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  • EmmyLoser
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    Ha! It does feel like there’s maybe too much going on, like not being able to produce the show for that long just gave them too much time to come up with funky ideas.

    If I understand Erika’s situation correctly, if she leaves things as they are, she’s vulnerable to being voted out, and if she changes history, she gets immunity. Seems like a pretty obvious choice, considering she’d also be ingratiating herself with the half of the tribe that can’t be voted out. And look, no one’s taking the feast away from that winning team, because they already ate it.

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    EmmyLoser
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    I just watched the latest episode last night. Even though I like Xander a lot and like Evvie just fine, it was a bummer watching Liana’s plan to make a big move go wrong in slow motion throughout the episode. I kind of blame Shan for asking Liana about the advantage in front of Tiffany in the first place during last week’s episode, though it was clear then that Shan felt desperate to solidify connections and assumed the Yasa tribe was staying together. But it surprised me that Liana and her cohorts still seemed totally gung-ho about playing the advantage at this first opportunity even though basically everyone knew she had it and how it worked. It’s also always irritating when one alliance gets righteously indignant about being lied to by someone they don’t really consider in their alliance but who they want to think they are. The lies are going both ways here, folks!

    Anyway, glad my king Ricard won immunity and that he and Shan both seem kind of under the radar for now, versus the Yasa and Luvu people, all of whom seem fairly happy to vote out a former tribemate when the chance presents itself.

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    vinny
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    Richard is playing a very good game…..maybe too good. I’m worried lol

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    Eden
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    The first and last few minutes of the last episode got me so confused. I don’t mind the lines between alliances being blurry, it’s actually exciting, but the episode was just messy. Not to mention all the types of idols and advantages. One idol makes the game plenty fun.

    And it seems like we’re getting final two, not three?

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    EmmyLoser
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    I loved how theoretically, the plan was to get Xander to play his idol, but it seemed like outside of Ricard saying, “I think you should play your idol tonight” a few times, no one was doing it.

    It feels like the only real alliance is Shan, Danny, DeShawn and Liana, and then Shan also has Ricard, and the others just assumed that Naseer, Heather, and Erika are with them, even though they clearly don’t care about Naseer, Erika or Heather. Shan really seemed to make a mess of things with telling both Naseer and Heather that the group was going to throw votes on them and going back and forth. The group probably needs better planning, because as much as I didn’t mind seeing Tiffany go, it would have made way more sense to at least get rid of Xander or Naseer’s idol, if not getting rid of them altogether.

    I haven’t see a lot of previews, so I don’t have much of a vision of how the rest of the season is going to shake out, though it seems like they have a lot of people for the amount of days they have left.

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    vinny
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    Xander I dn;t think has it in the tank to take this all the way to the finale. Probs wrong but he seems like a elimination in the making

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    I can’t figure out whether Xander is voted off next or makes it to the end. I could see a scenario in which he gets far through individual immunities and the presence of his idol. But Tiffany and Evie seem to be angry with him and they’ll be talking with every jury member. He could’ve saved Evie and made a big move out of it, aligning with her and trying to form a new majority. Not sure what’s his viewpoint at this stage of of the game. He doesn’t have anyone.

    We seem to have a lot of self-aggrandizing players this season. Xander is one of those. He pissed off his former tribe members, doesn’t have strong social connections and yet he’s acting as if he’s on top of the world.

    Then there are Shan and Liana. I reached a point of not standing either of them. I mean, the audacity of both to ask people for their idols for safekeeping! Liana was especially ridiculous trying to do it with Xander. Shan is unable to play the game. Trying to have everything under her control and being suspicious of everything could end up being her demise. She really went beyond last tribal by using her extra vote, just because she’s overly suspicious.

    Danny, Deshawn and Heather are the only people I don’t have anything against. We saw glimpses of Danny trying to play the game, so let’s hope he shows more in the next episodes.

    The edit has been out of place all season long. Maybe they are trying a new approach, making it harder to predict the winner.

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    Yeah, I think maybe Xander seems like he’s going to go far because he’s acting like he’s the king of the game. But he also seems to have nestled into a position where no one really likes him or wants to work with him unless they have to, so the power players may start to underestimate him.

    I’ve thought all along that Danny had the ability to go far, and with him not being a challenge beast now that we’re in the individual portion of the game, I think that’s still the case. DeShawn and Shan are kind of two sides of the same coin for me. Both of them tend to vote from paranoia, and both have played extra votes that were absolutely useless. He keeps whining about not being heard, which sometimes seems valid and sometimes feels like, hey, maybe just let Shan finish these three sentences and tell her why you disagree. But Shan is being way too controlling. I think at this point she annoys people too much to get the win. I still like Liana, but I’m not sure she’ll recover from the blown use of her advantage and getting played by Xander and Evvie the way she did. But if Danny, DeShawn, Shan, Liana, and Ricard can keep it together for a few more votes, they should be able to get rid of Xander, Heather and Erika and then fight amongst themselves. I know they’re not all getting along that well, but it’s not like they like the other three any better. It seemed from the preview that Danny was pushing to get rid of Ricard, which I get, but honestly, imagine having to deal with Shan after that. It’ll be a nightmare.

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    I’m starting to like Erika more and more. I wasn’t a fan of her since the beginning, but after “redoing history”, she’s been pretty good strategically, though quite silent. She just had a big episode, she wanted Shan out and somehow managed to get everyone to split between Shan and Liana! Erika herself was supposed to go home! I’m just worried she’s not getting enough credit for it. At this point, I’m starting to believe that the final three could be Erika, Xander and either Deshawn or Ricard. If Ricard survives next week, it would mean he’ll vote against Danny and Deshawn, but it still seems difficult to get to the final 3.

    For next week, I’m thinking it’s between Liana, Ricard or Danny. Liana is the odd one out, no strong alliances and seems to be done with the game. Ricard looks like the biggest threat and he would really need an immunity idol. Danny is more of an unrealistic choice, assuming Deshawn will try to work with the others.

    Assuming Xander, Erika and Heather are together, they need only one. Danny and Deshawn are on the other side, which leaves only Ricard and Liana. Not really smart for the three to go with Ricard, so I guess it depends whether Liana is really pissed with the black alliance.

    The thing with Shan and Ricard that annoys me is that both are trying to present themselves as masterminds and/or villainous types. Ricard is just trying too hard and it seems fake.

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    After this past week’s episode, I could really see Ricard winning. I’m not sure what the path would be, but thinking about his screentime from the start until now, he feels more like an eventually winner than anyone else except maybe for Xander. This was a very exciting episode, though I also found it pretty emotional. I felt for Shan, but also, she was playing a pretty loose game that was bound to bite her sooner or later.

    It’s true, Erika is proving to be the clever and sneaky player that DeShawn and Danny were saying she was since before the merge, and yet they’ve consistently found bigger threats to target than her. I wonder if the show will put any idols back out into the game for the remaining players to find, since Naseer and Shan both left with theirs, leaving just Xander’s. It’s hard to guess how things will go from here. I could see Liana continuing to work with DeShawn and Danny because none of them really has a better option, especially if they can convince her that they just wanted Shan out and the idea of voting for her was really a Erika/Heather/Xander thing. A large part of the reason Danny and DeShawn wanted to get rid of Ricard was because of Shan, so I wonder now if they’ll keep working with Ricard instead. Or Ricard could attempt to join up with Xander, Heather and Erika and work against the other three. I could see Liana going to work with those three instead if she isn’t too sore that they maybe tried to take her out.

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    vinny
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    ROOTING SO HARD FOR RICARD. Well basically anyone but Zander….who I finally realized looks like my ex’s current bf who insists on trying to be nice to me every time I see him and all I keepthinking is she is with him cuz he is rich lol

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    LOL! I’m looking forward to the finale, and I really hope Ricard wins! He seems to be public enemy number one right now, but who knows if that will last. I’d think some of these people would have thought they should get rid of Xander, or at least flush his idol, but apparently not. I think top five will be the last time the idol can be played, so unless something really whacky happens, Xander will at least get through to final four. Someone will win immunity. For how much longer can the shot in the dark be used? Is that still in play? I would think Ricard would either win immunity or try his luck with the shot in the dark if possible. But it also seemed like Ricard thinks Xander is trustworthy, so I don’t know.

    It was sad seeing Danny go. I will Danny and DeShawn had given themselves more of a fighting chance by throwing someone else’s name out there, especially since they knew that votes were being split between them. Imagine if they had both voted for Xander, and then he became an option for Ricard, Heather and Erica to try to vote out. He definitely would not have played that idol before the votes were read, and then he would have been at their mercy. Oh well.

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    I really thought Deshawn had a serious shot at winning the game, but after his ridiculous truth bomb at tribal, I’m skeptical. A really dumb move. Ricard became public enemy too late, if you ask me. Unless he wins individual, I don’t see how he survives past final 5.

    I still can’t grasp the disparity between Xander’s actual gameplay and his idea of what he’s done. He is so confident in himself and he hasn’t done anything. Just last tribal, he wasted his extra vote to get rid off of Liana of all people. I could see him getting to the end, but failing to get votes from the jury. I do think it’s between Ricard, Erika and Deshawn.

    Jeff announced two more individual immunities, which would get us to the final three and then, apparently, we’ll have a fire making challenge? I think that could be the end for Heather.

    I didn’t say anything last week, but that episode was a huge disappointment. I really wish they would stop talking so much about personal backstories or diversity. A great episode is scheming every minute, not white people like Xander and Heather being surprised at being ignorant.

    And I believe the shot in the dark twist ended last episode.

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    Yes, I think there will be immunity to get to the final four and then immunity to make the finale, and then I’m assuming, like in the last few seasons, the immune person will be allowed to determine the two people who go to the finale and the two people who have to compete at fire-making to earn their spot in the finale.

    It doesn’t seem to me like Xander has done much either, but that’s how I felt about Adam during Gen X vs. Millennials, and he somehow won in a landslide. Maybe DeShawn’s strategy at this point was to look like an idiot so people would think he was less of a threat to win. And while I can see the show needing to focus on his emotional comments on being a black man in the game that happened at last week’s tribal council, the fact that it continued to get so much play this week made me wonder if we’re being made to connect more with him because he’s ultimately going to win.

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    Unless Ricard somehow gets to final three, I think it’s either Erika winning in a landslide over Xander and Heather or Erika winning with Deshawn as a runner-up.

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