Survivor Insights 44: First Blindside in Aiga

The remaining twelve called themselves “Aiga.” According to Brett, this a Samoan term for extended family and hahaha, as I was reading the blog of Jeff Probst, this is what he said;

“Extended family? Gimme a break. (Truth be told, Brett probably really means it and Brett is the kind of guy that outside of the game you’d be friends with, your families would dig each other, and you’d end up having a lifelong friendship. But this is in the game and that’s a different story.)”

“Plus, think about it, Brett had to research that name before he even left America, which is downright irritating. Not sure why it’s irritating, but it is. Maybe it’s because Brett is so likable.”

No need for me to doubt, Brett reminds me of JT of this season. He was a “nice guy high” on camp. Almost everyone liked to be his friend and like JT, Brett was playing an “under-the-radar” game to his advantage. Unluckily, the game was really on when he broke the boys’ alliance.

Russel’s Dominance Came to an End

This was the first time I saw Russel H was out of his comfort zone. His social game was slowly disappearing. You could clearly see in his poker face that he was already scared for his life and whoa, he played his hidden immunity idol during the Tribal Council.

I am not sure if playing the hidden idol was a good shot for Russel. I could not read what’s exactly on his mind that time but I was sure, Russel could not anymore control his paranoia and that alone, he was forced to play the idol.

I am not sure what will happen to Russel but here’s my take, the next episode will be intense, just like this merged episode, and honestly, I like Russel to stay but the road to survival will be very difficult. Perhaps, Russel needs to turn the heat down and be submissive (just for the meantime) with the numbers.

“Who’s Erik, Our Erik?!”

These were the words of Shambo upon the shakeup in Aiga’s camp. Brett and Dave were threatened by Erik’s aggression. Erik was gunning for Monica and just by watching it, I was confused. Why Erik (the season’s proud womanizer who held two degrees, Psychology and Sociology) wanted Monica out when that plan could wait? Call me bias but my decision remains the same. Erik and Monica were one of my first impression bets and if it’ll come to a point they need to get rid with each other, that could have happened in the final episode. Who knows? This season could be Aras-Danielle (season 12) all over again.

But it was too late.

Erik’s plans backfired at him. He was again a victim of blindside and became the first member of the jury. It’s disappointing he did not play the hidden immunity idol before the votes were announced.

Plain and simple folks: Erik was one of the physical threats of this season, sadly, he ended his game off. His outspoken attitude devoured him. His confidence already became a danger to his alliance and Dave could not do anything but forced to break it.

As what Erik said in his Reality News Interview, Survivor is “one of those crazy games of opposites where you become weaker but you become stronger. You see the most disgusting side of human beings but you also see the most beautiful part of human beings when they become raw and real. Even if it goes against you, it’s still beautiful. Sometimes we make mistakes but sometimes we make great decisions that are very human spirited.”

Erik at Ponderosa

Erik the day after

Who are the Wildcards and the Dark Horses?

Two Galu members won this week’s immunity challenge.

John did not waste time. His focus was unbreakable and boom, hit the ball with a bat and scored 5. In women’s side, Laura wowed everyone. She hit the ball with great power and zoom, she scored 4.

This was the great thing about female-after-male Immunity Challenge. It was an open ground for Laura to win. Her chances were high. For John, he might have a hard time defeating the other alpha males but still, his chances were not slim. John could dominate.

I opened this post by saying Brett’s playing style reminded me of JT’s. His charismatic demeanor can probably help him go farther with a best friend along the way.

The only question is, if Brett is JT, who’s Stephen? It’s hard to pick who’s the Stephen of this season. Stephen was all-brains and perhaps, Dave can handle to be in that position.

I don’t know with the Foa Foa three (Mick, Jaison and Natalie). They were totally the underdogs in this episode and only Russel was making a huge effort to advance. But seems like, Russel’s playing style somehow reminded me of Randy in Gabon. Russel’s sharp understanding of the game can either yield errors or winners for him. No matter what, Russel still needs the help of the three to survive.

Let’s put that Natalie was responsible for Erik’s cut. Okay, that type of social strategy works. Everyone in Galu believed her but I am not sure if that strategy would be for long-term or just for now.

With respect to Monica’s game, inactiveness was not an answer. She needed to weigh things at the right corners and breeze through. She was a beautiful woman and yeah, I am excited to see if she uses it and flirt her way to survival.

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