Thursday, November 21, 2013

Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode Ten

Impressed at how long Tyson lasted
despite an injured shoulder!
I admit, I got a little teary-eyed at the very end, and was a lot upset at the very beginning, which coated this episode with a tinge of sadness for me. That said, I was happy to see some action happen between the pairs, and even though there were no high-production-value fireworks, I was really impressed with how Ciera and Laura M. handled the idea of not being able to work together.

In my video this week, I go over what went down at Redemption Island, how Ciera made a big mistake despite great intentions and some craft moves, and how Monica has earned her keeps in the tribe, and major Survivor respect points. Then of course, what was teased at the end of the episode, though I still have my doubts about Tyson being dethroned. Oftentimes, the trailers are very misleading, and though I'd like to think moves will be made, I'll wait until next week to go into more detail.

What do you think? Are you still as excited about the season now that the past few episodes have been more predictable? Who are you supporting to re-enter the game? Let me know!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode Nine

I want me one of those...
but I wouldn't eat grubs for it.

We got a double challenge + elimination episode tonight! Made things seem to go so much faster, but it also got me in the mood for a Survivor marathon. Man, I remember when I watched old seasons in the space of a few days just back-to-back-to-back... But I digress.

Nothing too unexpected happened this week, except for the turn Vytas took that showed a less than charming side to him. I'm still a fan, but I wish he'd stayed as strategic and with his head screwed on straight rather than lose it completely. His best move instead of verbally attacking everyone would have been to try and get an all loved ones alliance going... but he didn't see it, and if he didn't see it, I doubt anyone else would have, and so that means that game is pretty much over for any of the loved ones as far as I'm concerned.

I'm definitely rooting for Aras on Redemption Island and would be more than happy for Aras to win if it's not Tyson. Gervase is also playing an excellent game, and I'm so happy to keep witnessing how much better of a game he's playing this season vs. 13 years ago. I also talk about Monica and Tina in this video, particularly how awesome Tina is. Such grace that woman has!

Video is below, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

PS. Small shoutout to Hellogoodbye, Metric and Paramore, who I saw tonight at Madison Square Garden and who KILLED it! Definitely recommend checking these guys live if they're in your area. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode Eight

My favorite brothers of Survivor.
You might hear me say the word "excited" once or five times in this video... but hey, I'm allowed, right? It's the MERGE, after all! I'm not excited that Redemption Island is still in play, and that could mess up a lot of things for Tyson and Gervase, but at the end of the day, maybe that's a good thing too and will prove exciting. I think Aras making it back from Redemption is almost as good of a story as Ozzy making it back.

I've pretty much laid out all my cards when it comes to voting predictions, but it's true that I haven't taken into account a rock-the-boat-return from Redemption Island... and I also still need to think about Jury votes, because I'm taking it for granted right now that they'll vote my way, so still lots to ponder!

Other things you'll find in my video are: the Redemption Island challenge and the big return, Tyson's brilliant moves that led to this crucial blindside, and how what-who-said-when made the chips fall as they did for the votes and the expulsion (temporarily) of King -- I mean, Sir -- Aras.