So many wretched contestants, so many dreadful decisions. That pretty much sums up my feelings on the first three episodes of Survivor: One World. That said, this week’s installment delivered a few glimmers of, well, if not actual hope, at least something not entirely aggravating.
* After having to go to the men’s camp and beg for a few minutes in front of their fire, the scatterbrained women’s tribe finally pulled it together in a memory-game reward challenge and crushed the men 5-0. (Bonus: Kat and Troyzan going seven rounds before one of ’em got it right. Priceless!)
* The women rallying from an enormous defecit during the immunity challenge — which found one team member playing caller to three pairs of bound tribemates, guiding them through an obstacle course to retrieve some puzzle pieces, then putting said puzzle together — to score a narrow and very thrilling victory. I’m not a huge fan of any of these ladies, but I’ll admit to pumping my fist a little when they won. Hey, it keeps the game interesting. Plus, the guys are equally deplorable.
* Probst telling Colton it was a “reverse ‘duh’ double-dare on you” when he called out the lone gay member of Manono for acting as if his alliance with the competing tribe of women was perfectly solid game strategy.
* Matt (pictured) blathering to Troyzan about being one of the “roosters” of the men’s tribe, and talking about creating a “new reality,” then getting the smug wiped right off his face after he got blindsided by Colton, Tarzan, and the alliance of misfits. I loved Tarzan asking Probst if he could hear the rest of the votes after our MVP host stopped the tally with the snuffing of Matt’s torch. (Spoiler alert: Probst said no.)
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