Game Fail: Why Dan Foley, Lost Survivor
By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
As every fan of the rascally wall-crawler knows…With great power comes great responsibility. As every fan of Survivor knows…With great power comes the chance you might have your torched snuffed by Jeff Probst.
Dan Foley viewed himself as the second coming of Richard Hatch but what he soon discovered was a secret power is sometimes more trouble than it is worth. $480 bought him a world of hurt at the Survivor auction as his special power of having two votes at a future Tribal Council made him the biggest target in the game.
It is not as if he had much of a chance with the jury any way. Dan’s social game left something to be desired as most did not appreciate his arrogant nature.
Dan was a thinker, of that there is no doubt but his people skills were never up to snuff so his strategies often fell flat. In just explaining to Sierra why he voted Lindsey out, Dan made her an enemy for the rest of his days on the island. The way he choose to apologize to Sierra later on only stoked the fire of discontent.
Dan led the charge against Joaquin at Escameca and managed to break up his partnership with Rodney. Later, he tried to form an alliance with Shirin but his poor social game had already ruined that relationship.
After winning the power, Dan proceeded to keep the details to himself. If he had shared the knowledge with a select few, like Carolyn and others, one wonders how the dynamic might have changed.
Numerous times throughout the game, Mike tried to realign with Dan but Dan rebuked any such notion despite Mike’s continued success.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Dan’s social game was just as bad as Shirin’s. It was so bad the women in his own alliance seriously considered turning against him.
Seen as pompous and egotistical, Dan’s social game began to tank when he bitterly complained about how the shelter was being constructed at the Blue Collar camp. It was all downhill from there.
Losing his underwear and his attempts at humour fell flat with his fellow tribemates. He was seen as more irritating than humourous especially when he insulted Rodney’s mother.
Dan handled his relationship with Sierra really poorly. She never fully trusted him ever again after their blowout and didn’t take his subsequent apologies to heart. The situation replayed itself with Shirin who could not forgive his insensitive comments. Both women would later team up to try and sway the other women to vote him out for his behaviour.
Dan even turned on his closest ally in the game, Mike. The two were inseparable for the majority of the game until Mike made the decision he made at the Survivor Auction. Dan could never move on from that and the choice to abandon Mike is partly why he was voted out.
Rating: 1 / 5
You can’t have heroes without villains and Dan filled that role well only he wasn’t the type of villain you could really cheer for.
His condescending comments to many of the female players, his disingenuous apologies and his assertion that being adopted was on par with being raised in an abusive environment did not sit well with most viewers. While being an adopted child certainly comes with its own unique hardships those difficulties cannot possibly compare to surviving a life of violence.
While some villain’s mischievous ways irk and delight viewers at the same time, Dan was certainly not that type of baddie.
Rating: 4 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 7.5 / 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: Sierra Dawn Thomas
Why in the world would you attempt to vote out one of your closest allies in Carolyn and keep Dan, a person you cannot trust? Sierra blew that vote.
Silver Amateur: Rodney Lavoie Jr.
Complain. Complain. Complain. Rodney’s continuing self-entitlement is even driving his own allies crazy.
Gold Amateur: Dan Foley
He was offered a lifeline by Mike over and over and he refused to accept his olive branch. If he put his ego aside, he might still be in the game.
Bronze MVP: Dan Foley
Placating the others with some food and encouragement after they lost the Reward Challenge may have solidified some votes at Tribal Council.
Silver MVP: Carolyn Rivera
The key to having a special power is playing it at the right time and Carolyn did just that. Her decision to side with Mike might, especially if she can pull Sierra back in, propel her to the jury vote.
Gold MVP: Mike Holloway
Dude is on a roll. He won Immunity again when he needed it the most and even though he was safe, he worked some positive strategies with Dan, Carolyn and Sierra. He is the hardest working Survivor this season.