Boston Rob once again proves his absolute and total control over the tribe. I like to always brag about how I am immune to peer pressure. No amount of cajoling or ribbing or persuasion or influence or intimidation will get me to change my mind. And B Kind of no fun. Tony Vlachos may be, but not me. I see no homemade ladders in my future. So as someone who feels no particular compulsion to do something just because someone tells me to unless it is my wife and refusing will put me in the proverbial doghouse for an extended period of time , I could not help but be flabbergasted and flummoxed and astonished and astounded and baffled and bewildered by what I saw go down at Tribal Council.
Every single one of them! Adam was the only one to call B. How could this happen? Maybe alliance members like Ethan and Parvati were in on it, which helped others to feel like they should follow their lead and do the same. Maybe some were hoping it would shift the target off of them and onto someone else.
Maybe they were just happy they ended up on the tribe with Rob instead of Russell because had those two picked different buffs after stepping off the chopper in Nicaragua… Oh, wait, sorry, I thought I was watching Survivor: Redemption Island again. But how can you blame me? Because the scene was like something straight out of season 22, with Rob giving the orders and everyone on the tribe blindly following. They are all champions! And yet they too, not unlike those poor, misguided souls on Ometepe, are allowing Boston Rob to chart and dictate the course of the tribe.
Honestly, that was one of the craziest things I have ever seen. Why is everyone doing what he is saying, you may ask? Because he either has them under his control, or they are too scared to do otherwise. Respect is due. On the flip side of that is Danni. Danni was my pre-season pick to win the game. I figured she had social, strategic, and physical game, yet was not viewed as a threat and could skate on by early. And I was not alone in that assessment.
No less than Jeff Probst himself also had Danni as his pick to win. Well… we were wrong. Embarrassingly so. I mean, yes, she could still get back in off the Edge of Extinction and win, but that was a pretty epic faceplant out of the gate for a player I respect a whole bunch. The weirdest thing about it is that I was half right: It appears like Danni could have skated by for a while. But instead, she let her paranoia take over and convince her that she was a target.
By the edit often an unreliable narrator , it appears that had Danni kept her nose down and mouth shut she would have been fine. You had no idea how much heat the Kansas City Mama was packing in season 40! Take that! You just got served, sucka! Only problem is that this particular Danni Bomb self-detonated. Maybe it was a brain fart brought on by not enough sleep and not enough food.
Maybe it was some sort of mental jiujitsu reverse psychology. Maybe it was just terrible gameplay. Her second was to ask Boston Rob to vote out his closest ally — something that makes about as much sense as Denise giving Parvati half of her immunity idol. Was Adam the only voice of reason and sanity this entire episode? Bottom line: Danni panicked. She clearly was never close with the old-schoolers, but instead of still enjoying the safety of second-tier protection while not being a first-tier target, she went Black Sabbath mode and got straight-up paranoid.
That makes her the second straight old-schooler to fail to adjust to the speed of the game. And she paid the price. And that makes three straight women to be voted out.
Instead, Natalie and Amber were tossed due to their close relationships with others, while Danni appeared to be a compromise name from sides not willing to draw first blood. Whom will Sele vote out next? Judging by what we saw at this Tribal, whomever Boston Rob tells them to.
Ben did something pretty interesting here. He needs more. He needs partners. To do this, he not only tells Denise how to find an idol, but when she does locate one and finds out she must give half of it to someone else, instead of asking for his half, Ben tells Denise to use it to bring someone else in and build their army.
Okay, yes, from the outside looking in, Ben may not look so smart not realizing that Denise is much closer with Adam anyway so he basically just gave that power duo an idol, but I like the way Ben is playing the long game. And perhaps he does realize how close Denise and Adam are especially after their day 1 extended remix scenic view trip to the water well and wants them to trust him. But coming into this game, Ben knew he needed to diversify his game , and that is exactly what he is doing. It did not.
What in the name of Matsing are you thinking? A quick note about the idol itself. But I do like that if they are going to keep putting idols into play, at least splitting the idols in half and forcing people to share them adds an extra dimension as well as the possibility of bad feelings if someone refuses to hand their half over to the other. And bad feelings make for good TV. But there is a reason I said Kim Spradlin gave the most dominant single-season performance in Survivor history. How badass is that? Leader of the pack, baby!
And now she just found a hidden immunity idol! What do you think about that? Wait a minute. Why is she giving the other half of her idol to Sophie? Go find Tyson! Give it to him! Hell, pull a Denise and give it to Parvati over on the other tribe, but do not under any circumstances give that to Sophie! Put the idol down, Kim. Okay, listen to my voice. No sudden movements now. Sloooooooooowly step away from the lady in the glasses. Step away, Kim. Boy, this was tough to watch. But that is also what is so amazing about this season: You have people who won the game getting absolutely schooled, like Ben last week and Kim here.
The level of competition is that high. The rest of the Dakal footage this week basically centers around people trying to get fruit. It begins with Yul using a large bamboo stick something I watched him attempt with little success on day 2.
But then Tony has another idea. Tony wants to risk life and limb to climb this homemade monstrosity because of course he does. Keep something in mind as you watch this scene: This is a toned-down Tony. This is Tony Light. This is Tony with a harness on. This is Tony on Quaaludes. Which is why I love him to death. This is who he is. The Early Bird Gets The Fire Token I asked Jeff Probst last week whether it made sense in an Edge of Extinction season to go early because you have less competition to find items that can then give you Fire Tokens to get an advantage to get back in the game.
After watching episode 2, you have to believe the advantage is real. An extra vote or a steal-a-vote is too easy. No debate or dilemma to be had with those. But leaving Tribal early carries potential positives and negatives.
But it also means you deprive your alliance of what could be a crucial vote at a crucial time. Especially if they take offense that you ditched them for your own personal safety.
With an advantage like this, you are forcing someone to make a potentially difficult decision, and those of you who have read these recaps for a long time know I am all about forcing contestants into difficult decision-making.
So props to the producers for coming up with a cool twist. And props to Jeremy — who had every right to feel vulnerable after his closest ally in Natalie was voted out at their latest Tribal — for not panicking and using it when Sele lost the immunity challenge.