Survivor Insights 154: Caramoan – Malcolm NOT in the Middle

Malcolm Freberg EliminatedEpisode 10: Truth – Malcolm’s decision to give his idol to Eddie and saved one for himself was a smart and one of the greatest moves in history. It’s a less risky strategy compared to that double-idol play made by Parvati in Heroes vs. Villains but it still works.

Though I’m not even convinced Malcolm was thinking long-term. Yes, he played the idols at the right time but it’s a type of move that’s good for one Tribal Council.

The second thing I don’t completely understand was Malcolm and his two amigos (Reynold and Eddie) voted against Phillip. To me, it’s not making sense at all.

Reason #1: Phillip may clearly be viewed as the leader of Stealth R’ Us but edit-wise and on a deeper side of things, whether it’s the truth or not, Phillip was only a follower.

Reason #2: The three amigos could have used Phillip to survive another Tribal Council, right?

Cochran and Andrea were S-R-U’s ring leaders who ran the entire show flawlessly. Their social game was simply to agree with everything he said as long as he’s not switching sides – outplaying Phillip into thinking he’s in control.

For this, if Malcolm wants to win the title, he should have eliminated either one of them as soon as he can. Watching him play the previous season, I highly doubt it that Malcolm didn’t knew Cochran and Andrea were his biggest threats.

It’s also an impossibility to know that Malcolm wasn’t aware he couldn’t play with them and them playing with him.

Episode 11: Malcolm paid the price. He allowed Cochran and Andrea to stay; that’s why, new opportunities were created. Cochran and Andrea grabbed the opportunity, acted on it and even without Plan B, C or D – they voted him off when they needed to.

It’s not entirely a surprise to Malcolm go. He has his chances but wasted them all. First, he failed to stay longer and win the Immunity Challenge that I expected him to win.

Second, he couldn’t find a hidden idol even with a clue, which he bought for $480. This hidden idol was his life in the game.

Overall, this episode is a let down for Malcolm. Total let down. For eliminating the wrong person when he’s in power, Malcolm’s game immediately went south, deeper south and couldn’t recover – that even his closest amigo (Eddie) voted against him during the revote.


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Survivor Insights 153: Caramoan – Blindside After Blindside

3 Reasons Why I Love Episode 8

cochran wins immunity for the first time

1) It’s merge time! The game shifted from group to individual and for this, things were getting better. The story of the episode reached its climax when Cochran won the first individual immunity challenge of the season. It’s his first win since he joined the show and this win was even made more memorable as he outplayed two alpha males (Eddie and Malcolm) in back to back rounds.

It seems impossible to believe how things happened but for Cochran, he did the unthinkable. He’s an underdog who managed to swallow all those nasty food like a pill just to win the necklace. It appeared there’s no strategy involved in winning that challenge – it’s pure pride and honor for himself.

But he’s not yet done. Cochran also stirred the camp drama before Tribal Council. He chose to stick with his Stealth R’ Us alliance to oust one of their own (Corinne). He completely understood it’s braver to let the Dominatrix go than allowing her to stay and spread her seed until it grows.

2) Dawn did it again! She stayed fearless when she back stabbed Corinne. She made Corinne believe she was at her side when the truth is, Dawn has other things in her mind. She remained loyal to Cochran by telling him everything she knew. Cochran who also remained loyal to Dawn shared the details with Andrea, who circulated the news to Phillip, Brenda and Erik.

erik - the swing vote

3) It’s not really a good thing to see Malcolm’s social game went south. First, he lost a challenge to an underdog who probably weighed eight times lighter than him. Second, he failed to have the right numbers on his side. The fact he got Eddie, Reynold, Corinne and Michael in his pocket, he could have swallowed his pride and recruited Sherri, instead of voting against her.

Another wrong move made by Malcolm was he felt too confident and allowed Erik to explore other opportunities.

Episode Rating: 9 of 10 stars!

3 Reasons Why I Love Episode 9

andrea played smart to save herself

1) This was another unpredictable episode with various twists and turns. I got no idea how Andrea turned herself into a seductive strategist who clearly understood how to make an excellent plan when it mattered most. Blindsiding Michael instead of Malcolm or Eddie was certainly one of the smartest moves I saw in history. Andrea went for a safe blindside instead of taking too much risks.

2) A part of Andrea’s plan was a success because of Eddie’s involvement. Eddie was blinded by his lust and it’s a miracle how this lust turned into loyalty that he started to share important information to Andrea. The way the edit went, it appeared Eddie talked to Andrea not because it’s necessary but because he wanted to protect her somehow. Truth is, if not for Eddie’s I-don’t-know-how-to-describe-it strategy, Andrea became the first jury member.

Brenda won immunity

3) Brenda won immunity and it’s really funny she still has no confessionals. She simply won the challenge without her knowing and edit-wise, it’s not a big deal. LMAO

4) Sherri started to rebuild her game by siding with The Specialist. She knew she could handle Phillip just like she handled Shamar. Was this a good long-term strategy? Yes and I’m guessing she’ll be the only fan in the Final Four.

Episode Rating: 10 of 10 stars!

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