Survivor Insights 129: Kim Wins Survivor One World (Episode 14 – Finale)

THE GOOD: Kim won! This simply means I now have four first-impression bets who was named as sole survivors since the show started to air in May 2000. The first on my list was Aras in Panama Exile Island – it’s followed by Parvati and JT in Fans vs. Favorites and Survivor Tocantins, respectively. Kim is also my first sole survivor who has competed for the title against two castaways instead of one. In my previous posts, I’ve already given enough reasons as to why Kim deserves the title.

She’s undeniably a complete player. She’s the type of player who excel in every department of the game (physical, social, psychological). Like Parvati in HvH, Kim showed a different level of competition in challenges. In fact, if Alicia did not win the necklace in Episode 13, Kim could have won five immunity challenges in a row. Her chances of winning would have easier should she brought Alicia and Christina in the finals. However, Kim chose to be loyal with her original alliance and gave herself a fair chance for jury’s votes.

“…I realized that I would rather just stick with Chelsea and Sabrina who both shared in the responsibility of voting people out with me.  It just seemed better to own the decisions and to sit with the people who also blind-sided every one.” Kim’s interview with Tom Santilli.

THE BAD & THE UNLUCKIEST: It’s surprising Chelsea did not even receive a vote. I thought this could be the second finale in which the third player receives a credit for surviving the 39 Days of stress, hunger and boredom. All in all, Chelsea played a good game. It was not memorable but a good one. She’s riding Kim’s coattails all the time yet she still managed to emerge as one of the potential threats in the game. She won an immunity in Episode 10 and finished second the following episode. Maybe, her biggest downfall was when she started to face the jury. Instead of having them in her side, Chelsea convinced them to look for the other side.

Chelsea officially joins the group of the “unwanted castaways” or the Team No Votes as Stephen puts it along with Becky (Season 13) , Cassandra, Dreamz (Season 14), Sugar (Season 17), Stephen (Season 18), Mick (Season 19), Russel in HvH (Season 20), Sash (Season 21), Natalie (Season 22) and Albert (Season 23).

THE STANDOUT: Kudos for the nine jurors for acting maturely. The seven of them voted for the deserving player of the season. It confuses me, however, why Troyzan voted for Sabrina when his game was as strong as Kim’s should he has the alliance. Was this related with his short-term alliance with Kim and Chelsea? On the other hand, Kat decided to forgive and forget. It looked like she realized there’s more better things in real life than holding grudge with someone who was only playing a better game than hers.

EPISODE RATING: This is a memorable and unforgettable finale, especially for those who rooted for Kim since Day 1. Apart from Kim’s overall strategic game that is flawless (but never predictable), the final two immunity challenges were a joy to watch. The Final 5 Immunity Challenge was pretty a repeat from the past seasons but the intensity it brought to me was different. It was a big comeback by Kim after two major errors in the maze. I’ve really enjoyed the Final 4 Immunity Challenge. It’s clearly one of the bests (the hardest too) of all time. It primary requires light hands and huge amount of control in movement. Kim showed some vulnerability in that challenge. Without the cooperation of the wind, she’ll be going back from the start for sure. 10 of 10 stars!

Photo courtesy of: CBS

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Something to look forward: The location for the next season is in the Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur Philippines – my beloved country. THE COOLEST!

5 thoughts on “Survivor Insights 129: Kim Wins Survivor One World (Episode 14 – Finale)

  1. Congrats to Kim, she was the one person who deserved to win. Glad the Jury wasn’t bitter, but it does kind of make the final tribal pretty boring. I like to see at least one person get up and yell at someone. I wasn’t surprised at all that Chelsea didn’t receive any votes. She was pretty much telling everyone to vote for Kim.

    Got to say it sucks to see how little the final four cared to compete. Christina didn’t fight. And even though Sabrina and Chelsea new they would lose to Kim they wanted to honor their alliance, pretty damn lame. Show some fight!!

    Overall this season got very boring very fast. One of the best characters in the game, Matt, left way to early. The season had a few good surprises, but only had a few people that actually stood out. Sabrina and Chelsea may never be back. Christina definitely won’t and Alicia may be back, but just because she’s loud and not because she’s good. While, Kim won the season, she was very boring. Got to say I don’t think I could have played with her. I sort of can’t stand her voice. I don’t think the season was bad or good, more of something in the middle.


  2. @MikeCif Help me understand why Kim appears to be boring to you. I also read other blogs and they say same things. I don’t really understand why. When Troyzan got eliminated, Kim was the only one who played a complete game with the right amount of power and control and the one who can direct all her plans and intuition in the right direction.


  3. Kim played a great game! Not trying to take anything away from her. What I mean is that she wasn’t a great character. She doesn’t have any one liners during the show. Her personality just isn’t that interesting. Take her game play away she isn’t a memorable person. Her talking doesn’t make me want to watch the show like a Parvati, Boston Rob or Russell. The final four was boring because each of them we’re boring tv. It’s more about the scenes when they talk to the camera directly. The confessionals (I suppose) for Kim just weren’t that great.


    • I’m pretty sure they are going to choose the people who have played once. My instinct tells me Michael Skupin of Survivor Australian Outback is coming back.


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