Monday, May 17, 2010

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Finale

For the second consecutive season, the best player didn't win.

Of the Final Three, the least deserving, Sandra, walked away with the million dollars and title of Sole Survivor by a vote of 6-3-0.

How can the jury be so bitter? They lost. Get over it. The game was controlled by Russell Hantz, and they all watched him do it. He orchestrated the exits (in order) of Tyson, Rob, Courtney, JT, Amanda, Danielle, Rupert, Colby and Jerri (The girls were responsible for Coach and Candice). He found two hidden immunity idols and had one given to him by JT. He won two individual immunity challenges including the final.

Yet, zero votes from the Final Tribal Council read "Russell."

And somehow Sandra received 6 votes. She was useless in team challenges and pathetic in individual challenges. Her one strategy was to get Russell voted out of the game, which she didn't accomplish. How can All-Stars think she played the best game? She clearly didn't. She only made it to the end because other people dragged her through the mud. She didn't deserve the win.

A case can also be made that Parvati deserved to win. She had a huge target on her back from the beginning. She aligned with the right people and proved clutch in crucial immunity challenges. Plus, she's the ultimate charmer. And incredibly gorgeous. But she did ride along Russell's coattails to a certain extent. If not for his gutsy move to give her two of his immunity idols, she would not have even made it to the merge. She's a player, though, and definitely deserved the win more than Sandra.

Russell Hantz was once again robbed of the title and million dollars. I understand the jury was upset, but how can they let personal emotions cloud the judgment of the best player? It can create a flaw in the game. I read host Jeff Probst's blog earlier this season and even he admitted that was one thing he disliked: the game is in the hands of people that may not make the best decision. And that's what happened. He received only 2 out of 18 votes at the Final Tribal Council of the last two seasons.

He dominated the game twice but came up empty. It's not fair. But that's Survivor.

Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Congratulations to Sandra on becoming the first two-time winner.


  1. I'm pretty sure Parvati orchestrated the exit of JT. And how was the exit of Danielle a strategic move?

  2. It was a dual effort to get rid of JT because it took each of their idols. But the Heroes thought Russell was with them and he blindsided them. Parvati and Danielle as a team had more power than Russell, so he got rid of her to regain control. I wanted those three to be in the finals, but I understand why he wanted to take her out.