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
Pre-Merge Boot Order:
1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tang)
2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tang)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Michele strikes me as intelligent and easy to get along with. I need more air time with Michele.
3. Tai Trang
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
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
Anna has her girls alliance, a winning tribe, and the brain to accomplish a Survivor win.
Kyle Jason. This might change, but for now I am sticking to my early pick.
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,