- Oct 25, 2017
Honestly Lydia is probably good for one win above replacement for the Champions.
TRIBE SWAP AW YISS
TRIBE SWAP AW YISS
This is wrong.
The plan, prior to Benji's lie, was that the boys were voting for Anita, and the girls for Zach. Heath would vote with the boys despite knowing they didn't have the numbers, purely to keep them on side. Tegan would vote with the girls and Zach would be the one to go.
There was never any plan from Heath and Tegan to get rid of the girls one by one. There was no truth to Benji's claim and thus there was nothing to build on once Tegan was back and it was all exposed.
Australian Survivor E10.
Australian Survivor E10.
You know when you dont like something even if you know its good for you?
Thats me with tribe swaps whenever one tribe is getting destroyed....I want to see the Champions tribe start eating at itself.
But I know its gonna make the game hella interesting, shame paige didnt make the tribe swap, i feel like she never actually had a chance its like she was alone essentially from the get go, a tribe swap would have given her a chance to atleast make some true alliances.
Let down from last season for sure, but not bad. Characters just aren't as good, gameplay isn't as strong or desperate. It just kinda seems more laid back. It's still been a fun watch but I'd say it's the weaker of non-us season's I've watched recently.Just finished AU Survivor 2017. I'll agree that that was one of the best seasons of Survivor I've seen. So many wonderful characters and a few I definitely want to see come back. I thought the winner deserved it, too. I'll probably get to 2018 pretty soon. Can anyone not use spoilers to tell me how it compares so far?
What about compared to Aus 2016? I found that to be a bit dull in retrospect.Let down from last season for sure, but not bad. Characters just aren't as good, gameplay isn't as strong or desperate. It just kinda seems more laid back. It's still been a fun watch but I'd say it's the weaker of non-us season's I've watched recently.
Aus 2017 < South Africa 2018 < Aus 2018
I still haven't watched this week's two episodes of Australia 2018 but I'd say this season feels like a bit of a step up over '16... although '16 actually wound up worse post-merge...
Yeah I'd agree with that assessment of '16. I still think it was worth watching, so if this is similar or better, then excellent. '17 was so good because they put so many game players in and they all managed to go pretty far without killing each other too much. As long as the casting remains of that quality roughly, these seasons should remain generally good.I still haven't watched this week's two episodes of Australia 2018 but I'd say this season feels like a bit of a step up over '16... although '16 actually wound up worse post-merge...
most notably after Phoebe's boot with Lee smothering out any and all gameplay
But yeah, this has been a significant downgrade from 2017 (which was to be expected seeing how it's one of the best Survivor seasons ever).
AU 2018 so far is definitely better than AU 2016, which I liked. Of course I agree last year's season was fantastic, but this year hasn't ended yet so it would be silly to already make judgement on the entire season as a whole.
Australian Survivor S5 Episode 14
"Get ready... for the greatest endgame... Australian Survivor... has ever seen." That's quite the proclamation to make on the heels of what many consider to be an all-time Top 5 Survivor season (with arguments to be made for Top 3).
Castaways w/ Strong Edits
Castaways w/ Good Character Edits That Have Thus Far Been Unable to Meaningfully Influence Votes
Castaways w/ Seemingly No Chance to Win
Here's hoping that "don't fuck with Shane Gould" quote turns prophetic.
I'm still on Team Sharn but Shane embracing her villain role is the best chance for this season's end game to make for great reality television.
Also, that promo seems to imply that Mat's torch is liable to get snuffed out within the next week barring a timely idol play.
Mat and Sharn are the glue behind the Champions cohesiveness. Crack that irreparably and the proverbial shit will hit the fan.
Fun fact I was not privy to until just this moment... Benji is the older brother of Anneliese from last season...
So being a "self-made millionaire" isn't the only thing he's been keeping in his back pocket (along with his hidden immunity idol).
Australian Survivor S5 Episode 18
Karma's a bitch... eh, Benji? Just goes to show one should never get over-confident in Survivor and when one's entirely focused on claiming scalps to gain power and not thinking beyond being an autocrat and dictating a boot order... well, that's never a path to success. Unless you boast the charm of Boston Rob and you're playing the game for the 4th time.
Character counts as well as gameplay... and Benji had very little genuine character to fall back on after the two people he'd struck the closest connections with in this game had either been voted out by his hand or had a fresh dagger still sticking out of their back. Not to mention the sloppy and needless lying. Shonee couldn't overcome that and she exposed her own game needlessly by trusting in Benji to make use of her advantage in effective fashion when he was already convinced he had her wrapped around his little finger. I have to imagine she'd prefer to have that in her back pocket still.
I'm happy for Sharn that she was able to overcome her blunders of the previous episode. I think she handled the aftermath in about as humble and diplomatic a fashion as possible by owning up to the fact that she'd placed her trust in the wrong person and made an error of judgment that ultimately cost Mat the game... while still not throwing in the towel and demonstrating her resilience. The strength of her social game has carried her through this adversity and I think it shows given how Mat doesn't begrudge her mistake one bit. Hopefully she can sit back a little bit and take a breather while the focus now shifts to His Charming Grubbiness and Shane's plethora of vendettas.
Brian's charm is beginning to win me over, incidentally. He's got this affable Sam Neill-like quality to him. Granted he's an Aussie and not a Kiwi like Sam, but they share some similar qualities. Hoping he'll be able to withstand a tribal council or two. I'm not sure if it's unprecedented to have two players get bounced from the game back-to-back while holding an unplayed immunity idol... but I know damn sure it would be unprecedented for THREE players to get bounced consecutively with unplayed idols.
(It was amusing to see Benji call up Anneliese to brag about lasting one day longer in the game. If there's ever a Blood vs. Water season of Australian Survivor, it would be fun to see them brought back to play together.)
Is there anyone worth rooting for at this point aside from Sharn and Grubby?
Steve's a bit of a pill. Monika's an effective liar but her game will never be respected enough to land votes. Fenella's adorable but effectively floating in this game as Shonee's #2. Shane has been more bark than bite in terms of playing up to the cameras; I'll give her credit for orchestrating the Lydia vote and deflecting any heat from it onto Mat but otherwise she hasn't done much... yet.
Shonee invested too much of her stock in using Benji as a shield and it remains to be seen how she'll adjust with him gone. It seems likely - given the preview - she'll simply elect to employ the same strategy of hiding behind Grubby as cover... which isn't a terrible approach to a game when you're clearly controlling two votes. Target deflection is something she's savvy with... although I'm not sure she's aware that she's likely to face the fire before Fenella once the available meat shields are all used up.
Aus Survivor s05e18
Benji was so full of himself with the Godfather rubbish stuff, he had zero clue how to extert sot power. I could not get over how angry Mat looked on the jury, I really think he did not get the - its a game- thing. As much as Fen and Shonee have zero game abilities - I really like them, they just look they are having fun. But if there is one lesson I will take away it's - my god I never knew a human could move so fast in the water!! like you see the olympics, seeing Shane move compared to the normals wow. As a test in a local pool I tried throwing a ball infront of me and going the pool length (25m) - I can kinda swim, boy that is super awkward, let along open water waves and Jeff/Jon telling you "you gotta hussle" etc.
Totally on board with the previous comment about speeding up the long challanges, I remember US survivor ages back, they would go for 5+ hrs on some challanges it was crazy and amazing to watch.
lol it's funny because I was actually thinking that during tribal too. "This is the most I've heard Steve speak."
Steve and Shane sounded really bitter in that episode. Steve deserves this though. After the last episode, when the host asked him if he's tried to bring Shonee or Fenella on his side and he said No, I just have to laugh. Why these people continue to ignore Shonee and Fenella and refuse to talk any sort of game with them is beyond me.
That would be amazing.
That would be amazing.She's already a quote and facial-expression legend. But for her to win would just be too funny.
Getting rid of Steve was fine, but Brian's insistence on giving him the DMW was dumb. Shonee and Fenella had it right when they initially said give it to Shane. Doesn't matter which member of that alliance has it, but you want it for both of the next two votes. Brian, who I think has actually done a pretty good job post-merge, just became fixated on targeting Steve and didn't think of the strategy.
My favorite subplot of the season has to be how Sharn the lawyer is completely unpersuasive, because she gets so flustered and is so transparent about trying to get people to do what's in her self interest. I love that her pitch to Monika was essentially, "Vote against the duo who are really tight and come join the trio who will, uh, definitely totally not vote you out in fourth."
lol the Shane/Sharn/Steve group in general really started to suck. Got rid of their own alliance members (Lydia and Sam), and now are accusing Monika of "betrayal!!1!!!" and are wondering why their numbers are dwindling.
Getting rid of Lydia so early and then taking Sam out instead of Benji really tanked their game. They really thought Brian and Monika would stick with the champions despite it being obvious that they would be the first two to go after all the contenders were gone.
And now all they have "they don't deserve to be hereeeee they do nothing at camppp :((("