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"Survivor": Semi-Sweet

By admin Published: February 25, 2010

A few thoughts, with spoilers, after the jump ...

Nice to finally see the villains tearing each other apart instead of the heroes, although I will not be able to rest until Evil Russell gets a big dose of shut-your-mouth. I am not sure what sort of price I would pay for that, although I suspect I would not be willing to accept many more weeks of Coach philosophizing; so how about, we take out Russell, then Coach?

Alas, this week the villains dropped Randy. OK, he has always been a real virus, including during tonight's immunity challenge, and his entertainment value is nonexistent. Still, seeing Russell go would make me soooooo happy.

As you can undoubtedly tell, the villains lost immunity and it was one of the sweetest challenges I have ever seen -- one-on-ones knocking each other into a mud pit with large pads.

No puzzle involved, and that proved a huge benefit to the heroes, who have been physically superior to the villains in challenges so far but fall apart when it comes to puzzle-solving teamwork. (Another encouraging sign for the heroes: Tom trying to build consensus, to the point of forgiving JT's betrayal). Even more helpful to the heroes was their figuring out that mid-section shots were far more effective than upper-body slams at knocking their foes off-balance. The heroes took out the villains 8-0, and I loved every minute of it. Kept thinking, one of the heroes had to lose, but they were all fierce.

Oh, and there was a lot of scheming and plotting, and JT spreading dissent, and Russell & Parvati cuddling, and Coach stroking Jerri's hair, and more scheming and plotting, and tribal council -- but the best part was the challenge.

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