disadvantage they cannot overcome no matter what they do.
In a matter of two weeks, viewers have seen Brendon Shapiro and Stephanie Johnson leave. Two players from the original Malolo alliance who appeared to be strong and versatile players until the switcheroo, and really not much else, doomed their games. Two big losses in just two episodes. Something had to give.
Next week, Jeff Probst instructs the tribes to drop their buffs and we get the impression the tribes will be swapped again. Where the chips will fall is anyone’s guess. All fans can hope for is an even distribution of power to make an intriguing season even more intriguing, keeping the curse of the switcheroo at bay.
Survivor Scoop – Week 4: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor: Ghost Island Moments are…
Moment # 5: Michael Explains His Love For Survivor
Moment # 4: That Surfboard Challenge
Moment # 3: Tears At Tribal Council
Moment # 2: Stephanie On Being A Single Mom
Moment # 1: Chris and Donathan Share A Moment
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Week 4: Game Fail – Stephanie Johnson
For Survivor fans this week was a strong case of déjà vu. Last week, Brendan was thrown to the sharks never making any kind of massive blunder. It was the switcheroo that got him. This week, the same fate befell Stephanie. She used every card in her deck; however, there was no beating a house that stacked the deck against her.
The biggest letdown about Stephanie walking the plank is there was so much unfulfilled potential, so much game left in her. Strategically, she proved to be a shrewd player finding different ways to manipulate different people. She was a Survivor chameleon using her charms as each situation dictated.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
To some, she was the cool mom people could confide in. To others, she was the hot single mom, people could flirt with. No matter which side of her came to the forefront, Stephanie used that to bridge the gap with people and gain their confidence.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Her backstory, her passion for the experience and the game, her ability to adapt and evolve, Stephanie had everything going for her until that switch torpedoed her game. Like Brendan, her true Survivor potential was never revealed. We hope she gets a second chance to prove herself.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 10.5 / 15
Week 4: 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: Desiree Afuye
Rifling through Stephanie’s belongings will likely stick in the minds of even her closest allies.
Silver Amateur: Sebastian Noel
If his interaction with Jenna Bowman is any indication, he is not really a solid gamer.
Gold Amateur: The Tribal Switch
It continued to claim strong players who could have made an impact on the game.
Bronze MVP: The Surfboard Challenge
It was undoubtedly one of the most imaginative, fun challenges ever on the show.
Both connected and both realized they need to strengthen up their games.
Gold MVP: Michael Yerger, Stephanie Johnson
Both fought hard to stay, it is just one succeeded and the other did not but through no fault of their own.
Watch Survivor: Ghost Island Wednesdays at 8 et/pt on Global.