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Dead Man Walking, Everyone Talking-Episode 8

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





            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


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






            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


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



       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




            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

New Past Season CBS Survivor Buff Designs arrive at PlanetBuff

Monday, October 15, 2012 2:11:44 PM America/Los_Angeles

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  • Season 10-Palau-Koror(Brown)
  • Season 14-Fili-Moto(Green)


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


                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

Survivor #25 Buff Collection has arrived!

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

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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

Episode 2: The Outsider Looking In

Friday, February 24, 2012 5:53:31 AM America/Los_Angeles


          After last weeks’ game interruption/evacuation, things returned to normal for the contestants, and in ‘Survivor,’ that means plotting, scheming and every shenanigan in between. The women are still putting on their game faces a little too tight, but still managed to have a civil conversation with the men.  

Whenever someone is seen lying down, still in pain from a challenge, and being commented on, it only means one thing: your number is up! Typical red herrings from the editors can’t disguise the fact that there’s a minority alliance and the weak, older person needs to go.  

          The women can’t stop sabotaging themselves, even after they ironically make a speech about needing to communicate better. All the ‘Kat’-tiness is driving Nina crazy, since the majority of the tribe is immaturity. 

Where was Jeff? Did he take a personal day? Maybe his absence resulted from collecting his Emmy last fall for Outstanding Reality Host? Either way, Jeff’s absence really doesn’t add or subtract any substance from the episode. From the early press release, these do-it-yourself challenges will be common for the season. Maybe production hopes for an all out brawl to happen to the contestants, and with no Probst around, would make a juicy episode. If a fight were to break out among castaways, who would step in? Imagine that!

          What was Colton doing, taking an extended coffee break? He might not be the strongest member of the tribe, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try to be useful around the camp. Even if it’s light work, get to it!

          How in the heck does Russell Hantz get another reference on a season he isn’t on?! Geez! There’s no relative of Hantz anywhere in sight this season, yet his name still floats around like he’s coming back for another season (I love Russell, but fingers crossed he isn’t). If I were Russell I would be offended being compared to someone who didn’t even find an idol on his own.

          Colton isn’t like a virus. He’s more like herpes. He needs to build a Colton shack and with any luck find Shambo at her Shambo shack and team up with her, because there’s no one else on the island to work with. If Colton digs any deeper, he’s going to find himself in a grave pretty soon.

          Colton is getting ready to make a big move early on with his ‘misfit’ alliance. If Colton keeps this up, he will become the greatest short term game strategist to ever play the game. Even if he knocks out 1 of the non misfits, he’s going to make himself expendable to his own side and give them the majority for a good part of the game.

Of the misfits, Jonas is the ninja. He watches from a distance, makes his observations, and knows the power Colton has. This is a solid edit in the making. He knows what he’s up against and he’ll make tactical and strategic moves at the right time.

Welcome back Jeff! Now he can actually host something this week! Surprisingly enough the men weren’t afraid to get close to one another, and more shockingly, communicate! Leif was the only minor hiccup in the whole chain. Something tells me Leif isn’t long for the game now. He should have been a fan favorite by now, and the only comment made about him in last weeks’ episode wasn’t a bigger part of the story. Leif has a bit of a temper and it’s starting to show.  The immunity challenge should have been the women’s chance to redeem them, especially if it involved a balance beam! What was with Kat? She must have been distracted by that bug from her opening confessional.

Kat, take responsibility on you for the loss, not your boobs! Too much of a good thing is bad, and if enthusiasm and excitement keep getting in the way, the women won’t have much to be excited about.

          Nina needs to blame casting for being stuck with a bunch of 20 year olds. Sorry Nina, but ratings are crucial and if this were “Survivor: Nicaragua,” things would be a little different, but that season is long gone.   

          Poor Nina, not only was she branded as the weakest link, but to add insult to injury, Kat said she looks like a bag of rocks! It’s frustrating when fate is out of your hands, and even worse, when someone without a real strategy is going to make it farther in the game.

          Kat’s got a new lease on life, and a school of life curriculum ahead of her. The women need to keep the fire lit under Kat to keep her focused and centered in the challenges if they want to get some mileage out of her.

          It wouldn’t be a shocker to see Kat gone if the women lose again, since the majority alliance is (too) big right now.

          Can the women make a comeback?

          Will Colton continue to lead the misfit alliance?

          Is Jeff going to show up for any challenges next week?

          Until next week, the boards are open

Posted in Survivor Season #24 By Survivor Troy

Welcome Back Survivor Buffs! Season #24 is finally here!

Monday, February 20, 2012 3:42:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

 Welcome back Survivor Buffs!


            Whoa, what a premiere. So many personalities and so much drama too! I’m still trying to wrap my head around this group and how the new twist will affect their game, for better or worse. Here it goes…

The opening sequence took a cue from “Survivor: Tocantins,” putting the competitors on their toes with Probst’s awkward Q & A session. Kourtney admitted she was an outcast by letting everyone know she didn’t fit in with her “nowhere” comment. But within minutes, several tribe mates waved their freak flags and Kourtney faded into the background. Colton’s comment about “some” of the men not being as good looking doesn’t bode well for his future. Good looks don’t get you far in the game and with a tribe of alpha males that won’t mean anything. Not 1 but 2 Tarzan’s in the same season! What are the odds? It’s not like casting to pick 2 similar personality types for the same season, but this is a great exception made for a fun filled battle to the very end.

            When you steal an axe from someone, they will have an axe to grind with you. Michael shouldn’t have went after the women’s supplies, because now he’s not only garnered distrust among the women, but some of the men of the tribe might be reluctant to team up with him…unless he can cleverly offer himself up as a third wheel and lay really low until he can strike out. Until then he needs to stay put and repair his image for quite a while.  

            SURPRISE! Tempers are reignited and recent friends, enemies, and frenemies are going to be living together a whole lot sooner than expected. Giving the contestants just a little bit of information and dropping the bombshell on the big stuff later on is what makes a good twist. Being less upfront about the twist is what makes the game so interesting when it plays off people’s assumptions. I wonder what Redemption Island would have been like had the contestants only known about it just before the first vote, or first duel?


            Not only did Chelsea, the country girl get the chickens for the tribe, but she wasn’t afraid to go toe to toe with the lawyer, and put him in his place. For now, the women will need a hero at times to fend off the alpha males, but if she becomes too alpha female, she’ll be sent packing in no time flat.

            How is Matt a part of the dominant alliance when he’s part of a 4 person group? Unless he has a secret alliance with the other 5 members of the tribe that we’re not seeing, Matt’s cockiness  and physical strength is a surefire recipe for an immediate exit if he can’t get immunity around his neck.

            The women’s attempt to butter up the guys was too little too late, and would have been a nice idea before the tribes started bickering at one another. Trying to micromanage projects in the jungle is going to wear on everyone pretty soon. Weaving 40 fronds in exchange for fire? What’s next, cook us some rice and separate the larger grains of rice and we’ll give you guys the smaller grains in return?. The women need to refocus their energy by rebuilding their strength and unity with each other, so shortcuts are out of the question.

The women stealing the fire only proved they could play the game of tit for tat, and with the (little) fire they had, I’m glad it burned out. These events aren’t placed in the episode for no reason. The women seem to have tiny sparks in their spirits, but those are only short lived.


The competitor in me wanted the men to say continue the challenge, but the strategic competitor in me agreed with the men’s decision to take the (default) win. The challenge really favored the women with the rope bridge and even worse, the balance beam. Men and balance beams haven’t been a winning combination in the past, (just ask Daniel Lue and Chris Daugherty).

Colton’s plotting too far in advance with the hidden immunity idol and he’s going to get more enemies than friends if he goes through with the blind side. Colton’s painting himself in a corner, as well as an outcast, and he’s flipping too fast on his own tribe. Colton is becoming the bully on a power trip and is going to be another embarrassment for super fans everywhere for overplaying a card too soon. 




The first time in Survivor history a woman had to be medically removed from the game, and the earliest one to boot. There’s a first time for everything, and unfortunately, Kourtney was it. Kourtney would have been an interesting character on the show had she lasted a little longer. It’s not every day you meet a female mechanic. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and she would have been a valuable, positive asset to the tribe.   

If the women are telling each other to shut up on day 3, this is the beginning of the end for their tribe. A self destruction this early on hasn’t happened since Gabon’s Fang tribe, and we all remember how that group ultimately fared.

While it’s still a little early to predict a winner in this crazy bunch, one thing is certain in this game: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

            Will the women rally back and win the next immunity challenge?

            Can Colton improve his relationship with his tribe?

            Which Tarzan do you prefer, Greg Tarzan, or ‘Troy’-zan?

            Tons of drama and precedents and its just week 1.

            The boards are open, sound off!


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Posted in Survivor Season #24 By Survivor Troy

Season #21-Episode 1: First Mistakes are First Impressions

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:19:25 AM America/Los_Angeles

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Episode 1: First Mistakes are First Impressions

Friday, September 17th, 2010


   “My strategy from the beginning of the game is to take baby steps first…not be the first person voted off.” Well Wendy Jo, baby steps are a good thing, except when they are on everyone else’s toes.

After a long winded speech, followed by a unanimous vote, Wendy Jo became the first casualty of Nicaragua. While this isn’t an all-star season with seasoned players, that hasn’t stopped this season’s castaways from trying to become masters of the chessboard. 

Espada has the tribal elders already posturing for the top dog position, both outward and subtle. Jimmy Johnson, this season’s celebrity castaway, assumed the Coach role giving his team a motivational speech that unfortunately didn’t give them a victory. Jimmy T and Marty couldn’t have been unhappier with their Coach, and they’re both busy digging Jimmy J’s grave ready for him to fall in it for the next tribal council. While the guys are duking it out on the field, there is an assistant Coach working their way up the ranks. Jane (yes, you are reading this right). Jane’s practicality and determination gave the tribe fire and, aside from winning the first challenge, is the biggest morale booster this early in the game. Of all the castaways given some face time so far, Holly is my biggest question mark. Despite making a doomed alliance with Wendy Jo, jumped back to the majority with her tribe and avoided “guilt by association.” Holly made a good individual connection, but she needs to make those connections with other members (preferably more popular) of the tribe in order to avoid an outcast label.

Meanwhile, on the La Flor tribe, first impressions are also being formed and we have not 1, but 2 outcasts, one of whom doesn’t even know it yet! Jud (a.k.a. Fabio) rolled with the punches and took on his moniker with a smile on his face. Kelly B. the underdog in the making already has some obstacles to overcome. Shannon, Na’Onka, and Alina all shared their thoughts on her and how she doesn’t fit into their plans for the game. Kelly B. is already being labelled as someone who will get the “sympathy vote.” Note to both teams: this is day 1, not day 39, and this self preservation attitude will result in self destruction for either tribe if they allow this to be their strategy. Brenda gets the Sandra Diaz Twine award for feeling out her competitors first and letting things happen around her first before making moves. Brenda’s charm got the better of Chase who semi-revealed the all male alliance that has taken shape.

The Medallion of Power was introduced last night, and Espada chose not to use the power, which would have granted them one full bucket of water. I thought a bucket of water would have been a nice advantage, but the puzzle was the pivotal part of the challenge, and by letting the challenge run as is gave Espada the insight they needed to see where their weaknesses are and strengthen their tribe. Hopefully up is where Espada can go from this point.

Who do you think was this weeks’ M.V.S. (Most Valuable Survivor)? Is Jimmy Johnson going to recover and lead his team to victory? How valuable do you think the Medallion of Power will be this season?


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Survivor Nicaragua Next Week!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Hey Survivor Buffs!

We are less than one week away before “Survivor: Nicaragua” premieres on CBS!

Posted in Survivor Season #21 By Survivor Troy

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