Posted by The Lam | Oct 4, 2008
Survivor: Gabon - Week 2

"Week 2" of Survivor collected the events during Days 7-9. During this episode, Fang seemed to have gotten their shit together as they won both challenges. Usually (but not always) you can tell which tribe is going to tribal council because the episode will focus more on that team. And so when they kept going back to team Kota, I got suspicious. They are still quite a generic team. I don't know any of the names of the women, but I know 3 names of the guys: Ace the irritating and arrogant photographer, Charlie the token gay dude, and Bob the awesome physics teacher old guy. There was some tension in team Kota as Ace was telling everyone what to do and it just rubbed people the wrong way.

The reward challenge was a game where one of your tribemates would cling on to a pole, while two of the opposing tribe members would attempt to pull you off and drag you to the finish line. The first team to 2 points would be declared winner. The game wasn't that exciting actually, but what I did enjoy was that it showed how Crystal would be a prominent player in the game. Her strength and endurance showed as she helped pull the team to victory. One of the low-lites of the challenge was that it showed GC not pulling his weight in that he was taking rests during the challenge.

The immunity challenge highlighted 2 of my picks mentioned last week, Crystal and Ken. Basically the challenge involved a slip n' slide relay race where you'd gather puzzle parts at the end of each leg. Once all the pieces were gathered, one designated player, the puzzle solver, would then attempt to unveil a code that would lead to victory. Crystal started off for the Fang team, and her athletic prowess really showed. She was leaps and bounds ahead of the opposing team's member, but unfortunately, the player right after Crystal was slow, and Kota caught up. Fuckers.

The last portion of the challenge was solving a mathematical puzzle, and it was a classic battle of the wits between the young savvy Super Smash Bros. champion against the aging physics teacher/old school boyscout... awesome. Pitting two of the awesomest people against each other was a bit tough to watch, only because I did want both to win. But of course, I had to stick by my boy Ken, and he did not fail. His geek skills proved worthy.

At tribal council, Kota ended up voting out Paloma, a young latin american girl and a certifiable cutie pie at that. She was actually the team's only non-caucasian member, so now the alpha team is complete.

The preview for next week's episode was greatness. It showed a 3 person alliance amongst my exact 3 choices last week: Ken, Crystal, GC. I was filled with glee during the short clip, but at the same time was a bit in fear because there are 7 people left on their tribe, yet their alliance is only 3.... they need 4 to swing the vote. As well, if it is true that they are forming an alliance, chances are, if one of them goes, they'll be picked off one by one. But we shall see. Later geeks.

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