Well hey, at least nobody got hurt. Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” was evacuation-free TV this week, and it featured the first big twist of the season.
Don’t read this if you haven’t yet seen the most recent episode, as spoilers are to follow. Get caught up on Episode 5 here.
Yes Caleb’s exit had an even more tremendous affect on the game than we could have anticipated, now seeing how things shook out this week. By getting medically evacuated, he was the first Beauty to exit the game. But his unexpected exit, as Probst explained, also led to the show introducing a new twist that wasn’t planned: Whoever drew the red buff and was the odd man (or woman) out, would be sent to – for all intents and purposes – Exile Island. This twist ended up destroying the powerful all-girl alliance that had formed at the Beauty beach between Michele, Anna and Julia, because Julia was sent to Exile, and Michele and Anna were split up on opposing tribes. That left Anna exposed and she is now gone, probably a good move by Aubry, Joe and Peter (and also because my wife – along with all of America – would have become violent if Tai was voted out). Worse still, Julia will be at a severe disadvantage when she does return, having missed out on all of the bonding time that’s been going on at the new camps.
So yes, it’s safe to say that Caleb’s condition really blew up the game, his tribe in particular.
On the other side of the spectrum seems to sit the former depleted Brawn tribe. Jason still has an Idol and is closely aligned with Cydney who to this point has been playing a brilliant game. They seem to be the “swing votes” at their new camp and depending on what they decide to do, they have a great chance of staying in power. If they’re smart, they may want to get rid of Deb or Neal, which will be much harder to do now that Neal found an Idol. But best of all, there is a real chance that they can reconnect with Scot, who seems safe at least for another week when Tai or even Peter look to be the prominent target. If Scot can get through to the merge and can hook back up with Jason and Cydney, that’s a strong trio that’s also sitting on an Idol. And the more the Beauty tribe gets hammered, as the trend seems to be going, if Tai somehow ends up in the game post-merge, he may not have anywhere else to turn but to the Brawns. The entice of the potential Super Idol may be enough to bond him to Scot anyways.
As much as it may seem like the Brawns may have a fighting chance, it’s pretty clear that this is the Brains game to lose right now. They are in control numbers-wise of the Yellow tribe and the Deb/Neal combo over at Blue seems a very formidable pair. If Jason and Cydney choose poorly for themselves, and decide to align with Deb and Neal over Nick and Michele, a Brains reunion at the merge may be too powerful for anyone else in the game to overcome.
There are still a lot of what-ifs and twists still to happen, not to mention another few probable medical emergencies. But right now, as it always seems to do, the first tribe swap has thrown the game into an entirely new direction, and it’s still way too early to be able to predict how this shake-up will end up shaking-out.
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