John Powell – GlobalTV.com
There are some things you just don’t do on Survivor. You don’t wash your clothes in the drinking water. You don’t lose the flint or the fishing gear. You don’t deliberately sabotage the camp. And you most definitely don’t hoard or steal food. As strange as it may seem, that really, really angers starving people who have been eating nothing but tree bark and sand.
On the outside looking in after last week’s vote, Taylor Lee Stocker, Justin “Jay” Starrett and Will Wahl were already an endangered species but Taylor’s insistence on pilfering food and sharing it with Jay made a terrible situation that much worse.
Although they are vastly outnumbered, as Chris admitted and we have seen ourselves, there are definite cracks in the core Vinaka Alliance. Nobody trusts Adam. Sunday wants to get out Jessica before she targets her. Hannah is brimming with an influx of confidence and wants to make big moves. Chris is surveying the landscape very carefully.
With so many people seemingly off in different directions it will be curious to see whose paths and interests intersect and who is left swaying in the wind.
Survivor Scoop – Week 9: Top Moments
This week’s Top Survivor Moments are…
Moment # 5: Adam Is Confronted After Tribal Council
Moment # 4: Hannah Is Ready To Play
Moment # 3: Winners Share A Feast
Moment # 2: A Heated Tribal Council Debate
Moment # 1: Jay and Taylor’s Last Supper?
Reader Alert: Missed out? Catch up on this week’s episode now: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X episode 9: “Still Throwin’ Punches”
Warning, detailed spoilers below this line…
Survivor Scoop – Week 9 : Game Fail: Taylor Lee Stocker
Bummer, dude. Taylor. Taylor. Taylor. Where does one even begin? His Survivor game was…interesting to say the very least. Without someone like Figgy or Jay to steer him right, he seemed like a small child let loose in an immense toy store. No direction. No focus. No purpose. He just bounced around, hung out, did his own thing while others were playing a game all around him.
What a mess from start to finish. He became part of a showmance and didn’t care if anyone knew thus putting a target on his and Figgy’s heads right from the start and throughout their time in the game.
Even when he was betrayed by Adam, Taylor continued to hear him out and place some trust in him to some degree.
Although he was in a precarious position, he elected to steal food and eat it. The thing is, his night-time thievery was noticed by a number of people at camp.
He let his need to avenge Figgy’s departure cloud his judgement and guide his strategy.
Rating: 1 / 5
People liked Taylor but they didn’t really trust him, nor did they see him as any kind of strategic threat. People underestimated him and he could have used that to his advantage but he was too busy eating soggy pretzels and pining for Figgy.
He was so infatuated with Figgy that he had to be warned by her to tone it down as others were beginning to see them for the threat they were.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Taylor and his carefree, relaxed attitude grew curiouser and curiouser each and every week. In a cutthroat game where things come down to a battle of wills and determination, he was happy to just blissfully sail along and eat dried peaches.
Rating: 3 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 6.5 / 15
Survivor Scoop – Week 9: 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 Wahl
Dumping a chance to win Immunity to eat? I thought he was a fan and a competitor? He should know better. Poor Will, though. The legal drinking age in Fiji is 18.
Silver Amateur: Adam Klein
The target on Adam grows bigger with each passing week. Why did he not share his special advantage to begin with and say, he won’t ever use it?
Gold Amateur: Taylor Lee Stocker
A total and utter ball of confusion from beginning to end.
Bronze MVP: Sit-Out Challenge Choice
A shame it didn’t have more impact on that episode but anything to reveal the pecking order is always great for drama.
Silver MVP: Hannah Shapiro
She is slowly but surely coming into her own. Could she be another Kristie Bennett in the making?
Gold MVP: Sunday Burquest
Finally, Sunday is taking her fate into her own hands and was smart to back-off targeting Jessica for now.
Watch: Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X episode 9: “Still Throwin’ Punches” on GlobalTV.com or on the free Global Go app for iOS and Android. Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 et/pt on Global.