Why sit when you can stand… and still get voted out? – Survivor 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 2

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am super excited for a promising bromance between Tai and Caleb. Who would have thought that our very own Beast Mode Cowboy would be such a charmer to anyone other than our BB gal Amber? Keep stealing those kisses, Tai. The bonds are being formed and that kiss could take you all the way to the end!

Player rankings remain difficult, but each episode is giving a little more insight into the castaway dynamics. After choosing Kyle Jason as my winner this past week, this episode surely made me nervous when it appeared that Kyle might go home. However, he survived and his comments at tribal were witty and entertaining. Kyle is plaiyng to win and I still have a lot of faith in his ability to go deep into the game.

So, let’s get right to the rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers

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Pre-Merge Boot Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

Even though Jennifer dug her own eviction grave, took an awkward ‘stand’ at tribal, and surely suffered limited brain ability due to the bug monster, I have a lot of respect for her attempt to play hard and make a big move. Survivor is all about big moves; they are respected and rewarded on the jury and make good TV for the audience. An all girl’s alliance would have been a good move in this scenario! Both Scot and Kyle are strong and will be difficult to beat long-term. Unfortunately, her move was poorly executed, it was too soon in the game, she was caught by her alliance, and there was no hope for her to scramble out of the situation. I am bumming- Jennifer was strong and likeable and I would have loved to see her go further in the game. Maybe CBS will bring Jennifer back some day…

To Tang Tribe Rankings (Brawn)

4. Alecia Holden svr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

Our resident Mental Giant may have escaped this week’s send off, but I’m still thinking she is on the bottom of the Brawn tribe. I have more repsect for Alecia after observing her determination and eventual success to make fire as well as her ability to change the tide to voting off Jennifer. However, based on what the other members of To Tang say about Alecia, she has not garnered enough respect to escape all of the tribal votes. Maybe if she stands up  on her seat and makes a bold statement she’ll last longer? Only time will tell.

3. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

Cydney has had very little screen time, but she is clearly in the numbers. She has a good rapport with the guys of the tribe, and at this point, that is all that matters.

2. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

I truly think Scot could easily be tied with Kyle at the number 1 spot. The only thing that prevents me from establishing a tie ranking is the fact that Scot is most likely already rich and I believe he would have a difficult time convincing the jury to give him the money. So, while he may be number 1 on his current tribe, in the end I believe Kyle would have a better chance to win the game. I’m thinking long-term here and keeping Scot at To Tang #2.

1. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

While I believe Kyle has what it takes to win the game, I am not sure if I like him on a personal level. A little fun-making and teasing is fine, but a few of the comments he made this past episode about “Blondie” rubbed me the wrong way- I was feeling Jennifer’s sentiment. And dude, burping is gross. However, it is always important to keep the edit in mind and Kyle’s comments may have been warranted. The point is that Kyle is playing a good game two episodes in; he has the alliance, he has the survival skills, and he has the quick wit that you need to win this game.

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

6. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

While Debbie is still last on my assessment of Team Brain, I really like this woman! Hey before you judge, if I were out there and labeled a brain, I would love to have a Debbie cheerleader in the background cheering on my massive frontal lobe and my wining gray matter. You rock it, Debbie! And anyone who is confident in their ability to drink parasitic water yet avoid all parasites with their horse-strong immune system gets mad credibility in my book. Anyone want to join me at Red Lobster this weekend in the off chance that Debbie is our server?

5. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

Go, Joe! I was not sure what the issue with him and Liz was, but again- the edit. Joe is old, but he is holding is own and his age doesn’t seem to be a factor. I’m hoping good ol’ Joe can go deep.

4. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

There was very little from Aubry this week as well. Brain isn’t getting the air time at this point in the game, and I suppose that is a good thing… But does anyone else miss the good ol’ days of Aubry breakdowns?

3. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

Neal irritates me on Twitter. Okay okay, that isn’t relevant to the actual episode, but Neal sure does think he is the greatest. Neal seems middle of the pack to me… and I’m not into organic ice cream.

2. Liz Markham svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

Is Liz the new Aubry? Liz freaked out this week about the lack of fire, and hence, lack of water. The difference between Liz and Aubry, though, is that Liz had her emotional freak out by herself and didn’t ask the rest of the tribe to serve her fruit and water while it was occurring. Liz is still a front-runner in my mind.

1. Peter Baggenstos svr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

Oba- I mean Peter slides into spot number 1 on the Brains tribe this week. Peter is showing personality, and I like what I see. This guy is smart, he is strong, and he is in the numbers. I would be floored if he didn’t make the merge and beyond.

 

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

6. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

I honestly think that everyone on the Beauty tribe is going to be successful in the game. Beauty is winning challenges with ease, they are getting along at camp, and their days at Tribal are non-existent and will surely stay that way for a while. I am putting Nick in Spot #6 primarly because I believe the girls have a stronger bond with eachother, and Tai and Caleb might have more of a bond with each other as well. Nick, I know your looks have gotten you whatever you want in life, but you might be the odd man out on this tribe.

5. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

Beauty is easily my favorite tribe and Julia is one of my favorite castaways this season. I have a lot of respect for the fact that she is only 18 yet seems to be strong and level-headed. Julia has established good relationships and may do better that I had orginally anticipated.

4. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

Michele strikes me as intelligent and easy to get along with. I need more air time with Michele.

3. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

Who doesn’t love Tai? He appeared to be in trouble after his failed idol search in the last episode, but he is right back in the numbers this week. Now he needs to figure out a way to uproot the tree with the idol box key so he can assure his safey in the game! And then replant the tree, of course.

 

2. Caleb Reynolds svr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

Caleb is super likable as a castaway rather than a house guest. He is treating the challenges as a Parkour course and I am thoroughly enjoying watching him sumersault onto the various platforms in the water. Does he have a stunt double out there?  I can’t wait to see more of BMC. (And his giant BMC belt buckle)

 

1. Anna Khait svr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

Anna has her girls alliance, a winning tribe, and the brain to accomplish a Survivor win.

Winner Pick

 Kyle Jason. This might change, but for now I am sticking to my early pick.

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There you have it folks, the second episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. And remember, there are no embryos in the fire, only embers.

Until next time,

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What’s That Noise in my Ear? – Survivor 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 1

Let’s get one thing out of the way first.

I’ve watched 31 seasons of Survivor- most of them twice. I’ve seen Skupin fall into the fire, Penner sustain a puncture wound to the knee, James cut up his finger, and Russell Swan nearly cross over to the lighter side in Samoa. I’ve never seen anything as disturbing as what I saw last night.

Jennifer- girl- when a bug is burrowing itself into your ear, is it not time to call for medical? Mad respect goes out to this castaway for persevering through an entire night while a bug dug its way into her brain and her ear had visible blood seeping out from inside. Prior to this extremely disturbing scene, I would not turn down the opportunity to be cast on Survivor… I can do rain, I can do hunger, I can do people… but there is no way I am tolerating bugs in my ear.

I hope that said bug didn’t lay a massive amount of eggs in Jennifer’s ear. Since this was filmed a year ago and we haven’t heard anything, I am going to assume that she is fine.

Moving on…

SURVIVOR IS BACK!

And, it is back with a bang.

Last night’s episode was action-packed and I hope this first episode will be a predictor of the season to come. The characters are dynamic, there is a healthy blend of crazy, and the first tribal ended in a tie vote with Kyle Jason actually changing his vote at Tribal Council which is pretty much unheard of in a first tribal. If BBB2 is anything like BBB1 Cagayan, then we are in for a treat and I could not be more amped!

Player rankings at this stage of the game is more difficult. Aside from character bios and videos and this first episode, I do not know much about the castaways. I am going to rank the players by tribe until we get to the merge.

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Pre-Merge Boot Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

Anyone else surprised that Darnell went first? Based on the pre-season hype of King Darnell, I surely thought he would be in the game longer. Clearly his now infamous #AquaDump (um, gross) and his inability to hold on to the goggles during Challenge Numero Uno were the nails in his coffin. Not sure this was a good move by Brawn, but what is done is done and I am moving on.

To Tang Tribe Rankings (Brawn)

5. Alecia Holden svr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

Alecia is very clearly on the wrong tribe. I’m not sure she would fit on any of the tribes at this point. Girl does nothing. She is an excellent observer of other people doing things… I’m ranking her last on this tribe- but hey, she is a Mental Giant, so maybe I’m wrong?

4. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

No issues with Cydney, but she seemed to be aligned with Darnell. Now that he is gone, it isn’t looking too promising for her. But- we are only 3 days into the game, she could rally and go far. One thing is for sure, she can beat up her entire tribe if she wants, and that includes NBA man Scot Pollard.

3. Jennifer Lanzetti svr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

She SURVIVED a BUG burrowing into her BRAIN! She can do anything! 36 more days is easy peasy when you aren’t listening to a million legs walking around your ear drum! Woman is amazing… but she seems to be stuck amongst a tribe of bros determined to be in a bro alliance. 

2. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

I love that he owned his past. We never see famous people honest about their identity from the get-go in Survivor. I think Scot will go far, especially since he seems tight with Kyle. As long as his size doesn’t lead to a dehydrated med evac, this man is in great shape.

1. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

Probst is already referring to this guy by his last name. Is he that good?!? The man idolizes Russell Hantz, he isn’t afraid of big moves, and he is already running this tribe. Will his last minute switch hurt him with Scot and Jennifer? Nah…

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

6. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

The new coach! Debbie has a rocking body for an ‘old’ lady, the best swim suit in the world, and a different job title every time her name is flashed on the screen! But she is clearly annoying her tribe. Brains is already aligning by age, and this isn’t good for Debbie as she in grouped in with Joe as being ‘old’. Hopefully she can get her fellow tribe members to “lay down” for her, similar to a puzzle…

5. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

I love this man. Anyone that looks like that at 72 years old deserves mad respect. Unfortunately, he has the old factor working against him, especially on a tribe that is already all about the young :(.

4. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Girl has already had a breakdown. The only reason I didn’t pick her 6th is because she has the youth factor on her side. She might be able to rally, but I’m not sure if her tribe will want to stick with her after her mental collapse.

3. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

I dunno, man is wearing ice cream pants and considers himself in the “young” crowd. Something about Neal is rubbing me the wrong way.

2. Peter Baggenstos svr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

Peter is clearly a smart guy and I can see him going far in this game. He is on the correct side of numbers as of now and may actually be a Mental Giant, unlike our gal pal Alecia. But will he freak out if he is continually receiving the Obama reference? Only time will tell!

1.Liz Markham svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

Liz is level-headed, calm, and very intelligent. These are all wonderful factors to have in Survivor. I’m cheering for Liz to make it all the way.

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

6. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

This beauty tribe is STACKED! At this point, I would definitely say this is the most likable tribe- even with our BB throwback Beast Mode Cowboy! That being said, it was difficult to rank this tribe. Julia is coming in 6th simply based off age. The girl is fresh out of high school, even stating that just months prior to Survivor she was sitting at a desk listening to a teacher drone on and on in front of the chalkboard. This game could get really difficult for her, and if beauty loses a challenge, she might be seen as weak and the first to go. That being said, I hope I am wrong and I hope she goes far!

5. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

I almost ranked him last because of his blunder with the early and aggressive idol search. And the tree uprooting after his claim that he loves all living things. However, previews make it seem like Tai is going to make his way into the ‘in’ crowd. Tai is likable that I hope he sticks around for the long haul. Anyone else having Yau Man flashbacks?

4. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

Don’t even remember Michele that well from this episode. She’s in the numbers though, so let’s rank her in the middle of the pack.

3. Caleb Reynolds svr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

As a huge Big Brother fan, I am happy to see another BB player on Survivor, even if it is Caleb. Sure, Caleb gave off a creepy factor when he was annoyingly obsessed with Amber, but the dude seems super chill on Survivor. And-  Caleb has a big heart. He demonstrated that in BB and he is demonstrating that now in Survivor. 

2. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

I am totally turned off by this guy. He is arrogant and too strategic. I think he can run the tribe early, but if he does make it post-merge, there is going to be a huge target on his back.

1. Anna Khait svr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

Anna is good-looking and intelligent which could be a great combination for Survivor. I’m excited to see how Anna incorporates her Poker-player bluff and deception into this game.

Winner Pick

If I had to pick a winner based off of Episode 1, I would go with Kyle Jason. I think this guy can deceive, scramble, and strategize with the best of them.

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There you have it folks, the first episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. What could Kaoh Rong?

Until next time,

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