Game Fail: Why So Kim Lost Survivor
John Powell – GlobalTV.com
Dishonesty. Insincerity. No matter how honest you want to be, sooner or later, you have to lie in Survivor just to make it through one more day or one more vote. Whether it is lying about who you are REALLY voting for, if you have the Hidden Immunity Idol or who you are aligned with, being false is a part of the game.
But, to pull the wool over the eyes of your entire tribe right out of the gate? That is just foolhardy, to say the very least.
Like so many before her, So dug her own grave on the island. She could have, and should have, put her tribe’s best interest before her own but she elected to play the villain. That one unnecessarily risky move turned everyone except her co-conspirator, Joaquin, against her. Although always important, trust is even more critical at the beginning and end of the game. With the tribe mates knowing so little about one another, So assassinated her own character, proving to be her own worst enemy.
Betraying her allies on Day One and then doing such a feeble job of covering it up, was what doomed So. Without a leg to stand on, she couldn’t rally the numbers to adequately defend her position.
Already on thin ice, there was little So could do to resurrect her character. When she attempted to turn the tables and damage Carolyn’s, that didn’t work either. Performing well at the Challenge wasn’t enough to convince anyone to keep her around or vote Carolyn out.
Rating: 1 / 5
Seen as totally untrustworthy, she couldn’t pull anyone to her side. Everyone saw through her lies and when she brazenly searched for the Hidden Immunity it only proved to the rest of the tribe that at the very outset, she was putting herself before the tribe. That would not bode well for the near future when teamwork and loyalty are the keys to avoiding Tribal Council and surviving as a tribe.
Rating: 1 / 5
So had the potential of being a strong player and perhaps an interesting character but her overzealous strategy slammed on the brakes before her story could ever get up to speed. So much potential. So much promise. So many mistakes.
Rating: 6 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 8 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 12
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: Dan Foley
Being bossy and annoying won’t win anyone over.
Silver Amateur: Vince Sly, Joaquin Souberbielle
Vince being so paranoid early on and publicly sparring with Joe over the leadership of the tribe has damaged his status. Like So, Joaquin has eroded the trust he may have had with his tribe.
Gold Amateur: So Kim
She never recovered from her very first misstep.
Bronze MVP: Jenn Brown
She played the situation with Vince and Joe very well and came out of it without any enemies.
Silver MVP: Joe Anglim
Achieving fire for his tribe and leading them through the Immunity Challenge demonstrated what a valuable asset he is so far.
Gold MVP: Carolyn Rivera
She successfully sussed out So and Joaquin, beat them to the Hidden Immunity Idol and won the support of the tribe heading into Tribal Council where she strongly defended herself.