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. (Examiner.com – 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!
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