Game Fail: Why Reed and Alec Lost Survivor
Two different players. Two different styles of gameplay. The same result.
On a special two-hour episode of Survivor, both rascally Reed and ambivalent Alec were taken out by the Fab Five Alliance, despite widening cracks in the partnership. Whereas Reed dodged, weaved and used every trick in the book to safeguard his spot, Alec stuck to flirting badly as his only tactic. Reed was definitely the aggressor, making offers and pulling strings. Alec took the more docile approach playing up his new-found sensitivity. Without the numbers on their side though, both Survivors were fighting an uphill battle.
Reed: From the very start when he warned Jeremy of Keith’s maneuvers against him, Reed played strong. With his back against the wall, he refused to let others control his destiny and tried to rally the troops as best that he could. Spotting weaknesses in the dominant alliance, he exploited those cracks whenever he could. He whispered the right words in the right ears and people seemed to at least consider his point of view. His plans may have not worked out in the ways that he had hoped but he didn’t let his torch get snuffed without a tussle.
Alec: Much like Wes, Alec, after all of his bravado, turned out to be more of a follower than a leader playing second fiddle to Reed at the end of their games. He didn’t make any substantial moves instead just going with the flow while making himself a nuisance at times.
Reed Rating: 4 / 5
Alec Rating: 1 / 5
Reed: People found him agreeable enough that they really did consider his offers of an alliance. He did give the impression of being sincere, approachable and open; which are huge positives in such a social contest. Despite that, everyone saw through his manipulative tendencies and therefore the trust and loyalty he may have had slipped further and further as his situation became more desperate.
Alec: Even though he shared the same attitude as Wes, his circle extended beyond the other frat boys. Alec did establish some ties with the women by flirting and playing on their emotions. Turning on the charm didn’t seem to get him far in the end though.
Reed Rating: 4 / 5
Alec Rating: 2.5 / 5
Reed: Reed refusing to lose lit a fire under the series. Even with the walls closing in, Reed found room to maneuver and tried to outwit the other players. He played with all of his heart and that is always great Survivor TV.
Alec: In his confessional, Alec admitted his game was weak and we couldn’t agree more. Besides backing the plans of others and persistently inflating his ego, he was not much of a factor this season. Still, he did provide some drama.
Reed Rating: 8 / 10
Alec Rating: 4 / 10
Final Castaway Rating – Reed: 16 / 20
Final Castaway Rating – Alec: 7.5 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 11
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: Reed Kelly, Jaclyn Schultz
He should never have let Baylor get under his skin like that and she should not have gotten so visibly upset at not being picked for the Reward.
Silver Amateur: Jaclyn and Jon
Having a lovers’ spat and acting like bratty teens in front of the others hurt their gameplay and alliance.
Gold Amateur: Jon Misch
Acting smug, not giving credit where credit is due and sparking a tiff with Jaclyn were all bad moves.
Bronze MVP: Baylor Wilson
Teaming closely with Natalie and being ready to put her own game before her mother’s shows how much she wants to win Survivor.
Silver MVP: Natalie Anderson
Taking out Alec instead of Keith and setting up Job could push her into power player status.
Gold MVP: Jon Misch
He found another Hidden Immunity Idol and won iIndividual Immunity when he needed it the most.