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!