John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Civil wars in Survivor are the stuff of legend. One tribe. Two opposing sides. There is nothing better than a battle for control, a struggle for hearts and minds. Millennials versus Gen X has not disappointed in that regard. David and Zeke have been on a collision course for some time. Each has their faithful allies and that has split the Vinaka Tribe neatly in two.
Usually in such a clash of loyalties one side eventually takes control of the game or tired of playing second fiddle, the supposed dedicated allies decide to take their fates into their own hands and the tribal kingpin(s) are deposed.
This season, it is Will Wahl who has emerged as the possible swing vote. Wavering between Zeke and David, Will has decided he wants to build his Survivor resume and make the one BIG move. Timing is everything in Survivor. Could Will be jumping the gun? Could he be setting himself up for a BIG fall instead of a BIG move? Where does his true allegiance lie? Soon all will be revealed, faithful reader.
Survivor Scoop – Week 11: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor Moments are…
Moment # 5: Ken Is Honoured By Jessica’s Gift
Moment # 4: A War Of Words At Tribal Council
Moment # 3: Ken Confronts Will
Moment # 2: Loved Ones Visit The Survivors
Moment # 1: Adam Gets An Update From His Brother
Next time on Survivor…
Reader Alert: Missed out? Watch this week’s episode now: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X – Episode 11
Warning, detailed spoilers below this line…
Survivor Scoop – Week 11 : Game Fail: Zeke Smith
He was one of the most focused and strongest players this season and he wasn’t shy about it. That is perhaps why Zeke Smith is sitting on the jury and not facing them in the final Tribal Council. Zeke never shied away from the spotlight. Everyone knew he was there to play and play hard he did. Taking up such a role has its downsides though and that is you are a clear and present danger, a transparent target.
With a civil war tearing the Vinaka Tribe apart, Zeke had no place to hide. He was the voice, the face and the brains of one of the opposing sides. It was a win or lose proposition for Zeke and Lady Luck turned her back on him in grand style at Tribal Council.
Zeke had a great natural instinct for the game of Survivor but no one is perfect and he made his fair share of mistakes. One of them was taking out one of his best friends and allies in the game, Chris. It is only fitting that it was then that Zeke’s game began to take a turn for the worse.
At the Millennials camp, Zeke saw the threat Figgy and Taylor presented and worked to get them out. Although the vote of Mari left both he and Adam disbelief, Zeke managed to stay out of the line of fine until the tribal switch occurred. Zeke formed a friendship with Chris which stayed strong at Vinaka where he formed a strong and new alliance when he told Chris, Bret and Sunday that Jay had a Hidden Immunity Idol. Zeke was thwarted in his efforts to maintain control though.
Rating: 4 / 5
An outsider to some degree, Zeke fit in well by find common ground with people, being approachable and willing to hear anyone out. His fatal flaw though may be in turning on Chris when he did and allowing himself to be the public face and leader of the opposing alliance.
Rating: 4 / 5
Always in the thick of things, Zeke was one of the clear standout stars of the season. His evolution from outsider and misfit to one of the front-runners was an amazing journey of self-discovery. Zeke had all the tools to make it to the end, he just became that figurehead which everyone knew they had to take out if they themselves had any chance of winning. He needed to be more covert but he did play hard and well.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 12.5 / 15
Survivor Scoop – Week 11: 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: Adam Klein
Playing his Idol for Hannah instead of keeping it for himself may come back to haunt him.
Silver Amateur: Ken McNickle
Playing such an emotional game is not smart for a wide variety of reasons.
Gold Amateur: Will Wahl
If he was going to target Zeke and flip on them, he should have used David to smooth deal with Ken. He bungled the entire situation just because he had something to prove.
Bronze MVP: Immunity Challenge
Gotta give it to the challenge producers, they are the best in the business. That new take on endurance was brilliant.
Silver MVP: Will Wahl
Despite flipping on and targeting Zeke, he managed to somehow make amends and duck making himself a mutual target.
Gold MVP: Justin “Jay” Starrett
He made the right calls during the Reward, he played his bond with Will well and he is not a target at present despite all of the turns in the game.
Watch: Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X – Episode 11 on GlobalTV.com/Survivor or on the Global Go app. Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 et/pt on Global.