The third episode of Survivor Heroes vs. Villains offers up some interesting moments from a strategic perspective. Last time, Stephenie was sent home. Her exit indicates that the strategy sessions are well underway on the Heroes tribe. Who will go home this week? Let's find out by looking at the events of this episode.
After the second tribal council of the season comes to a close, we see the Heroes' tribe walk back to camp. There is some tension between Tom and James based on the arguing that happened on the previous episode, but they try to somewhat squash it for the benefit of the team. A couple of days later, we see Candice and J.T. sitting on the bench. Candice begins to talk to J.T. about how Cirie is trustworthy in certain situations. When J.T. talks to both Amanda and Cirie later, he lies (somewhat) by telling them both that Candice thinks that Cirie is untrustworthy. When Cirie confronts Candice with this, all hell breaks loose. Candice walks around camp and asks different people who's been spreading this lie about her not trusting Cirie. Candice is clearly not happy with this falsehood and I can understand and sympathize with her dilemma somewhat. It's hard being targeted in that manner, so it makes sense that she'd be upset. However, Candice's problem has always been that she doesn't know when to shut her mouth. She kept on and on with her interrogations of people. Everyone visibly felt uncomfortable with it and by doing this, she might've made herself more of a target than she already is. Candice doesn't have the notoriety that most of the other Heroes have. Her tribe members are aware of this, which makes her easy pickings for the next boot. Also, for those tribe members that saw Candice's previous season, they'll know that Candice starts conflict easily and could be blamed for splitting the tribe apart should they need a scapegoat for a quick vote off. She's not subtle like Cirie is when it comes to getting out of a jam like this. Instead, Candice is abrasive, blunt, and angry when anyone casts her name in a negative light. Candice had a good idea for wanting to find out who did this to her, but she went about it in a bad way. James said it best when Candice began questioning him (and it's rare that I agree with James on anything). She needs to chill out and focus on winning the challenges. It seems as if J.T. accomplished his goal of making Candice look bad in front of her tribemates. He played her like a fiddle and if she doesn't mellow out soon, she might be the next one to go.
Meanwhile, Russell continues to cause havoc on the Villains' side. He's getting very chummy with Parvati and some of the guys are not thrilled with this. Both Rob and Coach advise Russell to not spend so much time with Parvati because it makes him more of a target. Russell appears to placately accept this and apologize for his actions in front of Rob and Coach. But in his confessions, we find out that Russell is not the kind to be told what to do and he ain't gonna take no crap from anybody. So in an attempt to try and turn the tribe against one another, he hides the tribe's machete somewhere in the forest. He hopes this will put him in a power position and devalue Rob as a leader. He goes on further and jokes about how he wants to take Rob's hat because he hates the Boston Red Sox, lol. I have to say I'm not surprised by Russell's tactics here. He used this exact same strategy of hiding things to make people turn on each other in his original season, so it's no big shocker that he's attempting it again. I really dislike it when someone sinks to this level of gameplay, but strategically, it is possible that this move could take the heat off of him for a while. Russell obviously knows that Rob will be a major threat down the road and he's doing everything he can to get him out as early as possible. While Russell's reasoning for getting Rob out now makes some sense, I think that ultimately, Rob will win this one. Rob is just simply an all around better player than Russell is. Rob has the edge strategically, physically, and socially. His previous seasons prove that. As good as Russell is strategically, I doubt he can outwit Rob. Plus, most of the tribe is on Rob's side which makes Russell's job that much more difficult. Russell is a determined and crafty game player, but I don't know if he'll be able to get out of this one. We'll see.
Now it's time for the Immunity Challenge. This week, the Heroes and Villains will battle it out in a sumo like wrestling match. One at a time, a Hero will face off against a Villain using a bag to try and knock the opposing player out of the circle and into the mud. The first team to reach eight points (by winning eight matches) will win not just Immunity, but also a luxury item from home. On top of this, the winning tribe will also receive some coffee, sugar, and rice as well. The tribe that loses will have a date with Jeff at tribal council where they must vote someone out of the tribe. The Heroes and Villains begin their sumo heats and it's no contest. The Heroes beat the Villains 8 match wins to 0 and win Immunity. It's not even close. The Villains were utterly destroyed in this challenge. The Heroes celebrate their first win while Jeff informs the Villains that they must vote someone off of their tribe later. You know, there seems to be a pattern emerging here with these challenges. The Heroes are good at anything strength and physical based while the Villains excel at puzzle solving and mental challenges. I've also heard a theory that it could just be that the Villains are better at listening to a leader (in this case, that would be Rob) and following directions whereas the Heroes all want to be Leaders themselves and clash because everyone wants to do something different. In this challenge, the Heroes didn't have to worry about cooperating with each other due to the individual nature of it, so that might have given them an advantage. The Villains, having to work by themselves to score wins instead of listening to the leader, were taken out of their usual operating method and failed spectacularly. I think both ideas have credibility to it. We'll see how the Heroes and Villains function in future challenges to come.
Back at the Villains' camp, the tribe debates on who should be the first Villain to get the boot. The two names that are immediately thrown around are Randy and Parvati. Later, we see Randy making a very reasonable argument to Coach about why Parvati should be kicked out instead of him. After Randy talks with Coach, the audience is treated to an interesting confessional from the Dragonslayer about possibly saving Randy from being voted off. This confessional from Coach has got to be one of the most ridicul....oops, I mean "inspirational" (rolls eyes) things I've ever seen in my life. His comments here are so rich in hypocrisy, so deluded in visions of grandeur, so asinine in its approach, that I have to share the entire quote here so that everyone can read it in all its warped glory. Ladies and gentlemen, you're in for a treat. Here are some words of wisdom from Mr. Benjamin "Coach" Wade. Enjoy. "There's nobody out here that's honorable. There's nobody out here that's honorable...anymore....except for me. I hate to pontificate about that, but you know, Martin Luther King says that 'The greatest measure of a man is not in the way he handles times of comfort, but in the way he rises with controversy and challenge.' There's always hope. The last thing we have in life or in this game is hope. That the impossible happens. That we dare to dream. That Randy's gonna wake up in this camp tomorrow. So yes, there's still hope. While I still have a breath and a brain cell in my brain, I will fight for him." Now....if this quote had come from almost anyone else in this game, it might have actually been touching. However, this is Coach. And we all know that Coach takes every opportunity he can to show how much better he is than everybody else. PUH-LEAZE!!!! Give me a break. There's so much wrong with him saying this quote I don't even know where to begin. You're the ONLY honorable one?? Are you kidding me??? You treated people like crap on your earlier season (especially Sierra), so I don't buy the honor thing. Then you have to go and quote MLK like this is a civil rights struggle. I don't want to hear anything MLK related come out of your mouth, Coach. Ever. Just don't go there. Even if you think you have the greatest intentions with it. You can't pull it off, buddy. This whole ra-ra "There's hope for the little guy" spiel of his is just another attempt to take something he has nothing to do with and place himself in the center of it to show how noble and awesome he thinks he is. Newsflash, Coach. You are not God. You are not Jesus. You are not almighty. What you are is a delusional, washed up, Steven Seagal wannabe loser. Plain and simple. I will give Coach credit for one thing, though. He was dead on in his observations of Parvati for the most part. He seems to understand that she's dangerous, which impressed me. Well, he got one thing right. But mostly, Coach is just a useless idiot with an ego the size of Texas.
We proceed on to Tribal Council where the Villains will vote someone off the tribe for the very first time. After Jeff questions the tribe for a while, we proceed with the vote and it is unanimous. Randy is the third person voted off of Heroes vs. Villains. Did the tribe make the right decision in voting Randy out? The answer is.......hell to the no. Parvati should've been the one to go home here. She's a former Survivor winner, she's extremely good at playing the social and strategic game, she's not the greatest at physical challenges, and she's got three alliance partners (Amanda, Cirie, and James) on the Heroes tribe. Need I say more? Randy, on the other hand, has no friends or alliances this season. He's not the weakest competitor on his tribe (I think Courtney wins in that category), and his social game is a mess. It makes no sense to get rid of Randy before Parvati. No one on the Villains tribe benefits in any way, shape, or form by voting Randy out. What's even more shocking is that all throughout this episode, we saw many people constantly refer to how threatening Parvati is and how she needs to go. But when push comes to shove, they vote out Randy because he's the oldest, I guess. Bad call on the Villains side. Parvati may look weak, but she will be a force this season if she's allowed to stick around. This decision may very well come back to haunt the Villains down the road. Should be interesting to see how this one pans out.
The third episode was pretty good. Lots of people made stupid decisions and idiotic comments (Coach, I'm looking at you), but it was an all around fun episode. Till next week.
This episode was by far the worst one of the season! It made me angry, annoyed, and uninterested in continuing the show. Episode three was a reminder of how low reality television can sink and how little substance they actually have upon closer scrutiny. First off, there was a major lack of nature and environment scenes, which I have come to expect from Survivor episodes. The beginning was impressive with the fast-paced growth of mushrooms on the island as well as multiple … more
This episode of Survivor Heroes vs Villains really showed the Villains tribe in a new lite, well technically an old lite: they are still bad asses. I really enjoyed seeing the Villains tribe have to strategize. There are some great ones on that tribe, Rob, Russell and to a degree Coach. He's more of an emotional player though and I'm surprised he promised both Parvati and Randy his vote yet claims to be the only honest one there? Makes no sense, but he's crazy and that's why people love to hate … more
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