Game Fail: Why Kelly Remington Lost Survivor
By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
It is a long trip to the bottom once you have been at the top. Kelly Remington suffered that bumpy ride, in more ways than one, on Survivor.
At the new Escameca Tribe, everyone was courting Kelly’s vote as she seemed to be the swing player. Eventually siding with the dominant alliance and following Carolyn’s lead, Kelly managed to remain afloat. With her Blue Collar pal Mike throwing a tribal Immunity Challenge to her, Kelly once again avoided the chopping block.
Once the tribes merged, however, Kelly was the first victim of a tribal civil war which saw the No Collar and Blue Collar Alliances vying for the votes of the remaining White Collars: Tyler and Carolyn.
Although Tyler, Carolyn and Will sided with the Blue Collars during the actual vote, Jenn playing the Hidden Immunity Idol nullified their votes sending Kelly home, through no fault of her own.
The vote highlighted Kelly’s major game flaw . Instead of taking destiny into her own hands, she played follow the leader at the whim of other people’s decisions throughout the series. It is was almost fated that she would leave as she did, due to someone’s power play, not her own.
While we witnessed some of Kelly’s maneuverings during the first phase of the game when there were three tribes, her prominence kinda dropped off as the episodes ticked by. She aligned with the others against Lindsey, Kelly at the Blue Collar tribe and at the new Escameca she was considered the swing vote but once Carolyn dumped Shirin and Max, she too flew the coop too.
While those choices were wise ones and helped her stay aligned with the power brokers, those moves also proved her untrustworthy to the No Collars who targeted her at the first Merica Tribal Council.
Rating: 3 / 5
Not a bad chameleon. Not bad at all. She deserves full marks for being able to go with the flow and adapt to the tribal politics she was presented with.
She gained the respect of even her rivals when she suffered that awful injury and soldiered on without missing a beat.
Her bond, partnership with Mike was so strong, he threw a challenge to keep her safe.
For one of the “older” players, Kelly fit in, adjusted well and proved she had as much fight, confidence and drive as anyone this season.
Rating: 4 / 5
Even though she will always be remembered for that devastating hit she took, Kelly meant much more than that to this season. She was a central player in the grand scheme of things, always in the middle of the action and her boot was a surprising loss.
Her exit was an unfortunate set of circumstances brought on by the decisions she made to keep herself alive in the game not by any mistake or blunder on her part. She played well, was featured well, she was just a victim of circumstance.
Rating: 7 / 10
Final Castaway Rating: 14 / 20
Powell’s Picks: Episode 6
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 Sims II
Siding with Rodney and then voting how Mike wanted him too may end up coming back to haunt him unless he can better his position. Even if he does become a part of the core alliance, they may not trust him and he is at the bottom of that totem pole. Will might have been better off convincing others to form a new alliance or join with the No Collars.
Silver Amateur: Jenn Brown, Hali Ford
Celebrating publicly at Tribal Council may have made enemies of what could have been allies in the future. Not good gameplay at all.
Gold Amateur: Kelly Remington
She should have had control of her own destiny more instead of relying on others.
Bronze MVP: Mike Holloway
Mike has certainly been tirelessly toiling in the trenches for the Blue Collar Alliance. Sorting things out with Rodney and Tyler were smooth, clever moves.
Silver MVP: Tyler Fredrickson, Carolyn Rivera
They took full advantage of their swing vote status and moved themselves forward in the game. At least they have bought some time to perhaps gather more allies and secure their secret alliance.
Gold MVP: Jenn Brown
If she didn’t gamble and use the Hidden Immunity Idol, she would have been toast. The numbers and odds may not be in her favour but at least she has the chance to fight another day and possibly change things up.