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EPISODE 9: TOO SMART FOR HIS OWN GOOD

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:55:23 AM America/Los_Angeles

EPISODE 9: TOO SMART FOR HIS OWN GOOD

Yes it’s true, actors are people too, and Lisa is still having a hard time wearing the black hat of “Survivor.” Just when she seemed to get it together with her emotions, last weeks’ blindside was enough to send her back in an emotional bog. Being upset so much to all fellow castaways’ at some point, especially the ones you’re going to vote out will hurt her chances for the million.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Victor Marrero

Dead Man Walking, Everyone Talking-Episode 8

Monday, November 12, 2012 10:31:49 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

EPISODE 8: DEAD MAN WALKING,

EVERYONE TALKING

            This weeks’ episode, Lisa mentioned the word galvanize. To be honest, I heard the word before but never knew its definition until I googled it. Unlike last weeks’ unsuccessful search for Dangrayne, I got several answers. But none of those definitions could prepare me from what I was about to see. Drama, betrayal, an underdog victory to say the least, all of the elements produced by…the contestants! When the contestants take a proactive step in engineering their own moves in the game, it means casting got it right and the fireworks aren’t far behind.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

MICHAEL ON THE OUTS, MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE-Episode 7

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:40:36 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

EPISODE 7: MICHAEL ON THE OUTS,

MALCOLM STILL IN THE MIDDLE

 

            This week was the long awaited halftime spectacular a.k.a. the merge, and several tribe members had something to celebrate going into the newly formed, hideously named tribe, I’ll get to the name in a bit and my theory on that.

            Tandang went in with all tribe members intact never having been to tribal pre-merge (Koror from Palau and Moto from Fiji had all immunity wins as well, but thanks to twists from production still made a trip to tribal beforehand). Denise is the season’s only player to be a part of every TC. Even if she only makes the jury, she will be a part of every one this season.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

DEALBREAKER-Episode 6

Friday, November 2, 2012 8:34:33 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

 EPISODE 6: DEALBREAKER

       First there was banana etiquette, now there is rice etiquette, and Mike should have taken that course in Survival training. Looks like Tandang had a bit of buyers remorse and weren’t too thrilled with Mike. This story arc isn’t totally unfounded in the show’s history. Even in his early days, Mike wasn’t the most popular player around, waiting patiently for a pig to march through the camp and then…VOILA! Mike is now a hero, and his stock went up.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

A NEW DAY - Episode 5

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:02:39 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

EPISODE 5: A NEW DAY

            After 4 weeks, it’s finally here…the final 2! Of Matsing that is. What happened to this tribe to make them one of the worst performing ones in Survivor history? Was it bad physical matchups, inability to communicate with one another? Was it being the tribe color of blue, the same as the ill fated Ulong tribe? Whatever the problem was Denise and Malcolm are the true superstars of this season making it through total annihilation (not decimation). But Malcolm and Denise were smart not to take too long to celebrate as they tried yet again to find an idol. Malcolm deserved the idol which will protect him from an attempted blindside (the strongest always needs the most protection going into an upcoming merge).

            Malcolm and Denise were the most prized real estate this week when they became absorbed and were brought into the new tribes. The upside of being down is the ability to regroup with little to no interference and becoming the swing vote at the right times.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

ROCK BOTTOM-Episode 4

Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:35:35 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

EPISODE 4: ROCK BOTTOM

                Well this is awkward. A tribe that started with 6 now down to 3, focusing on making a fire with not much to say. After Angie’s cookie comment, it’s kind of hard for Matsing to have a straight and honest conversation with each other.  Ignoring the elephant in the room is never a way to get past a problem, and a few comments at tribal council aren’t enough to get at the core of what’s making Matsing lose every time.

                Ladies and gentlemen, we have a villain! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, all it takes is an engineer to well, engineer one of the sneakiest moves this season to disrupt a tribe (without burning anyone’s socks). Planting the clue and turning Abi-Maria (whose confrontational strategy is better suited for Big Brother) and RC against each other makes him like the Joker. Just a few moves and he turned a tribe upside down. Good news for Lisa Whelchel, she’s got another week of being left alone and can now assume the Mom role she’s always been yearning for in the game! Lisa is a few weeks and strategic moves away from being this years’ Cirie.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

IT'S ALL DOWN FROM HERE-Episode 3

Monday, October 15, 2012 9:32:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

Reading between the lines does have its advantages. If you’re a pure “Survivor” fan, editing reveals a lot of what is going to happen on the episode. This week showed a few clips of snails crawling by, which captured the overall mood of the episode. Not much action to be had when there are 2 tribes putting the game (the voting aspect at least) on hold, and all the action (the predictable Matsing destruction) drags on, but there were a few bright spots.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

THAT’S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES-Episode 2

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:09:22 AM America/Los_Angeles

THAT’S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES 

                3 years ago, Russell Swan was on one of the show’s most dominant tribes with an almost unstoppable reign of power. Fast forward to the present, things aren’t going Russell Swan’s way. Sorry to any Russell Swan fans out there, but this is what happens what indecisiveness gets you in the game. Now Russell has only 1 way to go…DOWN. Operation: Hantz isn’t working, and aside from burning everyone’s socks, there isn’t much he can do to further himself in the game. Unlike Samoa, there aren’t a lot of tribe members per tribe so he needs to cement himself with a group and a role either as leader or follower and stick to it.

                What’s this? RC and Abi-Maria are having a spat in their relationship. It’s interesting to see when a supposed tight alliance has an off moment. If there is a crack this early on in the show, then somewhere down the line the crack can widen into something bigger. Even Rupert and Jenna in All-Stars had a tiff deep into the game and Jenna ultimately betrayed Rupert.  It’s not good for Abi-Maria to abandon all trust in RC just yet, but being a business student she can’t dismiss the cut throat nature of the game, which is a business trip.

                Penner finally found the idol! It’s like being Susan Lucci, or Martin Scorsese with so many failed attempts…but now it’s over! Penner can still make a big mistake (he ran by Dana pretty enthusiastically after getting his idol). He’s been part of a blindsided season with Micronesia, but not there to see it play out. If he’s calm about it, he can pull a Yul and use his idol to gain trust in someone else (like RC sharing the clue with Abi-Maria) and pull them to his side. That’s if he’s calm about it. Maybe an outsider from another tribe could be that person.   

                I’ve been holding back referring to Lisa’s past “Facts of Life” days, but it’s hard to believe that former popular girl Blair Warner is having a hard time fitting in with the tribe. Lisa’s acting experience has been zero help to her. There were no storms on “The Facts of Life,” and Lisa needs to step up and muster up all the strength she can get if she wants to win. Anything less than a 180 degree turn on her part isn’t going to help her. Mrs. Garrett, where are you?

                The Tetris immunity challenge was another blow to Matsing’s disjointed spirit. Whatever happened to work smarter, not harder? Note to Russell Swan, whatever happened to accountability? Losing his temper after the loss made himself a target and a liability with his delegation of the loss, even if the loss wasn’t his fault. Why shouldn’t the other tribes be able to beat them? They only communicate and work together when problems are in front of them. Those are the qualities Matsing severely lack in the challenges and need to get in order to win.

                Roxy made herself a target by pointing out the negatives in Malcolm and Angie’s relationship, when a little bit of subtlety would have worked better. Sure a duo is deadly in the game, but they represent a form of unity, which a failing tribe like Matsing needs for now.  Being vocal (albeit honest) about people’s positions in the tribe is a novice mistake and Roxy committed it.

                Malcolm wasn’t afraid to go to bat for Angie, risky especially with Probst ribbing him for the answer. Probst is a huge fan of independent gameplay and susses out any opportunity of a couple like that ever since the Romber days of the game. Malcolm’s trying to portray the relationship as something safer, making everybody else around him feel they are in a stronger position with him and Angie on their side. Denise’s confessional is classic bad strategy in the game, much like a victim doing something bad in a horror movie. They know they shouldn’t be doing it, but they do, and it’s only a matter of time until the move backfires on them.  

                Angie had her Purple Kelly moment of the season with her twitter-worthy cookie comment at tribal council. Who could be thinking of food at a time like that? I don’t think it’s to foolish to be thinking of food in those conditions, but Probst and company were thinking along the lines of team unity, not what you want when you get to Ponderosa, which is where she might end up pretty soon.

Roxy wasn’t afraid to address the “booby” trap, pun intended, and make it a no holds barred match. Unfortunately, Roxy went home and the cookie crumbled on her in the end.

                Malcolm is slowly turning out to be the biggest power players on Matsing, making everyone feel they are above the number 3 position in their alliance with him and Angie. He’s making them feel above Angie on the food chain, even though strategically they know aligning themselves with them is a huge disadvantage.

                Maybe Matsing is expecting a tribe shakeup/dissolve pretty soon and expect to hit reset on their games pretty soon, but I wouldn’t count on it, despite being a fan and having the advantage of next weeks’ preview at my side.

 

                Next week, Skupin hurts himself…AGAIN!

                Can Jeff continue to rally from his injury?

                Will Matsing rally from their losses?

                Does Lisa stand a fighting chance?

 

                See you all next week!

 

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

ZING ZANE ZOOM-Episode 1

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:24:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

Welcome back from the summer doldrums of Reality TV. The bad news, Big Brother and America’s Got Talent are over. The good news…Survivor is back for its 25th anniversary! With a few surprises, non Samoan location (finally), 3 returning players, and a few celebrities (sorry Zane), the show’s silver anniversary is a golden debut.

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Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Troy

Survivor #25 Buff Collection has arrived!

Friday, September 7, 2012 9:31:04 AM America/Los_Angeles

Season #25 Survivor Buff® Collection has arrived early here @ PlanetBuff! This season there are 3 tribes...thus 3 CBS Survivor Buff® designs! Also available at PlanetBuff is a special 3 pack series with an amazing price. Check out the direct link below to this season's Survivor Buff® Collection! As soon as we sell out of this 3 pack special, you can only buy them individually here @ PlanetBuff!

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For 24 seasons Survivor has traveled to the 4 corners of our planet. Treacherous oceans, mysterious jungles and epic islands as Americans from all walks of life fight it out for the million dollar prize. Once again, CBS Survivor is changing things up. This time, three tribes consisting of 5 members each.... will compete against each other while living together on one island. Each tribe will also have 1 past Survivor contestant on their team. The Tandang Tribe(rooster) will have Michael Skupin from Season 2-the Australian Outback on their team. The Kalabaw Tribe(water buffalo) will have Jonathan Penner from past seasons 13(Cook Islands) and season 16(Micronesia). Finally, welcome back Russell Swan from season 19(Somoa) to the Matsing(monkey) tribe. There are tons of internet rumors on what to expect this season from a 3 tribe concept, but no one really knows. Two things we do know here at PlanetBuff. One...the season starts airing on CBS Wednesday September 19th at 9 PM...and two...the best place to buy your Survivor Buff® headwear is right here at PlanetBuff....he planet's largest CBS Survivor Buff® dealer!

Posted in Survivor Season # 25 By Survivor Senior Blogist

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