Survivor fans ready?
Well, here we are at season's end. And, guess what? I don't care for ANY of them! I find this is the most wholly unlikeable cast ever on the show! How's them apples?
If anyone, I'd have to cheer on the castaway who was my random blog pool pick -- Carolyn. She's played a strategic game as well as winning challenges. She's no spring chicken when it comes to the overall cast, so that's mighty good. It's hard to be an older woman playing the game. Just ask me.
Er, no. Don't ask me. I haven't been, nor will I ever be, on the show. I'll just mock them from afar.
The only other one I think quasi-deserving of a win would be Mike. That doesn't mean I particularly like him. It just means he's played the game and I apparently have grown used to the hoarseness of his voice.
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Before we get into the show, here are the latest blog pool standings from that Lovely Lifeguard Laurie:
Carolyn - Jackie, TerryinTX
Mike - meb, Nickelpeed
Rodney - Margo
Sierra - Jennasmom
Will - Rbennie
Let's get started!
Let's see how long the reminiscing takes. No wagering, please! Ding-ding! We have a winner -- eight minutes!
Finally, they're back at camp. Although all voted for Carolyn, it's Mike who is all alone.
Reward Challenge is a convoluted affair with tiles shuffleboard, balancing them on machetes machetes over obstacles and more. The reward is loved ones visiting. The winner's loved one goes back to camp with them. Plus, the winner will have an advantage in the next Immunity Challenge.
Mike wins Reward and the advantage! Guessing at the talk in camp, he's going to need it.
Mike's advantage is 30 minutes to explore the maze from the next Immunity Challenge. They will all be blindfolded and have to find four medallions and the Immunity Necklace. His Mom and he screw up and his advantage seems (at this point) to be knowing what the Immunity Challenge IS, not how to complete it.
And, the Immunity Challenge is on! Mike wins it, but I don't think it's because he had the advantage.
Carolyn has to go to her Plan B, her bond with Mike. Sierra, Mike and Carolyn agree with Rodney going before anyone, Will as a second choice. I'm good with that.
Rodney tries to get in with Mike. He does have a point that against him in the final, Mike would win. Rodney wants to push a Sierra vote.
Time for Tribal Council. We'll see if Mike really wants to play with players or will go with the easy win over Rodney or Will.
Rodney votes for Sierra with a bit too much confidence.
The tally -- Sierra, Rodney, Sierra, Sierra.
Oh, my. Whoa! Both Mike and Carolyn voted Sierra! Oh, my.
Into the Immunity Challenge! Untying knots to open a gate, water slides, keys, puzzle pieces. Mike wins with Carolyn second -- Will sucked at it and Rodney sucked even worse.
Rodney is sure the final three will be Mike, Will and Rodney. Hmm. Mike tells Carolyn he'll vote Rodney with her, the others will vote for Carolyn. He thinks it will end in a fire challenge and she can practice and win.
Mike tells us he'd rather lose to Mama C than win over two goats.
Tribal Council time!
The tally -- Rodney, Carolyn, Carolyn, Rodney ... as Mike promised. And, sure enough, it's a fire-making challenge. Carolyn didn't do all that well when practicing, but Rodney is pretty inept at everything. I guess we'll see ... after the commercial.
Dang, neither of them have a fire after twenty minutes! They keep getting replacement flints. The jury is yawning, now 45 minutes. 53 minutes. Rodney has had flame twice, now has fire. So does Carolyn. They have to burn through the rope. CAROLYN WINS!
Rodney is now on the jury. He's very bitter.
Joe -- You've got to earn it. Bring it. Earn my vote tonight.
Hali -- Mama C, stereotypical mother role disadvantage ... how did it affect game? Played hard, fought hard.
Rodney -- Will, how did you keep it real and will you keep it real with the jury? Try to make friends. It was all I had. Mama C -- power moves. Tyler, Dan. Hooked up with Mike. Plan A and back-up plans.
Tyler -- Mike, put all on jury. What did you bring in redeeming social manner? I saw paranoia. Mike wanted to do better socially, miserably failed at making bonds. "I suck."Carolyn -- I protected you, heartbroken, gutted. Redeem yourself. Most difficult vote. Survivor makes you do things to get to this point.
Sierra -- She asks Will which trait from the other two he likes in the game.
Jenn -- Addresses the jury and goes pro-Mike.
Dan -- Mike, Colby Donaldson proved just because you win idols, you don't win the jury. No necklace to save your ass tonight. Mike apologizes to Dan. Dan thinks it's the most genuine thing he's said since the auction.
Shirin -- She was hoping Mike and Will would be there. Will attacked her, Mike protected her. It was a million dollar moment for her. Doesn't mean Mike has her vote. Her vote goes to the one who played the best and that's Carolyn. Mike is like a howler monkey. Carolyn is a stingray. She was on the winning vote each time. Will is the dead fish.
Okay, Shirin wins for the jury appearances! She quotes Sue Hawk, let it be the way nature intended. I think it's the only time I've actually enjoyed her this season. She had to be working on that since going to jury.
The vote is on and we should soon whisk to Hollywood. Rodney voted Will so he has one vote. Hali voted Mike. Jenn voted Mama C. Dan looks all befuddled and slams his head. Maybe he abstains!
The tally -- Mike, Will, Carolyn, Mike, Mike, Mike ... MIKE WINS THE SEASON!
Mike is no longer eligible to be on next season. He had been a choice in the Second Chance listing.
Huh. Still unlikeable people at the reunion.
The Second Chance cast for the next season to be announced.
Kimmie Kappenburg (sp)
Heading to Cambodia.