John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Picking the wrong rock is a terrible way to end your Survivor game. Just ask Paschal English, the oldest player ever to step foot on the island. During the finale of Survivor: Marquesas, Paschal, Neleh and Kathy were forced to draw rocks because of a tied Tribal Council vote. Paschal was unfortunate to pull what has become known as the Purple Rock of Doom and was knocked out of the game.
Last night, not only were we treated to a Survivor double header and two evictions but one of those booted castaways took their place beside Paschal in Survivor history as a player eliminated by a rock pull and nothing more.
Both of the episode bootees were casualties caught in a venomous Vinaka Tribe civil war in which David and Zeke battled for control. The former allies turned bitter enemies began targeting each other.
Forgotten in all of the mayhem and confusion were both Jay and Will who were in the minority and on the outs when the tribe turned on them and voted out Taylor. Will either of them be able to keep fading into the background and shaking off those massive targets? That remains to be seen.
Survivor Scoop – Week 10: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor Moments are…
Moment # 5: A Bug Attack at Tribal Council
Moment # 4: David Basks In Support
Moment # 3: Letters From Home
Moment # 2: Tribal Council Vote Goes To Rocks
Moment # 1: Bret Comes Out To Zeke
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Survivor Scoop – Week 10 : Game Fail: Chris Hammons and Jessica Lewis
Their feud since the very start of the game charted their mutual demise. After Jessica teamed with the women to take out Paul Wachter on the original Gen-X, Takali Tribe, things between Chris and her were never, ever the same. They could never regain the trust they once had.
Torn apart by suspicion and by a tribal switcheroo, Jessica and Chris never got back on the same page again. David using his Hidden Immunity Idol to save Jessica made him an enemy of Chris as well, although they would work together later on.
Only on side for the vote against Michelle, one truly wonders what kind of alliance Jessica and Chris would have established if they had been able to work together for a common goal.
Playing a strong game from Day One, Chris was a power player and a power magnet, drawing other players to him throughout his time in the game. At the Vanua Tribe, Chris pulled Zeke in based on their love of football and their home state of home state of Oklahoma.
Chris also managed to put aside his animosity for David enough to form a loose alliance and vote out Michelle.
His strong gameplay though is what made him a threat in the end.
Jessica was a sound player as well. She found the Legacy Advantage and formed an alliance with Bret, Chris, Jessica, Lucy, Paul, and Sunday. Jessica turned the tribe upside down though when she rallied the women against Paul based on the comment that he would align with men over women in the alliance. The reaction and consequences to that decision would follow her for the rest of the game.
Jessica was clever enough to team with both Ken and David as new allies. After the tribal change-up, Jessica and Ken continued forward as a resilient and loyal pair until the merger and they were able to join forces with David again.
Chris Rating: 4 / 5
Jessica Rating: 3 / 5
His background as a football player certainly contributed to Chris’s success in Survivor. He knew how to rally the troops and he knew how to keep his alliance members strong. He formed stalwart bromances with Bret and Zeke. If there was any flaw in his social game, it was that he didn’t seem to have close bonds with the women, except for Sunday.
After the initial crisis as a result of the vote against Paul, Jessica’s social game was based on faith and loyalty. Ken and David were her devoted allies to the bitter end. The polar opposite of Chris, if there was a failing in Jessica’s social game, it is that she didn’t seem to mesh as well with the women as she did the men.
Chris Rating: 4 / 5
Jessica Rating: 4 / 5
As a principal leader it was fascinating to see Chris rise and fall. To see him lead the charge at Takali, have that power stripped at Vanua and then him rise again at Vinaka as a major player.
Jessica’s journey had its ups and downs too. She was either at the forefront of the drama or in the background. With so many old allies gunning for her and new allies protecting her, Jessica was noteworthy castaway this season.
Chris Rating: 4.5 / 5
Jessica Rating: 4 / 5
Chris Final Castaway Rating: 12.5 / 15
Jessica Final Castaway Rating: 11 / 15
Survivor Scoop – Week 10: 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: Hannah Shapiro
She’s a chaotic player.
Silver Amateur: David Wright
Once again, he played his Idol for someone else and it was the wrong someone else.
Gold Amateur: Zeke Smith
He took out Chris, one of his most trusted and loyal allies thus reducing his numbers.
Bronze MVP: David Wright
He not only won an Immunity Challenge but he scored a lot of sympathy.
Silver MVP: Zeke’s Alliance
They stood their ground and now have the numbers on their side.
Gold MVP: Justin “Jay” Starrett
He won Immunity, saved his Hidden Immunity Idol and for now is out of the line of fire.