US Survivor episode 2

It’s episode 2 of Season 41 of Survivor, so come on in.

Anyone else think the show should have just dropped the “guys” without making a thing of it? Too much “look at moi” from Jeff.

In case you missed it, here’s the rebus puzzle from the premiere episode, aimed at kids watching at home. (My Mr 9 enjoyed doing it but it sparked me having to Google a hundred more similar puzzles.)

Survivor screens on Nine Go at 7.30pm.




    Felt a bit sorry for Voche going tonight but glad that Xander did not go. Evvy is in such a good spot with everyone left on the tribe. I will be interested to see if the bond built with DShawn (spelling?) holds up. I do hope there is a merge soon as I don’t want to see yellow tribe pagonged

    • I hate the shared idol. It depowers good players to the same extent that the Tyler Perry play after votes are revealed idol empowered them. It’s a crazily stupid idea. I would really like to know what whoever thought this up was smoking and where I can get some.

      I’m glad Xander survived. Timothée Chalamet jokes aside, this kid is a devastating player. He obviously read his tribe of bozos and did what needed to be done.

      I’m not sure Evvy is in actually in a great position. It strikes me she’s making the classic Corcoran mistake of overthinking everything and disregarding the need for trust.

      Tiffany is not going to go deep in the game. Tiffany is better at challenges than strategy. Liana’s game analysis is about as good as the lunatic real estate guy from LA in Survivor Outback.

      • I think perhaps Xander and Evvy’s bond is stronger than they showed, plus she knows he is likely to be a no vote if they lose again next time. The whole “ancestors are butterflies” thing is annoying. Would be much more fun if he had to whisper it mid challenge to opposing teams. What happens when the third magic phrase is uttered? Fireworks explode? If number three is not found Jeff will be so sad

    • Cross tribe meetings have been around since Tocantins, JT’s first season. It was Season 18, I think. The people involved always agree on a secret alliance and it always comes to nothing. Cross-tribe alliances are as reliable as reward alliances where everyone agrees to a new alliance that lasts until they get back to camp.

  2. I pop in and then I’m distracted.
    I wonder whether I’m becoming parochial.
    Australians are idiots bumbling their way to the end while Americans are clever, calculating, fit and not quite so much fun.
    You’d think it was otherwise. 🤷

  3. JD JD JD why did you give her your advantage AGAIN. Shan & that stupid music she hums when she’s going to stab them in the back. I hope someone cottons on to it & wakes up to her treachery.

    • I know. No-one’s ever done well by handing over an advantage. I thought JD showed promise, but sadly…

      Somewhere in Bankstown someone is screaming at his TV set because his rep as king of deviousness just blew away.

  4. I haven’t watched last nights ep yet, but is anyone else finding it hard to keep up with all the advantages and their powers? It is so confusing watching at the moment!

    • A lot of backlash on social media about the complicated advantages detracting from tribe interactions. I was glad for Erica’s sake the blues failed to fail

      • Yep, when even fans of the show go “what – he doesn’t have a vote? when did that happen?” it means casual viewers have no hope. And I am not loving a forced caring, chatty Jeff. I miss mean Jeff saying stuff like “Karishma, last again”.

  5. Yay – finally we don’t have to hear those silly phrases and I am glad Naseer got the blue idol.
    But Liana’s whole “cannot tell a lie” idol stealer is a horrible advantage. Who polices whether it is a lie or not? Does Jeff make them fess up?

  6. I’m trying to make my mind up about whether Shan is a great villain like Parvati or a great dunce like Russell.

    I’d love to know if these superdevious strategies she uses at every tribal are because (1) she knows what she’s doing or (2) she overthinks everything or (3) she’s got no idea and just likes being devious. It was pretty bizarre when she tried to guilt Richard into handing over an advantage with exactly the same language that she used on JD. Even more bizarre when she talked about rightful ownership when she basically stole an idol from JD. I assumed Ricard would pick up on that, but he doesn’t seem to have.

    Did no-one tell these people that bag searches always come back to bite you?

    I’m glad people like Xander and Nasser are through to the merge and I’m sort of glad the shared idol was actually triggered in the end.

    • Agree Alan – it’s no fun watching Shannon’s victim persona strategising: she’s absolutely tricky dicky but has this really off putting poor me personality when she deals with the other contestants. She complains that she doesnt trust Ricard but every teammate that got voted out was because they trusted her.

      I’m not enjoying this season (even thought the contestants are a great mix) and that is solely because of the pop up nature of the rules of this game. it really moves the game from requiring skills of outplaying to just being lucky enough to dodge the next wacky figment of the producers’ imagination.
      that doesnt make the game unpredictable and therefore exciting – it just makes it chaotic and less likely to get you invested. Without some structure, the whole thing starts to feel like someone overly orchestrated paint splatter.

      It’s a fail.

      • I’m conflicted. There are half a dozen players I really like, but when a new twist gets announced I feel like switching off. It almost feels like Jeff will announce at the finale, after everyone’s voted, that in a new twist the player with the most votes won’t win.

    • Going through someone’s personal belongings should be an absolute no no. I can’t believe it is allowed. You don’t have any privacy out there so your bag with your personal belongings should be off limits.

  7. Well I didn’t expect a merge so soon. Usually when we have 3 tribes we have a tribe swap before a merge. But then this Season has been tipped on it’s head. I really hope Erika flips things around. It would be boring if she doesn’t. Plus she gets revenge on the arseholes who sent her to Exile Island.

  8. Tonight is the 2nd ep of this serors I’ve seen. I don’t find scrambling at tribal good value for my investment.

    • I was relieved about the idol fake out. I would like to see them go a few days without twists. I want to see Erica talk to Evvie and co. Ricard was lucky to win immunity

  9. For once I enjoyed a complicated advantage when Xander handed his fake idol to Liana. Liana obviously had not even considered the chance that Xander might hand the idol to someone else for safekeeping. You could just about see the lightbulb go on over her head.

    On the other hand it was yet another crazy advantage that punishes good players and rewards bad players.

  10. What a messy tribal. Sorry to see Tiff go but also glad Xander and Evvie were safe. I quite liked the plan to get out Naseer when he least expects it (much as I enjoy his character)

    • They need to stop all the whispering and when the vote gets called that should be the end of talking. I’m glad Xander, Nasser and Evvy survived. I like NFL Guy but I’m not sure what he’s doing. I’ve got some sense of what game they’re playing but I’ve got no idea what most of the others think they’re doing.

      I’m about ready to vote this the worst season ever. It’s not the cast, it’s too many twists and hopelessly messy tribals.

      • Agreed – just let the players play. Such a shame as there are some great casting choices in there. Just because it is 26 days does not mean they had to throw everything at the wall to see what stuck. And they have already filmed the next season so it is likely more of the same. NFL guy is very likeable but we have not seen him talk much because blue won so often

        • It’s a problem that we are a couple of episodes past the merge and we still don’t know the names of some players.

  11. I would’ve expected Xander to want Liana out, but then Evvie had managed not once but twice to overplay everything, alienate everyone, and then decide she had to rebuild from the ground up.

    Shan is being such a pain to everyone it’s amazing she’s lasted this long and no-one seems to be gunning for the Shan-Liana-Ricard group.

    Kudos to Xander for not bursting out laughing when Liana asked for his idol.

    Liana sitting there trying to magic Xander out of the challenge may the single strangest thing I’ve seen in Survivor.

  12. Great episode tonight. How hilarious was it when they asked Liana who the rising threat was and she replied: Xander … Erika … uh Ricard? (And they were right).

    • Hey one or both Liana and Shan are going to be jurors and their speeches are going to be remarkable. As in: I’ll only trust you if you step down and give me your place as a finalist.

  13. I really should be watching this. I love US Survivor.
    What channel is it. I will try and play catch-up when I get less busy. We are off to Perth on the weekend to see the WA ballet.

  14. Okay this season is now the worse season of this game: The Americans have brought in their race and gender politics and the angst that has resulted show they, the US, is far away from building a strong and confident generation as evidenced by Deshawn belief that he is playing the game on behalf of all people with his background. As a viewer that’s not my expectation. What should have been said is all this angst is because Shan called him a snake – for making a move against her that she was trying to make against him. That should have been called out because that seemed to be the source of his breakdown. Why isn’t she being made to answer her judgment against him? And why should her opinion matter in this game that for over two decades required gameplay and trickery to get anywhere. Instead we get this discussion about race expectations and playing the game.

    It’s not an enjoyable escapist Show anymore.

    • I think America has had such a fraught few years it was bound to make the show. After the icky Dan on season 39 and how poorly it was handled, the show is now trying to be more actively socially responsible. Yeah, it does not always work and it lands heavily sometimes. But it’s the first season of them dealing with a whole new way of filming, so I cut them slack. And I have no idea what it is like to live in a post-Trump America, where gun violence is accepted as normal, as is violence committed by police against citizens, They have done a great job with the casting – they just need to drop all the unnecessary twists. And the chirpy Jeff – bring back mean Jeff.

    • Sioux – what did you think of last night’s episode? I’ve now go into the habit of watching the first challenge and then checking in when they go to tribal. I just cant stomach any more than that this season but will see it through.

  15. Aww, lovely Danny. Is he the only pro athlete contestant who has not been a macho tool? I guess the late Cliff from Cagayan fits the bill but he was voted out early.

    • Am stoked with the winner… thoroughly deserving in my opinion..
      They really tried to press our buttons in so many aspects this season, I think it was a little too much.
      Poor ole Xander, he didn’t know what hit him…

      • She deserved the win – I just wish she’d made the edit in the first half. Poor Deshawn looked devastated.
        Felt a bit sorry for the losers having to jump straight to the reunion as they had no time to compose themselves and reflect. I really hope Ricard can play again but not too soon or he will be targeted immediately

        • You can make a case that Erika deserved to win. There is no case that Xander deserved zero votes or fewer votes than DeShawn.

          What it looked like to me was that Shan and Ricard are both extremely persuasive people and Ricard was very offended when Xander played the idol for himself.

          • I’ve always found that thinking bizarre.
            Of course I would play the idol for myself. You don’t enter these sort of shows with the ultimate objective of doing a complete stranger a favour.

          • Ricard said Shan was his beloved friend, ally, sister. Then he knifed her without raising an eyebrow. He took a completely different attitude when he was the knifee and accused Xander of faking their relationship.

            The really strange thing is that Ricard was acerbic as hell when Shan asked him to hand her an advantage. But he expected Xander to do what he’d refused.

            In the long term I think this one goes down to a bitter jury.

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