Following one of the biggest self-made blunders in Tribal Council history, “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” enters its third episode tonight…and still we have not had any medical evacuations.
That harsh reality – that there will be at least a few medical evacuations this season – is still looming large and hanging over Season 32 like a dark cloud. And speaking of dark clouds, the Brawn Tribe looks to get out from beneath theirs, as they will hopefully avoid landing at Tribal Council for the third straight time.
But it appears that there will be some big non-injury news during tonight’s episode: We are poised to finally learn about the teased “Super Idol” that will be in play this season What’s that all about? Here is the synopsis from CBS:
Episode 3 – “The Circle of Life” – For the first time ever, two immunity idols can join forces to become one super idol that can be used after the votes are read. Also, one castaway gets crafty in order to retrieve an idol and another castaway on an opposing tribe may have a bounty on their head if they can’t find an idol, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, March 2(8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. Well as last week’s video preview indicated, there will be Idol fever out there this week, as more than just Tai will be aware of an Idol’s whereabouts. The idea of the Super Idol adds a whole new level of game-play (I love those) and is an interesting concept indeed. What if one player finds two Idols? In the past, possessing two Idols gave a player an immense amount of power, but that person could always be devastated by a blindside (just ask James Clement). Now, having two Idols is like a get-out-of-jail free card, since even if the person is blindsided – at the cost of both Idols – that person can save themselves. Yes this is a tremendous amount of power to have, but if you can find and possess two Idols at once, shouldn’t that give you some sort of extra edge? I think so.
Where this Super Idol gets super-interesting is when you consider that two different people working together can now yield this power. How would that work? If Player A and Player B both have an Idol, but they decide to mutually combine their Idols after a vote, they could change the game in dramatic fashion. There are several reasons why this scenario would be unlikely however. First and foremost, these would have to be two very close allies, willing to pool their Idols together even though they could potentially keep their individual Idol to help themselves. This “greed” versus “give” choice is a classic Survivor situation, and it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. But now more than ever, if the same alliance can even acquire two Idols, they could potentially block a vote against even their weakest ally, therefore making the Super Idol a twist that could lead to one heck of a super-alliance.
As for the tribes this week, Tai still seems to be the one facing the most danger if he is not able to get that Idol. The Brains will probably look to get rid of Deb, but I wouldn’t put it past Peter (who called Deb someone he would love to keep around last week) to pull a huge move against an unsuspecting tribe mate, maybe like Liz. And the Brawns? Oh man, let’s hope they don’t go to yet another Tribal. Not only would that suck for them, it sucks for the audience. I hate when Survivor starts out with the same tribe losing week after week. Let’s see some of the game-play and strategies of the other tribes! You would have to guess that Alecia would be the one to go though, if they did have to go back this week.
So will anybody find an Idol tonight? Will the Brawns lose again? Did you miss my recent FilmSurvivor Podcast episode? So many questions. If you haven’t listed to the Podcast yet though, here is the link for you.
Make sure to check out the all-new episode tonight on CBS and come back here later for my full recap, analysis and of course, my exclusive interview with the voted-out castaway tomorrow!
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