John Powell – GlobalTV.com
The Millennials Vs. Gen-X game just got real. The Vanua, Takali and Ikabula tribes have finally all merged into one: The Vinaka Tribe. With everyone now on the same beach, old alliances have been reunited and new ones have been created.
With the tribes dissolved and individual games moving into the forefront, everyone is pondering how to make their end game a reality. Alliances made at Vanua, Takali and Ikabula offer new opportunities and that alone could erase original tribal lines and alliances.
Someone on everyone’s mind at the merger was Adam, the homeless shelter manager from San Francisco, has become Public Enemy Number One. Many on Vinaka, even his own allies, are aware of his shifty ways and are publicly making plans to send him off to the Ponderosa…but are there bigger fish to fry at present? That remains to be seen.
Survivor Scoop – Week 8: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor Moments are…
Moment # 5: Hannah Talks Revenge
Moment # 4: Taylor and Adam Scheme
Moment # 3: Probst Polls The Players At Tribal Council
Moment # 2: Amazing Immunity Challenge Performances
Moment # 1: The Tribes Merge
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Survivor Scoop – Week 8 : Game Fail: Michelle Schubert
For the first time this season, we have someone who didn’t pave the way for their own demise. Michelle Schubert is history but not because of any major misstep on her part. It was just guilt by association and the belief that she didn’t have a Hidden Immunity Idol in her possession.
Michelle was devoted and loyal to the original Millennials, which included Justin and Taylor. Her strategy and assumption that the Millennials would target the Gen Xers was reasonable.
Michelle’s only mistake was she didn’t realize with the merger that the tribal politics had shifted and the original Millennials alliance was no more. She placed her faith in the wrong people and stayed loyal to the wrong people.
Michelle really excelled at strategy and had a great mind for the game of Survivor.
At the original Millennials tribe, she is the one who stepped up and manipulated the Tribal Council vote away from Figgy and to Mari instead. She brought Jay and Will together and managed to get Figgy and Michaela to hash out their differences, which was no small feat.
At Vanua, she tried once again to sway things against David but it was CeCe who was voted out. Still, her logic was practical and understandable.
At Vinaka, Michelle’s only gaffe was not recognizing that the playing field had changed.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Nobody seemed to have an issue with Michelle at any point. She got along with everyone well, she was able to evolve her social game when things changed. She just should have made sure she had her finger on the pulse of the tribe.
Rating: 3 / 5
There were sparks of brilliance to Michelle’s game. The editing sure made it look as if she was going to be that player who dodged numerous lethal situations and to survive to maybe at least the final five. Regrettably that wasn’t the case but with her shrewd strategic ways, it would be great to see her play again sometime.
Rating: 4 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 10.5 / 15
Survivor Scoop – Week 8: 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: Will, Taylor and Jay
All three were left out of the new alliance at Vinaka and are now on the outside looking in. Taylor also gets a dishonourable mention for making all manner of poor decisions this episode.
Silver Amateur: Adam Klein
He might have escaped the axe this time but most of Vinaka is wary of his gameplay and don’t trust him.
Gold Amateur: Steal A Reward Twist
Unless the Reward is an advantage in the game, we don’t see how this twist is a benefit at all. If used it might just create bad blood.
Bronze MVP: Hannah Shapiro
Perhaps Michaela’s boot was the spark needed to push Hannah to play more aggressively as she did this episode.
Silver MVP: Zeke Smith
With his eye on the prize, he once again felt a shift and adjusted his game accordingly.
Gold MVP: Will Wahl and Jessica Lewis
Their performances at the grueling Immunity Challenge were the stuff of legend.