Game Fail: Why Shirin Oskooi Lost Survivor
By John Powell – GlobalTV
She came in like a lion and went out like one too. Love her or hate her, you will never forget her. For good or bad, Shirin left an indelible mark on Survivor.
An unapologetic super fan who wore her love of the series and the game on her sleeve, Shirin oftentimes went overboard with her irrepressible enthusiasm, so much so that it irreversibly ruined her social game.
For some fans though that awkwardness, passion and unruliness was all part of her charm as even detractors had to admit she was a fascinating character to see evolve week after week.
All of that studying and all of that fandom sure paid off for Shirin. A student of the game who laid low strategically during the first phase, Shirin later showed that she came to play the game of Survivor.
At the White Collar Tribe, Shirin challenged So and Joaquin for lying about the critical decision they had to make right out of the gate, thus taking the heat off herself at Tribal. Later, she tried to smooth things over with Joaquin but couldn’t regain his trust after calling him out.
When the tribes were switched up, Shirin went into overdrive but lost any momentum she had when Carolyn bailed on the alliance with Shirin and Max.
At the merged tribe, Shirin had more room to maneuver when she made new allies with the former No Collar Alliance and helped get rid of Kelly. To better her situation, she tried to rally the women against Dan but that plan fell through even though she solidly confronted him at Tribal Council.
Shirin switched gears and continued to work on Dan but it was to no avail.
With her allies disappearing and Mike winning Immunity, Shirin pitched herself as the perfect goat to take to the finals as nobody will vote for her back at camp and again at Tribal Council.
It has to be appreciated that even with her back against the wall, she did not go down without a fight during her stay on the island. She was always working new angles and people.
Rating: 4 / 5
A polarizing personality at times, Shirin’s social game was one of the worst ever played on Survivor. Not very self-aware, Shirin constantly irritated everyone around her. Whether it was being naked at camp, commenting on Howler Monkey sex or just being an overall nuisance, Shirin quickly become a pariah.
Shirin’s conduct affected her ability to form alliances and almost got her voted out. To her credit, she attempted to change her behaviour and integrate herself better but the damage was already done.
Rating: 1 / 5
A kooky oddball, Shirin’s antics livened this season up and her personal story added a lot of real emotion as well.
Shirin stirred things up, ruffled feathers and called people out publicly. She tried to create a women’s alliance, she tried to exploit and create cracks in the core alliance.
Even if you were not a Shirin fan, she created drama and made for some intriguing television.
Rating: 10 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 15 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 10
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
His secret is out and he is not seen as a team player. His stock in the game is slowly but surely dropping. Tyler has promised to move against him before the final six.
Silver Amateur: Tyler Fredrickson
He may have gained some leverage against Dan but after that Tribal Council, he has to know he is a huge target once Mike is dealt with.
Gold Amateur: Shirin Oskooi
She played an atrocious social game. It was so bad she never recovered from it.
Bronze MVP: The Immunity twist
Offering male and female Immunity during a challenge all about strength was fair for everyone involved.
Silver MVP: Shirin Oskooi
Although her social game was utter crap, she tried everything she could, every argument, every strategy to stay. She may be on the jury but when it came to strategy, she played a great game.
Gold MVP: Mike Holloway
Not only did he win individual Immunity for a second time in a row but his clever and brilliant use of the Hidden Immunity Idol made for one of the greatest Tribal Councils in the history of Survivor.