1) The Hero vs The Villain: So it’s Matt! The man is-shall-would be always remembered for defeating the most strategic villain (Russel Hantz) in a SURVIVOR duel. This was a first in history and nobody had such accomplishment except for him, right?
If Matt wins the next duel, it won’t be a surprise. It’s kinda expected. Matt is too powerful for Kristina. He’s young and athletic. He got the momentum, his level of confidence is higher and he’s ready to win it all. We saw him compete twice and we saw how good he was in controlling his nerves when he needed to.
It will be interesting to see if Kristina pulls an upset. Matt is already a big favorite and many people will hate it should he lose but come on, Kristina deserves a chance. Let’s see what she got.
2) Russel’s Gone, Ralph’s in Trouble: If not for Ralph’s huge ego, it would have been a very quiet exit for Russel. It won’t do any good in his game by revealing to everyone he got the idol. Russel was already on his way out the Island, he’s embarrassed, he’s saying farewell for good and whether or not he bought Ralph’s bluffing or not, Ralph still lose his cool. The damage has been done and there’s no way of bringing it back.
3) The Immunity Challenge: Ometepe did their part. They wanted to win but just came a little short against Zapatera. Zapatera came together as a team and it’s clear that Ralph acted as the leader. However, no one heavily relied on him. Truth is; two other members brought their A+ game. One in particular was Mike. He showed how skilled and quick he was in sawing the wall. The other one would be Stephanie. She stayed calm getting through the knots during a tight showdown against Ashley.
4) Episode Rating: Apart from Russel’s breakable departure and Boston Rob’s intense search-and-found for the hidden idol, other events were predictable. The Tribal Council did not make an impact at all. It was not difficult to let go of Kristina. I knew it was coming and that was completely an easy vote. Kristina needed to go just because Rob disliked her. Phillip, as annoying as he is, needed to stay. His vote was still needed. Therefore, this episode was just a seven of ten stars.
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