Survivor sets up some drama that is bound to soon explode

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Previously, Sunday and Bret were in the minority, Figgy and Taylor tried to hide, Adam was a swing vote, and CeCe went home despite Gen-X having the numbers.

The three tribes had a sort of resettling into their new roles. On mighty Ikabula, Michaela continues to play a “willful but smart” game. And much related to Jay. When I saw Jay cry, I thought that might be a bad sign or a good one. We’ve seen Adam cry when he found his idol, though, so no way to be sure. Will still has little going on, although at least we saw him seemingly quite strong with Jay.

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Jay is a bit of a challenge beast, and is savvier than many other of his ilk, like Joe or Ozzy. But his spot was blown up by Michaela, who seemed to just happen to find them at just the right moment. At the Immunity Challenge, she alone had the winning strategy, and yes, she yelled at Hannah, but she was right. So I guess Bret may be right when he whispered, “you can do anything.” What’s up with those two? Mysterious but perhaps it bodes well for Michaela.

Hannah had a mixed episode, because although we got some good confessionals from her, she did look hapless and weak. Could be setting her up for a triumphant come from behind victory, but I dunno about that. Her brief medical episode was not given much screen time, which I appreciated, because it didn’t need much. Bret was also there to support Hannah, which again, interesting.

Perhaps that’ll be how he ends up this season, as a key supporter.

Oh, and Sunday was again not much, she really only was a sounding board for Hannah.

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On Vanua, the smaller tribe is pretty strong, and even “classic David” didn’t do so bad in the challenges. Plus he still has an idol, which is another mark in his favor. Michelle did well in recovering from Figgy’s outburst of love for her (which was negative for her as I’ll get to), although her canniness is noticed by Zeke. That guy is probably in an even better position than most, because he is close to Chris and therefore David.

Michelle became a target sort of unfairly because of Figgy’s mistake, but hey, that’s sort of how Mari lost back in episode two.

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As for losers Takali, who lost both challenges, it’s a mixed bag of mixed bags.

I always love those blindfold challenges, with plenty of hard hits and people just not hearing instructions right. This was similarly fun. The immunity challenge worked well to keep the tension strong between the tribes, and it showed off Michaela’s strategy, which is “cleverness and naiveté.” She had a great reason to help Zeke and Michele, yet she told everyone about this reason. Could make her a target.

I like the swing vote scenarios, because they lead to drama. The drama wasn’t this episode, because the fallout hasn’t happened yet. If Adam had voted out Ken, that would’ve led to him being underestimated by Taylor, but perhaps targeted by Jessica. He instead voted out Figgy, the smarter of the couple, although she’s made her own mistakes.

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She didn’t really ensure Adam was on their side, she just assumed it. And her mistakes at the challenge and past performance made her an easier target. But Taylor seems a bit crazy to me, sort of like Abi-Maria. I don’t think it was the wrong move for Adam, but it all depends on how he manages the fallout.

Jeff Probst managed to have a moment of stupidity with his suggestion of marriage, but it was a funny moment of stupidity at least. Overall it’s a decent episode, but a lot seems like prelude to real drama. A lot of interesting characters this season, so I’m hoping for some more interesting gamesmanship soon.

Next time, Taylor seeks vengeance and David and Zeke connect. Or do they?

Survivor: The Day After

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

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