SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC “Survivalism” Review

Survivor: South Pacific “Survivalism”, Season 23 Episode 4 – Survivor returned this week with a much different opening than we’ve seen in past episodes of this show. “Survivalism” started with Ozzy and Elyse having a nice bonding moment, as Elyse asked Ozzy about his childhood and where he got his love of the outdoors. It was a nice change of pace from usually seeing the aftermath of the tribal council. It’s the small, personal moments that make up the majority of the time on Survivor, but it seems like we only ever see the strategizing.

It did feel like we had a lot of time before the duel, though. The duel started 12 minutes in, as opposed to usually being around the six or seven minute mark. Christine wins it, and lives to annoy me another day.

We saw some interesting strategizing before the challenge this week, as Jim and Cochran felt that they were on the outs with their tribe and talked about making a big “Survivor move”. Cochran’s enthusiasm for this game is really infectious, as he thinks about the exciting prospect of sending Ozzy home.

We soon discover, though, that voting out Ozzy will be impossible as the Savaii tribe won the endurance immunity challenge. Dawn really bothered me in the first couple episodes, but I really came to like her quite a bit this episode. I thought it was great that she was pointing out how scantily clad all of the women on this show are. It’s just a funny quirk of this show, but it’s literally been like that since the beginning. It’s like these girls want to be as revealing as possible, and I commend Dawn for calling them out on it and refusing to flaunt her body (Despite the fact that she looks pretty darn good for 40!) Not only that, but she was great in the challenge!

On the other side of the coin, we have Stacey. She did a great job on the challenge as well, but was aggressive and irritating as soon as she returned from the challenge. If people are trying to compliment you on your performance and connect with you, then I recommend you take the opportunity. Stacey did a great job of separating herself from the pack, and she paid the price. The good news is that next week Stacey and Christine play each other, so we get two people I really don’t like fighting to the death! Hooray! I’ll see you all next week!

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Random Thoughts:

– Cochran making fun of Jim’s “strangely white” teeth was hilarious, and it pointed out something about this game that I’ve always wondered about: How is everybody’s teeth so beautiful all the time? These people are out here for over a month and their teeth always look great!

– Edna’s laugh makes me want to punch a baby.

– Can we have one episode where Brandon doesn’t break down in tears?