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February 06, 2004

Survivor All-Stars Notes

Written after Ep #2, Feb 5, 2004. This post and its comments may contain spoilers.

Naked Richard is kinda annoying me. But I still think it's part of his strategy to seem unthreatening.

Did you see the look on Richard's face when they revealed that Tina had been voted off?

Rudy drinking water now. You'd think that if any of them had gotten really, really sick, it would have gotten out to the public.

Saboga wins the reward challenge and gives everyone fire. Good move? or will it make other tribes resentful?

Even with the flint Moga couldn't make fire the first day. "Our boys couldn't give us fire."

Another Tribal Council for Saboga. The gods (Barnett, Probst) are gonna have to come up with a trick to even the balance soon. Maybe a merge to two tribes?

Rudy voted out #2. Very sad. Of the remaining Sabogas Rupert voted alone. The others are now in an implied alliance.

Rudy threatening them "from the grave." That's kind odd.

Posted by jghiii at February 6, 2004 06:49 PM
Posted by: sherman on February 6, 2004 07:05 PM

I don't see the alliance. I see them realizing that Rudy is an old man who needs to go home and watch television. Rupert is voting with his heart, which makes him a nice guy but a stupid player. I'd say that Ethan, the best shirtless boy of the bunch, is gonna be on the block the next time Sabooooger goes to tribal council.

The former losers are going to continue to resent the possibility of past winners getting another big check. They'll be dropping like flies.

Posted by: sherman on February 6, 2004 07:09 PM

And if this blog were Survivor, we'd be voting you off Jack for your upside down commenting system.

The tribe is speaking.

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on February 6, 2004 07:25 PM

"I don't see the alliance."

I agree, I didn't mean so much a formal, strong alliance. just a symbolic one from voting together.

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on February 6, 2004 07:26 PM

"And if this blog were Survivor..."

If this blog were Survivor, you guys would be the players, and I am Jeff Probst.

Posted by: Steve Garfield on February 6, 2004 07:37 PM

[WARNING! although I haven't read the article that Steve points to, I've been told that it presents spoilers for what happens throughout the entire season. Don't go to that link unless you want to (possibly) find out what happens. -- Jack Hodgson]

Don't read this if you want to watch Survivor without hearing spoilers about what's going to happen next.

I read it and even though I'm not sure it's real, it'll be interesting to see if it is.

I've taken a step back, not taking Survivor too seriously, far enough away from it to be able to read a supposed spoiler.

I'll still watch each week.

Here it is:

Posted by: Not Sherman on February 7, 2004 12:50 AM

Damn the man, and copyrights too.

Dalton Ross writes a great wrap up on line for EW.

Going into this game, I really liked the Saboga tribe. I liked the fact that it pitted two mortal enemies (Jerri and Tina) against each other. I liked the fact that it pitted two ''allegedly'' former lovers (Ethan and Jenna) against each other. I liked the concept of seeing how 75-year-old Rudy would deal with the young'uns. And I liked the concept of seeing how Rupert -- the sole contestant without previous ties to the others -- would be able to deal with being the odd man out. But that was all before I realized that THEY'RE COMPLETE MORONS!!!

Saboga started the episode off by leaving a contaminated pan in their bucket while they were at Tribal Council so they could not collect the massive amounts of rain water for drinking, and then, ironically, finished it by not being able to get rid of water fast enough, causing them to lose the immunity challenge. They had immunity won! They were kicking ass!

But then they managed to (A) not flip their boat over, thereby not draining it of all water, (B) lose their bucket for scooping out said water, and (C) forget their paddle on the platform once they started heading to shore. It got so bad gentle giant Rupert even got pissed at Ethan, proclaiming that he ''wanted to smack him in the head.'' I kinda wish he had, if for no other reason than to witness the following heated debate: ''My hair's curlier!'' ''No, mine is!'' ''Screw you!'' ''No, Screw YOU!''

Okay, Saboga did do one smart thing. They put aside their whole hatred of rich winners and instead got rid of the weakest link, Rudy. I'm sure this was an unpopular decision among many viewers. I've actually been flabbergasted at the number of people I've spoken with lately who absolutely ADORE the former Navy SEAL. I guess some folks find his mildly offensive comments cute and amusing in some way. But let's face facts: Saboga needs to start winning some damn challenges, and I'm not talking about the ones where you end up winning just as much for the other tribes as you do for your own. I'm talking about immunity. And Rudy wasn't gonna help much in that regard.

Now, Rupert stayed loyal to the end, voting to oust Ethan, but only time will tell if that was a good strategic move. Some may see that as being loyal and try to get him on their side. Others may see that as a sign of weakness and pounce on it. And others still might have their own crap to worry about and not even take notice. Who knows. What I DO know is that Rudy gave one of the best send-off speeches of all time, proclaiming of Jenna and Jerri, who turned on him at the last minute, that ''If I was them I would steer clear of me. I got a lot of friends.'' Friends who do what? Play shuffleboard and meet for early bird specials?!? I'm, sorry, that was kinda mean and ageist, but still, his reaction was pretty golden.

Getting back to reward challenge. At first I didn't like the fact that Mark Burnett ended up sort of caving in and giving them fire after all. I mean, he warned them all before the game started that it would be hardcore. They made this big point about how they WEREN'T giving them anything, and then they go ahead and hand it all over. And in that respect, I still don't like it. (Hey, watching people suffer is fun!) But, then again, I can see the other side of it. I don't think Burnett was legitimately worried about these people dying. Frankly, I think he could care less about that. (Think of the ratings!)

But the problem is, the more depleted these suckers become, quite simply, the less they do. You can't really carry on a whole season of people just sitting there because they're too weak to move, much less bicker and backstab. It was time to give their batteries a bit of a recharge. Also, the whole ''we have no fire and no water!'' angle was threatening to take over the show. It's time for other curious subplots to gain steam. Like why nobody has used their machete yet to dismember Richard Hatch.

So Rudy, it was nice knowing you… again. We all respect seeing a 75-year-old endure the things you did. Seriously, pretty damn impressive. Next time we meet up, I'd love to buy you a drink. Just don't ask where the ice came from, okay, buddy?

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 7, 2004 09:11 AM

Hey, that was a good article by Dalton Ross of EW. But gosh darn it all to heck, I am bummed Rudy got voted off!

I can't even talk right now... it's too new for me. I know that time heals all wounds, but this is still too fresh, it's not even real yet. I heard the best remedy would be to go out and have fun and forget about Rudy. A night on the town with the girls and a few or five or six vodka tonics. That should help. Hmm... maybe I'll get a puppy.

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