Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Episode 34.7

Things might be a bit different for this blog post as there are problems going on with my laptop’s power cord. While I might be able to use it should it actually have a long battery life, since it doesn’t, I won’t be risking it. Things should hopefully be back to normal in time as I have another power cord ordered. I am using my mother’s laptop as a result. If I can’t do a normal post by next week, that would be really bad. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, we are at the Nuku tribe after their tribal council. It is daytime so it is hard to understand why the nighttime part was edited out. Zeke tells people that he’s transgender after what happened. It seems that things are okay for him (her?) now. We then get to the two tribes meeting for potential food. Cirie thinks that something is up with what’s going on. Jeff Probst said that one person from each tribe must volunteer to not take part in the merge feast. Why must this game be so cruel sometimes?

In the second segment of the show, Jeff gives the tribe the option of what will happen if people don’t decide to sit out of the challenge. Brad continues to strive to be like his wife might do and sit out of the merge feast. Zeke doesn’t buy this as something other than trying to get ahead in the game. Tai sits out on his tribe. Sierra reminds us viewers of her legacy advantage. She can use it now or at the final six. Will she wait? We’ll see. I don’t fully understand what all is going on at the merge feast as Debbie thinks that it’s a good idea to fake drunkenness.

In the third segment of the show, Debbie makes amend with Brad. Zeke reveals to the other tribe over what happened at tribal council. A lot of scrambling starts to happen at the merge as Brad attempts to take control of the game. He wants Michaela to be voted out which everyone starts to talk about on the tribe. They say that she shouldn’t win immunity, which makes me think that she will. They mention the infamous stick to the plan line. I don’t understand some of what they are talking about. Will the vote be as clear cut as they are trying to make it seem.

In the fourth segment of the show, we get to even more tribe life going on. The recap told us that Michaela and Hali were on the outs considering how Brad was in control of their tribe. Michaela might want Cirie out, but it seems like they bond instead. It looks like they are potentially forming an alliance. Will it work? Will it last? I guess that we’ll see. We then get to the immunity challenge. It proves to see if someone is a blockhead or not.

Hali, Troyzan, and Zeke are the first three out of the challenge. Cirie is out fourth. Debbie is out after Michaela struggles for a bit. Michaela does wind up out next. Ozzy and Aubry are the next people out. Brad is then out. Sarah is out next. Sierra is then out. This leaves the last two as Andrea and Tai. I forget if it is actually Andrea and not Sierra who has the legacy advantage. Andrea wins the challenge.

In the fifth segment of the show, Sierra is convinced that Hali has an idol. I can’t tell much what is going on now and why. Cirie thinks that Hali should be voted out instead of Michaela. Zeke thinks that Hali should be the one voted out since she might have an idol. There are too many names going around during camp life that I have no idea who might be voted out without seeing tribal council. Cirie adds to her legend status by making the merge without attending tribal council.

Jeff thinks that this is the point of the game where blank happens. Yeah, shit does happen at the merge. Debbie thinks that she knows what is going down, but so often when you think you do, you really don’t. The discussion of whether or not someone has an idol is brought up. Hali wants to prove that she doesn’t have an idol, but not unless someone says that specifically. I still have no idea what will happen going into the vote. This seems like calm craziness if that makes sense. Nobody plays an idol or the legacy advantage. Hali is voted out and joins the jury. L I didn’t understand that vote.

We then get back to the tribe after the vote. Michaela thinks that she and Cirie can work together in the long term. Cirie thinks that she can take control of the game. I think that it is possible and I would love to see her win the game. I can’t tell who has the best chances right now. Andrea thinks that Brad or Sierra should be voted out of the game next. Zeke feels that he should be in control, but isn’t. I can’t tell who the next potential target is.

In the sixth segment of the show, we get to the reward challenge. I wonder if it will be more food. It seems like a rather fishy challenge. It is mostly a spa day that they get to experience. There is food as part of it as well. The orange team fails at the earlier part of the challenge. The blue tribe mess up by not taking a fish at one point. Jeff points out that they blue it. It comes down to the puzzle. The blue team does win the challenge in the end.

In the seventh segment of the show, Cirie feels like a loser. I doubt they would be showing us this with a player that wins. It’s sad because I really like her. We then get to the reward where Tai streaks for seemingly no good reason. Zeke talks strategy. Debbie thinks that Zeke is throwing out a fake story regarding her name being thrown under the bus.

In the eighth segment of the show, we get to see who can stay on a pole the longest. This is the challenge that I think Ozzy has won twice. Of course a porn star would know his way around a pole. Cirie and then Brad are the first two out of the challenge. Aubry is out next. Debbie is out next. Zeke is then out. Soon, the four left are Michaela, Andrea, Tai, and Ozzy. The next one out is Michaela. Andrea is then out. Tai and Ozzy are the last two left. Ozzy loses this challenge for the first time. Tai is the winner. Wow. That’s cool. Tai confuses queen and king. Brad thinks that tribal council will be crazy.

In the ninth segment of the show, Zeke wants to get out Andrea for some odd reason. I also had a very weirdly timed supper and am not sure if all of it was good for sure. I don’t think that the pears in fruit cups are any good anymore. People think that now is a good time to get rid of Zeke. Debbie suggests getting rid of Ozzy. Will this work? Sarah talks about the confusion of what is going on. What will happen? I guess that we’ll see and try to understand. The idols are irrelevant at the moment. Once again, I have no clue what is going on. Debbie might have been in the air force. She might be a jack of all trades. I can’t tell what is going on as usual. Debbie decides to play her extra vote. Nobody plays an idol (no one has to) and the person voted out is Ozzy. He has beaten his own record of most times voted out and is the first person since Rupert to be on three different juries.

On the next Survivor, a bunch of really confusing things are happening. I don’t understand what is going on and that seems to be a recurring theme throughout this season for me. I would rather have things make sense, but that doesn’t always happen.

Total confessional count: Sierra- 8, Tai- 14, Debbie- 18, Andrea- 8, Aubry- 9, Michaela- 12, Brad- 14, Cirie- 16, Hali- 9, Sarah- 9, Ozzy- 8, Troyzan- 7, Zeke- 15,

New confessionals this episode: Zeke- 7, Sierra- 4, Tai- 2, Debbie- 4, Andrea- 4, Aubry- 2, Michaela- 4, Brad- 3, Cirie- 9, Hali- 3, Sarah- 3, Ozzy- 2, Troyzan- 0,

Hopefully my laptop will be able to be used again next week. I don’t know why it wouldn’t be. I should have a new power cord by Friday at the soonest and Monday might be the latest. I just hope that nothing bad happens with the old cord. What are you supposed to do with a bad cord? I might have to give it to an electronic recycling place. I have to avoid using it in the meantime since it seems to be causing sparks and isn’t charging the laptop at all. I see no reason why I won’t have the replacement within a week’s time. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Episode 34.6

It seems like this show is running pretty late in the schedule. It started late, so it only seems natural that it will continue late until the end of the season in May. I do wonder if Hunted will continue for future seasons or not. It might, in order to fill the gap between Survivor seasons. Honestly, you could potentially put The Amazing Race between Survivor seasons if you aren’t going to do them the same way they have been doing them. I have no idea if Hunted did well in the ratings or not so I won’t know until the next season is announced whether or not it is staying around.

Good Friday is coming up and that means missing all of the Friday shows that I typically watch. This might be good as a lot of those shows that I watch have already left the schedule. But it potentially means missing a bunch of different shows that I like that are still on the air. The Friday shows that I currently watch are MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and Reign. There are times that I watch 20/20, but I don’t always watch it and usually ignore it if it is a murder mystery episode. I might be getting into various new Friday shows like The Toy Box, You the Jury, and First Dates. Other Friday shows that I watched this season before they left the schedule were Grimm, Emerald City, and Sleepy Hollow. There are a lot of good things. I even watch Shark Tank and Dateline sometimes.

I couldn’t help but noticing that Exile Island this season isn’t really Exile Island. I had thought of a twist that I never mentioned before where instead of an Exile Island, it is a Luxury Island that a lucky, random person would get that also comes with a round of immunity. (This would be in a season that starts with one tribe, to offset when there are an odd number of players.) This is pretty much turning Exile Island into something good. I don’t like this. It shouldn’t be some sort of party like the people in the video I’m mentioning are having. Plus, why is it on a pirate ship instead of, I don’t know, AN ACTUAL ISLAND? It’s bad enough that Redemption Island has never been a real island. (Warning: contains foul language)

Since all of the former winners are out of the game, it makes me wonder if the runner ups will be targeted or not. I doubt it, since they don’t really have the same sort of stigma attached to them that winners would be. In case you aren’t keeping track, the former finalists still in the game are Tai, Ozzy, and Aubry. If more alpha males go home, then Ozzy would be a potential next victim. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, Debbie incorrectly thinks that she is the first person to observe a tribal council and not vote. Tai thinks that he’s in danger based on what’s going on. I forget who all has possessed multiple idols before. Didn’t Tai the last time he played? Jeff and Zeke talk which might be a bad decision on Zeke’s part. I think that all the others who have had two idols at once are James in China, Parvati in Heroes versus Villains, Malcolm in Caramoan, and that’s all that I can remember. If there are more, I’m not sure if I know them offhand.

In the second segment of the show, we get to a similar, yet different type of challenge. The winner gets pizza and soft drinks. (Why is soda called soft drinks sometimes? Is that to appease the morons who don’t call it soda?) Nuku wins the challenge due to Ozzy the challenge beast. I wonder if we should be worried that he’ll do this again. We don’t know if this whole Ozzy and Cirie rivalry will still come to mean that one will cause the elimination of the other. I’m not sure yet who I’d rather come out on top.

In the third segment of the show, we get back to the red tribe after their loss as I realize that Exile Island was probably a one-time twist this season. This is the part from the promos where everyone is getting emotional. I don’t entirely understand why this is happening, but that seems to be the point. Aubry and Brad seem to bond over this. Ozzy talks about the win that he helped bring his tribe. It seems almost like day and night the difference between the two tribes right now. Jeff wants to get rid of Ozzy. Plus don’t backfire on Jeff. I notice that a lot of people we haven’t seen in a while are getting airtime again. That’s pretty nice, actually.

In the fourth segment of the show, we get to the immunity challenge already. I don’t think that production rigs things, but it is interesting how they have a water challenge now and they know how good Ozzy is with these types of challenges. Of course, they only have a limited number of challenges that would work as a tribal challenge. Brad fails partly at the challenge. Anyone would be dead in the water, so to speak, against Ozzy in the water, so you have to wonder if this is important to the future. Despite the lead, Ozzy’s tribe loses the challenge after failing at the puzzle.

We then get back to the losing tribe. Jeff offers a public swan song, but I don’t that he’s out yet. Zeke wants to keep Jeff in the game. Zeke doesn’t want Ozzy out of the game. Jeff stirs the pot and tries to get the women on his side. Why do gay men seem to align with women? I can’t tell if is making up crap or not. Is Zeke in danger at all?

In the fifth segment of the show, we get to tribal council next. Jeff Varner talks about how he feels that he is on the bottom.  Jeff airs the tribe’s dirty laundry to everyone. Remember when Coby did that in Palau? It didn’t work out that well for him. Who is transgender? Things are exploding quite easily. When was this ever revealed? Now I’m wanting Jeff Varner to be voted out. Jeff Probst talks about the logic gap. Zeke feels betrayed. Don’t ever tell someone that you are voting them out. It doesn’t work out most of the time.

I don’t like this tribal council. Should they even be airing this? I guess that they might have to in order to explain the vote that happens. This might somehow being one of the most shocking tribal councils ever and we probably know who is getting voted out the whole time. I guess that the best way to called this episode is #survivorbombshell. Are we getting to the vote ever? They forgo the actual vote and Jeff Varner gets eliminated. Wow. I wonder who his vote would have been against. Poor Jeff just doesn’t seem to understand how to play the game.

On the next Survivor, we get to the merge as expected. There’s not much else revealed about the next episode. Jeff Varner is emotional in his exit confessional and upset over what he did. I hope that he doesn’t lose a lot of friends over this. I’ll stay friends with him on facebook. I know that I’ve said a lot of dumb and terrible things before. If you haven’t, that’s good. It’s sad that such a terrible fight is now on TV forever. Honestly, though, it is still better than a lot of what we saw during the election. Ugh. His elimination means that Australia and Cambodia are eliminated from this season. What’s interesting is that the two people who didn’t make the cast of Cambodia are still in this game.

Total confessional count: Michaela- 8, Brad- 11, Cirie- 7, Hali- 6, Sarah- 6, Ozzy- 6, Troyzan- 7, Zeke- 8, Sierra- 4, Tai- 12, Jeff Varner- 14, Debbie- 14, Andrea- 4, Aubry- 7.

New confessionals this episode: Brad- 2, Cirie- 1, Hali- 0, Sarah- 2, Ozzy- 1, Troyzan- 0, Zeke- 1, Sierra- 1, Tai- 1, Jeff Varner- 3, Debbie- 1, Andrea- 0, Aubry- 2, Michaela- 0.

Now let’s get to the confessional count. Jeff Varner tied with Debbie for the most total confessionals with fourteen each. The second highest is Tai with twelve. If my count is right, Sierra and Andrea tie for lowest with four a piece. Jeff had three new confessionals this episode, which was higher than anyone else. Those with two are Brad, Sarah, and Aubry. With no new confessionals are Andrea, Hali, Michaela, and Troyzan. I might have confused Andrea and Sierra with the confessional count.

Wow. That episode was pretty heavy. I would recommend to those on the west coast or later time zones to watch the CW after this episode is over because you might need a laugh to take your mind off of what happened. Poor Zeke. I hope that Jeff doesn’t get a lot of hate the way Dawn did after Brenda’s boot in Caramoan. I also hope that he learned his lesson. I thought that after Cambodia that Jeff couldn’t get a worse edit and was destined to bounce back. Instead, he went even lower. Maybe he should take a vacation. It sure helped Jeff Probst overcome the controversy regarding the Caramoan reunion show to instantly be out filming Blood versus Water until the whole thing blew over. This makes me seriously doubt that they will do anything bad at a fall season’s reunion show. I don’t even know exactly what I’m saying anymore. I guess that I will be back in the future with the next episode. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Episode 34.5

I hope that this season doesn’t become too much like All-Stars. What I mean by that is they don’t need all these twists done in one season. All-Stars went overboard on all these crazy, dumb twists. I don’t understand the appeal of too many of them. Hopefully, they’ll at least provide good things happening in the game. Otherwise, it will just be one dumb thing after another.

The upcoming twist involving some sort of returning player (if it is a twist at all, that is) makes me wonder if they are introducing the joker concept that has been used on international seasons. The joker is when a new contestant enters the game part of the way through. Normally, they can’t get the ultimate end prize as they weren’t there for the whole game. I don’t know what they would do as I have never seen any international seasons. But it might be something that could appear at some point.

I forgot to mention that Tocantins has now been eliminated from this season. Heroes versus Villains remains as both Sandra and Cirie remain in the game. JT is now one of five players to be eliminated before the merge, be on the jury, and be a finalist. He’s the first one to go in the order of finalist then juror then premerge boot.

Sandra likes to call herself the queen. She seems to be too cocky. Maybe winning twice has gone to her head and made her think that she has all the power. Indeed, in the game of chess, the queen can do the most. But you can win the game without a queen. I think that it’s only a matter of time before Sandra finally gets voted out. It could happen before the merge as it seems dumb that they keep getting rid of all these good challenge competitors. Even if she does make the end a third time, I just don’t see her as winning this time as there’s too much bad in her edit. Will she be dethroned? Maybe. I think that her being the queen is ultimately a bad thing.

I don’t know if I should speculate more on this returning player twist. I don’t know if they are just visiting a tribe or what. I don’t know who it is. It could be someone who was already eliminated this season. Or it could be someone else entirely. We don’t know what capacity they are returning in, although I doubt that it would be a full-fledged player this late in the game. I normally am not this interested in a new episode, but I think that I am this time around. What’s bad is that I won’t be able to watch it live the way I normally would. But not watching things live can have its advantages. Indeed, if I had live watched the episode Bum Puzzled, it might not have been something that I blogged about. And if I didn’t blog about it, well, this blog wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t be such an avid blogger. I’d probably just have the one blog that I wouldn’t care as much about. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, Aubry talks about being left out of the loop. Will she finally have the sense to turn things against Sandra? Tai continues looking for the idol, which he’ll probably find since they mentioned it in the recap. He did find it as expected. The tribes then drop their buffs to switch tribes again. Debbie doesn’t get a buff. Mana: Troyzan, Michaela, Sierra, Hali, Aubry, Cirie, Brad. Nuku: Sandra, Jeff Varner, Ozzy, Andrea, Tai, Zeke, Sarah. I think that those are the right tribes. Debbie is sent to Exile Island. Jeff Varner isn’t sure of how he’ll do on his new tribe.

In the second segment of the show, we get to the new Mana tribe. Troyzan talks about how he feels well on his new tribe. Brad wants to form an alliance with Troyzan as they are the only two men on his tribe. Does he forget how poorly that went for him on Blood versus Water? At least he is getting women in the alliance as he needs a majority. Jeff Varner and Sandra want to work together. Zeke wants Sandra out. Andrea wants Tai out. Zeke wants to use Tai as a fake vote out name. Tai looks for a second idol. He looks in the same place for it that he found it on the other tribe and does find it. Congrats on joining the two idol tribe. You’re lucky if you can get one, but two at a time is impressive. We then get to “Exile Island,” which is actually a ship full of food. What? But then she notices a boat approaching with John Cochran from South Pacific and Caramoan. What's he doing here?

In the third segment of the show, we learn that there is an Exile Island experience and John is there to offer advice to whoever winds up there. John correctly asserts that Debbie is overconfident in the game. I wonder if we’ll see him again. He also offers her an advantage. There are three different choices that she is presented with: the kit to make a fake idol, an extra vote, or an advantage for her new tribe in their next immunity challenge. She takes the extra vote. I would have taken the advantage in order to help my new tribe. I wonder if the other two options could potentially show up again. I also wonder if John is the person who thought of this twist.

In the fourth segment of the show, Zeke wants to potentially work with Jeff Varner even while working to vote out his ally. Jeff buys this too easily, the fact that Tai might be voted out. Sandra isn’t so quick to buy this story so she thinks that they should win the challenge in order to win ensure that she won’t get voted out. We then get to the immunity challenge. Mana wins the challenge after Nuku trails behind too much in it.

In the fifth segment of the show, Sandra tries to stay in the game while Zeke tries to get her out. She tries to work her charm, but Sarah isn’t buying it. Ozzy doesn’t think that it was a good idea for Tai to mention that Sandra was the target to Jeff. Word gets back to Sandra about her being the target. Tai thinks that he’s safe with two idols. Well, that didn’t work out well for James Clement.

We then get to tribal council next. Sandra admits that she thinks she’s the target. Tai admits that he’s worried that he’ll be voted out. Sarah admits that some votes are still up in the air. I should be taking shots every time Sandra says either “As long as it ain’t me” or “The queen stays queen.” Tai suddenly wants to vote out Ozzy, but I can’t tell if this is a true target or not. This seems to be another dumb move. How did Sandra do that? Hopefully, this is part of Tai’s plan to get people to vote for him so he can play an idol on himself and vote out Sandra. If he doesn’t play his idol, that would be bad. He doesn’t play it. But the votes are still against Sandra. That’s a relief actually. How did that happen? I’m glad that people stuck to their guns.

On the next Survivor, things are going bad on Mana. Jeff Varner is after blood. Alliances are changing. I guess we will see what happens later. Are their people on the other tribe who haven’t attended tribal council yet? I forget as it’s easy to lose track of. Pearl Islands is now the next season eliminated from the game, yet Heroes versus Villains still remains for now.

Total confessional count: Tai- 11, Jeff Varner- 11, Debbie- 13, Andrea- 4, Aubry- 5, Michaela- 8, Brad- 9, Sandra- 19, Cirie- 6, Hali- 6, Sarah- 4, Ozzy- 5, Troyzan- 7, Zeke- 7, Sierra- 3.

New confessionals this episode: Sierra- 0, Tai- 4, Jeff Varner- 4, Debbie- 4, Andrea- 1, Aubry- 1, Michaela- 0, Brad- 2, Sandra- 4, Cirie- 0, Hali- 0, Sarah- 1, Ozzy- 1, Troyzan- 2, Zeke- 4. Special confessional: John- 2

Sandra had four confessionals this episode, a high shared by Tai, Jeff Varner, Debbie, and Zeke. At the lowest with no new confessionals are Michaela, Cirie, Hali, and Sierra. Sandra had the total highest confessional count with nineteen. The second highest is Debbie with thirteen. Tai and Jeff Varner tie for third highest with eleven. The lowest in the total count is Sierra with only three. It is worth noting that John, who isn’t a contestant this season, got two new confessionals this episode, the same number as Brad and Troyzan. John beat Sarah, Ozzy, Andrea, and Aubry who all only had one confessional. What does it say that in this one episode John is getting more confessionals than eight of the players actually on this season? Now that Sandra is gone, only four people had more new confessionals than John who are still in the game. That seems weird, right?

Some of you probably have no idea when Lent ends. Well, Sunday is Palm Sunday and Easter, when Lent ends, is a week after that. But the last evening Lenten service was yesterday so I’ll be able to move this blog back to Wednesdays. I should be able to live watch it for the rest of the season. Hopefully there won’t be any problems with that. If I don’t have a post on Wednesday, hopefully you’ll see an update sometime shortly after that. Just remember that my blog about the show Elementary will now be on Thursdays until further notice so you won’t see any potential late posts on Thursdays again for the rest of this season at least. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Episode 34.4

I wonder if anyone on this season will end up serving on their third jury. To date, only Rupert has made the jury three different times. The way things are going, I’m not sure if that will end up happening or not. Malcolm has now joined Ciera and Russell Hantz as three time players who have always gotten a worse placement each time they played. I haven’t checked what my predictions were, but I have the feeling that they are way off now.

Good news, everyone! Survivor is renewed for more seasons. Yay! Well, it is renewed for at least one other season, but I have no idea why they wouldn’t do two seasons at the same time. I do wonder if this show will ever end. You’d think that it would at some point, but I have no idea when that could be.

I know that there has to be alternates for a season like this. I don’t know who was considered for this season that didn’t make the cast yet or not. Well, I know that Natalie from San Juan del Sur was almost in the cast. But I don’t know who else was considered. It was weird not knowing who the alternates for Caramoan were for quite some time. I guess there just wasn’t the information there for it or not. At one point, we knew more alternates for South Pacific than we did for Caramoan.

I’m not sure if there have been many Survivor dreams that I’ve been having lately. I recently dreamt about Erik from Micronesia. It mostly just related to his huge mistake of giving up immunity and the events that lead up to it. I forget if it focused on his time in Caramoan or not. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, we get back to the tribe that lost Malcolm. I can’t keep track of them. Nuku was the tribe. JT wanted Sandra out, which is why he leaked the plans. Instead, another one of his moves backfires. JT finds an idol clue. He then finds the idol. Hopefully, he can use it better than the last time he had an idol.

In the second segment of the show, we get to the next challenge, which is one on a small island. I think that the green tribe loses. Debbie is failing at the challenge, so this may be what causes her outrage. Debbie thinks that it’s Brad’s fault for the loss their tribe has since he dictates the challenge, even though she mentioned having good balance.

In the third segment of the show, Sarah talks to Troyzan. She wants an idol and tells him that. We then get to Debbie getting really upset. For some reason, Debbie thinks that Hali is the one who failed at the challenge. What is going on here? I don’t understand why she’s getting so upset. If this gets rid of Brad somehow, it might work out. But it looks like it could bite her in the ass.

In the fourth segment of the show, coffee is being made on Nuku. This gets JT really irritated because Michaela takes too much of it. Sandra then stirs the pot by eating the rest of the sugar. She does this in front of Jeff Varner. Man, do I love it when Sandra can cause dysfunction like this. Michaela wants to kill JT over this, which is a totally natural response, not. Tai looks for another idol on his tribe. Look in a hole in a tree! He finds a clue, but not an idol just yet. We then get to the immunity challenge. I might have been wrong earlier when I thought that Debbie blew the reward challenge. She gets mad at the challenge, but her tribe still comes in first. It is the Nuku tribe that loses.

In the fifth segment of the show, JT tries to get Michaela out of the game. She realized that this is the type of challenge that got her voted out the first time. Sandra wants to get out JT as vengeance for Malcolm getting the boot in the last episode. Jeff Varner appears to be in the middle of the two sides trying to fight for power. Will he join JT and Aubry or Michaela and Sandra?

At tribal council, the people talk about the last, crazy tribal council. Somehow, this is JT’s most excited tribal council instead of the one where he beat Stephen for the win. JT thinks that they have been babysitting Michaela. I think that JT is being rude. Sandra comes to Michaela’s defense. Everyone thinks that the vote is clear. They vote and nobody plays an idol. Somehow, Michaela has a cup of coffee during this time. Weird. The person voted out is poor JT who failed to use his idol. Man, he is now with Ozzy as the only players to have two idols and not use them right either time.

On the next Survivor, there is another tribe swap, Exile Island is back, and a former Survivor is returning somehow. I’m guessing that they are just visiting, but who and why is unknown. It seems weird to me that such a thing would happen. Surely it wasn’t someone voted out of the game, is it? Man, I’m getting really confused here by this season.

Total confessional count: Sandra- 15, Cirie- 6, Hali- 6, Sarah- 3, Ozzy- 4, Troyzan- 5, Zeke- 3, Sierra- 3, JT- 11, Tai- 7, Jeff Varner- 7, Debbie- 9, Andrea- 3, Aubry- 4, Michaela- 8, Brad- 7.

New confessionals this episode: Brad- 1, Sandra- 3, Cirie- 0, Hali- 1, Sarah- 1, Ozzy- 0, Troyzan- 1, Zeke- 0, Sierra- 0, JT- 5, Tai- 2, Jeff Varner- 2, Debbie- 3, Andrea- 0, Aubry- 1, Michaela- 3.

JT had five confessionals this episode, the highest out of everyone. The next highest are Debbie, Sandra, and Michaela, all with three each. Sierra, Andrea, Cirie, Ozzy, and Zeke all have no confessionals this episode. As for the total count, JT had eleven confessionals. The only person who is higher than him is Queen Sandra with fifteen. The lowest in the total count right now are Andrea, Sarah, Zeke, and Sierra, who all have just three confessionals. I wonder how things could change for them in the future. We’ll see. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Episode 34.3

Well, my sister’s baby was born so hopefully there won’t be any issues with me watching this show because of it. I can’t imagine that she as a Survivor fan would want to mess herself or anyone else up by scheduling events during that time. Besides, she should be busy with Lenten services during this time anyways. But I thought that I would let you know about this in case anything changes.

I don’t know if I should mention the seasons that people played before in this post or not. I have the information in the document where I’m writing this blog, but I don’t think that I will mention much about them. What is interesting is that Troyzan and Brad were both rejected from being in the cast of Cambodia and they both get to play in a season with Jeff Varner and Ciera who actually made the cast of Cambodia. When seasons do get eliminated, I will include Cambodia rejects as a season for when both Brad and Troyzan are out of the game (provided that neither one of them makes the final three). There will be a bit of confusion regarding previous seasons getting eliminated since some contestants played multiple seasons. I guess that if any are eliminated at the same time as another one (which is going to happen), I will mention the older season first. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, Tai discusses voting against Caleb. Hali is glad that she made it past the vote. Debbie thinks that Hali is out of options. We then get to a challenge. Only two players will participate in each tribe. Only men are participating. The blue tribe gets first and the red tribe pulls a come from behind second place victory. The green tribe loses and Cirie blames Troyzan for it, wanting him to be voted off next. Will it happen? I guess we'll see later.

In the second segment of the show, the green tribe gets back after their challenge loss. Ozzy’s cockiness seems to be showing back up again. Andrea is glad that he’s able to catch fish. Sandra still feels in control which she might be. JT wants to get rid of her, prompting another winner’s war.

In the third segment of the show, we instantly get to the immunity challenge. Jeff Probst gets to the main twist where only one of the three tribes win immunity and the two losers both go to tribal council. Andrea is able to win the challenge for the green tribe. It turns out that the two losing tribes are voting out just one member between them. How will they sort that out? And is this really fair since one tribe would just target members of the other tribe? It seems like a cool twist, but I’m not sure it will work out that well.

In the fourth segment of the show, there is an image of an animal using camouflage on itself. I wonder what this means. The blue tribe talks about how they would have the majority to vote out a member of the other tribe. Jeff Varner points at the lack of consensus among the group. The red tribe also tries to come up with a decision on what to do. Hali is considered a wild card. I’m not sure how this tribe knows that JT is a potential vote in their pocket. Tai finds a clue to the idol on his tribe. He finds the idol and tells his tribe about it meaning they have potential power going into the vote.

In the fifth segment of the show, we get to the tribal council. JT was with the other tribe originally. This is so confusing. There are huge risks with potentially flipping as you would then be on the outs on your tribe. The loyalty test could prove Hali or JT a new asset to their tribe. There are so many whispers and confusion over who to vote for. JT and Hali openly give hints to other tribes. Who can be trusted? I have a feeling that this idol might be played. Jeff Probst doesn’t even know what to say about all this.

Man that Hali is a little devil, isn’t she? I’m starting to like her even if she is evil. The votes are cast. Tai decides to give his idol to Sierra and she plays it on herself. I hope they took Hali’s advice. It looks like they did not take her advice. Sierra’s votes are cancelled and Malcolm is on the receiving end of an idol move. Why’d they target him? That seemed to have been lost in the editing. This makes Philippines the first season to be eliminated. JT’s tribe thinks that he did something bad to cause this.

On the next Survivor, JT is in the hot seat and Debbie is getting really mad. I’m going to have to rewatch the tribal council to see what this moment was that they think happened regarding JT. It was JT who revealed who they were voting for. Hali told them to switch, but they didn’t take her advice. Man, while players I love are dropping like flies, I really hope the season continues being this crazy.

Total confessional count: Jeff Varner- 5, Debbie- 6, Andrea- 3, Aubry- 3, Michaela- 5, Brad- 6, Sandra- 12, Cirie- 6, Hali- 5, Malcolm- 9, Sarah- 2, Ozzy- 4, Troyzan- 4, Zeke- 3, Sierra- 3, JT- 6, Tai- 5.

New confessionals this episode: Tai- 1, Jeff Varner- 1, Debbie- 1, Andrea- 1, Aubry- 1, Michaela- 0, Brad- 1, Sandra- 2, Cirie- 1, Hali- 2, Malcolm- 1, Sarah- 0, Ozzy- 1, Troyzan- 0, Zeke- 0, Sierra- 1, JT- 2.

Malcolm had only one confessional this episode, the same number at Brad, Cirie, Tai, Jeff Varner, Ozzy, Debbie, Andrea, Aubry, and Sierra. The people with no confessionals are Sarah, Troyzan, Zeke, and Michaela. The people with two confessionals are Sandra, Hali, and JT. As for total confessionals, Malcolm had nine. The only person to be higher than him is Queen Sandra with twelve. Sarah is scrapping the bottom of the confessional count with only two confessionals. We will see what happens and changes as the season progresses. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Episode 34.2

Interesting fact: both Ciera and her mother Laura have been the first voted out of a tribe. Now I’m not sure if I’ll keep track of all the nominations for my dumbest moves of the season award as the season goes on, but Tony’s weird playing has to be nominated. How did his game go so wrong? Another fun fact about Ciera is that there is only one other person who played the game three times and ranked lower each time. Russell Hantz is no longer alone as he was the only person before her to have this fact about themselves (that I know of at least). But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, we immediately get to the tribe swap. There is now a green tribe in addition to the blue and red tribe. The new red tribe: Hali, Tai, Brad, Caleb, Sierra, and Debbie. The new blue tribe: Malcolm, Michaela, Sandra, Aubry, Jeff Varner, and JT. The new green tribe: Ozzy, Zeke, Sarah, Troyzan, Cirie, and Andrea. Or, I think that I got them all on the right tribe. They never actually said who was on each tribe, though. JT gets his tribe to go out on the sea and then leaves them to try to find the hidden immunity idol. #devious. The people back on the boat get suspicious of him. Sadly, this may have put him more on the outs than he was wanting to. Hopefully this doesn’t get him voted out, but I’m just hoping that he avoids epic fails like the last time he played.

In the second segment of the show, Brad tries to make his new tribe his home now. Hali and Caleb are seemingly at the bottom of their new tribe, but Tai has plans to keep Caleb around. Brad wants to get rid of Caleb while Tai wants to get rid of Debbie. We then get to the Tavua (green) tribe getting to their camp for the first time. Ozzy and Cirie might want to work together. Everyone on their tribe probably wants to get rid of Troyzan. He then goes looking for the idol and he finds a message on a bottle (sending out an SOS). He learns where he can find the idol.

In the third segment of the show, there are goats on the blue tribe. JT wants to get them to help keep himself safe in the game. Remember how Richard the provider was able to keep himself safe? They won’t get rid of the momma goat who apparently has horns. But they think about getting rid of the baby. Will they eat the goat or not? They talk amongst themselves to see what to do so they get rid of the goat and eat chickens instead. I’m not sure why this is in here. I guess that we could see a symbolism in the future of letting the goat get away with people on this tribe.

In the fourth segment of the show, we get to the immunity challenge. We also have rewards and the winner gets a tarp and their choice between comfort and flavoring food. The runner-up gets the rejected choice of the first place tribe. Troyzan feels like he is poorly placed in the challenge in terms of trying to get the idol. I would feel like it would be cool if he got the idol, everyone voted against him, he played the idol, and cast the only vote that mattered. The red tribe loses the challenge and Troyzan manages to get the idol. What’s weird is that idol players are very active in the game. I might have to do a post about them. Debbie thinks that the vote will be easy. But are things ever really that easy on Survivor? It seems that those who think it is get their asses handed to them.

In the fifth segment of the show, Hali feels that she is at the bottom. Debbie feels that relationships from old seasons matter this time around. Tai wonders where his loyalties lie. Is the choice as easy as Hali or Caleb? We then get to tribal council next. Hali thinks that she’s more at the bottom than Caleb is. She tries to save herself, but I don’t know if she’s doing well on that front or not. Why don’t they show many voting confessionals anymore? Are people not giving entertaining ones anymore? Caleb is the one who gets voted out. That seems like a strange pick. Thus, he leaves around the same time he did the first time. Maybe he’s not as good a challenge asset as people thought he was.

On the next Survivor, JT tries to get rid of Sandra and they are finally using the double tribal council twist in a three tribe season. I sure have missed that twist. It hasn’t happened since Nicaragua. And they have a good way of using it by making one of the three tribes immune while the other two have to vote someone out. Maybe people in production do read this blog. (Pick me!) Otherwise, they just finally went with the obvious twist. As for this blog, the readers of it keep coming and I tend to have over a thousand people reading certain posts. I wonder what this crazy moment Jeff Probst was reacting to.

Total confessional count: Malcolm- 8, Sarah- 2, Ozzy- 3, Caleb- 5, Troyzan- 4, Zeke- 3, Sierra- 2, JT- 4, Tai- 4, Jeff Varner- 4, Debbie- 5, Andrea- 2, Aubry- 2, Michaela- 5, Brad- 5, Sandra- 10, Cirie- 5, Hali- 3.

New confessionals this episode: Debbie- 2, Andrea- 1, Aubry- 0, Michaela- 1, Brad- 3, Sandra- 2, Cirie- 1, Hali- 2, Malcolm- 3, Sarah- 0, Ozzy- 2, Caleb- 2, Troyzan- 3, Zeke- 1, Sierra- 1, JT- 3, Tai- 2, Jeff Varner- 2.

Caleb had two confessionals this episode, the same number as Hali, Ozzy, Debbie, Tai, Sandra, and Jeff Varner. The only people higher than them had three confessionals. They were Malcolm, Troyzan, JT, and Brad. At the bottom, with no new confessionals, were Sarah and Aubry. As for total confessionals, Caleb had five, the same number as Debbie, Michaela, Brad, and Cirie. The only people higher than them are Malcolm and Sandra with queen Sandra as the highest with ten. So far, the lowest in total count are Andrea, Sarah, Aubry, and Sierra with only two confessionals a piece. I guess we will see what happens later as time moves on. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Survivor: Game Changers Premiere

Originally, I heard that this season was actually going to be something along the lines of premerge versus merge or something like that. If the cast I have is correct, this is not what they decided to go with. But, this still might be an interesting season idea to do sometime. Of course, I should have already posted my version of a season like that. If not, you should see it some other time.

Now that Caleb, who was medically evacuated in his most recent season, has returned to play the game again this season, I might as well get to new grouping of medically evacuated players that I like to do. This will be similar to how they brought back the three players for Philippines. I will mention groups of three (or just two, if there’s not enough) for how I feel the groups should return in the future. Here are my new groupings: group 1- Joe del Campo (Kaoh Rong), Erik (Caramoan), & Bruce (Panama); group 2- Neal (Kaoh Rong), Joe Dowdle (Tocantins), & Terry (Cambodia); group 3- Shamar (Caramoan), Mike Borassi (Samoa), & Gary (Fiji); and group 4- Kourtney (One World) & Dana (Philippines).

I have another Survivor dream to tell you about. It regarded the Kaoh Rong season of Survivor. In it, it appears Neal was able to make a case to the jury as he rightfully should have. Only I was there to make a case for the winner of the season, Michele. I still don’t know why people hate Michele as a winner as I didn’t like Aubry at all. I guess that we will see this season if Aubry makes a better impression on me. Why did people think that she would win if the edit kept saying things weren’t going her way?

I also had a dream regarding some random Survivor contestant dying, but the dream didn’t say who died or why. It was around the start of the new year when I dreamt it. It must have been prophetic as on the last day of 2016, Dan Kay from Gabon died. I’m not sure that we know what killed him yet, although we hopefully will at some point. Sadly, I don’t remember who he was, but I should get the season again to watch it. Currently, I have Gabon ranked 31st out of the 33 previous seasons. Maybe a rewatch could improve my thoughts on it. I doubt that I would have Palau ranked as high as it is without a rewatch and Borneo would still be low if I still hadn’t seen it. Meanwhile, I’m wondering if we’ll find out what killed him and why. Maybe we’ll never know. But it seems weird that it appears that the family knows what the cause is but won’t share it with anyone else.

Survivor Oz never interviewed Dan Kay. I wondered if he appeared in any Survivor podcasts before he died. If he did, I don’t know about it. But, in memory of him, Randy and Ken from Gabon did a special podcast with Rob Cesterino where they talked about him. Here’s a link to the podcast, which was a pretty nice one.

I have so many posts that I started working on all at once that it’s not even funny. I have seven blogs to work on constantly and various posts all within a particular blog. It is hard to do and keep track of. I’m just wondering when the official cast of this season will be released so I can do some of my thoughts on it before the season starts. We’ll see what ends up happening. At least I could have lots of the random posts written for whatever hiatus of Survivor we are on.

Different family events run the risk of affecting this blog from time to time. My sister is going to be having a baby really soon. I thought that I would tell you about this, in the event that it affects this blog in any way. If I ever miss a planned episode, you’ll know why. Posts will be on Thursdays until Holy Week happens, in case you wondered why this was a day late.

In case you heard about the death of Richard Hatch, it was an actor who had no association with the Survivor contestant. I’m not sure how I’d deal with a death of a contestant who played multiple seasons just yet on this blog. I guess we’ll see what happens as it happens. I would probably not do a season again right away in the event that I already have it on DVD. I would do it eventually. I know that if it was the Survivor contestant, Richard Hatch, who had died, I would probably only get his second season and after blogging about that would I do his first season again since I already have it. We’ll see what happens in the future. I have two potential past seasons to blog about, but I’d need them on DVD first. Just keep out for potential posts on Sundays or Fridays.

Something that I realize about the contestants from this season is that one is named Ciera and another in named Sierra, that could cause confusion if they weren’t written differently. I won’t tell you their last names, but I will wonder how the show would keep them separate since you’d be hearing their names instead of seeing them.

I seem to have been having some computer issues lately. Hopefully these will be resolved at some point or I can find a new laptop. I still have my first laptop that I believe that I’ve had since around 2009. This probably means that it will need replaced sooner rather than later. I might just have to borrow my mother’s in the meantime, although I would want to get a new one of my own if there are problems. I have no idea how computer issues would affect my many blogs. Meanwhile, I still have my first digital camera (do cameras need replaced after a while?) and I still have my first cell phone. I love my flip phone that was free with rebate. I’ve had it since 2010.

There was a dream that I had that related to Survivor: Caramoan. It somehow he me as the host and I was reading the votes. In this version, Eddie was a finalist and he got four votes, tying for first with some other contestant implied to be maybe Dawn but probably John. The dream might have just made up a person. Also, if you believe that Eddie could have won Caramoan, let me know what potential evidence you have to back this up since I could potentially use this sometime. I tried to resolve the tie that was revealed then and there instead of at the reunion show like it is supposed to be. I started with a riddle that became a murder mystery and warped into a messed up version of Godsford Park. Also, don’t watch that movie. If you make a murder mystery film, then don’t wait until the second half of the film to get to the murder.

Apparently, the idea for this season involves a whole lot of idols being planted and used. I don’t know if I like the idea of things being crazy. I don’t really like idols as they are right now, even though they do lead to a bunch of craziness. But we don’t need too much craziness. We need just the right amount of use. If there are idols that aren’t used, that’s perfectly okay. Sorry if you consider this a spoiler. They’ve also changed how the tie-breakers work now so that’s pretty strange as well. I wonder if the contestants will know this ahead of time. I doubt it. In case you didn’t know that change, they have gotten rid of the revote part of tie-breakers now. They must really want more crazy rock drawings.

Since Lent is going on right now, this means that I will be missing most of the shows that I normally watch on Wednesday. Typically, the only certain thing I can watch on most Wednesdays during Lent would be whatever airs at 9. I was likely Doubt, but they pulled it from the schedule. Hopefully they will burn off the unaired episodes on Saturdays in the summer. Thankfully, I do watch another show at that time: Designated Survivor. I can watch some of the shows at 8 if church gets out at a good time and I leave it immediately. I typically watch SVU at this time. I also watch Modern Family by recording it for later. I do not yet know if I will watch any of The 100 this time around. I haven’t yet and don’t know yet if I will. Also, there are shows that air against Survivor that I’m planning on watching online. I watch Arrow and Blindspot, although I may not continue watching Blindspot as it might be easier for me to not tune into it (not because I don’t like the show anymore).

At this point in time, I have family visiting and will not be able to record the episode as I normally would. I will watch this later online, hopefully on Thursday. If it is later, I apologize to you about it. Hopefully there aren’t any major delays throughout the rest of the season and I can have these blog posts when I intend to have them. But enough of my ramblings.

In the first segment of the show, we get to the introduction. Let’s see who’s covered: Tony is, Malcolm is, Sandra is, Cirie is, Debbie is, Brad, sort of is, and that’s it. Hmm. Jeff talks to the contestants on the boat in a homage to Borneo’s introduction. There is a twist as people try to get a tool kit. Ozzy gets it and no one even tries to go after him to get it as they figure that they would be dead in the water so to speak. It turns out that Caleb is going to compete with him after a while. It appears that a secret advantage was available and I think that Debbie got it, but I couldn’t tell for sure.

In the second segment of the show, has the Mana tribe going down a staircase to their tribe. Tony runs away from his tribe not even hiding the fact that he’s looking for an idol. That wasn’t even what he was going to do at first, but then he did. The Nuku tribe gets to their camp and find goats nearby. I wonder if this could be future symbolism. It turns out that Sierra has gotten a slightly different legacy advantage then the last time around. It was not Debbie as I previously thought. Ozzy wants to get revenge on Cirie. Why are they on the same tribe?

In the third segment of the show, Cirie decides to try to bury the hatchet with Ozzy. I do wonder why he isn’t wearing a shirt. Oh, wait, it’s camouflage. Tai seems to stir up trouble between the two, although I can’t tell if he’s trying to do that or not. Tony wants to build a spy bunker this time around. Troyzan notices this digging and it quickly becomes common knowledge throughout the tribe. Ciera talks about getting rid of Tony or Caleb while Malcolm wants to get rid of her.

In the fourth segment of the show, we get to the first immunity challenge. The immunity idol looks more like underwater headgear. This is when Jeff makes the announcement about the change in the tie vote. I wonder if this is a permanent change or just for this season. Nuku wins the challenge. Ciera talks about losing the same puzzle again and feeling that she could be voted out because of it.

In the fifth segment of the show, Jeff Varner talks about who he thinks should be voted out. Ciera is the person that people want out apparently. But Ciera wants to use the lack of a revote to her advantage. Michaela learns that Ciera is voting for her. This makes people want to target Michaela instead. I don’t fully understand what is going on here. I like the tribal council set. It is interesting to note that this is Caleb’s first ever tribal council. I lot of random things are discussed at tribal council. Ciera is the first person voted out, going the way Vytas did in Cambodia. I wonder if this makes Blood versus Water the first season to have three different people as the first person voted out at tribal council.

We then get back to camp. Tony feels that the vote was too easy. For realz? Tony and Aubry try to talk about who the biggest threats in the game are. Oddly, he wants to form an alliance with them all. He views them as shields to his own, dangerous game. Tai wants to save the chickens again. I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Others are against him keeping a chicken around. Tony works on his spy bunker and thinks that suspicious things are going on. This creates further rifts with him on the tribe.

In the sixth segment of the show, Cirie is concerned about her potential future in the game. She wonders who to work with. Sarah wants to play like a criminal this time around. It seems like a lot of people have reservations about working with Cirie, even those who say they will work with her. Debbie, like Sarah and Zeke, doesn’t really know if they should work together. Since there are a lot of good and strong players this time around, it can be hard to know who to trust and work with. Sandra works on trying to get people to vote out Tony. Jeff Varner works on trying to pick a side in the fight for control of the tribe.

In the seventh segment of the show, the Tony and Sandra fight continues. I wonder who will come out on top. It seems like a lot of the men are siding with Tony. Man, this season is so crazy already and I love it. I hope that this keeps up. We then get to the next immunity challenge. At first, the challenge seems like a blow out for the blue tribe, but they come close to losing. Regardless, the orange tribe goes back to camp and then their next tribal council.

In the eighth segment of the show, Mana gets back to camp after losing the immunity challenge. Sandra wants to get rid of Tony (of course). Somehow, it seems that Jeff’s poor challenge performance is completely ignored. Tony’s side doesn’t have the numbers to get rid of Sandra, or do they? I wonder who will come out on top of this battle. Also, since when is Tony good at challenges?

In the ninth segment of the show, we get to the tribal council. Normally a whole tribal council doesn’t get its own act. Malcolm thinks that they should get rid of the weaker members and Sandra admits that she could be considered a weaker player. I’m confused by Sandra’s vote against Aubry. How did she become a target? Tony is voted out and I don’t understand how Sandra seemed to scathe by without a vote against her. Where did Tony's allies go? Did they abandon him because they didn't have the numbers and didn't want to be picked off one by one?

On the next Survivor, there is a tribe swap coming up, a bunch of crazy things happening, and an adventure some people are sent on in order for someone else to look for an idol. I have no idea what all will be going on this season and hope that it’s good.

Total confessional count: Andrea- 1, Aubry- 2, Michaela- 4, Brad- 2, Sandra- 8, Ciera- 3, Cirie- 4, Hali- 1, Malcolm- 5, Sarah- 2, Ozzy- 1, Caleb- 3, Troyzan- 1, Zeke- 2, Sierra- 1, JT- 1, Tai- 2, Jeff Varner- 2, Tony- 8, Debbie- 3.

Tony had eight confessionals this episode, tying with Sandra for the highest. The second highest is Malcolm with five. Ciera had three confessionals, tied with Debbie and Caleb. Cirie and Michaela have four confessionals. The lowest count as of now are Ozzy, Andrea, Troyzan, Sierra, JT, and Hali, who all have just one confessional. Anyone not mentioned has just two confessionals. Well, I’m not sure what else there is to say at the moment so we’ll find out what happens next week. Remember that posts will be on Thursdays until holy week. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.