Survivor Insights 125: Kim Rules One World!

Episode 8: Reasons why I dislike this episode (on a strategic point of view)

1) I could not understand why Kim needed to create a story to oust Michael (similar to what Sandra did to Coach in Heroes vs. Villains) when she could use him to blindside Troyzan and Jay. She could have reread the situation and could have realized that in any type of challenges, Troyzan and Jay were the bigger threats – not Michael.

2) Strategically, eliminating Michael simply means Kim did a mistake that she could regret later. It seemed she took the risks but it was still unclear if it’s still worth it or not.

3) Michael was a clear pick. He has no solid alliance with anyone. It means Kim’s alliance could either use him to their advantage or let him go. Not a lucky night for Michael, Kim’s alliance chose the latter for they chose to stick with Jay and Troyzan, or probably, just a guess – they thought Michael could put himself in a safer position should he stayed longer.

Episode Rating: 6 of 10 stars!

Episode 9: Reasons why this episode was a non-forgettable one

1) “I hate to be that person but I love money,” For the first time in nine episodes, I saw the strategic side of Chelsea. She was starting to go outside her comfort zone and be the next sole survivor. First, she made a smart negotiation with Leif only to win the Immunity Challenge. Second, she also voted against Troyzan sending a message that you’re now on your own.

What will she do next? Blindside one of her girls?

2) Alicia was playing smart too. The moment the two tribes were switched, I hated Alicia for completely submitting herself to Colton. She could do better than siding with someone only to save her skin. Luckily, for this episode, she was back on board. It looked like she’s playing the game the way I wanted her to play. If Alicia could not be competitive in challenges, she could still play mind games. I like what she told Chelsea, reminding her, “This is the part of the game where you need to take your heart out of the game and put your brain in the game. ( – Tom Santilli)”

With that said, Alicia did not only prepare herself for the “bloody” back-stabbing later on but she also changed the way Chelsea should approach the game.

3) Kim was nearly blindsided by Troyzan. The only reason why she survived the vote was her ability to remain calm even when things went shaky. Jay was also helpful of her survival. If not for Jay, Kim was already in Ponderosa and was the third jury member. But because of Jay’s wrong decision, Kim was still in control of her game and only received a vote against her.

Episode Rating: This episode showed how vulnerable Kim can be without her alliance. Even with a hidden immunity, her alliance was still the big reason why she was saved. The hidden immunity can be played once – it’s only an extra protection. With a solid alliance behind your back, anyone can cross bridges of demise. 10 of 10 stars!

Photo courtesy of: CBS

3 thoughts on “Survivor Insights 125: Kim Rules One World!

  1. I don’t think Kim could have got Michael to vote against Jay or Trorzan. She used Tryozans hatred of Michael (why he hates him remains to be seen) to get rid of one of the guys. This was a smart decision. Michael thought he was in an alliance with Kim, Chelsea, Troy and Jay. He was until Tory started to hate him.

    Chelsea negotiating with Leif to get the immunity really makes no difference to the game. If Leif wins the same result happens. Alicia is just along for the ride right now. If Kim wanted her gone this past episode she would have been gone.

    Jay is a complete idiot. It was funny how him and Troyzan completely switched on their stance. At first Jay was uneasy about an all girl alliance. Once he got past it, then Troy started feeling uneasy. This is why Troy is good at the game, he realized the little things and Jay couldn’t. I couldn’t believe Jay actually went against Troy and told everyone about the idol. Not only that why did Jay think he can win against Kim!? The only two people he couldn’t beat were Troy and Kim.

    If the players in this game were smart (which they aren’t) there should be a big shake up. Christina, Tarzan, and Leif should all realize the finals aren’t going to happen the way they’re playing. Troy needs to make them realize this. The problem is Troy probably sealed his fate at the beginning of the game when he sided with Colton. By doing that he got rid of stronger/smarter players like Matt and Will and got stuck playing with boneheads like Tarzan and Leif. If I was playing I would much rather get rid of idiots who can ruin me in the future then the smart players that can blindside me later. Everything you do in the game comes back to haunt you and Troy is feeling it.


  2. @MikeCif I saw a photo on FB of Kim secretly talking with Mat and Michael. I thought Kim would use his secret bond with Michael to oust Troyzan. I never expected she would do the other way ’round. With the way Kim is playing the game, Troyzan is still her biggest competitor for the title should Troyzan pull a string of wins in Immunity Challenges to make the final three or final two.

    I seem to get the reason why Kim felt threatened with Michael but I’m confused why she really did push a plan to vote him off.


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