May 14, 2012 at 8:54 am #240049
Kim is an amazing, well-rounded winner, but I’m afraid she will be among the most forgettable winners. It was clear that she had it in the bag since the merge(r). The only person who figured out how powerful she was couldn’t do anything before he went berserk.
I haven’t watched the reunion yet, so having three medically evacuated players back next season is news to me. I believe we’ll see Colton again, and I hope he is blindsided in the most painful way.May 14, 2012 at 9:07 am #240050
Yeah, I liked Christina as a person, but as a contestant she was probably the most wishy washy player who’s ever been on. If she had tried even just a teeny little bit, she might’ve been in contention for the win. I remember several episodes back, when everyone was telling her she was next to go, and her response was, “Well, all right….” instead of really fighting for herself. True, she gave a halfhearted defense of herself when she was pushed to do so, but for the most part, she was only too happy to fall on her sword. If Kim had ever been thinking of taking her to the final three, Christina basically made it impossible during tribal council by proving that she had no reason to still be there, and that she accepted leaving in 4th place. If Kim had taken Christina at that point, she would’ve looked really, really bad and it may well have backfired. Better to take out the person who was going to be a wishy washy jury vote, rather than risk Sabrina’s or Chelsea’s ire at the last minute.
On a personal level, I liked the final three, but as I said, both Sabrina and Chelsea made terrible cases for themselves. I’m glad they made it to where they did, but also glad that neither of them won.
I took Kim’s point about taking out Jonas as that was the beginning of the run on taking out all the guys, but you do make a good point that that wasn’t as big a move as taking out Mike. Either answer was okay with me, and I’m glad in a way she didn’t try to butter up Troy, because he didn’t deserve the ego stroking. Besides, even if she had stroked his ego, I’m not sure if he would’ve voted for her anyway. During the jury vote, whatever he said, “You may be on top, but you’re not the best” or something of that nature, made me think that he knew full well that Kim would win, but he just refused to give her the satisfaction of a unanimous vote. I wonder if Leif’s thinking was similar or if he really did want Sabrina to win.May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm #240051
The Sabrina votes surprised me, and probably the editors/producers as well. They had kind of played Chelsea up as a person who had bonded with the guys and was likeable, but then in the final tribal council, the exact opposite turned out to be true, as everyone apparently thought she was a bitch. That was odd. I guess in order to conjure some semblence of drama, they threw in that business about Sabrina’s work as a teacher and some moving speeches surrounding it, but yeah, I would have been absolutely stunned if Kim hadn’t won.May 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm #240052
Sabrina handled herself well in not taking the heat like Kim had to for being No. 1. She was worthy of some votes. (And I think I recall seeing, from Ponderosa clips, that Leif was leaning to Sabrina anyway.) What Kim did was not make the mistakes of someone like Samoa‘s and Heroes vs. Villains‘ Russell or, in All-Stars, Boston Rob: she could play a little dirty while killing her non-Final 3 competitors with kindness.
People just gravitated to Kim. Players of different stripes, including Troy (who fell for believing Michael was gunning for him). Jonas being the first man out, post-merge, was the beginning of Kim sinking the males and Troyzan. But move pivotal was getting him to vote out Michael. Of course, it was most effective when Jay’s thoughtless and loose lips sunk himself and, eventually, Troy (this was when Jay still was in denial). Difference between Jay and Troy: the latter had more resentment.
Kim won for making intelligent choices. For handling herself very well. And for playing clearly superior above the rest.May 16, 2012 at 9:31 am #240053
Firstly, Kim gave probably the best game by a female in her first season (possibly ever). She dominated challenges, controlled the strategy and socially was ble to connect with nearly everyone. Actually the more I think about it the more I think this is probably one of the best games of all time. She pretty much was able to do what it took Boston Ron 4 seasons to master.Highlights include setting up a great relationship of trust with Chealsy, getting Troy to vote out Micheal, not burning political capitol by saving Kat (something Hantz or BRob would have likley not been able to do) and always keeping the jury in mind.
It’s still fresh but I’d probably put her in my top 5 all time greatest players with: Richard Hatch, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Tom Westman and Parvati Shallow.
Unfortunatly this was a predictable final. The season was also a little dry but there were some great moments like : boys giving up tribal immunity, Troyzan’s last ditch efforts and Tarzan’s antics.
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