THE GOOD: Sophie started this game as no one. I have not recognized her during the pilot. She was only given little airtime before the merge in which she created a moment of her own when she joined Albert and Coach in an alliance based on loyalty. Overall, she’s the season’s covert strategist and her under-the-radar strategic game help her move further without being recognized as a threat that even Coach failed to see it.
THE BAD: It was a bad moment for Albert to receive no votes. It made me ask myself why no one wanted him to win. Suddenly I got the answers. If I am to compare Albert’s game to playing tennis, he was playing clean the first few episodes until he started to commit a lot of errors and not recovered since. His strategic game was too aggressive and he failed to maneuver it in the right direction.
Albert was the season’s Mr. Lucky Man. His alliance still helped him get in the final three even if it looked like he’s checking out the episode before the finale. He was still given a chance to face a jury and all he needed to do was to try convincing them why he deserved to win. Unluckily, errors start to pile up all over again and he immediately found himself in a painful position by not answering a question that only required a yes or no.
WHO STAND OUT?: I like how Coach reacted after Cochran praised him. “I came into this game wanting to do all the right things – and when you try to please everybody, you end up doing all the wrong things. … Each day I just wanted to justify my actions…in the end it became one big convoluted mess.” It’s the only moment in which I felt the sincerity and the honesty in him.
Though, at the start of the Tribal Council, I just wondered why Coach did not drop the “integrity, loyalty and honesty” the moment he had his opening statements. Experience should have told him that the jury won’t take it as genuine response.
I also appreciated Edna for being an open-minded juror. She understood how this entire game was played even if it’s her first time. Instead of hating the three people sitting in front of her, she chose to shed some light and helped her other jurors accept the reality that the Final Three played a better game than them.
THE UNLUCKIEST: Ozzy was a step closer to winning a million should he win that last individual final immunity. History could have happened as he would have named as the first sole survivor who was voted out twice.
EPISODE RATING: This was a good finale and a season worth-watching (8 of 10 stars!). It’s not a forgettable season even if it featured two returners (which is unfair) and a “Redemption Island.” Every episode stood on its own, each challenge was fun and though there were times the series of events were clearly predictable, there’s still something explosive to watch out for.
Personally, SURVIVOR SOUTH PACIFIC is the best season to date after Heroes vs. Villains. It could have been more special if there were only two people sitting in front of the nine jurors or the final votes could have been 3 – 3 – 3 or 4 – 4 – 1.
1) Will it be Albert? – Albert instantly turned himself as the most unwanted person in camp after all his “unpolished” strategies collapse in front of him. He could have win the immunity necklace to protect himself but he was not even close to winning it. It was Brandon who saved him for the very last minute.
Does this mean Albert can guarantee a spot in the finals because he couldn’t win? Or, will he have the power to change the minds of the jurors to vote for him?
Winning Chances: 40 – 60
2) Will it be Sophie? – Sophie played an excellent game by joining the right alliance and stayed loyal with them. Even if Albert wanted to blindside her, Sophie was not bothered because she knew how to convince Coach to protect her.
Will that be enough for her to win the title? Albert was right. Sophie is “covertly” a threat. She’s competitive in challenges too. I am not sure though if she can make a big impact once Jeff Probst declares her as the sole survivor. Her social game, to me, was quite safe.
Winning Chances: 55 – 45
3) Will it be Rick? – Rick has not made any risks since the first episode. He’s just there, surviving the hunger, existing and having the alliance but in terms of gameplay, he’s always outshine by other names. It’s probably either Rick has not given enough edit to reveal what’s beyond the cowboy personality or he only preferred to stay out of all the drama.
Let’s say Rick will win consecutive immunity challenges in a row, will it be enough to say he deserves to win?
Winning Chances: 50 – 50
4) Will it be Coach? – Of the four people left in the camp, Coach was certainly the most experienced, the most smartest, the most strategic and probably the biggest jurors’ favorite to win the season. I was just wondering why he made a promise that he’ll take Ozzy in the finals. Is it okay for him to be second as long as the “Warrior of the Redemption Island” takes the title?
Winning Chances: 70 – 30, If Ozzy is not sitting beside him.
5) The Last Duel – Who have thought the two of the most strategy-less castaways in Upolu and Savii are up against each other to re-enter the game? Ozzy is the luckiest survivor this season to volunteer to be voted out but not really heading out the competition. He’s unbeatable in any type of duels and there’s no one to blame but himself should he fail to win the last one.
Brandon can totally ace a challenge whenever he wants to. Even Coach was completely stunned when Brandon won this episode’s Immunity Challenge. However, his winning chances will still be low should he come back.
Episode Rating: This was undeniably an explosive episode before a two-hour finale – 10 of 10 stars!
1) Another Double Elimination – Each season SURVIVOR aired a double elimination episode, it’s either breaking the entire episode or making it more memorable. It was neither very good nor very bad today. It was not as bad as what happened the Season 22 and it was not also as good as in Season 21. The Upolu 6 with their newly recruit double agent by the name of Cochran stayed loyal with each other and voted against the two remaining alpha males in Savii.
2) First Elimination: Ozzy – It’s quite unbelievable Ozzy did not win the Immunity Challenge #1 considering its first phase did not require any strength or balance at all. It only required to toss a coconut inside a circle which looked like four-steps away from where they stood. Unluckily, Ozzy overdid it and was not one of the first four players who would move into the next round. Just the right time to oust him, and I have to admit it’s predictable, the former Upolu alliance did not waste time and send him another one way ticket to Redemption Island.
3) Second Elimination: Jim – I was intrigued with Albert’s idea to vote against Dawn instead of Jim. As the first woman to win the first individual immunity challenge and with her likeable personality, Dawn became an instant threat who could also slither her way inside the Upolu’s core alliance. I was ready to see her go and this could have been another great twist. I just could not fully understand why the Upolu 6 still gun for Jim.
If Jim was the rhino and Dawn was the snake, it’s needed to get rid of the one who could crawl without being bothered by the dirt around. It’s clear Jim was physically stronger than Dawn. He overtly played an aggressive cut throat game. If he’s angry, he would show it. If the situation was telling him to panic, he came up with a Plan B and went for Sophie & Albert for help. The Plan B did not work because it was just too late to make it happen.
4) Emotional Whitney – Whitney is probably the first “crying” survivor during a Tribal Council with an immunity necklace around her neck. I was expecting her to cheer up and not be completely bothered by all the thrash talks against them (her, Dawn and Jim). Looking beyond the surface though, Whitney cried probably because she’s hungry and too tired to swallow the game’s lies and dirty dealings. Truth is; crying is not always a sign of giving up. It’s just that she’s a part of the minority and if it’s her time to go, she’ll go.
5) What’s Going to Happen Next? – If the preview for the next episode is 100% accurate then it’s an intriguing one. Albert gets himself in trouble again by working on his own. Correct me if I’m wrong but none of Albert’s paststrategies worked successfully. This time around, can he survive?