Survivor shakes up the tribes for results both fun and predictable

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Previously, Figgy & Taylor are in wuv, and Dave saved an unsuspecting Jessica with his idol to send Lucy home.

So we had a big change up this week, with some interesting segments throughout. The breakdown was like this:

Tribal fallout which was illuminating, then the tribe mix-up which was interesting, then the post mix-up rebalancing which was fascinating, then the challenge which was decent enough, and then the lead up to Tribal Council which was a whirlwind of bad and good moves.

Who had the worst episode for each tribe? The new Takali tribe has couple Figgy & Taylor, Adam, Ken, and Jessica. That’s immediately the most interesting new tribe, because Adam doesn’t trust the couple, Taylor is naive about the numbers, Figgy has surprising intelligence about not showing off their relationship, and the pair of Jessica and Ken stay together.

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The episode started with those two together, Jessica apologizing for doubting them, and Ken emotionally reconnecting to her. Where’s David in this, the guy who actually gave up his idol? I dunno. But Ken also connected well with Adam, leading to a great set of potential interactions. Adam is in a great position, but Ken did pretty good too, killing it at the challenge and with connections to David, Jessica, and now Adam. Taylor was the clear loser, but only on his tribe.

He lost the immediate connection of Jay and Michelle, but otherwise he’s still sitting pretty.

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On the new Ikabula tribe, the tribe managed to gain strength through adversity. Will had a nothing episode, and Hannah a middling one. Will in general has had almost nothing so far this season. Bret and Sunday got some dodo music and Sunday in particular didn’t do well at the challenge. Jay had some hero moments, and despite a few setbacks like giving up, he came off well. Michaela had the best showing, because she started as furious at Jeff Probst, was then exhausted, managed to make fire, and scored the winning baskets for immunity.

That’s a great arc. Michaela is looking really good right now, but you can’t trust the show to tell you anything for sure. I do wonder if Will or Sunday will ever get anything interesting to do.

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Finally on the new Vanua, what a delightful trainwreck. CeCe was obviously the worst player, considering she was voted out after a terrible few challenge performances, but what about the others? Michelle seemed decent enough, but she made a few odd calls, like trying to push the vote on David. That’s not a great choice, because she didn’t read CeCe or the situation well. There’s still room to do well, but not a great showing for her this week.

Chris did well by connecting with Zeke, yet did he make the right move by targeting CeCe? She probably was still an ally, while Michelle (the outsider) was unlikely to stay loyal with him. David has already shown himself to be untrustworthy, yet he seems like he might be a number. A dangerous assumption, as David is unpredictable. He was talking about playing an idol for CeCe! That’s just a bad move, it’s good he didn’t do that. Michelle may have been targeting him, but better to know that and keep the idol and the numbers.

Zeke though, he did the best. He went from the bottom (like Adam) and ended up with a pretty good new connection. So Micheala, Adam, Zeke, all Millennials, did the best this time around. But the writing on the wall was there for CeCe. Honestly, she’s never had a good episode, but there are still plenty of characters left. Overall it was a fun episode, if not the best sort of twist; it’s still enjoyable to see the new tribe dynamics. Maybe next time Will and Sunday will get a few lines.

Next time on Survivor, Figgy gives up the ghost, people literally spin and medical is called.

Survivor: The Day After

– CeCe reflects on her time in the game after she exits SURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS GEN-X

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