John Powell – GobalTV.com
You can be a challenge beast but even challenge beasts lose. You can be a strategic mastermind but even strategic masterminds get outsmarted. What is the saving grace of most Survivors? Their social game.
At its core, that is what Survivor is. A social game in which the sum of all of your daily interactions can often mean the difference between being the Sole Survivor or being recognized forever as a runner-up.
Bradley Kleihege was one vote away from the merger, one vote away from reuniting with his original Naviti pals who would have outnumbered the original Malolo by 9 to 5. His behaviour at camp, the way he treated the other members of his tribe, sealed his fate even with his own alliance. If he had just toned his attitude down and treated others with a bit more respect, he might have made it further.
After several switcheroos, the tribes are finally merging into one next episode. Besides Domenick Abbate and Chris Noble still being at each other’s throats, one has to wonder if the original tribal lines will hold true or if brand new partnerships will form and take the social and strategic game in a whole new direction.
Survivor Scoop – Week 6: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor: Ghost Island Moments are…
Moment # 5: Kellyn Wins An Advantage
Moment # 4: Bradley’s Antics Anger His Tribe
Moment # 3: Wendell Finds An Idol
Moment # 2: Michael Uncovers An Idol
Moment # 1: Malolo Burns The Curse Away
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Week 6: Game Fail – Bradley Kleihege
How do you know your social game is on the level of cruddy level of a Russell Hantz? When your own alliance wants you gone so badly they team up with the enemy to get you out. Bradley’s people skills bombed and so did his game.
Bradley is a very smart guy and that is why he was viewed as the dependable Naviti Alliance leader. His stone cold approach made him the perfect person to make those hard decisions. No matter where Naviti members landed, Bradley was the one in command. When Michael Yerger wanted to plead his case, he went to Bradley. When there was a decision to be made everyone went to Bradley.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
From the very start there were issues. At the new Malolo, he grumbled about the shelter and informing Stephanie Johnson that the original Malolo Alliance was doomed, riled her and others. It went on and on until his own comrades had enough of his short-comings.
Rating: 1 / 5
Watching Bradley was about as awkward as his behaviour was on the show. You just knew that eventually when the numbers dwindled down and he had no place to hide his mind-set would be his undoing and it was. It was a foregone conclusion if there ever was one.
Rating: 2 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 6.5 / 15
Week 6: 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: Libby Vincek
Despite being in the minority at the new Naviti and being labeled “untrustworthy” she didn’t seem to do much to rehabilitate her image.
Silver Amateur: Kellyn Bechtold Sent to Ghost Island
Kellyn again? Really, people? It would have been so much better to have someone new experience Ghost Island.
Gold Amateur: Bradley Kleihege
The karma boomerang hits back and hits back hard. Life lesson learned, maybe?
Bronze MVP: Michael and Wendell Holland
Their determination paid off.
Silver MVP: Kellyn Bechtold
She gambled and she won. Things just keep coming up roses for Kellyn no matter the situation. She is looking more and more like a finalist.
Gold MVP: Domenick Abbate
He took out a threat, an unreliable ally and still has the numbers going into the merger as long as Naviti sticks together.
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