Survivor: Cagayan Season Finale – That Was Not a Shocker!

Hey Readers!


Sorry it took so long for me to publish this post! Life got in the way…  😦

So another season of Survivor has come and gone, and another Castaway has been handed a $1 million check. For me, it was no surprise who was going to win this season, and when the votes were revealed all I could do was shake my head and continue to watch the Reunion Show.  Who was this season’s big winner that helped answer this season’s question whether brains, beauty or brawn was the best? Read on and you’ll find out.

After Spencer, Kass, Tony and Woo had a visit from their loved ones, they were called upon to battle it out in an Immunity Challenge. Jeff Probst explained that the Castaways had to stand on a pole and collect water with a bucket on a rope. They had to use the water they collect to fill a long shoot to retrieve a key. Once the water in the shoot is high enough for the Castaways to reach, they must then jump off the pole they’re standing on into the ocean and swim back to shore. They must then use the key to unlock a chest that was holding block pieces to a puzzle they must solve. The first player to solve the puzzle correctly wins Immunity. It was a crazy challenge to watch as Kass came from dead last to decisively win.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst spoke to the Castaways about Kass and her come from behind victory, the visit from their loved ones, and Spencer’s situation since he didn’t have Immunity. Spencer tried convincing Tony to keep him instead of Woo because he has played a subtle game and is favoured by the Jury. Kass said that she would take Woo to the final before she would take Tony because she felt she would have a better chance at beating him in front of the Jury than with Tony.

Once the votes were cast, Tony came clean with his lie about the other Idol in his possession. He told everyone he had an Idol that he could use st the Final Four and after the votes were revealed. The Idol he held did allow him to use it after the votes were read out, but he had to use it before the Final Four. Everyone groaned as Tony had tricked his way into the Final Three as it was found that Spencer was the next to join the Jury and loosing his chance at winning the game.

At the final Immunity Challenge, the Castaways had to race through a maze of turn stalls to find four medallions. Once all four medallions have been found, the players must use the medallions to open a chest that held a number of cogs. The cogs had to be placed in a certain order to turn a crank and release a flag signifying their win in the challenge. It was a close one, Readers, but Woo pulled out a win, just beating Kass by a a second.

At the final Tribal Council, Jeff Probst spoke to the Castaways about Woo winning the final Immunity Challenge, Kass loosing this challenge and her thoughts about her safety in the game, and Kass and Tony sharing their thoughts about why Woo should take them to the final. Woo stopped the chit-chat by saying he didn’t want to hear anymore opinions, and that he wanted to get to the vote. After Woo wrote down the name of the person he didn’t want to go on in the game with him, Jeff announced this unlucky person. The line piece of paper in the urn had Kass’ name on it. Shaking her head, she had her torch extinguished by Jeff Probst, ending her time in the game.

The next evening, Woo and Tony then had to speak in front of the Jury to sway them to give them $1 million dollars. Most of the Jury came down hard on Tony for his actions throughout the game, while they scratched their heads at Woo’s responses. The Jury then cast their votes to choose the Sole Survivor of this season.

Back in Los Angeles, Jeff Probst walked in to the studio with the urn holding the votes the Jury cast. After some small talk, he finally got down to business. It wasn’t even close, Readers. Tony was crowned the Sole Survivor and the winner of $1 million with an 8-1 vote count! When Jeff Probst asked Woo about how he felt, he was one of the most gracious and classy losers ever. He was all smiles, and said he was happy to be sitting beside the best at the end of the game.

Jeff Probst asked the Jury if Woo had taken Kass to the final, how many of them would have voted for Woo to win, all of them raised their hands. Did Woo make a $1 million mistake? Yeah! But he said he wanted to live by the code he upheld through his martial arts training (honor, loyalty and going up against the best). Even though I would have taken Kass and probably won, I gained more love and respect for Woo!

So, the final also answered the question whether brains, beauty or brawn was the best trait to have. Technically, since Tony and Woo were on the Brawn tribe, you would have to say, the case of Survivor that brawn was the best trait. Having said this, it wasn’t Tony’s brawn that got him the money this season. It was his brain that got him the bug prize. He went hunting for Idols.

Tony also got his alliance to follow him and believe what he said, as well as everyone else about the lies he told them. The best lie he told was about the powers of the special Idol. He said he could use it up until the Final four, when actually it was up until the Final Five. I know watching at home is very different than actually playing the game, but why didn’t anyone call Tony’s bluff on the Idols as other Castaways have on previous seasons? Or at the very least flush out the Idols so they can be back in play again. The Castaways sort of sat there and let Tony run the show. It was nerve-racking to watch, but since I’m such a Survivor fan, I had to keep watching!

So, that is a wrap to another season of Survivor! I can’t wait until the fall for Blood vs. Water 2!

I will be following Big Brother again this season, so if any of you Readers are BB fans as well, pop back over to my blog for the latest on what’s happening in the BB House!

Until my next post, Readers!


SURVIVOR Season #28 – New Cast, Same Country

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It is T-Minus six days and counting until the newest season of SURVIVOR™ begins! The producers have selected a new crop of Castaways for this round of fun and games, but we are still located in the Philippines.  This time, they are in Cagayan, which is located in the northeast part of the country, instead of on one of the islands.

This season, the theme is Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.  When this season’s theme was announced, I wasn’t too crazy about it. Just about any one of these individuals could hold all three of these qualities, yet they’re being labelled as a ‘brain,’ a ‘brawn’ or a ‘beauty.’ For me, these categories are a bit misleading.  Sure, you can be an engineer, but you could also be very anti-social.  Being social in this game is probably the most important attribute you can have, and all of the math skills in the world will not make up for lacking in this area where other people hold your fate for most of the game.  Beauty and brawn will also carry you so far as well.  You can be voted off for being good-looking, and your strength may not translate into the endurance you need to be living out in the elements and without proper food and water for a few days.  Since this game has been won by all kinds of people, you need to have a good balance of all three to be successful at SURVIVORâ„¢.

Enough preaching, now onto my picks to win SURVIVORâ„¢ Cagayan! Below are my three picks to win it all!

LJ McKanas (Beauty Tribe) and my #1 Pick

– He seems as though he is a down-to-earth type of person and doesn’t mind getting dirty.

– I like how he spoke about the misconception of those on the Brawn tribe.

– He can fish, which is important when you don’t have your fishing gear yet.

Con – He sees himself like Boston Rob.  So many peoplewant to model their game after him, and they have to realize that other Castaways will be targeting you if you try to emulate a former player’s game-play.

Sarah Lacina (Brawn Tribe)

– She didin’t over inflate her ego when she spoke of herself, which speaks volumes to me.

– She is not modelling herself after any past Castaways, so she knows she has got to win the game in her own way.

Con – She thinks she is going to dominate the game.  You can never know just how well you are going not do until you are out there playing the game and have won.

David Samson (Brains Tribe)

– He seems as though he can rally people together as a team well.

– He knows you need to have more than one of the aforementioned traits to win this game ,nor is he relying on just one of them to help him win.

Con – I can see him turning out to be a Russell Hantz later on down the road in this game. This will be the kiss of death for him if this does happen.

Now that my picks to win have been shared, here is my pick for the first to be voted out:

Brice Johnston (Beauty Tribe)

– He seems to be the type that will have a hard time adjusting to life in this game without the ‘creature comforts’ of home. He’s worried about the B/O of others, as well as his own when you’re out in the middle of essentially nowhere for 39 days. This should not be your primary concern in the game of SURVIVORâ„¢. In his defense, there were a few other new Castaways that were worried about having to smell bad breath from other people. He just took it further with the B/O issue.

– He compared himself to Colton as a player.  Really?! IF the B/O issue wasn’t bad enough, comparing yourself to Colton as a player in this game is almost like packing your bags early! Colton is, arguably, the worst Castaway ever to have played this game due to his attitude. If he turns out to be compared to Colton by other Castaways, he very well may be the first to go!

Even though I have pretty much written Brice off as being the first to leave the game, I did the same thing to Cochran on his first time out in the game.  He lasted FAR longer than almost anyone, including himself, expected. He even came back for a second kick of the can and won!  You can never be sure how things will play out in the game of SURVIVOR™!

So there you have it, Readers.  This is how I think the game will unfold for this season’s Castaways.  It will be another season willed with action, adventure, and of course, drama! Can’t wait for all of the fun and games to begin next Wednesday night!

Who do you think will win SURVIVORâ„¢? Who do you think will be first to be sent packing?  Let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until my next post, Readers!