Survivor Insights 57: Survivor Heroes vs Villains- Everybody Needs JT

Russel Finds Hidden Immunity

Once again, Villains won back-to-back challenges. GREAT! That means one thing, there’s more time given to Russel to cement his alliance with Parvati and Coach. What I could not understand until now is, why Russel was still targeting Boston Rob? Was Russel really that scared of him? Or was it purely a strategic move because he knew Boston Rob can cut his throat immediately once they make the merge?

Rob against Russel; Rob vs Russel— may the better strategist wins. I have nothing to dislike about these two. They’re both have sharp understanding of the game and there’s certainly a blizzard of interesting arguments once these two clash at the Tribal Council.

Everybody Needs JT

On the Heroes tribe, JT was the one to beat. JT was all over the angles of planning and scheming. I don’t call it the dumbest vote to oust Tom. Tom was a big threat from the start. He found the hidden idol last week, played it and now, he was again vulnerable. It’s simply the right time for Amanda, Rupert, James, Candice and JT to vote him out.

What worried me most was the impact this strategy it can have on JT. What’s really in JT that everyone needs him now? Last week, JT joined forces with Colby and Tom to blinside Cirie, who was the puppetmaster of the tribe. Two big kudos for JT for that certain decision. This episode, we saw the JT crawling on the other side of the line.

I know they only use one another for the numbers and it’s a scene to see the “flexibility” in JT and was playing the social game as it should be. Just hoping those two towering hills (One led by Colby and the other by Amanda) will not collapse on JT who was standing right in the middle. If that happens, his power to cross bridges is completely vanished.

Ousting Tom was a give away. The fans saw it coming and this vote may make or break them in the next challenges considering James is injured.

Episode 5: Immunity Challenge

Another unbelievable victory for the Villians without the help of Tyson and Danielle. Heroes was in a big lead but they once again blew it. I wonder what were they thinking when it comes to joining those solid blocks together.

Next week on… SURVIVOR

Jeff Probst blogs,

“Due to the NCAA college basketball tournament, SURVIVOR WILL NOT BE ON NEXT WEEK!”

NEW Episode of Survivor HvV will air on Wednesday, March 24 after that, it’s back on regular time slot starting April.

Survivor Insights 56: Survivor Heroes vs Villains- The First Blindside

It made me sad to see Cirie go. Cirie is one of the great puppetmaster to play SURVIVOR and it’s hard to imagine she will no longer be a part of the jury of what I’ll consider “The Best Survivor Season to Date.”

JT made the strongest move to vote out Cirie. He knew he was Cirie’s target and before all things fall for him, JT made a big step forward the game and sided with Tom and Colby. At last, JT made it without Stephen on his side. He made this call on his own. This was somewhat a risky call considering Tom and Colby are stronger than him in terms of strength.

Yet, never belittle JT. JT was the Immunity King back in Season 18 and who knows, JT plays a great social game this season, be in power cards and will cruise through the jury.

The problem with Cirie was: she did not orchestrate a system for her survival. Her focus was on Tom and Colby and in a nutshell, going against the alpha males was, sometimes, not enough.

This Week’s Reward Challenge: Slip, Slide and Score

Parvati sat out for the Villains and to my delight, I saw Courtney in the competition. Courtney never participated in  the two consecutive Reward/Immunity Challenges.

What happen to Courtney? She was all skin-and-bones. Seeing her on the roll reminded me of Ken back in Gabon. These two were truly ‘hardgainers’ but they never give up (unlike Coach). Courtney loss to Candice but that’s fine, Villains still won because of Tyson.

Tyson upset Colby and that’s all that matters. Coach outplayed Colby during the first reward episode and now, it’s Tyson’s turn. Boston Rob could not just escape Colby’s aggression in episode three but no worries, there’s more to come. I look forward to seeing the ‘fire’ in Villains outlaying Colby, LOL.

This Week’s Immunity Challenge: Roll with it

At last, the challenge that’s never been completed in the past was back. And guess who won?

Of course, it’s the Villains. It’s really a neck-in-neck fight between the two tribes. The Heroes played well. They were so close at winning. Yet, at the last minute of the game, Boston Rob handled the game better than Tom and yeah, they rock. Villains escaped the Tribal Council.

Hidden Immunity

The next episode will be an exciting one for sure. With the hidden immunity out in the play and Tom already used it during the Tribal Council, who can have it on the Villains?

Russel was not thinking right when he discovered the clue. It was already in his hands and all he needed to do was keep it. That’s frustrating to see Mr. Hantz!

Should the Villains loss Immunity, Russel will be officially on the chopping board in the next episode.

I hope I’m wrong.