John Powell – GlobalTV.com
It is one of those perennial Survivor dilemmas. When do you take out the future threats to your game? Do you target them before the merger to stop any potential challenge streak or do you keep them until after the merger to make sure your tribe safe from Tribal Council for the time being? When is the right moment to strike?
On Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X last night, one alliance decided it was best to send their potential foe home immediately in what was the blindside of the season thus far. It appears their timing couldn’t have been better as next week’s promo hypes a merger of all three tribes.
What will be curious to see is whether the outnumbered Gen Xers can stay together and pull any of the Millennials to their side. With some of the Millennials expressing dissatisfaction with how things have progressed, that could be a distinct possibility.
Stay tuned, faithful viewers.
Survivor Scoop – Week 7: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor Moments are…
Moment # 5: Adam Confesses All to Taylor
Moment # 4: David and Zeke Join Forces
Moment # 3: Bret’s Real Job Debated
Moment # 2: Michaela Lays Out Her Strategy
Moment # 1: Burps. Belches Rattle Michelle
Next time on Survivor…
Reader Alert: Missed out? Watch this week’s episode now: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X – Episode 7
Warning, detailed spoilers below this line…
Survivor Scoop – Week 7 : Game Fail: Michaela Bradshaw
If she was anything, Michaela was as real as real can be. Sometimes that can be a blessing on Survivor, sometimes it can be a curse. Michaela certainly came into her own as her experienced progressed. She gained her footing and rose from a misfit to become a leader through her own determination.
The problem with that though was she became a threat to everyone, including her allies. A force to be reckoned with at the challenges was the least of her worries. Unable to bite her tongue, Michaela came off as a loose cannon and revealing her long-term strategy rattled her own allies.
Michaela outing Figgy and Taylor then arguing with Figgy in a very public way immediately rocked a boat that didn’t need to be shaken at all. If Michaela wanted to target the showmance there were more discrete ways to do so.
Catching and then confronting Jay and Will when they found the Hidden Immunity Idol was another misstep. Once again, she could have dealt with the situation in a more subtle way rather than pouncing on them and making them feel uneasy.
Coaching Vanua when she didn’t have to and not offering Takali any assistance at last week’s Immunity Challenge, might not have sat well with other players either. Once more, Michaela proved she would take matters into her own hands without any care as to what the consequences might be.
Speaking out in an honest manner whenever Jeff Probst prodded her shaped her into a wild card that could possibly have made people wary of her as a player in the game.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Michaela had her ups and her downs. Sometimes, she was a disruptive force and at times she seemed to pull people together. It appears everyone admired her honesty but it also put her on people’s radar, which is where you don’t want to be on Survivor.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Despite her gaming shortcomings, Michaela was one of the true stars of the season. It was fantastic to watch a reluctant Survivor grow into a powerful force. It may have been bad for her game but all of her outbursts made for some good drama. Her true Survivor story was cut short. She deserves another shot.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 10.5 / 15
Survivor Scoop – Week 7: 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
His talk with Taylor may have done more bad than good. Admitting that he sunk Taylor’s game face to face was not the way to handle the situation. He should have deflected the blame better.
Silver Amateur: Bret LaBelle and Sunday Burquest
They threw the towel in and were just going to vote each other out? What about exploiting cracks in the Millennials’ alliance? What about fighting to the very end? A very disappointing week for these two.
Gold Amateur: Michaela Bradshaw
Made herself a threat and a target in various ways.
Bronze MVP: Jessica Lewis
Keeping her options open with Taylor and not writing him off could benefit her and Ken’s game in the long run, especially with the merger on the horizon.
Silver MVP: Ken McNickle
Week after week he is proving to be a true competitor. He could be this year’s dark horse.
Gold MVP: Justin “Jay” Starrett and Will Wahl
Their timing was impeccable. Whether it was the shady way Michaela caught them finding the Idol that tipped the scale or not, they successfully took out a future threat.